Song of Susannah

Song of Susannah

Book - 2005
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Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

The penultimate volume in the Dark Tower series, The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah , a #1 New York Times bestseller, is a pivotal installment in the epic saga.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, the Dark Tower series is unlike anything you have ever read. Here is the penultimate installment.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, [2005]
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780743254557
Branch Call Number: FAN F KIN
Characteristics: 413 pages, [10] leaves of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm

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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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Feb 27, 2015

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