Song of Susannah

Song of Susannah

Book - 2004
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Publisher: Hampton Falls, N.H. : Donald M. Grant, Publisher ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2004
Edition: 1st trade ed
ISBN: 9780743254557
Branch Call Number: PS3561.I483 S66 2004
Characteristics: 413 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Anderson, Darrel


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caleherreman Feb 12, 2019

I have become such a fan of The Dark Tower series. This picks up right after the climax of the previous book, Wolves of the Calla, and finds Susannah missing, somewhere in our world, under the influence of Mia, and the rest of the ka-tet finding a way to find and rescue her. Roland and Eddie end up in rural Maine, and find a person of great influence over their world: an up-and-coming author named Stephen King. I was wary of the idea of Stephen King appearing in this book, because there is so much that could turn that cheesy and self-indulgent, but he treats himself as a character honestly, and gets himself hypnotized by Roland. Pere Callahan and Jake end up in New York City, tracking Mia, who has the upper hand, but Susannah has plenty to do. This is an exciting entry in the series, and tension keeps building, ultimately for the final book. But there is a lot to ponder about the relationship between our world and Roland's world. Is his world our post-apocalyptic future? Is it all just a dream of some sleeping god?

Jan 05, 2018

6th Dark Tower Book

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.

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.

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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