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Song of Susannah

(The Dark Tower #6)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  145,771 ratings  ·  4,400 reviews
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-mothe
Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published June 8th 2004 by Scribner
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Anshul Sharma I feel like Wolves may have been the weakest, but it seems to be an unpopular opinion. It just seemed like there wasn't much going on for such a long …moreI feel like Wolves may have been the weakest, but it seems to be an unpopular opinion. It just seemed like there wasn't much going on for such a long book. Maybe it was because of the slow speed of Wolves that made me enjoy Song's action oriented flow. (less)
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Sean I began the DT series understanding King places himself in the books at some point. When I first heard about this I assumed it was a bad idea. Breakin…moreI began the DT series understanding King places himself in the books at some point. When I first heard about this I assumed it was a bad idea. Breaking the fourth wall can be a cool device, but is seldom beneficial to the story... unless you're talking about Deadpool.

After I read this part of the story I understood King placed a slightly fictional version of himself in the books, not his true self. The idea to be conveyed here is how truly important the Dark Tower is. It's the linchpin holding together ALL worlds, including ours, where there is a Stephen King who writes the Dark Tower series.

If I was the editor I would probably advise against this aspect of the Dark Tower series. It does take you out of the books initially and is distracting from the plot. In the end it was not as bad as I assumed it would be.(less)
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(B+) 77% | Good
Notes: Nothing remarkable, but nothing terrible. Just a light aperitif to cleanse the palate and set the stage for the final tome.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH. MY. WORD. I cannot even, right now. The last few sentences of this literally took my breath away!!!

I cannot believe I am using this many exclamation points, but seriously, have you read this?!?!

I am so in love with this series. I just want to stare at the gorgeous covers all day and ponder the meaning of it all; its true to the guts meaning.

It's bloody EPIC.

As a continuation of the overall series, this was pure perfection. As a reader, you know the end draws nigh. The pace of the story is l
Mario the lone bookwolf
After enjoying some short, not really peaceful, time together, the ka-tet has to be separated to accelerate the plot.

Close to everything is related to the other novels, so we have:

Susannah Mia is internally torn apart and a bit indecisive about the best (view spoiler). Just take all the average fantasy races, aliens, r
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
“Their situation was becoming ever harder to deny: they were characters in someone's story.”
Stephen King, Song of Susannah

The Wolves of Calla have fallen, but so has the Ka-tet! Susannah is off with Mia,'the chap' AND Black Thirteen. Oy, Jake and Pere have gone one way and Roland and Eddie the other. With the fates of the vacant lot and The Rose therein, 'the chap', Black Thirteen, Calvin Tower and the journey to The Dark Tower itself all up for grabs, in different wheres and whens, the Kat-et h
Feb 26, 2008 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
“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
Johann (jobis89)
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It got so I couldn't tell if you were the hero, the antihero, or no hero at all.”

The sixth book in King’s Dark Tower series, wherein the ka-tet are split up and sent to different “whens” and “wheres” to achieve their goals.

Song of Susannah was one of those instances where a reread proved to be very informative... as what I thought happened in this book did not actually happen in this book... I was getting ahead of myself. And for that reason I understand the complaints that not much really happ
Ahmad Sharabiani
Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6), Stephen King

Song of Susannah is a fantasy novel by American writer Stephen King. It is the sixth book in his Dark Tower series. Its subtitle is Reproduction.

Taking place mainly in our world (New York City and East Stoneham, Maine), this book picks up where Wolves of the Calla left off, with the ka-tet employing the help of the Manni to open the magic door inside Doorway Cave.

The ka-tet are split up by the magic door, or perhaps ka, and sent to different 'wh
Upon coming to, Stephen King registered a mixed expression of fear, anger and puzzlement. Perhaps being bound and gagged had something to do with it. His face was contorted and purple and his hair was standing up with much of it covering his forehead and bulging eyes.

The tall, ungainly gunslinger was standing over him, concerned and apologetic.

“Sorry that I hit ya, Sai. If I take off the duct tape, will ya promise that ya won’t scream?”

King vigorously nodded.

“You was running away and shoutin’ an
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mia, daughter of none, is soon to become mother of one.  Her long-anticipated chap, the one with the disconcerting blue eyes (even in utero), is about to be born.  The Dixie Pig awaits, filled with the Taheen, humanoids with the heads of animals.  They serve the Crimson King.  Seems a poor choice for a place to birth a baby, but we are not in charge, we do not get to decide.

Black Thirteen, the much feared crystal ball is temporarily stashed where its cunning glammer can cause no harm.  Stored in
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Oh Susannah. Will she ever walk alone? Perhaps. But not at this time. Not in New York, the place she had once called home. Now it's the place she is taken captive. It's not Detta this time. They had their peace, and Detta settled. Now it's Mia's turn, and she is stronger than ol' nasty Detta ever was. To New York then on the run. A world away, yet still along the path of the beam. Mia will birth her chap there. She'll need Susannah, for a spell. After all, she does reside in the same body.

R.K. Gold
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And the series continues. It's something special when you read a book that has so much of the author's heart and soul laced into the pages. This series is so much a part of King that he had to make himself a character in it (that scene with King talking to Eddie Dean and Roland was something else.

Like with all books in the series thus far, the journey has been infinitely more important than the destination. His mind truly is an amazing thing, the way he doesnt see himself as a great architect,
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, western, sci-fi

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 m
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.


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 Da
Timothy Urgest
Song of Susannah could have been 100 pages and held the same amount of information. Almost nothing happened and maybe four questions were answered. Come on, King.

I’m ready for book VII and the end.
Book six in The Dark Tower series and I think Stephen King is the only author that can get away with writing himself into the story! I couldn't believe my eyes! I had heard that he was a character in the DT series but its one of those things that I didn't believe, until now.

I'm not loving this series and I'm not hating on it either, its just OK for me. I love how certain things tie back to other books, Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Stand are the obvious ones so far. I really like some of the charact
Aug 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just disgusting in it's narcissism and lack of story advancement. Once again we have a 400 page book where nothing at all really happens for 95% of the book. Also it's a book that is all about Susannah - who I have hated since I first "met" her.

The entire story diverges from the "rules" of the established world that has been created in all the previous books. (view spoiler)
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Number six. I have been really getting into reading the series. Really looking forward to reading the conclusion. Song of Susannah brought together the strands of the previous novel. What I liked about it was the appearance of Stephen King and how he mentioned his demons. Addiction is a theme running through the books. Drugs, smoking, killing, religion and greed with the Tower and his lust for books.

The wolves have been vanquished. Mia has taken over Susannah and escaped through the door in the
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Conclusion: King is either a genius or crazy, most probably both - "That is the truth" ...more


Approximately 800 years ago I began a quest; a quest to take some much-loved friends of mine on a journey like no other. I enjoy doing things like this. I enjoy people reading books that I love so much I am willing to bludgeon them with said books until they agree to read them.

Luckily, with the Gunslinger I did not need to do too much convincing. That crazy MahFah Jeff joined on willingly enough with Delee and I.

(Little did he know, he’d be spending the rest of his pitiful life in my basem
Dec 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A chamber western, not a lot of action but oodles of internal dialogue and back room machinations.

Many reviewers have called this one the weakest of the books and I’ll go along with that, King was eating up the long back miles towards the end.

For me the most appealing aspect of Song of Susannah was the inclusion of Stephen King himself! The idea of a multiverse that includes literature has been done before (see Heinlein’s spectacular mess The Number of the Beast) but to add in a certain New Engl
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, 2019-books
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This book is much more wonderful the second time around. Who knows, maybe it'll jump another notch by the third or the fourth. :)

This is a series that only gets better when you're swimming in the massive loads of details that combine Stephen King's life, the amazing worldbuilding of his bibliography, and add the little idea that Stephen King has put his SOUL into the DT.

What do I mean by that? Well, by his own admission, this is his magnum opus, his breathtaking, soul-stealing epic that ties tog
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having met my GR goal and not having any ARC's due for a bit, I decided to pick up the next book in this series.

This time around, the ka-tet is split up, within Susannah/Mia headed to New York to deliver Mia's chap, Jake and Callahan headed to New York behind her to try to save her, and Roland and Eddie headed to a different place in time to get ownership of the vacant lot that is home to the rose.

I know some don't like this book, but I thought it was pretty good. This one has much more of a ch
Song of Susannah was not as enjoyable for me this time around. I deducted one star from my original rating.

It seemed like there were a lot of words, (especially the word "chap", enough already!) but the story didn't seem to move very far.

What I really enjoyed about this audio were the diary entries from SK himself, which were read by the narrator after the story was over. In these entries, he talks about his drinking, about how some of the DT stories came about, and about how he and his wife
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So close to the end I can taste it. I really enjoyed reading this installment of the epic quest. Not a whole lot of backstory in this one either. All the action made it so exciting. Can't wait to see how it all ends!

May 2022 reread

This book was way more fun to read the second time around! There's so much action and it makes this book unputdownable. I wasn't super impressed when I read this book the first time. It just didn't seem to grab hold of me the way the other books did. I had a completely
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not gonna mark this review as spoilery because there are two things I know: 1. You have already read The Drak Tower series or 2. You are never going to read it. Yep, those are the two camps my friends fall into these days. If, by some strange, unexplained cosmic mystery, you haven’t yet read these books but plan to one day, you should probably stop reading here. Just a warning in case you exist.

Anyway, spoilers...

Coming right up.....

I love that Stephen King made himself into a character in
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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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