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Song of Susannah
The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah v. 6 - Stephen King
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The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah v. 6 - Stephen King
Date: 11/02/13, updated on 11/02/13 (120 review reads)
Advantages: Exhilirating. Fast paced.
Why read this one?
After enjoying the previous five books in this epic of King's I was not going to miss out on this one. The last instalment ended with intrigue and danger. I feared for Susannah. I had to know what happened next. The familiar cover invited me in and the blurb on the back cover provoked keen interest.
Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, has journeyed long and hard to get to where he is now. He doesn't know where that is exactly but he feels in his bones that he is close to his goal. The Dark Tower is near. Tantalisingly close. Unfortunately, as often happens in this tale, there is a problem. Actually there are two problems to deal with. Speedy solutions are required otherwise the destruction of the precious rose and death of Susannah Dean, lady of shadows, will become an unwanted reality. The Ka tet (group with the same destiny) is brutally separated as they pass through a door into another place and time. Roland and Eddie are to save the rose. It is up to Jake and Callahan to save Susannah Dean. Time goes faster on the other side.
Song of Susannah...
Beginning perfectly where the last book ended the prose is urgent. It needs to be because Susannah has been kidnapped by her dark sister who possesses her - Mia. Mia wants the baby that Susannah carries. She will do anything to keep it - even for the short seven years that the Crimson King has offered her. I don't care much for Mia as she is leading Susannah to certain death and deep down she knows it. Occasionally I see a vulnerable side to Mia and feel the sadness that consumes her - I sympathise and even like her a little more at these times. I wonder - can Susannah win her over? Could they work together? This intrigues me. I look forward to the time spent with these two women who share one body - along with Detta and Odetta. If I had read about this concept before beginning the Tower series I may have expected to feel confused and overwhelmed. I have felt no confusion. Only fascination.
Even though I am eager to be with Susannah - King has me in the palm of his hand as I worry about her - it is exhilarating and reassuring to be with Roland and Eddie Dean. Eddie has no time to feel angry about his destination, as he is hurled through the door to another time and place. They are ambushed on arrival and the pace is electric. The dusty, spaghetti western style town, is vivid from King's concise description - the way I like it. They will do very well to avoid death and find shelter, for a short time, in a store. Bloody scenes are described as only King can and little has been left to ponder over. I am not a blood thirsty reader but feel that the detail makes the situation appear real. During this battle of big guns I get to understand the workings of a gunslingers mind with ease. The autopilot functioning of a focussed mind is unmistakable and I admire King's talent in conveying this state of being. I am very aware of my fear for the two gunslingers as they are greatly outnumbered and also wonder if the outcome is going to be believable. A heart pounding page or two later I had my answers and was suitably impressed with the outcome - I found it believable to my relief.
Even through such pace and dilemma I have an image of the rose which must be protected for the sake of all worlds. My mind holds that precious rose all the time whilst reading. I am relieved when the gunslinger's attention returns to it. The rose is a wonderful concept but at the same time because of its fragility it causes me concern - King is brilliant!
I am initially disappointed when I have to switch to what is going on in New York with Jake and Callahan - even though they are hoping to save Susannah. I am engrossed in the developments with Roland and Eddie - especially since they are going to meet Stephen King! What is all that about - I cannot wait to find out. I am soon happy to be with Jake and Callahan, of course their appearance with Oy (the billybumbler - a kind of doggy looking animal) causes mayhem and chaos ensues - along with the production of a gun. Well they are gunslingers. Being with these three brings some light relief as they begin a search for clues to where Susannah may be - where Mia has taken her. I wondered what the dynamics would be like with this group teamed up; Callahan is a recent addition to the Ka tet and is much older than Jake. I found it endearing and also realised that even though Jake is only a boy that doesn't make him any less a gunslinger - when that focus comes it is the same no matter what age.
At last I am with Susannah and Mia again. At long last - I was getting to be a little impatient but not because the prose was slow or boring, on the contrary it is fast and page turning. I needed to know that she was safe. After being in her company for the last few books I have become attached to her. I am attached to all of the Ka tet. For me to be so is a testament to King's character development. They feel real to me.
Mia is in charge but as the birth nears she discovers to her horror that she has made a mistake in trusting the Crimson King and his clan of mutant cronies. I thought that the situation was dangerous in the first instance but what they are faced with is worse. All hope is lost. Resistance appears futile. I fear the worst and ready myself for what must surely be the outcome. With only Jake and Callahan to fight for her my hopes for her safety are fading. These are gunslingers though - anything is possible. Never say never.
I am captivated by the inclusion of some of King's other works in this prose and even King himself. The creativity of this man is amazing. I am discovering many more answers and pieces to the puzzle that is the Dark Tower - I am absolutely fascinated. I could not put the book down. I like the short chapter style and the stanzas - this works really well for me.
If I had to describe in one word the concluding pages to this book I would say - intriguing. I would like to add - highly. That is two words but who's counting. I would describe the book on the whole as - breath taking. The creativity, character development, pace and constant 'need to know' flow is outstanding. The ending is most satisfying and the rollercoaster ride to get there exhilarating. It ends with all characters in very dangerous situations but I know that is necessary as the next book is the last in this fantastic series and King has set up his stall with precision. I have got to get my hands on that book and soon.
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The sixth book in the Dark Tower series is a must for any fan. The book begins as it means to go on - on fire. There is urgency flowing through the pages. Time is short as the beams that hold the Tower are breaking. Roland remains focussed on his objective of reaching it in time - his Ka tet have the same priority but there are two problems that need addressing on the way. The rose and Susannah are in grave danger. King has developed these characters perfectly, they are almost real. I care about them and it is little wonder that I am desperate to find out Susannah's fate. The concepts that King has dreamed up continue to fascinate me and I am treated to even more - as well as learning some answers about the Dark Tower that have me guessing about possible outcomes. I hope that all will remain safe but somehow doubt that. This book was a pleasure to read. Finely crafted by a master. Perfect.
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Summary: Gunslingers are getting ever closer to the Dark Tower