Explore the World of The Dark Tower Series -The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three – Reviewed by Patty L. Fletcher

Explore the World of The Dark Tower Series -The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three – Reviewed by Patty L. Fletcher

Explore the World of The Dark Tower Series -The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three – Reviewed by Patty L. Fletcher

November 29, 2022

Anyone who knows me, knows The Dark Tower is my all-time favorite series.

In fact, I can literally recite parts of it by heart.

Why does this series resonate with me as it does?

That’s the answer I plan to give in the following reviews.

Because I feel this series should most certainly be read in order, I’ve chosen to review the books one-at-a-time.

Before we get to today’s book let’s review what The Dark Tower is and from where it comes.

THE MAN IN BLACK FLED ACROSS THE DESERT, AND THE GUNSLINGER FOLLOWED.

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

Inspired in equal parts by Robert Browning’s poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western classics, The Dark Tower series is an epic of Arthurian proportions. It is Stephen King’s magnum opus, and is the center of his amazing creative universe.

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OK. we know what this series is to be about and from where Stephen King got his inspiration.

Now, to Book II The Drawing of the Three

THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE

MAY 1987

After his final confrontation with the Man in Black in a remote mountain Golgotha, an exhausted Roland awakes on the beach of the Western Sea and is immediately attacked by a shoreline monster known as a lobstrosity. Roland kills the clawed creature, but not before it bites off two of his fingers and half of one big toe. Fighting off the delirium brought on by the lobstrosity’s poison, Roland forces himself along the beach where he discovers three freestanding doorways that lead into our world. The first opens onto New York, 1987, and the mind of a heroin addict called Eddie Dean. The second leads to 1964 and the divided personality of Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker, an African American woman who has lost the bottom half of her legs but gained a second, psychotic self. The third door leads to 1977 and the mind of a psychopath called The Pusher, the very criminal responsible for Odetta’s injuries. Roland’s task is to make Eddie and Odetta into gunslingers before raging Detta destroys them all, and before the Pusher can continue his bloody killing spree.

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WOW! Just reading that synopsis makes me want to reread this book again.

Before I get into this book, I’d like to advise, if you can read this as an audio book please do. It’s a real treat.

The first thing to note, is the Character development in this book is outstanding. We begin to understand Roland in ways not expected.

When introduced to Roland in The Gunslinger, we are confronted by a tough man seemingly invincible yet in The Drawing of the Three, we find he is every bit as vulnerable as any man.

Soon, Roland realizes he needs help then, just when he fears he can go not one step more, the first door appears and his life is ever transformed.

We meet Eddie and at first, we, like Roland feel he is the weakest most worthless young man on planet.

Then, he begins earning ours and Roland’s respect when he fights naked and terrified while withdrawing from heroine.

We find underneath his whining, puling, self-centered shell a man of true decency and steel at first unknown even to Eddie Dean himself.

Then, when a divided Odetta comes on the scene, we find Eddie also contains deep reservoirs of true love.

This combined with the suspense of gun battles, police chases through the mean streets of New York City, the race to the death to the next time-traveling doors on the beaches of the western sea and the monsters of Midworld with a touch of the old west makes for a page turner.

While reading of the struggle to unite two personalities into one, I was able to find and heal long forgotten divided parts of myself.

I also began to ask, “If I had a chance at a do-over, would I make different choices in my life or is what I’m doing supposed to be the true way?

Is it possible there are truly, ‘other worlds than these?

And:

Is it a coincidence my blog is named Patty’s worlds?

As we read onward, we will learn, “Coincidence is canceled’

The real question is, however, what did Roland set in motion when he confronted the Pusher?

And can it be made right?

For those answers you’ll need to read The Dark Tower III The Waste Lands.

Ah, but we’re out of time. So, that’s a review for another day.

If you’ve never indulged in this amazing series, I urge you to do so.

If you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I and millions of other readers have done, pick it up as a gift for the beloved reader in your life.

*Reference Links*

Click here for my review of The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (Revised)

Click here for all DT Info.

Click here to learn more about The National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled.

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About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue.

PATTY’S BLINDNESS…

Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.

WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS…

Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn.

She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast.

WRITING GOAL…

Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled.

HOBBIES…

Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom.

FAVORITE TUNES…

Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country.

FAVORITE READS…

Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.

SPIRITUAL FAITH…

Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer.

CONTACT…

Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

 

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