Song of Susannah

Song of Susannah

eBook - 2004
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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).
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2004
ISBN: 9780743266376
0743266374
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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danielestes
Apr 01, 2015

"One more turn of the path, and then we reach the clearing."

As a book, Song of Susannah is an outlier. It's less an epic adventure and more of an intermission, a bridge between two thicker volumes. This is further expressed by the story's timeline taking place over a single day compared to a month as in the previous book. The pace is urgent at times, but the saga-ness of the whole feels hollow. Usually a penultimate series entry is bolstered by being so close to the end, but that's not the case here. Instead, it feels like one really long chapter. And then there are sections where the author is stalling, needlessly, as if to justify this installment as an actual book. Here I'm thinking of Susannah and Mia's palaver at the Castle Discordia and Susannah's charge to "burn up the day." Conversely, however, there are moments of genius, which I've come to expect from King. My favorites are when Eddie and Roland meet The Writer, when Susannah wrestles with her helplessness leading up to the rendezvous at the Dixie Pig, and that hair-raising Coda still haunts my imagination ever since the first time I read it.

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erinsnest
Aug 29, 2014

Aug 28, 2014.....I'm on page 150 or so. Still enjoying the series, but, easily distracted from it. I like ginger_bug's comment, (I can't decide......!) I'm with her/him!...........Sept 7 2014, just finished this book this morning. I liked the author's journal notes at the end. I am sure glad that I didn't start to read this series until it was finished. What a long and frustrating journey that would have been. Well I think there is just one more book to go.....I sure hope he doesn't leave me hanging......but I'm not sure how he could wrap this all up.

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ginger_bug
Jul 04, 2012

King's whole Dark Tower series is an exercise in complete wacky and this installment is no exception. However it is one of the better ones (really I like them all except the Drawing of the Three, and the parts with the riddling train) and I enjoy the focus on Susannah Dean. This follows the ka-tet through 1977 and 1999 New York in a world that might or might not be our own but is probably the real one, and there are cameos from characters in other Stephen King novels, (which reference I didn't really get, as I've only read these, Dreamcatcher, Carrie and the Running Man) and a visit from the godlike world-creator himself. I can't decide whether these books are brilliant or just a masturbatory exercise for the author, but I do know that I can't stop reading them.

jcscher Feb 21, 2012

I will pick it up tomorrow 2/22/12.

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