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Gunslinger / Drawing of the Three / Waste Lands

(1992)
(A book in the The Dark Tower series)
An omnibus of novels by

 
 
Lots of Stephen King fans feel that his horror novels are dwarfed by what they consider his masterpiece, the genre-bending Dark Tower books. They're a little like the sprawling epics of J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and George Lucas, but then again, they're really like nothing else in this world (or King's).

This set collects the first three. The Gunslinger introduces the hero Roland, who must reach the Dark Tower in order to save his universe, Mid-World. There are passageways between our world and Mid-World, and a New York City boy named Jake gets shoved in front of a car by Jack Mort ("death"), is killed, and finds himself alive in Roland's world. He becomes Roland's surrogate son.

In book 2, The Drawing of the Three, Roland is attacked by marvelous, poisonous "lobstrosities" and enters our world for help. He takes heroin addict Eddie Dean from 1987 New York and Odetta Holmes from 1964 New York as his team. In a powerful time-tripping scene, Roland confronts Jack Mort and actually changes Jake's Earth history, which has heady implications for Roland's world.

In The Waste Lands, book 3, Roland and company get ensnared in a civil war in the urban waste of Lud, acquire a delightful talking pet named Oy the Bumbler, and find themselves captives of a psychotic train called Blaine the Mono.

The plot is complex, yet weirdly logical. But take warning: this series is addictive, and you may need to also buy book 4, Wizard and Glass. Otherwise, you won't know what happened when Blaine went insane with Roland's gang onboard.

Genre: Fantasy    

Used availability for Stephen King's Gunslinger / Drawing of the Three / Waste Lands

Hardback Editions

December 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Dark Tower, Books 1-3: The Gunslinger / The Drawing of the Three / The Waste Lands
Author(s): Stephen King
ISBN: 1-880418-40-1 / 978-1-880418-40-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Donald M. Grant
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Paperback Editions

November 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: IFFYThe Dark Tower I-III (Boxed Set)
Author(s): Stephen King
ISBN: 1-5011-6442-2 / 978-1-5011-6442-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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June 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Gunslinger/The Drawing of the Three/The Waste Lands
Author(s): Stephen King
ISBN: 0-452-15561-4 / 978-0-452-15561-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume Books
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September 1997 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Dark Tower Trilogy
Author(s): Stephen King
ISBN: 0-451-93554-3 / 978-0-451-93554-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton / Signet
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December 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stephen King: The Gunslinger, the Drawing of the Three, the Waste Lands
Author(s): Stephen King
ISBN: 0-451-93142-4 / 978-0-451-93142-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Amer Library (Mm)
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dark Tower boxed set
Author(s): Stephen King
ISBN: 0-452-15346-8 / 978-0-452-15346-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK