Review: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

The Drawing of the Three
Stephen King, read by Frank Muller
Recorded Books, 2003

I had initially started reading The Drawing of the Three but jumped over to the audiobook version when I finally decided to bite the bullet and get a subscription over at Audible.com. The Drawing of the Three continues Roland’s quest toward the Dark Tower picking up more or less immediately after the events of The Gunslinger. As a historical note I should say that when I initially started reading the Dark Tower series I actually started with The Drawing of the Three (as it was what was on my parent’s bookshelf) and read it and The Waste Lands before ever going back and reading The Gunslinger. It marks one of the few, perhaps the only instance, where I read a series out of its proper order.

There is, to my ear at least, a marked stylistic difference between The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three. The second novel takes a slightly more straightforward approach than The Gunslinger dropping some of the more florid touches. In truth it could just be Roland’s more direct involvement with the modern world has influenced my thoughts on the matter. Of course that isn’t to say that the prose I loved so much in The Gunslinger is gone completely but given the introduction of characters and ideas foreign to Roland’s world it is no surprise that there is a shift in style.

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Review: The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron
The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

The Spirit Thief
Rachel Aaron
Orbit, 2010

I don’t know what it is about the scoundrel archetype that is so consistently appealing. For my part I blame Han Solo for his part in forever ensconcing the noble scoundrel in the annals of my own youth. I’m sure there were others, your Robin Hoods and what have you, but for me the lovable scoundrel archetype has always been defined by Han Solo. Rachel Aaron’s Eli Moonpress, who debuted in last October’s, the Spirit Thief is of a similar ilk as that space pirate. Cavalier, inscrutable, and consistently full of surprises Aaron has crafted a welcome new addition to the world of loveable scoundrels.

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April Summary

April saw the following reviews:

The Crippled God by Steven Erikson

The Crawling Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

The Thief by  Megan Walen Turner

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

I’ve actually finished a couple of other titles that should be up in the next few weeks including The Wolf Age by James Enge (awesome) and The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron (audio, fun!).  I’m almost done listening to the audio version of The Drawing of the Three (the second Dark Tower book).  My copy of The Door to Lost Pages arrived last week and I should blaze through that pretty quickly.  I should also make my way through A Clash of Kings this month so expect more musings on Martin’s epic as I gear up for the release of A Dance With Dragons come July.  Also, the newest issue of Black Gate  should be on its way!