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Hoe lang houdt de magie stand? Roland en zijn metgezellen worden geconfronteerd met de ontvoering van Susannah. Ze weten dat zij in groot gevaar is, maar kunnen ze afwijken van hun pad? Moeten ze Susannah volgen naar New York of de sleutel tot de Toren veiligstellen? Rolands keuze zal verstrekkende gevolgen hebben voor hemzelf en voor de queeste. De Donkere Toren is Stephe Hoe lang houdt de magie stand? Roland en zijn metgezellen worden geconfronteerd met de ontvoering van Susannah. Ze weten dat zij in groot gevaar is, maar kunnen ze afwijken van hun pad? Moeten ze Susannah volgen naar New York of de sleutel tot de Toren veiligstellen? Rolands keuze zal verstrekkende gevolgen hebben voor hemzelf en voor de queeste. De Donkere Toren is Stephen Kings onbetwiste meesterwerk en een van de grootste epische successen van de afgelopen dertig jaar. Een aangrijpende en spannende saga die een miljoenenpubliek heeft gevonden en nog steeds nieuwe lezers trekt. Hoofdpersoon in dit magnum opus is Roland van Gilead, scherpschutter, zoeker naar de waarheid, avonturier en vogelvrijverklaarde. Volg Roland in deze moderne versie van de graallegende op zijn speurtocht naar het brandpunt van ruimte en tijd dat bekend staat als de Donkere Toren.


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Hoe lang houdt de magie stand? Roland en zijn metgezellen worden geconfronteerd met de ontvoering van Susannah. Ze weten dat zij in groot gevaar is, maar kunnen ze afwijken van hun pad? Moeten ze Susannah volgen naar New York of de sleutel tot de Toren veiligstellen? Rolands keuze zal verstrekkende gevolgen hebben voor hemzelf en voor de queeste. De Donkere Toren is Stephe Hoe lang houdt de magie stand? Roland en zijn metgezellen worden geconfronteerd met de ontvoering van Susannah. Ze weten dat zij in groot gevaar is, maar kunnen ze afwijken van hun pad? Moeten ze Susannah volgen naar New York of de sleutel tot de Toren veiligstellen? Rolands keuze zal verstrekkende gevolgen hebben voor hemzelf en voor de queeste. De Donkere Toren is Stephen Kings onbetwiste meesterwerk en een van de grootste epische successen van de afgelopen dertig jaar. Een aangrijpende en spannende saga die een miljoenenpubliek heeft gevonden en nog steeds nieuwe lezers trekt. Hoofdpersoon in dit magnum opus is Roland van Gilead, scherpschutter, zoeker naar de waarheid, avonturier en vogelvrijverklaarde. Volg Roland in deze moderne versie van de graallegende op zijn speurtocht naar het brandpunt van ruimte en tijd dat bekend staat als de Donkere Toren.

30 review for Een lied van Susannah (The Dark Tower #6)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 77% | Good Notes: Nothing remarkable, but nothing terrible. Just a light aperitif to cleanse the palate and set the stage for the final tome.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    I'm going to sit down and write reviews on the whole Dark Tower series after I finish, but I just have to say these books are becoming more and more tiresome. It just seems as if King has lost the vision of Roland the Gunslinger, so he - in order to have something to write about - constantly tinkers with the lore, changes history around, blames things on this multi-timestream concept, or spends whole novels describing an event merely to snap his fingers and change everything the next book so as I'm going to sit down and write reviews on the whole Dark Tower series after I finish, but I just have to say these books are becoming more and more tiresome. It just seems as if King has lost the vision of Roland the Gunslinger, so he - in order to have something to write about - constantly tinkers with the lore, changes history around, blames things on this multi-timestream concept, or spends whole novels describing an event merely to snap his fingers and change everything the next book so as to move his new plot line along. And the worst part of it all is that I've begun The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower and it appears to be in the same vein as the last two novels and not the great novels from earlier in the series. To me, The Gunslinger, The Waste Lands and Wizard and Glass were epic works, because King seamlessly combined fantasy, post-apocalyptic, horror, and - dare I say it - western themes to create something fresh and grand. Reading one of those novels was like trying out a new dessert for the first time and savoring this delicious taste you had discovered. On the other hand, The Drawing of the Three, Wolves of the Calla, and Song of Susannah read like contemporary, horror type novels, played out mainly in modern America rather than the addictive lands of Mid-World. It is just ho-hum fiction, nothing to set it apart from other books of that sort besides the title Dark Tower part whatever. And if the gradual unraveling of a once great story wasn't progressing fast enough, Stephen King decides to do something that is just unthinkable to me: write himself into the story as a god-creator, almost a Rose Part Deux. How could he have ever thought that was a good idea? I honestly don't know, because it did nothing to actually make sense of the growing mess that is the Dark Tower series. Perhaps it will help shape the ending, but if so, I have just went todash and have witnessed the train wreck which will be the end of the Dark Tower series. These are just my initial thoughts on Song of Susannah and the Dark Tower series as I begin reading the last book. No matter how annoyed I feel at this moment, I've made a commitment to finish the Dark Tower, so I will push forward, even though I cringe to think how bad the ending is going to be.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    The story wasn't bad, some of the new characters were interesting, but I cannot give it a higher rating because of the author himself. Stephen King has indulged in the ULTIMATE form of ego stroking in this volume and it pissed me off. The plot could've been structured some other way to avoid what he's doing right now - you *can* adjust plot, much as it sometimes hurts to do so - and the fact that he went ahead and wrote what he wrote is annoying and... well, gross. It's gross. I had hoped, by the The story wasn't bad, some of the new characters were interesting, but I cannot give it a higher rating because of the author himself. Stephen King has indulged in the ULTIMATE form of ego stroking in this volume and it pissed me off. The plot could've been structured some other way to avoid what he's doing right now - you *can* adjust plot, much as it sometimes hurts to do so - and the fact that he went ahead and wrote what he wrote is annoying and... well, gross. It's gross. I had hoped, by the time I finished the book, that I could understand why he did it, that maybe I'd see that the story really *had* to be written that way. At the end of this book, I didn't see that and was still irked. And disappointed. Only one more book to go, and I'm doubting he'll redeem himself in my eyes...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    “Would’ee speak a word of prayer first, Roland? To whatever God thee holds?” “I hold to no God,” Roland said. “I hold to the Tower and won’t pray to that.” Damn, I love that line. It so perfectly sums up Roland, his quest to find the Tower, what it’s cost him, and how he knows he isn’t done paying yet. For years, it seemed like Dark Tower had been walking in aimless circles during the long breaks between the third, fourth and fifth books. We knew that King had finished the final three volumes after “Would’ee speak a word of prayer first, Roland? To whatever God thee holds?” “I hold to no God,” Roland said. “I hold to the Tower and won’t pray to that.” Damn, I love that line. It so perfectly sums up Roland, his quest to find the Tower, what it’s cost him, and how he knows he isn’t done paying yet. For years, it seemed like Dark Tower had been walking in aimless circles during the long breaks between the third, fourth and fifth books. We knew that King had finished the final three volumes after losing a game of chicken with a minivan, and he’d gotten the story back up and striding briskly in the right direction with Wolves of the Calla including ending that one on a pretty wicked cliffhanger. Still the pace of this one took me by surprise. It’s like King suddenly pulled out a whip and started cracking it over the heads of the DT fans while screaming, “Run, you bastards! You gotta run if you want to find out what happens! BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!” And he didn’t even let us stretch properly first. That’s how you end up with a pulled hamstring. Susannah’s demon pregnancy led to her being taken over by the personality of Mia, and she fled Mid-World to New York in 1999 via the Doorway Cave. As Susannah wrestles Mia for control of her own body and learns more about the Crimson King, Roland and Eddie plan to follow and save her while Jake and Callahan also come to our world to protect the rose growing in a vacant lot which is actually a critical incarnation of the Tower. But when things go off the rails, all of the gunslingers will have to scramble to try and save not only Susannah, but their own lives. This is essentially a set-up book that preps the way for the conclusion in the last one, and it doesn’t resolve a helluva lot on it’s own. Still, I like it for its breakneck pace and the sense of urgency that King worked into this one. The breaking of a beam in Mid-World before the action moves to New York was a great reminder of the stakes here. The lines of force holding reality together are being subverted by the Crimson King’s breakers, and the so-called beamquake when one snaps is a stark warning to Roland and company that they are quickly running out of time. Unfortunately, while the Susannah pregnancy story makes for a pretty good hook to drive the urgency of the story, it ends up being kind of unsatisfying overall once you know how the whole series ends. Plus, the conflict between Susannah and Mia reminded me a lot of a very similar plot that King had done in Dreamcatcher shortly before this book was released so it didn’t seem all that fresh. Overall, there’s a feel of desperation in this one that takes us nicely into the final volume, and the cliffhangers here had me on the edge of my seat the first time I read this. There’s one controversial piece to this part of the DT story. (view spoiler)[ A lot of fans don’t like that King wrote himself into this, and I was hesitant about it myself the first time through this when I wasn’t sure how the story would end. At the end of Wolves of the Calla and into this one, I was worried that it was going to turn out that the Dark Tower was Stephen King himself and that its fall was his ‘death’ due to the minivan accident. Knowing the ending now and rereading this, writing himself into the story doesn’t bother me as much. If he’d portrayed himself as some kind of all-knowing creator, I might have hated it too, but he didn‘t. He’s a pawn with a role to play. A role he kind of screws up by not getting off his ass and finishing this series sooner. I like that the power behind the Tower is the force of creation itself, and that the Crimson King and the other baddies are agents of chaos and destruction. I think of it as the Tower was saving itself by creating a story of a hero on a quest, and it needed someone to write that story. Enter King, who actually made himself look kind of crappy in the process. It’s not my favorite part of the series, but it didn’t ruin it for me either. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Upon coming to, Stephen King registered a mixed expression of fear, anger and puzzlement. Perhaps being bound and gagged had something to do with it. His face was contorted and purple and his hair was standing up with much of it covering his forehead and bulging eyes. The tall, ungainly gunslinger was standing over him, concerned and apologetic. “Sorry that I hit ya, Sai. If I take off the duct tape, will ya promise that ya won’t scream?” King vigorously nodded. “You was running away and shoutin’ an Upon coming to, Stephen King registered a mixed expression of fear, anger and puzzlement. Perhaps being bound and gagged had something to do with it. His face was contorted and purple and his hair was standing up with much of it covering his forehead and bulging eyes. The tall, ungainly gunslinger was standing over him, concerned and apologetic. “Sorry that I hit ya, Sai. If I take off the duct tape, will ya promise that ya won’t scream?” King vigorously nodded. “You was running away and shoutin’ and I didn’t really know what else to do, but bop ya on the head,” the gunslinger explained as he removed the tape. The first thing out of King’s mouth: “Who the hell are you?” “It ain’t really who I am that’s important, it’s who you are.” “Huh?” “Yer the Gan, the God, the all-creator of everything. Books you wrote about a Dark Tower have kind of bled over into different realities. I’m in one of these realities and I don’t mind tellin’ ya, things are getting mighty tough.” “Can you get me a beer?” The gunslinger groaned and limped over to the refrigerator. “Why the hell are you limping so badly?” “My nutsack is sore. It caught on the doorway when I got sucked into this here reality.” King stared at the gunslinger as he removed the cap from the beer and gave King a swig. “You’re not going to untie me, are you?” “Look my time is short and I’ll do it right before I leave. I gots a list here in my pocket." He pulled a crumpled piece of paper from his pocket and started reading, slowly. “First, don’t write the Dark Tower books.” “If I don’t write them, then won’t you disappear?” “How in tarnation do ya figure that, Mr. Smarypants Gan?” “Well, if your existence is based on the writing of those books and I don’t write them, then you won’t be around.” “Well, hell, just…uh…write somethin’ a little different.” There was a sound of off-key chimes in the distance. “Pardon Sai, but I have to speed this up a bit. If you got to write them, write some of them shorter. Also, don’t write books about the eyes of a dragon, Tom Gordon, a cell and…” The chimes were growing louder. “Also, if you get a visit from two blonde gunslingers, don’t listen to a word they’re sayin’. They can be very persuasive and they’ll put a hurtin’ on ya. Don’t eat no chocolate cake or drink any Kool-ade neither.” The chimes were now deafening. “Gotta go, your ganship and thankee.” The gunslinger limped quickly out the door. Suddenly, the chimes stopped. “You big galoot. You forgot to untie me.”

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    The 2011 re-read: Susanna/Mia uses Black Thirteen and flees to New York to have her baby. Roland, Eddie, Jake, and Callahan get the Manni to open the Unfound Door and end up in the wrong places. Can Roland and Eddie convince Calvin Tower to sell them the lot where the Rose grows? Can Jake and Callahan find Susannah before she has her baby? Song of Susannah was my least favorite book in the Dark Tower series the first time through. Susannah has never been my favorite character in the Dark Tower sag The 2011 re-read: Susanna/Mia uses Black Thirteen and flees to New York to have her baby. Roland, Eddie, Jake, and Callahan get the Manni to open the Unfound Door and end up in the wrong places. Can Roland and Eddie convince Calvin Tower to sell them the lot where the Rose grows? Can Jake and Callahan find Susannah before she has her baby? Song of Susannah was my least favorite book in the Dark Tower series the first time through. Susannah has never been my favorite character in the Dark Tower saga and this book is really Susannah-heavy. On the second read, I had to raise it another star. The Susannah/Mia conflict had its moments and did a lot of setting up for the big shebang coming in the seventh and final book. A lot more background information was revealed. I'd be lying if I said Susannah was the reason I upped this one a star upon re-reading. The other reason is that Jake and Eddie seem like bonafide Gunslingers in this book, even more than they did in Wolves of the Calla. (view spoiler)[I have a feeling their fates in The Dark Tower are going to be almost as painful the second time through. (hide spoiler)] The relationship between Eddie and Roland has developed quite a bit since The Drawing of the Three, as has Roland's character. I still love Long, Tall, and Ugly, even though he'd probably leave me along the Path of the Beam the first morning I bitched about not having coffee. There is something else that I liked a lot more the second time but it's pretty spoilerific. (view spoiler)[Now that I've had a few years to digest Stephen King writing himself into the story, it doesn't really irk me like it did the first time. (hide spoiler)] While it's not my favorite of the Dark Tower books, it's still good and it lays a lot of the cards down on the table for the final volume, The Dark Tower. See you all along the Path of the Beam.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    7/10 Well played Mr. King, well played. Very clever of you to lower my expectations going into the final book with this less than stellar attempt. Clever indeed. Now I’m not going into the final book with my expectations set at “best series finale ever!” and more hoping for “nicely wraps up the series”. Whilst not the strongest in the series (possibly the weakest, if you can really call it weak) this was still an exciting read in places. Certain parts of the story actually were really good and mad 7/10 Well played Mr. King, well played. Very clever of you to lower my expectations going into the final book with this less than stellar attempt. Clever indeed. Now I’m not going into the final book with my expectations set at “best series finale ever!” and more hoping for “nicely wraps up the series”. Whilst not the strongest in the series (possibly the weakest, if you can really call it weak) this was still an exciting read in places. Certain parts of the story actually were really good and made for a very quick read overall. The shootout with Roland and Eddie near the beginning was one of the series highlights in fact and was truly gripping. The parts I didn’t like all that much were the Mia and Susannah parts which did take up over half of the book, I found it hard to pay attention to these parts and was wishing for a quick return to some real “Gunslinging” but they were necessary for the direction of the series (I can only hope/assume). It’s hard to not put series spoilers in a review of the 6th book in a series but the following may contain mild ones (be warned!). The elephant in the room is clearly the fact that Stephen King writes himself into this story. This normally grates when an author does that, like Clive Cusslar, the egotistical, self-centred prick that he is. I really disliked it when he wrote himself into “Inca Gold” and I just wanted to throw the book in the fire, the smug git. However, rant over, I actually quite liked what King was doing with this and how he met with certain characters and interacted with them in “real life”. I especially liked the Coda at the end where King was writing in a semi-biographical journal about his desire and need to return to the ka-tet for reasons unknown to himself. In summary, if you’ve read the first 5 then the chances are you will read this and hopefully not be too disappointed with it. Some may even enjoy it and like what King is doing. I liked it but it definitely was not a series high and more a setup for the finale. I also noticed I’ve not rated any of the books in the series higher than 4* individually but the series as a whole is definitely 5*. A series well worth starting if you’ve not as of yet. If you like this try: “11/22/63” by Stephen King

  8. 4 out of 5

    Markus

    Roland was looking fixedly at the already diminishing flickers of lightning in the east, where the land of Thunderclap waited for them, and the Court of the Crimson King, and, at the end of End-World, the Dark Tower itself. Extraordinary! I almost cannot wait for the ending, no matter how controversial. Full review to come. Dark Tower reviews: #1 The Gunslinger #2 The Drawing of the Three #3 The Waste Lands #4 Wizard and Glass #5 Wolves of the Calla #6 Song of Susannah #7 The Dark Tower

  9. 5 out of 5

    R.K. Gold

    And the series continues. It's something special when you read a book that has so much of the author's heart and soul laced into the pages. This series is so much a part of King that he had to make himself a character in it (that scene with King talking to Eddie Dean and Roland was something else. Like with all books in the series thus far, the journey has been infinitely more important than the destination. His mind truly is an amazing thing, the way he doesnt see himself as a great architect, And the series continues. It's something special when you read a book that has so much of the author's heart and soul laced into the pages. This series is so much a part of King that he had to make himself a character in it (that scene with King talking to Eddie Dean and Roland was something else. Like with all books in the series thus far, the journey has been infinitely more important than the destination. His mind truly is an amazing thing, the way he doesnt see himself as a great architect, but a vessel for his imagination--or simply a translator for his fantasies. It's honestly the only way I could see someone constructing a universe (or a multi-verse) the way he has. Could you imagine outlining every detail of this series? How exhausting that would be--not just exhausting, in fact I think that's the wrong word altogether. Daunting. Yeah, that sounds better. If I had to outline a series like this I think I would be too intimidated to start. No wonder it was hidden in a waste box for decades in his basement, I'd be terrified to face this mammoth down too. Anyway, there really is something about reading a book by a great. There's just some sort of emotional stirring in your gut when you read their work, something that reminds you just what greatness is. I love this series, and I now look on to the last book sad that it's coming to an end. Don't get me wrong, I'm ready to see the Tower and follow Roland inside but I'm sad the journey is coming to a close. The good news is, there are more great books out there to read--but there's only one dark tower.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stepheny

    3.5 Approximately 800 years ago I began a quest; a quest to take some much-loved friends of mine on a journey like no other. I enjoy doing things like this. I enjoy people reading books that I love so much I am willing to bludgeon them with said books until they agree to read them. Luckily, with the Gunslinger I did not need to do too much convincing. That crazy MahFah Jeff joined on willingly enough with Delee and I. (Little did he know, he’d be spending the rest of his pitiful life in my basem 3.5 Approximately 800 years ago I began a quest; a quest to take some much-loved friends of mine on a journey like no other. I enjoy doing things like this. I enjoy people reading books that I love so much I am willing to bludgeon them with said books until they agree to read them. Luckily, with the Gunslinger I did not need to do too much convincing. That crazy MahFah Jeff joined on willingly enough with Delee and I. (Little did he know, he’d be spending the rest of his pitiful life in my basement! *cackles*) Since our journey began we have gathered and lost many. We have had some real fun times adding adverbs and adjectives to Delee’s nickname. We’ve enjoyed the company of one another and managed to not kill Dan 2.0. Yet. Song of Susannah is my least favorite in the series. No matter how many times I read the series through, Susannah just never grows on me. Now, could this be because she is paired with my literary soul-mate, Edward Cantor Dean? No, no. That has nothing to do with it…. I swear. *dares anyone to question her with her death-stare* *watches Jeff flinch and cackles* The reason I don’t like Susannah is that she continuously fucks everything up. She’s difficult. And annoying. And unnecessary. She’s just a character I don’t care for. I don't know how else to put it. Her story does not interest me. I felt like King made her a little flat. Jake, Eddie and Roland all have this wonderfully interesting backstory that draw me in. Parts of Susannah’s story are interesting, but every time I start to think I’m invested in her, I find she does something to make me want to punch that crazy bitch in her throat. I try to like her, I really do. But I don’t. Her story in this gets completely out of control and takes a turn I’ve never liked. It is probably the one aspect of the Dark Tower that I really can't get behind. (Trust me, guys, it gets worse in the last book). After the events in Wolves of the Calla, Susannah has disappeared. She’s slipped off to the Dixie Pig to deliver her chap. That’s all you need to know. Right there. I summed up her entire story in two sentences. The rest of the book is gold. It’s Eddie and Roland off on one adventure while Pere Callahan and Jake go on another. All the while Susannah makes things worse and worse by the minute. Because she is the worst. I am excited to see the gang’s reaction to the finale-except Dan…I think Dan will hate it. (Just a feeling I have, I could be way wrong!) I am also very sad that a 3-year journey is coming to an end. When Jeff, Delee and I started this in 2014 none of us knew that it would become what it has today. I mean, shit! There are people who joined us that literally fell off the face of the Goodreads Planet never to be heard from again! And yet here we are… Me and my favorite GR people preparing to take on the final installment. Guys, I’ll try my best to keep the tears to a minimum. No promises. But just remember:

  11. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Urges

    Song of Susannah could have been 100 pages and held the same amount of information. Almost nothing happened and maybe four questions were answered. Come on, King. I’m ready for book VII and the end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I've enjoyed this series immensely, all the way up until this book. Now I am reading the last one just to see if he can straighten out the mess he made here. What was he thinking? This is the ultimate in mental masturbation an author can produce. I liked the parts Eddie and Roland right up until they left Tower, and I kind of liked the bits with Jake, but the rest? Crap. It's crap! I know authors of serials sometimes put themselves in the story (Clive Cussler comes to mind,) but it's usually don I've enjoyed this series immensely, all the way up until this book. Now I am reading the last one just to see if he can straighten out the mess he made here. What was he thinking? This is the ultimate in mental masturbation an author can produce. I liked the parts Eddie and Roland right up until they left Tower, and I kind of liked the bits with Jake, but the rest? Crap. It's crap! I know authors of serials sometimes put themselves in the story (Clive Cussler comes to mind,) but it's usually done in such a brief, tongue-in-cheek way that it's like a little easter egg. This is way over the top, and it pissed me off.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Char

    Song of Susannah was not as enjoyable for me this time around. I deducted one star from my original rating. It seemed like there were a lot of words, (especially the word "chap", enough already!) but the story didn't seem to move very far. What I really enjoyed about this audio were the diary entries from SK himself, which were read by the narrator after the story was over. In these entries, he talks about his drinking, about how some of the DT stories came about, and about how he and his wife Song of Susannah was not as enjoyable for me this time around. I deducted one star from my original rating. It seemed like there were a lot of words, (especially the word "chap", enough already!) but the story didn't seem to move very far. What I really enjoyed about this audio were the diary entries from SK himself, which were read by the narrator after the story was over. In these entries, he talks about his drinking, about how some of the DT stories came about, and about how he and his wife argued over his taking his daily walks alongside a busy highway. That was truly chilling. I don't remember these being in the book back when I read it the first time, so it may be something that was only included in the audio, or in reprints of the original book? If I'm in error about that, I'm sure someone will let me know. I only have one book to go in my audio re-read of the DT series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ɗắɳ 2.☊

    Thanks for the earworms, uncle Stevie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08e9k... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipqqE... RTC once my ka-tet catches up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kyriakos Sorokkou

    DTProject2017 | Book 6 This used to be my least favourite book of the series. Now it's just one of the least favourites of the series, probably in the same level with the #2 book The Drawing of the Three Reading it for the second time after 5 years I feel that things are clearer and I know what's going on. What confused me the first time and it's still unclear are the places that Susannah visits. Are there in her mind, she travels with her mind, I don't know and that's what makes this book the le DTProject2017 | Book 6 This used to be my least favourite book of the series. Now it's just one of the least favourites of the series, probably in the same level with the #2 book The Drawing of the Three Reading it for the second time after 5 years I feel that things are clearer and I know what's going on. What confused me the first time and it's still unclear are the places that Susannah visits. Are there in her mind, she travels with her mind, I don't know and that's what makes this book the least favourite for many readers. Out of its 436 pages 28 (6.4%) are King's journal as an epilogue 44 (10%) are Callahan and Jake's search for Susannah. 48 (11%) are the first two chapters with all the protagonists in Roland's world preparing to enter our world(s) 138 (31.6%) are Roland and Eddie's search for the author of 'Salem's Lot and 178 (40.8%) are Susannah's adventures in New York, her mind, her hallucinations and the inner conversation she has with a succubus-spirit which is trapped inside her. This is what most of the readers The other thing that made readers dislike this book (but it was one of my favourite parts in this book) was Stephen King himself as a protagonist meeting the characters he created in person, allusions to Six Characters in Search of an Author and The Museum of Innocence. Metafiction on the rise. Overall it was an enjoyable read which I read faster (8 days) than the first time (almost a month) so I will raise its rating from mere 3 to 3.6 =4 stars Readathon 17: Βιβλίο που διαδραματίζεται σε 2 χρονικές περιόδους 1999/1977

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book was just disgusting in it's narcissism and lack of story advancement. Once again we have a 400 page book where nothing at all really happens for 95% of the book. Also it's a book that is all about Susannah - who I have hated since I first "met" her. The entire story diverges from the "rules" of the established world that has been created in all the previous books. (view spoiler)[ Suddenly Susannah can imagine a microphone and talk to other people mind to mind? WHAT! Since when? Since w This book was just disgusting in it's narcissism and lack of story advancement. Once again we have a 400 page book where nothing at all really happens for 95% of the book. Also it's a book that is all about Susannah - who I have hated since I first "met" her. The entire story diverges from the "rules" of the established world that has been created in all the previous books. (view spoiler)[ Suddenly Susannah can imagine a microphone and talk to other people mind to mind? WHAT! Since when? Since when has Susannah been able to have conversations with her other personalities? (hide spoiler)] I also found there to be some ridiculous plot contrivances like (view spoiler)[ the little turtle charm that makes a person do whatever you want. (hide spoiler)] Most egregious of all and the most supercilious is how Stephen King writes himself into the story as a character. It was beyond what I can accept or tolerate. The entire book was completely irritating and I'm sick to death of the overuse of the weird way everyone talks. I'm sick of a story about the Dark Tower, never actually progressing towards the Dark Tower. I'm tired of a bunch of filler books which don't advance the story. I have no idea how this series is mentioned sometimes on lists of "the best fantasy fiction".

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I just finished Song of Susannah, and it's ending has made me want to immediately dive right into the last book of The Dark Tower series, The Dark Tower. For the past few weeks while I've been reading SoS, I've really been eager to find out if Roland makes it to The Tower. Now, I'm a little sad to be starting the last book, the final journey. I give SoS four stars. For me, it was a great installment, no doubt, to the series. However, I can't give it the extra star to make it a five star installm I just finished Song of Susannah, and it's ending has made me want to immediately dive right into the last book of The Dark Tower series, The Dark Tower. For the past few weeks while I've been reading SoS, I've really been eager to find out if Roland makes it to The Tower. Now, I'm a little sad to be starting the last book, the final journey. I give SoS four stars. For me, it was a great installment, no doubt, to the series. However, I can't give it the extra star to make it a five star installment for a few reasons. I believe five star books should touch the reader in a special way, or grip you unlike any other novel can. For me, The Waste Lands and Wolves of the Calla, (books 3 and 5 of The Dark Tower series) did those things to me. SoS to me felt like a book just to get you 'there,' to that last book. Some of the questions I had, ideas in my head, were answered or confirmed in this book. Some of the revelations, you know what I'm talking about if you've read it, made me say, "OMG!!! OH HELL TO THE NO!!" But like I said, for me it was just a 'passage to the end of the journey' type book to me. For some reason, Roland is a character I....identify? with or maybe I just feel like I know him, or a version of him in real life. Eddie, I feel like I know him, too. He reminds me a lot of myself in a few ways, e.g. has an older brother who used to pick on and make fun of him. The drug addiction part....ha...definitely CANNOT identify with. Jake...There's something about him, too, I identify with. He reminds me of my eight year old nephew, who is most definitely, the coolest kid I know. Maybe that is why Jake has a special place in my literary heart. Oy....well, I love animals. I have two cats of my own, and my cat Gizmo....she would definitely make The Dark Tower journey with me, or something like it if I had to go on a similar quest. Plus, he just sounds so cute and adorable. Pere Callahan, I also find to be interesting, especially his story in 'Salem's Lot and how it relates to the Dark Tower series. (Nicely done, King.) I tell you of my like or love for those characters for a reason: Susannah/Odetta/Detta/Mia isn't my favorite character. We're both female, but I feel like I can't really relate to her. I am definitely not saying I dislike her character, because I don't. I think she's perfect for the series. But, I feel like, hmm....maybe I just don't connect with her or identify with her like I do the others. (To me, I don't consider being female a connection. I mean, I do in some cases, but for some reason, being female doesn't make me feel connected to her, and I think identification should go deeper than that.) She definitely has an importance in this series, and King has utlized her character for many great things. Her story is interesting, too. Maybe it is my lack of identification with the character which makes this part of the journey a 4-star segment. Edit to add: I think another thing which urks me about this book, is Mia and the whole four personalities in one body. I liked it at first, but it got a little tiring to read for me, especially since the majority of the book was about Susannah. Maybe that's just me. Edit to add: As I was thinking about this book a moment ago, I was reminded of the scene in New York with Pere Callahan, Jake, and Oy. The street preacher with his "Gawd bombs" and "say amen" I could definitely picture in my head. He reminded me of a tele-evangelist in the south. I don't know why, but he did. The scene where Jake hits the cab car.....Oh my goodness...I remember thinking to myself: "Damn, Jake." I could picture Callahan and Jake's scenes in my head all too clearly. Eddie and Roland's part in this book was also really interesting to me. I felt like I was with them trying to convince Tower to sell the property. Roland and Eddie's story and Jake, Oy and Callahan's story in this book were my favorite parts in this book. I also want to bring up something else, which I'm still unsure if it was brilliant, or a little pompous of King: (view spoiler)[ King inserting himself into this book. On one hand, I think it was a brilliant idea because of the 'universe' King has created with his books, and all of the connections his non-DT books have with the DT series, and vice versa. On the other hand, I found it a little show-offy. It's like, "Yes, we get it King. We know you are one of the masters of modern day literature, and you'll be remembered until the end of time for your literary achievements and contributions to literature. But, did you really need to go there?" Oh well....I found it a little ballsy of King. While I read the journal entries at the end of my edition, it made me wonder if King was alluding to his alcoholic and drug days when he was saying Roland and Eddie 'appeared' to him. He does talk about similar things of his writing process of this series. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if that was what he was alluding to. (hide spoiler)] I'm off to end this journey with the last book of the series. I'm eager and sad at the same time. Eager because as I have read these books, it has become more than a desire to know what Roland finds in the Dark Tower, or if he even makes it. Not all stories have happy endings. The end has become a NEED to know, though.. I'm sad, too, because I think I like this series more than I thought I would by now. For a while, Wizard and Glass, the fourth book, pissed me off to no end, and almost made me want to quit the series. Thankfully, Wolves of the Calla drew me back in. (Say thankya, sai King.) Also, I'm a little eager because I feel like I'm a little tied down in my reading with how long these books are and the series is. I shouldn't complain though. The idea/s are beyond original, they are genius. The story is eventful, interesting, and sucks you in. But again, I'm sad because I do love the characters. At least I own these books and can re-read them at anytime. Dark Tower....here I come...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Delee

    3.5

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Warland

    4.5 stars. A lot of people dislike vol. 6 of The Dark Tower novels but I really liked this! No matter how meta it got, I still couldn't put it down. Really fantastic. I can't honestly review it because anything I say could be construed as a spoiler, but if you're reading the novels - this is a good one. Has more of a The Drawing of the Three and The Waste Lands feel to it (coincidentally, my favourites in the series so far).

  20. 5 out of 5

    C.W.

    I can't describe how happy certain events in this one has made me. It's SO good. I never expected early on that it'd go in this direction, and I love it. This literally could've only ever been written by Stephen King, and within the exact time frame that he wrote it in. There are still so many ways he could take this, and I can't wait to see how it all plays out in the next one. If you've just begun this series, or are thinking about starting it - DO IT AND KEEP GOING! Looking back, the earlier I can't describe how happy certain events in this one has made me. It's SO good. I never expected early on that it'd go in this direction, and I love it. This literally could've only ever been written by Stephen King, and within the exact time frame that he wrote it in. There are still so many ways he could take this, and I can't wait to see how it all plays out in the next one. If you've just begun this series, or are thinking about starting it - DO IT AND KEEP GOING! Looking back, the earlier books are even better because of what I know now, what's happening now. I love everything about this.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wilier

    Viajes inter-dimensionales al mejor estilo de Stephen King sin spoilers Abrí este libro con las expectativas mas bajas que haya tenido con libro de Stephen King alguno, debido a las malas criticas que ha tenido no solo de la gente experimentada sino también del publico común como yo, la mayoría coincidían en que este es el punto mas bajo de toda la saga y pues dejen que les diga que me ha gustado mucho, si es ese el caso el punto mas bajo de toda la saga debería de ser lobos del calla. En este lib Viajes inter-dimensionales al mejor estilo de Stephen King sin spoilers Abrí este libro con las expectativas mas bajas que haya tenido con libro de Stephen King alguno, debido a las malas criticas que ha tenido no solo de la gente experimentada sino también del publico común como yo, la mayoría coincidían en que este es el punto mas bajo de toda la saga y pues dejen que les diga que me ha gustado mucho, si es ese el caso el punto mas bajo de toda la saga debería de ser lobos del calla. En este libro Stephen King le vuelve a dar un propósito claro camino a la torre oscura, entre sus idas y venidas es muy parecida a La llegada de los tres el cual es el favorito de muchos fans de esta saga, la narración vuelve a ser ágil y trepidante, los personajes son amenazados e inclusive fragmentados y se encuentran a la deriva no sólo en distancia síno también en el tiempo, en el espacio y en los multiversos que aquí se da cabida. La inclusión de la meta ficción en este tomo es bastante divertida, aunque para algunos se haya obstinadamente empeñada en mostrarnos que esto no es mas que una mera ficción yo la entendí como una forma de dar mas realidad a la historia, nos muestra la ilusión de todo escritor de fantasía, el de ser creadores de un mundo que en algún punto del multiverso está ocurriendo de verdad, el hecho de jugar a ser dioses. Es un gran libro. en serio créanme y deja un excelente sabor de boca para el libro final, donde todo termina. El séptimo y ultima, siento como la mejor saga de fantasía y ciencia ficción que he leído se va desvaneciendo, no se si entristecer o emocionarme ante este hecho. Solo queda seguir adelante. Ea, digo gracias. Todas las cosas sirven al haz. 4/5

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Really enjoyed how King wrote himself into the story. Also enjoyed the dialogue between Mia and Susannah. My heart was in my mouth for Oy a couple of times and that scene where Jake has to leave him, the tears...oh my! Stephen King, you naughty man playing with me like that! This volume did feel a little like filler for the final instalment but that's ok because I enjoyed the ride. Have a lot of questions that need answering before the end of this series. I'm not sure whether they'll all be answe Really enjoyed how King wrote himself into the story. Also enjoyed the dialogue between Mia and Susannah. My heart was in my mouth for Oy a couple of times and that scene where Jake has to leave him, the tears...oh my! Stephen King, you naughty man playing with me like that! This volume did feel a little like filler for the final instalment but that's ok because I enjoyed the ride. Have a lot of questions that need answering before the end of this series. I'm not sure whether they'll all be answered (I suspect not!) but I'm interested to see how King brings this baby home! (Especially before the film release..)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    Well... one more book to go before I’m done with this series. This book was my least favorite. It wasn’t badly written, I just despise Mia daughter on none. This book is quite short compared to the others excluding the first book, ‘ The Gunslinger ‘, and surrounds one event. I can’t speak of the event because that would be a spoiler. This event takes place in 1999 and the Ka-tet have been separated into 3 groups. Eddie and Roland, Jake, Callahan and Oy, and lastly Mia and Susanna. They must go th Well... one more book to go before I’m done with this series. This book was my least favorite. It wasn’t badly written, I just despise Mia daughter on none. This book is quite short compared to the others excluding the first book, ‘ The Gunslinger ‘, and surrounds one event. I can’t speak of the event because that would be a spoiler. This event takes place in 1999 and the Ka-tet have been separated into 3 groups. Eddie and Roland, Jake, Callahan and Oy, and lastly Mia and Susanna. They must go the way of Ka. Roland and Eddie find themselves in Maine, where a certain famous writer lives. This meet and greet is hard for all parties. They learn a lot, but will the information help them in their quest for the Dark Tower, for that is still the main attraction in Roland’s mind. Jake, Callahan and Oy are in New York tailing Mia/Susanna and on their side quest, must overcome a certain obstacle. Mia and Susanna share one body. Can they come to a truce before the event? There is much hatred coming from Susanna. She has a right to this anger. Mia is out of her mind. Believing in lies and not knowing the difference. The ending is a huge cliffhanger. It is a conclusion to the event, but of course I wanted to know what happens next. Book 7 and the finale to this tale here I come.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    I know a lot of people aren’t fans of this instalment in the Dark Tower series. I however, am definitely not part of those people. I honestly think this is my favourite book out of the whole series. Something about it just resonates with me! I think part of the reason I enjoy it so much is that it mostly focuses on Susannah and the farther we get into the series, the more I fall in love with her. She was my favourite character after my first read of this series and this remains true so many year I know a lot of people aren’t fans of this instalment in the Dark Tower series. I however, am definitely not part of those people. I honestly think this is my favourite book out of the whole series. Something about it just resonates with me! I think part of the reason I enjoy it so much is that it mostly focuses on Susannah and the farther we get into the series, the more I fall in love with her. She was my favourite character after my first read of this series and this remains true so many years later. There are some tiny details that bother me a bit, but nowhere near enough for it not to get 5 stars anyways. I especially love the addition of King into the story, I find it adds such an interesting dimension to the story and makes it that much greater. I could go on and on about how much I love this book and this series because it truly does get better with each read through. So many little details are popping out at me this time and it’s making me love this journey even more!

  25. 4 out of 5

    taarak

    Steven King's magnum opus. I've given a short review of all the books below. Based largely on the strengths of books 1, 2 and 4, I rate the whole series of seven books a three. On "THE GUNSLINGER" His first book in a very long series starts out well enough. On "THE DRAWING OF THE THREE" Gotta chuk!? Gotta up-chuk!? Okay, not so bad but not as good as the first. On "THE WASTELANDS" The series improves with fast-paced, difficult to follow forays into alternate realities. On "WIZARD AND GLASS" The best Steven King's magnum opus. I've given a short review of all the books below. Based largely on the strengths of books 1, 2 and 4, I rate the whole series of seven books a three. On "THE GUNSLINGER" His first book in a very long series starts out well enough. On "THE DRAWING OF THE THREE" Gotta chuk!? Gotta up-chuk!? Okay, not so bad but not as good as the first. On "THE WASTELANDS" The series improves with fast-paced, difficult to follow forays into alternate realities. On "WIZARD AND GLASS" The best of this series. ON "WOLVES OF THE CALLA" Beginning of the slow degradation of this concept series into mish-mosh. On "SONG OF SUZANNA" And now we begin to wonder . . . What's going on here? On "THE DARK TOWER" Wonder no more . . . The grand finale of King's magnum opus fizzles with out a whimper or bang.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn (devours and digests words)

    Juggling between 3.5 or 4 since there have been so many deux ex machina shit going on lately. Despite it all though, I was entertained.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thanos

    Προσοχή! Ακολουθεί κριτική μόνο για όσους έχουν διαβάσει το βιβλίο και θα καταλάβουν την παρακάτω στάντζα! :-P ΣΤΡΟΦΗ: Έλα-κομάλα-έλα Πάει το 6ο βιβλίο της σειράς. Σαν κάτι να χάθηκε σ’ αυτή την πορεία Και μπλέχτηκαν όλα, συγγραφείς και μαγεία. ΑΠΑΝΤΗΣΗ: Έλα-κομάλα-έξι! Το τέλος είναι πλέον πολύ πιο κοντά! Μακάρι να μην απογοητεύσει του Πύργου η ιστορία Κι ας χάθηκε κάτι σ’ αυτή την πορεία. Εν ολίγοις, θεωρώ πως είναι το πιο αδύναμο μέχρι τώρα. Θα μπορούσε να είναι πολύ καλύτερο. Η ιστορία δεν προχώρησε Προσοχή! Ακολουθεί κριτική μόνο για όσους έχουν διαβάσει το βιβλίο και θα καταλάβουν την παρακάτω στάντζα! :-P ΣΤΡΟΦΗ: Έλα-κομάλα-έλα Πάει το 6ο βιβλίο της σειράς. Σαν κάτι να χάθηκε σ’ αυτή την πορεία Και μπλέχτηκαν όλα, συγγραφείς και μαγεία. ΑΠΑΝΤΗΣΗ: Έλα-κομάλα-έξι! Το τέλος είναι πλέον πολύ πιο κοντά! Μακάρι να μην απογοητεύσει του Πύργου η ιστορία Κι ας χάθηκε κάτι σ’ αυτή την πορεία. Εν ολίγοις, θεωρώ πως είναι το πιο αδύναμο μέχρι τώρα. Θα μπορούσε να είναι πολύ καλύτερο. Η ιστορία δεν προχώρησε πολύ και ο King αναλώθηκε σε υπερβολές και λεπτομέρειες που δεν χρειαζόταν...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chris_P

    Re-read September 2016 In Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower goes meta. King suddenly puts himself in the story and becomes a character that plays a major part in the Ka-tet's journey. As for the main plot, not much is happening. It was like, for the number of pages, the story could have moved a bit more. What I personally felt was the major point of this installment, was King's involvement. By using himself in the story, King not only takes his work to a whole other level writing-wise, but he also Re-read September 2016 In Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower goes meta. King suddenly puts himself in the story and becomes a character that plays a major part in the Ka-tet's journey. As for the main plot, not much is happening. It was like, for the number of pages, the story could have moved a bit more. What I personally felt was the major point of this installment, was King's involvement. By using himself in the story, King not only takes his work to a whole other level writing-wise, but he also makes a commentary on how stories are written. I think it's common among all kinds of artists that a story, a song, a painting, a poem, feels like it's actually there before one puts it to paper. Like it's waiting for the right medium to bring it to the light of day. So, what King actually did there, was state that a story is superior to the one who tells it and bring the Tower's parallel universes theory to a more literal level. I can see why so many people found this egotistic, and they may be right, but I also found it genius. I think that art should be pure even when risking to be deemed pretentious or pompous. So this is the only reason it gets 4 stars from me. Enough words, though. However good or bad the sixth installment was, what follows is The End which transcends all expectations and gives the whole series a whole different essence. Off to The Dark Tower!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Compared to other Dark Tower books, the pace of this one is practically blistering. And yet it's also true that this is basically 500+ pages (or 12+ hours, if you prefer) of exposition for the final book. There are very few writers that can do that much exposition, end with little resolved, and yet leave me basically satisfied, except for a need to go on. Not quite sure how King managed that. I also want to talk about what I think will probably be the single greatest sticking point for most reade Compared to other Dark Tower books, the pace of this one is practically blistering. And yet it's also true that this is basically 500+ pages (or 12+ hours, if you prefer) of exposition for the final book. There are very few writers that can do that much exposition, end with little resolved, and yet leave me basically satisfied, except for a need to go on. Not quite sure how King managed that. I also want to talk about what I think will probably be the single greatest sticking point for most readers: (view spoiler)[King himself shows up as a character, and an important one. I was prepared for this to be over the top, masturbatory, even. Instead, King has the self awareness to write himself as a tool of Ka, and not necessarily the brightest or most self aware one. I sort of vaguely knew this was coming in the series, and I wasn't exactly looking forward to it. Instead, it became one of the most interesting concepts in the book, making Ka creation and creativity in opposition to the Crimson King's destruction. I guess I should have trusted King a little more. (hide spoiler)] No, it isn't the best Dark Tower book, but it is a good one, and the brisk pace suits it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Franco Santos

    Para muchos el peor de la saga. A mí me gustó mucho y no me parece el peor. Es, para mí, uno de los tomos más importantes de la serie. En este se revelan muchas cosas que esclarecen un poco el misterio que gira en torno a la Torre Oscura y todo se va preparando para su final.

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