Song of Susannah
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...more
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)
Notes: Nothing remarkable, but nothing terrible. Just a light aperitif to cleanse the palate and set the stage for the final tome.
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 Dark Tower
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 ...more
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, ...more
I know, I know. It has nothing to do with the book. It is a great book and I love my journey to the Tower, I am just a little overwhelmed with other things right now. I feel like I am not giving this the attention it deserves so I will come back to it when I can.
Doesn't this feel like a break-up letter?
Dear Dark Tower Series,
It's not you, it's me.
No, seriously. I love you. I am low-key obsessed with you, I just don't have the time to dedicat ...more
I know authors of serials sometimes put themselves in the story (Clive Cussler comes to mind,) but it's usually don ...more
The entire story diverges from the "rules" of the established world that has been created in all the previous books. (view spoiler)[ Suddenly Susannah can imagine a microphone and talk to other people mind to mind? WHAT! Since when? Since w ...more
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 ...more
This used to be my least favourite book of the series. Now it's just one of the least favourites of the series, probably in the same level with the #2 book The Drawing of the Three
Reading it for the second time after 5 years I feel that things are clearer and I know what's going on.
What confused me the first time and it's still unclear are the places that Susannah visits. Are there in her mind, she travels with her mind, I don't know and that's what makes this book the le ...more
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 ...more
I struggle with Susannah/Mia. It feels so stretched out. They ultimately go to a hotel, spend some time in the crazy castle, and go to the Dixie Pig. But it is spread over so many pages!
Then there is the matter of ...more
Anyway, I feel like my whole “yeah I’m going to space these last few books out” plan was total bullshit so I guess I’ll hit at least one of my reading goals this year. Lol
Proper RTC because I actually have notes.
This volume did feel a little like filler for the final instalment but that's ok because I enjoyed the ride. Have a lot of questions that need answering before the end of this series. I'm not sure whether they'll all be answe ...more
Abrí este libro con las expectativas mas bajas que haya tenido con libro de Stephen King alguno, debido a las malas criticas que ha tenido no solo de la gente experimentada sino también del publico común como yo, la mayoría coincidían en que este es el punto mas bajo de toda la saga y pues dejen que les diga que me ha gustado mucho, si es ese el caso el punto mas bajo de toda la saga debería de ser lobos del calla.
En este lib ...more
I think this one is the most difficult to rate out the series. There were parts that I enjoyed immensely, and there were sections that I abhorred.
What part didn't I like? every section of this unassembled jig-saw puzzle of a book that involves Susannah and Mia. I know this might sound sacrilegious to some hard-core Tower fans, but Susannah has always been my least favorite character and all too often she just annoys the hell out of me. So, not only was I disappointed when I found that an entire ...more
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 ...more
This book is quite short compared to the others excluding the first book, ‘ The Gunslinger ‘, and surrounds one event. I can’t speak of the event because that would be a spoiler. This event takes place in 1999 and the Ka-tet have been separated into 3 groups. Eddie and Roland, Jake, Callahan and Oy, and lastly Mia and Susanna. They must go th ...more
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