If you want to skip one of the books, this is the one to skip.
2 STARS FOR THIS BOOK 6 IN THE SERIES:
A lot of writing about not much. I’d condense the main events into something short and put it at the end of the former book or beginning of the next book. The main stories in this book are:
Mia inhabits Susannah’s body and forces her to sneak away from the rest of the group. She goes to 1999 New York. Jake, Oy, and Callahan go after her.
Roland and Eddie travel to 1977 Maine. They want to buy vacant land from Calvin Tower. They also meet with Stephen King the author. Roland asks S King to finish writing the Dark Tower books.
At the end of the audiobook, there are 51 minutes of Stephen King talking about things happening in his life at various times during the writing of The Dark Tower - like being inspired by a movie or book he had seen and putting that into The Dark Tower. Also, his wife tried to get him to stop taking walks along a certain road, but he wouldn’t stop. Later he almost died when hit by a vehicle on that road.
The narrator George Guidall was fine, but he’s not as good as Frank Muller.
Genre: apocalyptic time travel fantasy.
3 STARS FOR THE ENTIRE 8 BOOK SERIES:
One of the books is number 4 ½. The last book is number 7. The main character is Roland, a gunslinger, inspired by the Clint Eastwood character in his spaghetti western movies (ex: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Set in an apocalyptic future, Roland is on a journey to the Dark Tower to stop evil forces from destroying the world. The books should be read in order. There are many wonderful ideas and stories. There is also too much clutter, rambling, and things I think should have been edited out. The Harry Potter series was better because everything developed the characters and moved the plots forward. Here at times I felt the author was writing short stories and getting off track. Overall I’m glad I read it. And there were a some wonderful parts that I will remember.
I was disappointed with the last two books. Instead of enjoying the journey, I wanted them to be over. I did not like Roland’s ending. It left a bad taste in my mouth. There was such potential and it felt piddled out. I liked one reviewer’s comment “in his rush to end this series the author has given up its soul.” (Amazon reviewer Roger FitzAlan “Aranarth”)
Character development in the Tower series is always good, but with this one, Mr. King has outdone himself. You feel for all the characters. Can you imagine what Mia's centuries must have been like, the lonliness that brought her to this impasse? The deep frustration of Susanna and of Detta, travellers through the darkness, as their universe twists around them.
I feel like I am coming to know Mr. King much better through this series, and admire the person behind the books as much as I admire the books. Yes, there are some things I would change about the book - but who sees and feels and lives with his characters more than the author? This is HIS vision, children, and as much as one may wish to twist and turn the plot to fit ones own idea of what the story "should" be to fit your own concept, it is true conceit to believe that only your own idea of plot and story line is the correct one, and worthy of print. Nasty comments are unproductive, like a fat man with a beer sitting on a couch making comments about what a loser an Olympic medalist is for winning only five medals instead of six. If you don't think the author did a good job, sit down, pull out your pencil, and start writing. When you have written your own opus, and had it published to stunning review, I shall bow to your opinions. Until then, state your concerns clearly and precisely, in a linguistically correct manner, with reference to your exact complaints, in order that we may have a true conversation regarding both the literary accomplishments and shortcomings of the novel and the series.
Listening to this series gives the story line a depth and richness that is even better than the voices which I created in my own head as I read. Bravo! I look forward to the final book in the series, but I must get to work to finish my thesis before then - I admit to spending too many hours listening, and not enough writing during this story!
I read nothing that is popular.
"Song of Susannah" is my most and least favorite installment in the Dark Tower series. I liked knowing Susannah more about her past as Odetta Holmes, Mia and Susannah is somehow having Roland's baby, which somehow translate Roland to be apart of Crimson King in my opinion. I've always enjoyed how Stephen King wrote himself in the sixth book as a character and how he was able to meet Roland for the first time as a real character in his world and not just a fictional character on print. Stephen King almost wrote "Song of Susannah" as an memoir to himself. The book mentioned his past novels like "Carrie." His demons with alcohol and drugs, and even his near death experience by getting hit by a van. Stephen King also mention his pen name, Richard Bachman.
This is what makes Stephen King to be a brilliant storyteller. There is no author in our time that is better than King. If you want a Wiki notes on Stephen King, "Song of Susannah" is a must read for any new upcoming constant reader.
Here is what I've always had a problem with this book. Like Stan Lee and in all Marvel movies, there are cameos of the Master of Horror. Instead of "Song of Susannah", Stephen King should had titled this book as "Song of King." The story felt like a montage to himself, where he gives himself credit for a job well done. When he wrote the sixth book in the series, it was trending from his success. At some point of this book, I felt like he was trying to ride the wave as long as possible, instead getting spin around in the white wash from his other future novels that were not so successful.
That being said, I've always had mix feelings about this book. In many ways, the series wouldn't be the same if we didn't go in depth with Susannah. She is one of the most complex characters that Stephen King has wrote. Susannah is a Gunslinger. If she wasn't such a strong female character, the series wouldn't be the best series ever.
On the other hand, I really believe that Stephen King was on his high horse at the time and rejoicing his fame by including himself in the book so much. Would this book been different if he cropped himself out of the picture, of course! Who else could had filled the void other than the author himself. I thought this book was genuinely well written with thought and concept in mind, but the author was patting himself on the back by his own hand.
I still gave "Song of Susannah" four stars because a book devoted to the main female character, right before the finale was well called for. It is prepping us for "The Dark Tower", the last book in the series.
I will always be a very complex constant reader.
I actually couldn't wait for this one to be over. The other books are far better. I realize this book needed to happen for continuity, but it sort of drug on. With that being said, there are some really good parts in the story to keep your attention and a major cliffhanger to get you to buy the final book.
I love how the character relationships are getting stronger and more interesting. They seem to be understanding who each other are down to the very core of each other. And working as a team and having complete trust and loyalty between them is the best thing anyone can ask for!!
This series of books is like going on an adventure. The characters are great and represent a rich variety of American symbols.
The gunslinger motif alone could've won me over but the addition of American youth, inner city white and educated black made it a powerful story of our reality.Just read it🌚
The Song Of Suzanna is my least favorite book in the Dark Tower series. I can't even tell you why. The story's still solid, the character are (of course )still strong and we are building to the final confrontation, so why is it that this particular chapter frustrates me so much?
might it possibly be the fact that it's less than a quarter the length of many of the other books in this series?
Yes, you know I think we've stumbled on the answer, it's far too short!
If you've come this far with Rolend & his Ka-tet, you most likely want to settle for the ride but this book ends before you even have a chance to get your hot chocolate and your quilt and settle down by the fire.
WHAT A JIP😠!