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The Waste Lands by Stephen King

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The waste lands LOST Book Club - LBC

SPOILER NOTICE - YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID THIS BLOG UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED READING THIS BOOK

"The Waste Lands" is the third book in "The Dark Tower" series by Stephen King

The three gunslingers follow the Path of the Beam inland to Mid-World. The subtitle of this novel is REDEMPTION.

LOST References

There are some similarities to be drawn with LOST episode, The Constant. S4E5

The Author

Stephen King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction.

"This third volume of the tale is gratefully dedicated to my son OWEN PHILIP KING: Khef, Ka, and Ka-tet." by Stephen King

Quotes

"A heap of broken images, where the sun heats.

And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,

And the dry stone no sound of water. Only

There is shadow under this red rock,

(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),

And I will show you something different from either

Your shadow in the morning striding behind you

Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;

I will show you fear in a handful of dust."

—T. S. ELIOT "The Waste Land"

"If there pushed any ragged thistle-stalk

Above its mates, the head was chopped; the bents

Were jealous else. What made those holes and rents

In the dock's harsh swarth leaves, bruised as to balk

All hope of greenness? 'tis a brute must walk

Pashing their life out, with a brute's intents."

—ROBERT BROWNING "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"

"What river is it?" enquired Millicent idly.

"It's only a stream. Well, perhaps a little more than that.

It's called the Waste."

"Is it really?"

"Yes," said Winifred, "it is."

—ROBERT AICKMAN "Hand in Glove"

The Characters

Go to The Dark Tower series by Stephen King for a complete list of characters

Discussion Points

  • What is unique about the setting of the story?
Does this setting enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes are discovered throughout the story?
Do you see any themes also relating to the story of LOST?
What is the message conveyed by the story themes?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable?
Which characters remind you of similar characters in LOST?
Are their predicaments similar to any in LOST?
  • How do characters change or evolve in the story?
What triggers those changes?
What are the similarities and differences with LOST characters?
  • What are the philosophical views portrayed in the story?
How is it the same/different from LOST's philosophical view?

Discussion Guidelines

  • Be specific and provide examples to back up your point of view.
  • To make the discussion more interesting, feel free to ask your own questions.
  • Please be considerate of all points of view.
  • Encourage participation.


For any LOST Book Club/LBC suggestions or ideas please post on my talk page.


Happy Reading and Thanks!

--Just Sayin' JSTalk LBC LBCTalk eMail 14:58, July 30, 2010 (UTC)

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