Song of Susannah is the sixth novel in The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
Finished on: 27.10.2017
[Here are my reviews of the other novels in the series.]
The ka-tet make their way to our world, but they are split up. Susannah, sharing her body with Mia and her baby, heads for New York, and Jake, Father Callahan and Oy follow them, hoping to catch up before the birth. Meanwhile, Eddie and Roland go to Maine to make sure that they get ownership of the lot where the rose grows to keep it safe. But things don’t quite work out the way as planned.
I am not a huge fan of mystical pregnancies, so Song of Susannah was a bit of a drag in that department, but there was also a lot of pretty awesome meta stuff that I absolutely loved.
Song of Susannah has one of the meanest cliffhanger endings ever. I am really happy that I’m late enough to the series that I don’t have to wait for the sequel to know what happens next.
That’s of course already an indicator that I’m very much invested in the story, even though I am noticing a fair amount of impatience on my part to be done with the story. Part of that is because I really found the entire Mia-thing supremely annoying. When you only got one female character of note, please please please try not to have her thing be a mystical pregnancy. Even if you have many female characters, try not to include that super-tired trope.
Another part of it, though, is that the story shifts its focus too much away from Roland: it is his story after all, and it should have him at the center. But King obviously knows that and by the end of this installment of the series, things are well on track for the showdown.
The thing I loved most about the novel, though, (apart from the fact that by the end, the pregnancy is over and done with) was the inclusion of King himself as a character and generally the entire meta level to the story telling. I certainly didn’t expect King to off himself in any case. I thought that was a pretty ballsy move and I appreciated it.
Summarizing: I’m really looking forward to the rest of the story. Especially now that the pregancy stuff is over.