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Discussion in 'The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands' started by chief4db, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. chief4db

    chief4db When it doubt, run!

    Hi all. I read the 1st 2 dark tower books and started the third, but I took a lot of people's advice that was to take a break from it. So I was going to read a book or two and come back. Well I read It, defending jacob, Nos4a2, Duma key, Thinner,Discovery of witches, Shadow of Night, Salems Lot and the Dead Zone. So anyways I picked up DT 3 where my book marker was and was lost. So I started back at the beginning. To tell you the truth I forget a lot from the 1st two. I remember the main stuff ofcourse. My question is should I start over again. The 1st book I remember getting thru real fast. The 2nd took more time. I was planning to re read these anyways down the road. So I'm leaning towards re reading the 2nd book and go from there. Wondering your thoughts about best way to go about it since I took I believe somewhere around 6 months since last DT Book. Thanks
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  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Up to you really... when I was on the journey I had to stay on the path the whole time. (no side stories) Mainly because I was so absorbed with the series. Having said that... I read 1-6 three times before I read 7. I didn't didn't want it to end. DT 4.5 (TWTtK) came out after I'd read the whole series, so I read that one last.
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  3. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I wouldn't start all over. Just go forward, things will come back to you. Then, when you're all done with the series, you can start all over and find new things that you missed the first time through. Like the rest of us did. ;-D
  4. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    The story picks up a head of steam as you go along. At least it did for me. I suggest you read the first five with no intermission, then take a break before Books 6 and 7.
    The intermission should prepare you for the final assault on the Tower. Remember, ka is with you.
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  5. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    May I suggest you find a copy of
    The Dark Tower Companion: A Guide to Stephen King's Epic Fantasy
    by Bev Vincent. Each book is summarized individually so there should be no spoilers to the other books.
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  6. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    SK recaps the other books before you begin. (At least in my copies, he did)
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  7. chief4db

    chief4db When it doubt, run!

    Thanks. Gonna take your advice and just read them all in a row. Also going to take advice and get the companion by bev. One last question. Since sk wrote wttkh last is that when I should read it. As he wrote them, or should I read it after DT IV?
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  8. AudioArtist

    AudioArtist Well-Known Member

    The last time I read through the entire series I put WTTK in it's appropriate place at 4.5. That was the first time I've read it that way. In my opinion it gives you a little breather and a tad more backstory before you dive into WOTC.
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  9. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    I've only ever read WTTKH at the end of the series, but it could go in either spot. :)
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  10. chief4db

    chief4db When it doubt, run!

    Well I just finished dt 3 wastelands. I liked it better than gunslinger but not as well as drawing of the three. Some people say to treat it as one long novel with the books being chapters so I guess I shouldn't rank em. I'm on page 220 of dt 4 and I already like it better than wastelands. Oops, there I go again. On hear advice was divided on whether to read series straight thru or breaks. Between dt 2 and 3 took way too long of a break. I'm just gonna read one book in between each dt book from here to the end. Quick fun easy read. Probably the jack reacher novels. Liked killing floor and without fail.
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  11. chief4db

    chief4db When it doubt, run!

    Confused on one thing. They discovered the captain trips. But how did eddie not remember this if he was taken out of that world a year after. He even says it in the book. And if the world's are seperated how were those signs of Captain trips in there world. Just like the tick tock man's father being a nazi pilot with his plane in there world. Very confusing. I know there are multiple world's but how do physical things keep popping up in there world.
  12. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Things tend to 'bleed' over from one level of the Tower (different worlds) to the next. You haven't yet reached the part where 'thinnies' show up, but it'll explain things then.
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  13. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    Think Terminator, when the police ask Reese if the Terminator is from the future. What does he say?
    (If you don't know, put down the SK for 2 hours and go watch it. Time well spent!)
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