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Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6)

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The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

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 t
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Audio CD, 14 pages
Published June 8th 2004 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Kara
Apr 30, 2008 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story wasn't bad, some of the new characters were interesting, but I cannot give it a higher rating because of the author himself.

Stephen King has indulged in the ULTIMATE form of ego stroking in this volume and it pissed me off. The plot could've been structured some other way to avoid what he's doing right now - you *can* adjust plot, much as it sometimes hurts to do so - and the fact that he went ahead and wrote what he wrote is annoying and... well, gross. It's gross.

I had hoped, by the
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Kemper
“Would’ee speak a word of prayer first, Roland? To whatever God thee holds?”

“I hold to no God,” Roland said. “I hold to the Tower and won’t pray to that.”


Damn, I love that line. It so perfectly sums up Roland, his quest to find the Tower, what it’s cost him, and how he knows he isn’t done paying yet.

For years, it seemed like Dark Tower had been walking in aimless circles during the long breaks between the third, fourth and fifth books. We knew that King had finished the final three volumes after
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Dan Schwent
The 2011 re-read:
Susanna/Mia uses Black Thirteen and flees to New York to have her baby. Roland, Eddie, Jake, and Callahan get the Manni to open the Unfound Door and end up in the wrong places. Can Roland and Eddie convince Calvin Tower to sell them the lot where the Rose grows? Can Jake and Callahan find Susannah before she has her baby?

Song of Susannah was my least favorite book in the Dark Tower series the first time through. Susannah has never been my favorite character in the Dark Tower sag
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Markus
Roland was looking fixedly at the already diminishing flickers of lightning in the east, where the land of Thunderclap waited for them, and the Court of the Crimson King, and, at the end of End-World, the Dark Tower itself.

Extraordinary! I almost cannot wait for the ending, no matter how controversial.

Full review to come.

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Dark Tower reviews:
#1 The Gunslinger
#2 The Drawing of the Three
#3 The Waste Lands
#4 Wizard and Glass
#5 Wolves of the Calla
#6 Song of Susannah
#7 The Dark Tower
Bookwraiths
Oct 01, 2013 Bookwraiths rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm going to sit down and write reviews on the whole Dark Tower series after I finish, but I just have to say these books are becoming more and more tiresome. It just seems as if King has lost the vision of Roland the Gunslinger, so he - in order to have something to write about - constantly tinkers with the lore, changes history around, blames things on this multi-timestream concept, or spends whole novels describing an event merely to snap his fingers and change everything the next book so as ...more
Richard
May 26, 2015 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, western, sci-fi
7/10

Well played Mr. King, well played. Very clever of you to lower my expectations going into the final book with this less than stellar attempt. Clever indeed. Now I’m not going into the final book with my expectations set at “best series finale ever!” and more hoping for “nicely wraps up the series”.

Whilst not the strongest in the series (possibly the weakest, if you can really call it weak) this was still an exciting read in places. Certain parts of the story actually were really good and mad
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Kathryn
I just finished Song of Susannah, and it's ending has made me want to immediately dive right into the last book of The Dark Tower series, The Dark Tower. For the past few weeks while I've been reading SoS, I've really been eager to find out if Roland makes it to The Tower. Now, I'm a little sad to be starting the last book, the final journey.

I give SoS four stars. For me, it was a great installment, no doubt, to the series. However, I can't give it the extra star to make it a five star installm
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C.W.
Jan 04, 2015 C.W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't describe how happy certain events in this one has made me. It's SO good. I never expected early on that it'd go in this direction, and I love it. This literally could've only ever been written by Stephen King, and within the exact time frame that he wrote it in. There are still so many ways he could take this, and I can't wait to see how it all plays out in the next one. If you've just begun this series, or are thinking about starting it - DO IT AND KEEP GOING! Looking back, the earlier ...more
taarak
Apr 16, 2007 taarak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci Fi and Fantasy Buffs
Steven King's magnum opus. I've given a short review of all the books below. Based largely on the strengths of books 1, 2 and 4, I rate the whole series of seven books a three.

On "THE GUNSLINGER" His first book in a very long series starts out well enough.

On "THE DRAWING OF THE THREE" Gotta chuk!? Gotta up-chuk!? Okay, not so bad but not as good as the first.

On "THE WASTELANDS" The series improves with fast-paced, difficult to follow forays into alternate realities.

On "WIZARD AND GLASS" The best
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
Juggling between 3.5 or 4 since there have been so many deux ex machina shit going on lately. Despite it all though, I was entertained.
Franco  Santos
Jul 11, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Para muchos el peor de la saga. A mí me gustó mucho y no me parece el peor. Es, para mí, uno de los tomos más importantes de la serie. En este se revelan muchas cosas que esclarecen un poco el misterio que gira en torno a la Torre Oscura y todo se va preparando para su final.
Stacey
Dec 21, 2008 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imo
I've enjoyed this series immensely, all the way up until this book. Now I am reading the last one just to see if he can straighten out the mess he made here. What was he thinking? This is the ultimate in mental masturbation an author can produce. I liked the parts Eddie and Roland right up until they left Tower, and I kind of liked the bits with Jake, but the rest? Crap. It's crap!

I know authors of serials sometimes put themselves in the story (Clive Cussler comes to mind,) but it's usually don
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Ryan
Apr 22, 2016 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
King you almost had it, you really did. This series could have been something special. Pure Fantasy Western that echoes numerous cultural references and King's works themselves. A true magnum opus that bridges all his works.

Well he certainly did it but not in the great subtle way he should have done, wouldn't that have made a great series.
"The man in black moved through the desert and the gunslinger followed"

King starts off this series with these words. It's pure. It spells out the whole serie
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Sesana
Dec 23, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
Compared to other Dark Tower books, the pace of this one is practically blistering. And yet it's also true that this is basically 500+ pages (or 12+ hours, if you prefer) of exposition for the final book. There are very few writers that can do that much exposition, end with little resolved, and yet leave me basically satisfied, except for a need to go on. Not quite sure how King managed that.

I also want to talk about what I think will probably be the single greatest sticking point for most reade
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Amar
Jun 11, 2015 Amar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Nakon veoma dobrog 5. dijela , ovaj dio je po meni došao kao hladan tuš ili kao šamar.
Dosadan do bola. Cijela knjiga na neki način dodje kao „međuigra“ koju smo viđali u It . Razlika je što je ta međuigra se dešavala u podglavljima , dok je ovo čitava knjiga.
Najveći problem je što ovdje nisam imao onaj osjećaj da MORAM nastavit čitati. Knjiga i nije baš toliko loša , ali ipak mi je falilo ONO nešto. Ni Edi/Roland momenti nisu mogli izvući „Suzaninu pesmu“.

Stvarno mi je žao , ali ovaj dio moram o
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Stephen
4.5 TO 5.0 stars. The Dark Tower series is one of the best fantasy series of ALL TIME. Even if you don't like Stephen King, I think you will love this series. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Nominee: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2005)
F.R.
Jun 04, 2015 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does Stephen King writing himself into the penultimate episode of The Dark Tower make it more or less epic? Mid-way through Roland and Eddie find themselves in Stephen King’s 1977 home where they chat with the author himself. But where does this take us? When Martin Amis does it, it can seem like the height of solipsism, an author’s attempt to wank slowly and grandly in public. And yet, the substance of this visit, and King’s appearance, brings together all of King’s other books – to a lesser or ...more
Kandice
Feb 06, 2016 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am leaving my rating at five stars because I really believe his writing deserves it. Having said that, this is my least favorite of the series. I used to think The Gunslinger was the hardest to love. Maybe it's easier now because I've read it a few times, already love Roland, and know what the hell is up. THIS one though...I just don't like the Ka-tet separated after we've bled with them and gone through so much to get them together.

I don't want to get spoiler-ish, but each page (or in this ca
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Robert Beveridge
Jan 19, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Stephen King, Song of Susannah (Donald M. Grant, 2004)

It's quite ironic that, less than a year after announcing his impending retirement, Mr. King has graced us with one of the best pieces of writing he's put out in years (excepting "Blind Willie," one of the strongest stories of his career). After a string of books ranging from the mediocre (From a Buick 8, Wolves of the Calla) to the out-and-out bad (Dreamcatcher), during which, one can assume, King decided to hang up his hat, we get Song of S
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Cindy
Jun 19, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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M Hamed
Aug 12, 2015 M Hamed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fantasy
I stretched back and I hiccupped
And looked back on my busy day
Eleven hours in the Tin Pan
God, there's got to be another way
God, there's got to be another way


first comes Denial and Isolation.this can't be happening
then Anger.
then Bargaining.it isn't that bad i will just forget about it
then Depression. all is lost ,5 excruciating books with nothing in return

then comes the rage how dare he ,how fucking dare he to break the fourth fucking wall

Who Are You ?
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Being one of my favorites of the series, it’s ironic since Savannah is my least favorite character. This is a type of lead-in book to the last one, the big bang finale we all feel is coming book. The book may not solve many riddles of the series but it’s still exciting. All kinds of unsettling things go down, and the story is just fascinating urgency builds and stakes heat up.

There are so many mixed reactions on King inserting himself (or a version of himself anyway) into his books. Some call it
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Camila Carbel
Jul 28, 2015 Camila Carbel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nada más por decir.
Acortando el camino hacia la Torre.
Bridgit Barger
Jun 10, 2016 Bridgit Barger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 4-star-reads
Definitely better than Wolves of the Calla! I'm nervous to see how King wraps up the series.
Edward Lorn
Sweet baby Tom Cruise this book is a chore. If it wasn't for the fact that it's been ten years since I first read it, I probably would have skipped this one. This is probably the most incomplete book in the series. We're all over the damn place, and there is no discernible plot other than "Fill in as many holes as possible, and be meta as fuck!"

With this volume, I felt as if WOLVES OF THE CALLA, SONG OF SUSANNAH, and THE DARK TOWER were conceived as one final 2,500 page book. Sure, WOLVES stands
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Rob
Executive Summary: This book has some good parts, and is enjoyable if you've gotten this far in the series, but in my opinion it's the weakest of the 7.

Audio book: Not much to say about this that hasn't been said in my previous reviews really. George Guidall is a pretty good reader, but I still miss the voices of Eddie and Susannah that Frank Muller did.

Mr. Guidall does have an excellent voice for the narration of the story, and Roland, probably better than Mr. Muller, but I find him lacking on
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Maureen Brunner
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Greg
Apr 17, 2008 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
As of this writing, I've just finished Song of Susannah and am about to start the 7th and final book in The Dark Tower series, and I'm scared. Not scared in a "oh, stephen king is scary" sort of way, but scared in a "maybe I should've listened to what everyone told me and stopped reading the series after book 5".

And really, I can't say I wasn't warned, but how the heck are you going to stop reading a fantastic book series after getting 5 books in, and knowing there are two more out there. No on
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Andrew
Aug 30, 2007 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If you want to read an amazing seven-book series of epic proportions where the main character is a gunslinging loner and he fights amazing crab-creatures and pulls people through magical doorways while on his way to save the entire universe, then stop reading this series at book 3; skip book 4 and read book 5 and imagine the ending for yourself.

Seriously though, Stephen King did a fantastic job of recovering this story after so many years of it sitting on the shelf--though book 4 was abit of a
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Josh
Aug 22, 2008 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This is more like it! After the dreadful Wolves of the Calla, my expectations lowered dramatically for the rest of the series. This volume, however, makes up for lost time. We get another old-fashioned shoot out with Roland, and a whole lot of answers to longstanding questions about the world this series is set in. There are a few clunkers - Susannah taking over a listening station in her mind was a little weird, and I'm not terribly gung-ho about the surprise guest star that appears in this boo ...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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The Dark Tower (7 books)
  • The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
  • The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)
  • The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3)
  • Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4)
  • Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, #5)
  • The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, #7)

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In the Kingdom of Ago, the clocks tick... but their hands never move.
There is an Unfound Door
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and memory is the key which opens it.”
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