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Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI (Dark Tower #06)by Stephen King
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Susannah Dean is possessed, her body a living vessel for the demon-mother Mia. Something is growing inside Susannah's belly, something terrible, and soon she will give birth to Mia's "chap." But three unlikely allies are following them from New York City to the border of End World, hoping to prevent the unthinkable. Meanwhile, Eddie and Roland have tumbled into the state of Maine — where the author of a novel called Salem's Lot is about to meet his destiny...
"[B]racingly strong as it veers toward its Armageddon-like conclusion....The sixth installment of this magnum opus stops short with the biggest cliffhanger of King's career." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"King's epical Dark Tower hastens to a close, and its penultimate volume is one of the speediest....[He] keeps us on tenterhooks throughout — and leaves us there." Booklist
"King brilliantly juggles all the plot elements. The last three chapters are a triple shot to the gut, guaranteed to push the buttons of even the most hardhearted reader. It all ends with a cliff-hanger that promises one heck of a climax..." Denver Post
"[T]his penultimate volume winds its way nimbly through the time-space continuum....King has his readers where he wants them: breathlessly waiting for more." Library Journal
"Hauntingly surreal and almost supernaturally enthralling, King's Dark Tower saga is a monumental work of fantastical fiction created by a master wordslinger." Paul Goat Allen, BookPage.com
"[A]lmost works as a stand-alone novel, and is highly recommended for readers who enjoy the more metafictional side of King's oeuvre....Song of Susannah is by far the best of the sequence so far." Matt Thorne, The Independent (U.K.)
"Self-deprecating, scatological, at times wickedly funny, as familiar with Godzilla movies and the guy behind the Wizard of Oz as he is with the sagas of gods, King turns a potential recipe for literary meltdown into what just might be a masterpiece." Faren Miller, Locus
"[King] pulls off a neat literary trick in Song of Susannah, one this reviewer won't give away. It's something few writers could get away with, but Stephen King, as even his critics will acknowledge, is no ordinary wordsmith." Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Song of Susannah] finishes with every major character, even the author himself, in terrible jeopardy....[King's] myriad fans should be thankful that they and he have come this far." San Francisco Chronicle
SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VI
Susannah Dean is possessed, her body a living vessel for the demon-mother Mia. Something is growing inside Susannah's belly, something terrible, and soon she will give birth to Mia's "chap." But three unlikely allies are following them from New York City to the border of End World, hoping to prevent the unthinkable. Meanwhile, Eddie and Roland have tumbled into the state of Maine — where the author of a novel called 'Salem's Lot is about to meet his destiny....
"The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah" with 10 full-color illustrations by Darrel Anderson
The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, "Song of Susannah" is at once a book of revelation, a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower, and a fast-paced story of double-barreled suspense.
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 katet 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.
These are the simple vectors of a story rich in complexity and conflict. Its dual climaxes, one at the entrance to a deadly dining establishment and the other appended to the pages of a writer's journal, will leave readers gasping for the saga's final volume (which, Dear Reader, follows soon, say thank ya).
About the Author
Stephen King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the author of more than forty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Dreamcatcher, On Writing, Hearts in Atlantis, and Bag of Bones. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
Table of Contents
lst Stanza: Beamquake
2nd Stanza: The Persistence of Magic
3rd Stanza: Trudy and Mia
4th Stanza: Susannah's Dogan
5th Stanza: The Turtle
6th Stanza: The Castle Allure
7th Stanza: The Ambush
8th Stanza: A Game of Toss
9th Stanza: Eddie Bites His Tongue
10th Stanza: Susannah-Mio, Divided Girl of Mine
11th Stanza: The Writer
12th Stanza: Jake and Callahan
13th Stanza: "Hile, Mia, Hile, Mother"
Coda: Pages from a Writer's Journal
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