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Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI | [Stephen King]

Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is unlike anything you've ever heard. Here is Stephen King's most visionary piece of storytelling, a magical mix of fantasy and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. Don't miss the other volumes of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

©2004 Stephen King; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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....The biggest cliffhanger of King's career." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lee woodstock, NY, USA 12-26-04
    Lee woodstock, NY, USA 12-26-04
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    "Interesting transitional story"

    This 'chapter' of the series is less interesting than others. There is some good action, but it is a much more predictable straight-forward story, no real twists or new insights. What I did enjoy (and hate) was the way in which King writes himself into the story as one of the pillars holding up the world from destruction. It's pretty funny.

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    Renee 12-14-04
    Renee 12-14-04
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    "Song of Susannah"

    Long awaited the continuation of this series. Felt it was a little drawn out, (but it's King). Find that the travel through the different worlds is not as fun as previous in this series or as in the Talisman. Still think the series is a must for King fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leiah Golden, CO, USA 09-01-04
    Leiah Golden, CO, USA 09-01-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Marvelous"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Roslindale, MA, USA 08-27-04
    Jacob Roslindale, MA, USA 08-27-04
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    "A tough book to review."

    I love the reaction this book has gotten from so many fans. King has made some very strange decisions in this book, and I for one am excited to see were the story goes from here. I think what he's attempting here is impressive, a unification of his entire life's work into one universe. Following Roland's quest for the Dark Tower has, apparently, lead the author to discover his own.

    I do have a MAJOR gripe with this book though, and that is that it has no climax. King spends the entire book moving pieces into position and building tension, but then ends the book. I don't mind cliffhangers, Empire Strikes Back has always been my favorite Star Wars movie, but you've got to give me something before the thing ends! Freeze a main character in carbonite, reveal a startling truth about the hero, have an epic duel, something! This thing gets Han in the freezing chamber and Luke on the landing platform and then just ends, that's unforgivable.

    I'm still giving it top marks because I'm now dying to see where the story goes from here. But, as a book on it's own, it's only a bridge to the final chapter.

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    Ralph L PIPERSVILLE, PA, USA 08-05-04
    Ralph L PIPERSVILLE, PA, USA 08-05-04
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    "it's all 19's"

    Stephen just keeps them coming, I know he feels bad that it has taken him so long to complete, but I will regret the end of the quest. Yet Like Roland I yearn to reach the tower.

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    Diana L 07-31-04
    Diana L 07-31-04 Member Since 2002

    I am a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. I love to listen to audio books all the time. At the pool watching grandchildren, mowing, driving. I never go anywhere without my audio books.

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    "Glad it's not the last."

    I've been waiting for this book along time and was not disappointed.
    Now I'm waiting again and loving it. Thanks King, keep up the great work.

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    Gregg Austin, TX, USA 07-15-04
    Gregg Austin, TX, USA 07-15-04 Member Since 2002
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    "A Real Mindtrip, Even for the King"

    Incredible addition to the series that sends the reader into an incredible paradox hurtling towards a conclusion I can't wait to get my hands on. I really think those who accuse this book of going nowhere need to reread/relisten. Of all the Dark Tower books this one answers (and asks) more questions than any of the others. Although King swears he didn't have any idea where this was going from the beginning, this one starts to tie up the loose ends as though he knew it all along. Now on to the tower to find out if what lies in the top room is really just the id of the King's own imagination.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J Toms River, NJ, USA 07-08-04
    J Toms River, NJ, USA 07-08-04
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    "Did not Disappoint"

    This sixth book in the series didn't let me down. King has always found ways to intermingle his characters and his novels, and this is the ultimate case. To any Constant Reader - this should blow your mind as it did mine! I am anxiously awaiting September and the release of the Dark Tower. Thank you Sai King, for another masterpiece!!!!

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    Linda Long Beach, CA, USA 07-02-04
    Linda Long Beach, CA, USA 07-02-04
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    "Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI (Unabridged)"

    I Loved this book. I finished it in record time and can't wait for the next one.

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    4357 06-27-04
    4357 06-27-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Fantasic, King's Lord of the Rings"

    This is one of the most fantastic stories I have ever read. It rivals Tokien's Lord of the Rings in its complexity.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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