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Song of Susannah [Library Binding]

Stephen King
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April 2005 1417671378 978-1417671373

The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

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 ka-tet 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.

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There's something about a crippled, black, schizophrenic, civil rights activist-turned-gunslinger whose body has been hijacked by a white, pregnant demon from a parallel world that keeps a seven-volume story bracingly strong as it veers toward its Armageddon-like conclusion. When Susannah Dean is transported via a magic door on the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis (the scene of much of The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla) to New York City in the summer of 1999, the "demon-mother" who possesses her, Mia, has only one thing on her mind. She must give birth to her "chap" at a predetermined location in Manhattan's East 60s, as instructed by the henchmen-or "Low Men"-of the evil Crimson King. Pressed for time, Father Callahan, preteen Jake and talking pet "billy-bumbler" Oy follow Susannah and Mia's trail in an effort to prevent an act that would quicken the destruction of the Dark Tower and, in turn, of all worlds. Meanwhile, gunslingers Roland and Eddie travel to 1977 Maine in search of bookstore owner Calvin Tower, who is being hunted down by mobster Enrico Balazar and his gang, who first appeared in Eddie's version of New York in The Drawing of the Three Avid readers of the series will either be completely enthralled or extremely irritated when, in a gutsy move, the author weaves his own character into this unpredictable saga, but either way there's no denying the ingenuity with which King paints a candid picture of himself. The sixth installment of this magnum opus stops short with the biggest cliffhanger of King's career, but readers at the edge of their seats need only wait a few short months (Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower) to find out how-and if-King's fictional universe will come to an end. 10 full-color illus. not seen by PW.
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King's epical Dark Tower hastens to a close, and its penultimate volume is one of the speediest. The gunslingers of Mid-World and other alternate Earths have defeated The Wolves of the Calla (2003) but lost one of their number. Susannah Dean, nee Odetta Holmes, lacking her lower legs after a minion of the Satan of Mid-World, the Crimson King, pushed her in front of a subway train, and whose personality is sometimes split between black bourgeoise Odetta and viciously paranoiac Detta Walker, has been taken over by the spirit Mia to be the body in which Mia will gestate a boy who will eventually kill head gunslinger Roland. The child is to be born in New York in 1999, which is where Susannah-Mia repairs through one of the doors between worlds. The other gunslingers pursue through the same door, but only 11-year-old Jake Chambers, accompanied by former 'Salems' Lot priest Don Callahan, get to New York. Roland and Susannah's husband, Eddie Dean, tumble into an ambush in New England in 1977. Each chapter--called a stanza and ending with two songlike quatrains--advances one subset of gunslingers' progress. King keeps us on tenterhooks throughout--and leaves us there. Before quite departing, he tacks on a clever coda about the gradual creation of the Dark Tower--but in which world? The series concludes with The Dark Tower in September. Ray Olson
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There's nothing like a Stephen King-induced nightmare. The last time I experienced one was over a quarter-century ago, during my first reading of THE SHINING. Jack Torrance, erstwhile writer and winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, thinks he's getting a little down-lo action with a siren he meets in the supposedly unoccupied hotel when she in fact is actually rotting away in his arms. I woke up screaming the night after I read that passage. This hasn't happened since, not until last night, after I finished reading SONG OF SUSANNAH.
SONG OF SUSANNAH is a Dark Tower book, and one expects gunplay and explosions and karate and people talking funny, but not out-and-out horror. Horror, my friends, it has. And the result was that my advanced age self woke up screaming early this morning, rousing Goodwife Hartlaub, our ungrateful and unappreciative six-year old daughter, and the world's cutest beagle, all of them wondering if the Lord of the Manor had gone bonkers. The answer, of course, was and is a resounding "Yes!" But he had help in reaching that stage, oh yes he did, in the form of SONG OF SUSANNAH.
SONG OF SUSANNAH is another brick-of-a-book from King, carefully baked and lobbed lovingly at his constant readers, 400-plus pages (with some beautifully disturbing illustrations by Darrel Anderson, and what are purported to be some of King's notes appended as a Coda) that proceed along three storylines while slowly but inevitably merging toward one. If you haven't read any of the previous Dark Tower novels, SONG OF SUSANNAH is not the place to jump on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The gang in our world June 27 2004
The Dark Tower saga continues with Susannah being kidnapped by a demon possesing her, also responsable for her baby. Suze ends up in 1999 New York City, with Mia woefully inadequate to handle the situation. In hot pursuit is Jake and Father Callahan, who also manages to recover Black Thirteen, the black cyrstal ball. Meanwhile, Roland and Eddie end up in 1977 Western Maine, where they save Calvin Tower (again) and then meet a popular horror writer, Stephen King. "Song of Susannah" is hard book toread, it is just thick like soup or something; but you never want to stop reading it. This book is strange in many ways, even for a Dark Tower book. For one thing, the other books took place over a long time; weeks, months sometimes. This one takes place in a much shorter time frame, about 18 hours. I guess the most contriversial aspect of the book is the inclusion of King himself. Some may think King referring to himself in the third person as egotistic and self-indulgent, and maybe it is. But I thought that it was well writen, and I actually liked it a lot. I wasn't too happy about him using his car accident as a major plot point in his epic; I have to wonder if Stephen King knows the difference between his books and real life. Elsewhere, Callahan and Jake weren't in the book a whole lot, and I was a little disappointed, I also wasn't too big on the cliffhanger. Susannah's labor is also very hard to get through, both for Suze and us readers. It was also hard to follow when Suze's spirit was held prisoner in her mind (which was in the image of a NASA like control room). It was a little hard to sort through. The best part of the book was Roland and Eddie's gun battle with Jack Andertili and his mob soldiers (again, remember "Drawing of the Three"?). The book is, of course, a lead in for the last Dark Tower novel, due out later this year. So, here's to hope (or Ka).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible June 16 2004
As the Dark Tower series gets nearer and nearer its conclusion, my excitement continues to grow. In this penultimate installment, Susannah Dean has been taken away to our world to have her baby, the "Chap" really mothered by another soul in her own body, Mia. Her husband and friends, her Ka-Tet, prepare to pierce the doorway between Mid-World and our world to rescue her, but the rescue, of course, does not go as planned.
In an odd way, I love this book for the same reason I love the film "Big Fish." Both of them, when you get down to it, are stories about STORY itself. In BF, it was the importance of Story. "The Dark Tower" is about the POWER of Story, and some of the things King does here are quite remarkable. He'll catch flack from some (no doubt) for writing himself as a character in the book, but it's not like he's the first author ever to do that. (Isaac Asimov's "Murder at the ABA" comes to mind.) Furthermore, he almost HAD to. This is clearly a tale that has defined his life -- Stephen King is as much a part of this as Roland of Gilead, and for good or ill, the quest for the Tower will involve them both together.
One book left. The tension mounts. All that remains is the question of who shall live, who shall see the Tower, and who shall stand and be true.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but should have been better... June 24 2004
The book is typical Dark Tower although it doesn't rank as high as some of the other books in the series. It flowed very well and held my interest. The story did tie up some of the loose ends from the preceding books (although it created some new ones) and you can almost feel how close the Tower is. However, even though it is titled Song of Susannah, I would prefer more of the focus to be on Roland and his quest. Its almost as if he is being pushed to the background in deference to the other characters. Also, the book was much shorter than some of the other ones. It's almost as if King either ran out of storyline or he just split the remaining book up into the 6th and the 7th books. All in all I did enjoy it and will certainly buy the final one to see how the Dark Tower quest plays out.
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Published 17 months ago by J. D. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
Huge Stephen King fan, so I read through this pretty quickly. I can't wait for the movie to come out! I am not sure if I am allowed to post links on here. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Susanna
King should pack it in. These last 2 books of this series are nothing compared to the first 3
Published on Jan. 3 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I can understand why some people didn't enjoy this one as they did the others, because I think you have to look at this novel as part of the seventh book, in a way. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Song of Susannah
Stephen weaves his magic again! The Drawing of the Three has always been my fav, until now. This was definately a "Can't Put It Down" read. Three cheers for SK!!!
Published on Aug. 21 2004 by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I can't wait for 7.
Enough said!
Published on Aug. 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
I don't see how anyone could have given this a zero. The entire thing was very well written, and my only complaint with this book is that it is too short, but even that isn't... Read more
Published on July 19 2004
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