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Song Of Susannah (the Dark Tower, Book 6)

by Stephen King
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  • Publisher: Pocket
  • Publishing date: 23/05/2006
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781416521495
  • ISBN: 1416521496

Synopsis

"Stephen King The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah with 10 full-color illustrations by Darrel Anderson The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is at once a book of revelation, a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower, and a fast-paced story of double-barreled suspense. To give birth to her ""chap,"" demon-mother Mia has usurped the body of Susannah Dean and used the power of Black Thirteen to transport to New York City in the summer of 1999. The city is strange to Susannah...and terrifying to the ""daughter of none,"" who shares her body and mind. Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining katet climbs to the Doorway Cave...and discovers that magic has its own mind. It falls to the boy, the billy-bumbler, and the fallen priest to find Susannah-Mia, who, in a struggle to cope -- with each other and with an alien environment -- ""go todash"" to Castle Discordia on the border of End-World. In that forsaken place, Mia reveals her origins, her purpose, and her fierce desire to mother whatever creature the two of them have carried to term. Eddie and Roland, meanwhile, tumble into western Maine in the summer of 1977, a world that should be idyllic but isn't. For one thing, it is real, and the bullets are flying. For another, it is inhabited by the author of a novel called 'Salem's Lot, a writer who turns out to be as shocked by them as they are by him. These are the simple vectors of a story rich in complexity and conflict. Its dual climaxes, one at the entrance to a deadly dining establishment and the other appended to the pages of a writer's journal, will leave readers gasping for the saga's final volume (which, Dear Reader, follows soon, say thank ya)."

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  • Stephen King Has Forgotten the Face of His Father!
    From Amazon

    I bought the first 4 books and being forewarned borrowed the remaining from the library. And I say thank you if it please, because King ruint the story as the wolves ruint the twins. Read no more for there are spoilers below, but take my word and borrow the last of the series. Or if you have sufficient control over curiosity, just say it ended with Wizard and Glass. No more; say thanks; Roland and his friends continue searching endlessly for the tower.


    The Wolves of the Calla gave some reason for concern but had enough action involving the wolves and Black 13 and Susanah's pregnancy to make it interesting. Where it began to fall apart was with the hulldrum story of Father Callahan being forced into our ka-tet? Or is he part of the Ka tet. Though he later dies in the Pig, his death does not unmake the Ka-tet. Still it's obvious King wrote or wanted us to have a strong feeling for Callahan.

    I should say it's obvious what King wrote or wanted because he put himself in as a character. Here is where he ruint the story completely. Whenever you read a portion of fiction, you take on a suspension of disbelief. Yes people can time travel, yes they can battle wizards and win, of course Roland's the fastest draw... But when you start to see the seams of the plot waved in front of your nose, you're shocked out of that world. Perhaps it's what he intended but I cannot imagine why. Whenever the character King shows up and says something or is the topic of Roland's Ka-tet discussion, I'm shocked out of their world and thinking about what the Author wants to tell us?

    1) Stephen King has to write his series so that the Dark Tower does not fall and the universe collapse.
    2) Some of the self-deprication also seems ego driven; Eddie comments that King has a lot of bad habits that needs to be managed. Oh won't the world help King lose 10lbs and stop drinking.
    3) Stephen King's too lazy to finish the series; chuckle chuckle

    All in all, he started w/ a great story and great immersion. I saw another reviewer mention that 90% of it's good and it's just the 10% that gets harped on. That is true; I imagine if King had limitted Father Calahan to a minor character ("I'm an alcoholic; I used to be a priest; now I kill vampires") and deleted the King is God/Rose plotlilne completely (was never part of the first 4 books) we could have had a great series ending at 6 books. As it is that 10% of the time kept jumping at me; like Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace! I kept trying to enjoy the movie and every 5-10minutes there was Jar Jar.

    Finally one other criticism I'll make, while not at the level of his above screwups, the dialog and conversation between Mia and Susannah was overdrawn. A lot of set up and important revelations that ended up revealing nothing and taking a lot of pages. A good editor could have fixed this.

  • Stephen King needs to retire
    From Amazon

    Like most people who have read this book, I was a fan of the Dark Tower series. Specifically, the first three Dark Tower books. Ever since "Wizard and Glass", however, King has been sliding and turning this once fantastic series into an aimless, boring mish-mash of different pop culture fads. This book is by far the worst in the series, and takes forever to explain several simple and uninteresting ideas.

    1) The first problem is that too much of the action takes place in New York and Maine, as opposed to Roland's world. I know I'm not alone in saying that the strangeness of Roland's world is one of the things that drew me into this series in the first place. This is a fantasy series, and I just don't find our own world very interesting in a fantasy series.

    2) One of Stephen King's worst writing habits is his tendency towards over-description and overkill. This habit has never been more evident than in this novel, where King takes an average of probably three pages to explain something that better writers could have done in three paragraphs. Being a descriptive writer is one thing, but over-describing to the point where it ruins the pacing of the story is another. By the time King finally finishes describing some concept, I would have already understood what he was trying to say and lost interest in it, just wanting him to move the story along.

    3) As you might have heard, King writes himself into this story. I don't know of too many readers who were pleased by this, and I certainly wasn't one of them. I still can't believe that King did that and thought it would be a good idea. Not only is it incredibly stupid and tacky, it's arrogant. Even though King doesn't glorify himself, the simple fact that he decided to include himself as a character in this series indicates a massive ego that won't be satisfied unless he himself can play a vital part in the Dark Tower series. And sure enough, it's revealed that his role in the story is to do the will of ka by writing the story of the Dark Tower, and that if he is unable to finish the story, then the Tower will fall and the universe will collapse. If that's not a sign of a God complex, I don't know what is.

    4) There were way too many scenes between Susannah and Mia. The whole split personality thing was tiresome back in "Drawing of the Three", and King does nothing to make it fresh here. We have to listen to endless palaver between Susannah and Mia, and equally endless mentions of Mia's "chap" (man, am I tired of hearing that word). If I know Stephen King, I'm guessing that after he's built up how important Mia's baby is to the plot, he's going to put it completely to waste by having it die almost immediately.

    If you feel like you have to finish the series like me, then unfortunately this book is a must. Although it is boring and tiresome, there are a few things that happen during the story that you need to know or the next book won't make any sense.

  • This book tells us about other worlds than these
    From Amazon

    Begging your indulgence for a moment here at the beginning of this review, There are a few philosophical asides that I would like to bore you to tears with, enjoy.

    There is an odd thing that happens in epics. I speak mostlh of Western epics here, I haven't really experienced Eastern epics so I can only speak to Western ones. They usually have, within them, a meditation on the art of storytelling itself. The Lord of the Rings has this as do Babylon 5, Star Wars, A Song of Ice and Fire and those are just the meager few I can think of.. Even the classics of Western Literature like War and Peace have that in there as well. Hell, The Illiad begins by invoking the Muse. I think that may be where this thread entered our fiction, but that's just a personal theory.

    This interest in the art of storytelling has appeared in The Dark Tower in several places. Stories are told and, on a couple of occasions, the universe actually stops so they can be told.

    By the time you reach the end of this penultimate novel of the Dark Tower series you'll understand that the whole SERIES is a meditation on storytelling. You'll also understand the full extent of Stephen King's hubris as he commits the ultimate act of self-indulgence of a writer. How you deal with that is up to the you.

    With all that structural and philosophical stuff out of the way... is this a good book? HELL YEAH it's a good book. We are back to world hopping and time shifting and all the stuff I was complaining about the lack of in the last book.

    I now understand what was happening in Wolves of the Calla in a different light. We started with Roland in The Gunslinger being a Sergio Leone type gunslinger, Leone's characters are, as a rule, Single-minded, cynical and they are very good at what they do.. they are the best at what they do actually. In Wolves of the Calla (which I gave a luke warm review when I read it) Roland, in spite of himself, has turned from Clint Eastwood into one of the Magnificent Seven, which Wolves of the Calla is essentially a retelling of.

    Like it or not, Roland has been dragged kicking and screaming to a more likable character.

    The characters in this Novel are now a family entire but they are also split up, separated and scattered through time. Susan is in 1999 controlled by a demon named Mia and one (or perhaps both) are pregnant. Jake, Callihan and Oy are zonked into 1999 also to help Susannah by attacking a restaurant called the Dixie Pig and Eddie and Roland are sent to Maine to fight an ambush and maybe meet the writer who created them.

    The fact is that the story of the Dark Tower is becoming interconnected with Stephen King?¦s accident (the one which prompted Kingdom Hospital) and, as a result, the last page (whether you have been following this series fanatically or have been slogging through some of the recent books like I was) will make you HAVE to read book seven.

    The good news is that King seems to be firing on all cylinders again. The Bad News is that there is one more turn before the Clearing say thank ya.

    At the end of this book you will be in the disorienting state of hanging off three separate cliffs at the same time ?

    Enjoy, after my, un slightly unfavorable reviews of the last two books I need to stress how good this one is.

  • The Tower is close at hand
    From Amazon

    I am not going to go into detail, I see that has been done quite nicely. This is the 6th book in the Dark Tower series and it does not disappoint. This book continues the journey of Roland and his posse (ka-tet) trying desperately to reach the Tower, and save the rose when its about to be destroyed. I am amazed that the story is still so intriguing after this many installments, it just gets better and better the deeper you get into Roland's world and King's psyche. The story is compelling and extremely well written. I highly recommend this book. I do not recommend you read this book out of order. To fully appreciate the story you need to read the entire series in order. You do not want to be lost in Roland's world.

  • Pretty Good, But...
    From Amazon

    I found this book to be the weakest of the Dark Tower books. Susannah is not a particularly endearing character. It felt like this book could have been reduced to 50 pages and just added on to the previous book. This book only sets up the last book. However, in typical Dark Tower fasion it is an enjoyable read. And, it does leave you wanting to find out what happens in the next book.

    This is not a book you can pick up if you haven't read the rest, but it is also not one you can skip if you want to read the final one.

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