The Drawing of the Three

Posted by Brian Mon, 05 Jul 2010 23:22:00 GMT

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2)
By Stephen King


I really need to get better at writing these as I read the book. I think at least apart of the problem is that I don’t take any notes when reading fiction and that is what the majority of my reading has been the last few months. I finished this months ago and am now on the 5th book in the series, Wolves of the Calla. The Gunslinger had felt like a 300 page prologue so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect here. I ended up being pleasantly surprised.

King’s style is again quite visual and I had no problem with visualizing each setting in considerable detail. The gun fight with Balazar’s men is especially vivid. Also, King starts sprinkling in more language from Roland’s world in a highly effective manner. The light sprinkling serves to accentuate the the line between Roland’s world and ours while giving more weight to the terms. Simply stating that it was destiny instead of “ka” would not focus the reader as intently on Roland’s view of his quest.

The series is starting to show some minor cracks with where I am in my reading, but at the conclusion of The Drawing of the Three everything fits together very neatly. Highly recommended.

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