Song of Susannah
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.Read more ›
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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excellent second to last novel in the Dark Tower Cycle . everything moves at a quick pace and sets up the final novel brilliantly.Published 4 months ago by RAYMOND POWER
I have read all the series including The Dark Tower VI. I think it is some of Stephen King's best work. I am glad he has continued with the saga.Published 10 months ago by SteveH
Ok its probably my least favourite book of the 8 (if you count 'Wind Through The Keyhole') but it does play a crucial role in 'The Dark Tower' series and sets the stage for the... Read morePublished on May 4 2014 by Ty2K