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Connections Are Weak

I couldn't help thinking as I read them that many of the "connections" to Lost were weak at best. Most of them are taken out of context, and I strongly doubt have any similarity to Lost. I really enjoyed the book and thought it was brilliant and comical in many ways, but I couldn't find many similarities between it and Lost. Anyone else who has read the book feel this way? --Etscrivner 15:52, 8 July 2006 (PDT)

Desmond unable to leave the Island

So Desmond stated in Live Together, Die Alone that he sailed for two weeks at 9 knots, and the first bit of land he ran across was the Island. Compared it to a "bloody snowglobe". Much like how the protagonist is stuck going up and down the same roads...thoughts? PanSavant 22:03, 24 May 2006 (PDT)

Very good point. I loved that book and I loved the idea that "Hell Goes Round and Round." When the producers said that whoever reads this book will have more ammunation-this is what the meant. The people on the island are caught in a loop just like the story. In the story, hell keeps going on and on. It picks up the lead character and keeps going. Then, the lead character's friend soon follows (forgot his name). When they push the button, its like a hell that keeps going around. First Radzinsky pushed it. Then Kelvin was picked up and joined in. Then desmond. Then Locke. Then Eko, until it finally stopped. I know it is hard to understand but I think Hell Goes Round and Round means something in LOSTDeGroot

This example doesn't really seem to tie into the "hell goes round and round" concept. In the book - from what I understood - when hell repeats the main character loses his memory of the events that occurred on his previous iteration through hell - and those exact events (perhaps slightly altered b/c of his new companion) occur again. The fact that they can't escape the island doesn't really seem analogous with "hell goes round and round" in my opinion. --Etscrivner 13:12, 13 July 2006 (PDT)

Connection between Stephen King's Dark Tower and the Third Policeman?

Hmmm. Has anyone here read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King? OK, huge spoiler coming up if you don't want to know or are still reading the books....

Still with me? Kool. The basis of the Dark Tower series (or at least the loop idea) is similar to The Third Policeman, in that the last book finishes where the first book begins, with Roland of Gilead restarting his adventure/nightmare hunting the man in black after he steps through the topmost door of the Tower. He arrives in the desert at the start of the first book, but with a quickly fading memory of ever reaching the Tower in the first place. As well as this, Roland is carrying a battle horn that he didn't have at the start of the first book, which slightly echoes that of The Third Policeman, with the inclusion of the main characters' companion.

And I read here that the producers of Lost have mentioned The Stand as a major influence on the show.

However...

I have not read The Third Policeman (yet!), so I honestly can't compare the two stories. I'm just basing this idea on the comments made above. - BlahDeBlahblah 14:55, 13 July 2006 (PDT)

I just finished The Third Policeman, and I agree with you about the similarities to The Dark Tower. I was just recently thinking about Desmond's similarities to Roland, and now I think that the plot-line parallels here are very similar. Of course, there are also relationships between The Third Policemand and Lost that are independent of TDT as well. -- WanderingMathematician  talk  contribs  email  11:06, 23 January 2008 (PST)

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