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Preceded by ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree''.

'''''The Waste Lands''''' is Book III of Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', released in 1991, has two parts. In the first, the TemporalParadox the [[Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree previous book]] created makes [[TheGunslinger Roland]] begin to [[SanitySlippage lose his mind]]. In the second, the ''[[TrueCompanions ka-tet]]'', now including the [[DeathIsCheap recently resurrected]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Jake]] continue their journey, get caught, escape and move on.

Followed by ''Literature/WizardAndGlass''.
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!!''The Waste Lands'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AfterTheEnd: In this book the results of the collapse of the Great Old Ones' civilization are made apparent in the eponymous Waste Lands. When looking at the horrific landscape and the nausea-inducing creatures that live there, Eddie is dumbstruck:
-->''"This was no nuclear war," Eddie said. "This...this..." His thin, horrified voice sounded like that of a child.\\
"NOPE," Blaine agreed. "IT WAS A LOT WORSE THAN THAT, AND IT'S NOT OVER YET."''
* AIIsACrapshoot: Shardik, Blaine, and Patricia all went crazy years before the start of the series.
* ArcWords: Among others, "Blaine is a pain."
** Also "all things serve the Beam". Or, as Eddie says it, "all things serve the f***in' Beam."
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Shardik, a gigantic cyborg bear attacks the protagonists at the beginning of the book.
* BearsAreBadNews: Especially 50-foot tall, millennia old parasite-ridden cyborg god bears.
* BigBrotherBully: Eddie's big brother Henry is revealed to be one. Eddie seems to realize it for the first time.
* CliffHanger: Mighty fine one. Readers had to wait six years for the resolution.
* CoolTrain: Blaine the Mono.
* DangerousKeyFumble: Jake has to go through a HauntedHouse to reach a magical doorway that will take him to the others in Mid-World. Just as the house comes alive and tries to eat him, he drops the key that will let him open the portal and it falls through the floorboards.
* DrivenToSuicide
** [[spoiler:Patricia]], egged on by [[spoiler:Blaine]].
** [[spoiler:Blaine]] also plans on committing suicide.
** Many [[spoiler:Pubes and Grays]] when Lud starts going mad.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The citizens of Lud think it is this when Blaine begins running the city into the ground.
* FanDisservice: How the ''ka-tet'' holds off the Oracle.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Tick-Tock Man.
* GeniusLoci
** The Plaster Man[=/=]Doorkeeper.
** Blaine, who is actually just an extension of the computer that controls all of Lud.
* HornyDevils: The Oracle. Sex with an incubus here is portrayed as very unpleasant and painful.
* IHaveManyNames: Richard Fannin says something similar to this.
* InsultBackfire: Jake to Gasher:
-->'''Jake:''' Go fuck yourself.
-->'''Gasher:''' Why not? Give me a chunk of broken glass and I'll rip it right off and stick it right in, for all the good it's doing me these days.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: Eddie asks Roland if billy-bumblers make good eating. Roland answers no, they're horrible: tough and gamy, and he'd sooner eat dog. When quizzed, he confirms that, yes, he's also eaten dog meat.
* JediMindTrick: The key.
* {{Jerkass}}: Blaine. ''Dear God''.
* KickTheDog: Gasher kicks Oy, in case we didn't realize that he's a villain.
* LargeAndInCharge:
** The Great Old Ones, who once ruled All-World, were much larger than regular humans, judging by the size of the seats inside Blaine's Barony Coach.
** Tick Tock Man leads the Grays, and is described as much larger, healthier, and younger-looking. He may or may not be descended from the Great Old Ones.
* LightningBruiser: The Tick Tock Man is an enormous, chiseled specimen. When he draws his knife, Jake swears that he's as fast or faster than Roland. [[spoiler:It doesn't help him one bit]].
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: To Creator/TSEliot's "Literature/TheWasteLand". Part of the poem is used as an {{epigraph}} and in-story Susannah quotes it.
* LivingLieDetector: Blaine can determine if someone is lying with 97% accuracy by using voice analysis.
* MadnessMantra: "SEE YOU LATER, ALLIGATOR. AFTER A WHILE, CROCODILE. DON'T FORGET TO WRITE"
* MeaningfulName: The city of Lud, whose surface inhabitants have forgotten what technology is and now fear it. At one point near the end, the point is made explicit when they are referred to as Luddites.
* {{Mordor}}: The titular Waste Lands, a vast area beyond the city of Lud which Roland and his ''ka-tet'' must cross with Blaine's dubious help.
* MustMakeAmends
* NightmareFuel: [[invoked]] Charlie the Choo-Choo's smile disturbs all the characters.
* NoIndoorVoice
** Blaine. The Big Blaine personality at least.
** Also true of Jake's father.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Or rather a "Not-See"
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Blaine forces our heroes to display their knowledge of... [[spoiler:prime numbers!]] They must also come up with a riddle that Blaine can't solve. [[spoiler:They can't until the next book.]]
* PokemonSpeak: Oy is given his name because he repeats the word "boy" several times as "oy."
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Deconstructed. Roland remembers two versions of a certain crucial event, and it slowly drives him insane.
* SeriousBusiness: Riddles. Roland takes it personally when Eddie tells a stupid one. Back in the day, he also saw [[SadistTeacher Cort]] kill a man for cheating in a riddling competition.
* TheSeventies: Jake comes from 1977.
* SplitPersonality: Blaine has the A.I. version. Eddie refers to the two personalities (the aggressive one who [[NoIndoorVoice TALKS IN CAPITALS]] and the quiet, sane one who doesn't) as Big Blaine and Little Blaine.
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Roland reveals that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of riddles because they were SeriousBusiness in Gilead.
* SubvertedKidsShow: ''Charlie the Choo-Choo'' is an example of a subverted kids' storybook.
* TechnicallyASmile: [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110331202731/darktower/images/b/b0/Wastelands_6_choo_choo.jpg Charlie the Choo-Choo's]]. No one trusts it.
* TemporalParadox
* WastelandElder: Eddie daydreams about meeting some of these ("wise fuckin' elves!", he muses), who would give the ''ka-tet'' some food and supplies and maybe tell them the best route to the Dark Tower, when he sees the Lud skyline from a distance. He realizes, though, that the chances of them meeting anyone like that are slim to none (though they do meet some decent folk in River Crossing).
* WouldHurtAChild: Gasher actually ''enjoys'' it.
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