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Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  65,191 ratings  ·  1,464 reviews

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

Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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“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
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
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
Wendell Adams
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
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
Apr 16, 2007 taarak rated it 2 of 5 stars
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.

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
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)
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
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
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Robert Beveridge
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
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
Aug 22, 2008 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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
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
Sumit Singla
Mr. King, you have forgotten the face of your father.

By far, Song of Susannah is the weakest book in the series so far. If this had been Book 1, I probably wouldn't have even bothered going forward in the series. But apparently, 'ka' willed otherwise,

In this story, the ka-tet seems to be broken when Mia takes away Susannah with the help of a magic artefact (which I will not name). Will the rest of our gunslingers be able to get her back, with the help of Pere Callahan and Henchick of the Manni?
Maureen Brunner
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Stephen King's novel "Song Of Susannah" is the sixth instalment of the seven part epic "Dark Tower" series. The novel runs for 427 pages out of the series total of 3712 pages. Unlike within the previous installations, the book does not include an introduction from King himself (Wolves Of The Calla delivered his last `argument'). However, the book does finish with a two page afterward. Again, the hardback version includes some full colour illustrations (ten in total), this time by Darrel Anderson ...more
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
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
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
I've always really enjoyed this volume of the series, even though, as seems to be the case with many next-to-last books in a series, it's more of a set up to the end than it's own book.

But Song of Susannah is brilliant in that set up. I love the revelations that come from this book, about Roland, about the world, about the Tower and Ka and everything. We learn so much that will be important in this book, that it's surprising that the book is so short. Well... Short for King. The mass market pap
So it's been almost two years since I read Wolves of the Calla.
It is time to follow the Beam once again.

I must say that I have not been as impressed with the journey so far as most reviewers have been. I've read a lot of King that has easily garnered 5-star ratings, but none of the books in this series have quite made it for me. Yet, I am committed to continue because despite the bumps, he is my favorite author.

Song of Susannah follows the personae of Susannah (Odetta + Detta) and Mia, who are s
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
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Not my favorite of the series by any means, but at least it's short. Heh.

I think it mostly has to do with the fact that most of it is the Susannah/Mia thing and, as I stated in my review for Wolves, Susannah is really my least favorite of the ka-tet, and I felt like a lot of the stuff for her gets drawn out where there's not really any real need for it.

I do like the parts with the others, though I wish we'd seen more of Jake and Callahan, and perhaps had it more spread out. Instead of told in ch
Another step closer to the tower and yet again I am blown away. It has been a long journey so far with six books in the series, most of them with high page counts, but it feels like yesterday I met Roland for the first time. These books are written so well I tend to loose myself in the story and feel as if I am part of the Ka-Tet of Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy. I have been there through all of the big events and wandered the path of the beam with exhilaration and suspense.

In this sixt
Janie Johnson
While this is not one of my favorite books in the DT series, Song of Susannah is wrote very well. Again the characters are unforgettable. We don't get to see the katet all together, and the others are a bit sparse besides Susannah. It allows readers to spend a bit more time with Susannah and get to know her a little better. Oh yes, and we can't forget about our lovely mother, Mia, who is hell bent on making Susannah's existance one of complete agony.

Mia refuses to listen to the advice of the on
Jake Menne
Roland and Eddie: 5 stars

Jake, Callahan, and Oy: 4 stars

Susannah and Mia: 0 stars

In the sixth installment of the Dark Tower series our Ka-tet is split into the three above groups. Roland and Eddie are tracking town Tower, Mia is dragging Susannah around in order to deliver her chap, and Jake, Callahan, and Oy are trying to save Susannah.

Roland and Eddie’s POV is incredible. Not only is there a really intense gun scene but there is also some really trippy time traveling paradigms that they explo
Michael Benavidez
This is a hard book to review. Being the sixth entry in the Dark Tower series (out of seven, eight if you count Wind Through The Keyhole) it lacks in certain parts compared to the others.

Each of the previous books were able to move the plot forwards in their own unique way, without necessarily saying that the plot was being moved forward. book 1 introduced the quest, books 2-4 carried pieces of the puzzle as well as allowing the characters to grow, book 5 was a reset of sorts for the plot witho
A estas alturas comentar algo del argumento es casi absurdo. Quien ha leído la saga ya sabe por donde vamos a estas alturas y quien no la ha leído, le sonaría a chino, en caso de que le importara minimamente. Este parece uno de los libros peor valorados de esta historia y yo le voy a dar 3 estrellas y media, pero tampoco menos.

Evidentemente, al empezar a leer la saga a toro pasado y poder hacerlo del tirón, no tengo ese plus de frustración de quienes han esperado años y años a cada nuevo tomo p
My least favorite of the Dark Tower books, but it's still essential. It does have some great parts, it just doesn't have the complete feeling that the other books in the series do. It's more a bridge between DT5 and DT7.
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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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