During my own little 24 Reading Marathon (See earlier posts), I resumed reading King’s Song of Susanna, Book Six of The Dark Tower series (one more to go!) This is a journey that has literally taken years, but one that has been totally worth the time and effort.
From the Calla and the wolves of book five to New York City in 1999 is a big leap, and the tet of gunslingers get there by various “doors”, but eventually the ka tet are all in the same time and place, although they have not encountered each other yet by the end of the book. What they find in 1999 proves to be both interesting and action-filled. Characters from other books make cameo appearances, and old stories affect and merge with current developments. Horror and gore abound. Strangest of all, I have never had the experience of an author writing himself into the plot as a character in the novel before! Leave it to King’s imagination and creativity.
Great storytelling. Great humor. Great suspense. Great adventure. And, Great dialogue.
Author: Rae Longest
This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching.
Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish.
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2 thoughts on “Stephen King’s Song of Susanna”
I’ve been wanting to start The Dark Tower series particularly since they are making a movie out of it. However, the heft of the series has been holding me back. Perhaps if I get it on kindle it won’t feel as daunting. Nice review.
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TY! for the kind words. I saw something on NBC’s Today Show about a year ago when they first discussed this, and I was very impressed with the casting of Roland. I don’t know the actor’s name, but he has made some powerful films.