Well, I gave book 2 of The Dark Tower Series a try, and I don’t think I’m going to be continuing with the series. The Drawing of the Three is a much better book than The Gunslinger, but it just isn’t the right book and series for me. In The Drawing of the Three, Roland, the gunslinger, has to acquire the three individuals that will help him find The Dark Tower. Each one of these individuals is in the real world and Roland is able to take over their body when he enters that world. Roland then brings their bodies and spirits back into his own world. The first person he gets is Eddie, a junkie, and dealer. The scenes with Eddie on the plane and Roland trying to figure out what is happening is the best part of the book in my opinion. The ideas are fresh and exciting at this point of the book. Soon though, the book turns into a mobster movie, with a close resemblance to Scarface, in my opinion. Now I must admit, I don’t like the gritty, ultra-violent, super macho, mobster movies all that much, and listening to one just didn’t work for me really. However, this isn’t the part of the book that bothered me the most, it was the next person that Roland acquires when the book went way downhill for me.
Odetta is a schizophrenic black woman. that is also disabled, and she is Roland’s second “card” he must acquire. I could tell this book was written in the 80s because it tried to be so edgy that it just annoyed me. The amount of racism and hatred being thrown by Odetta and her second persona just did not make this an enjoyable read. I listened to this on audiobook and I should have known from the first book that I just would get annoyed with the language. I fully take responsibility for not liking this book because I chose to listen to it on audiobook. Extreme vulgarity in books doesn’t work for me in the audiobook format. After this point, and the introduction of the third character, which does cleverly connect to all the other characters that Roland has met, I was mostly checked out of this book. The third character was more of an American Pyscho gritty character and at this point, I was just done.
In the end, Stephen King is really hit or miss with me. Unfortunately, The Dark Tower Series is going to be a miss. I’m not going to put myself through reading this series just to have crossed it off my reading TBR. There were flashes of greatness in this book but the language hurdle just was too big for me. If I ever do try to read this series in the future, which I doubt I will, I will not listen to it, instead, I’ll read the actual book. This one is not recommended for people that don’t like ultra-violence, racist words, and a hateful vibe.
9/25 Possible Score
Plot – 2
Characters – 2
World Building – 2
Writing – 2
Heart & Mind Aspect – 1