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Song of Susannah (Dark Tower #6) – Stephen King | Book REVIEW

I’ve been reading the Dark Tower series for over a year now, and have found myself at the second to last book. I can’t believe the series is almost over for me! So did this book continue my love for the series? Let’s find out!

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…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…

Rating – PG13 (Some intense scenes and language)

Publication date – April 5, 2005

Length  – 432 pages


The Good:

  • This book is SO meta. Like it gets to a point and you’re like, “It couldn’t possibly get anymore meta” but it DOES! This could have easily been overkill, but I thought it was perfectly done!
  • All of our favorite characters are back! As I continue reading the series, I fall more in love with them and I can’t believe I’m almost through with them.
  • Of course I’m a huge fan of the writing. Like duh, its STEPHEN KING! Everything in the series is really tying together now and I think its piecing together perfectly.

The Meh:

  • There are a couple characters, in this book, who don’t actually show up until page like 200 of 432. It felt really weird and messy, since the books have never been this way before. It actually got to the point where I forgot about these characters and didn’t want to know what was going on with them.

The Bad:

  • This book really couldn’t stand alone without the series to fall back on. As I try to rate books critically, I can’t just ignore this fact because I enjoy the series.
  • This kind of goes along with the fact that this book doesn’t stand alone, but when I finished the book I realized that almost nothing happened. This book was ENTIRELY filler to get us from the end of Wolves of Calla (see my review of that here) to the final book, The Dark Tower. I really feel like this was a pretty sloppy decision.

  • STORY – 2.5/5 (I enjoyed reading this but it was definitely a book solely to connect to the final book instead of be fulfilling on its own)
  • CHARACTERS – 4.5/5 (of course they were great! All our favs are back at it again!)
  • WRITING – 4/5 (the way everything is tying together not just within the series but with SKs other books and even pop culture is amazing.)
  • UNIQUENESS –  5/5 (I don’t want to spoil it but on top of the numerous tie ins there is a cameo that made my jaw drop and I bet has never happened in a book ever before)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 4 SKöLDPADDA OUT OF 5!

I can’t wait to finish this series! It’s been a long time coming!! Thanks for reading!

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Wolves of Calla (Dark Tower #5) – Stephen King || REVIEW

The next book in the Dark Tower series, Stephen King’s magnum opus. Has it lived up to the expectations the first four books set? Let’s find out!

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Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World on their quest for the Dark Tower. Their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis. But beyond the tranquil farm town, the ground rises to the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is stealing the town’s soul. The wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to. Their guns, however, will not be enough….


 

Rated PG-13 (Battles, Language, and Sexual Innuendos), 931 pages

The Good:

  • Each of the Dark Tower books seems to showcase a different genre. This book was very clearly a mystery, and it was super interesting
  • The mystery itself kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I was never able to fully guess what the end reveal was, and I was glad for that.
  • All of our favorite characters were back and we even met a few new ones! It really felt like a continuation of the series that I loved so much.
  • The western element is really played up in this one, much like in The Gunslinger and Wizard and Glass. It was nice to see and really adds to the uniqueness of the entire series.
  • One character has a super cool and scary story arc, that introduces one (arguably two) new characters that could change the rest of the series.
  • Holy references! This book is chock full of references from the year this books takes place all the way up to 2002. I don’t want to spoil anything, but WOW!

 

The Bad:

  • I loved the beginning and end of this book, but the middle really lulled for me. It involved our titular characters trying to solve the mystery by talking to characters that we had just met. Honestly, I just didn’t care about these side characters enough to be invested in their stories.
  • The ending was a little underwhelming, but I think it is only because they are setting up for the next book, instead of tying up the story with a pretty bow.

 


 

  • Story – 4.5/5
  • Characters – 3.5/5
  • Setting – 4.5/5
  • Writing – 4/5
  • Uniqueness – 4/5

Overall I Rate This 4.1 Roonts out of 5!

 

 


 

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I am WORRIED about The Dark Tower movie!!

If you haven’t heard, they are making a movie adaptation of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, starring Idris Elba as Roland, Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, and Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers.

Generally movie adaptations of King’s books are not very good, and if they are good they aren’t faithful (see The Shining). Despite this, I have been really excited about this movie even though they have made some questionable casting choices, but I’ve looked into it some more and it isn’t looking good, y’all.

Here is the synopsis for the movie:

Jake, who is still reeling over the death of his hero dad, a first responder on 9/11 who succumbed to toxic exposure, has a series of terrifying and apocalyptic visions that have made him doubt his own sanity. But when Jake narrowly avoids being abducted by terrifying creatures in human form, he escapes into another world. In this strange new reality, Jake teams with weary and disillusioned hero, Roland Deschain, a knight-like warrior bent solely on avenging himself against his age-old nemesis.  — From Wikipedia

First problem, they MODERNIZED it, but that’s ok I’m flexible.

Second problem, they’ve changed Jake’s entire story, seriously it’s not just that it takes place in modern times, but everything is different.

Third, this is NOT how the first book in the series, at all. I’m not sure what their plan is for this movie but I’m not looking forward to it anymore.

One good thing I have found from my research are the pictures I have been able to find. McConaughey  looks amazing as the Man in Black and Jake is exactly as I’ve pictured. Even Elba as Roland is dressed right and looks the part. So hopefully I’m wrong to worry about the film because I desperately want it to turn out.

 

What are your thoughts on the Dark Tower movie? Have you read the Dark Tower series? I’d love to hear your feedback!


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10. Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass – Stephen King REVIEW

Oh boy, I’m back! Unfortunately my computer is more broken than I expected, but I am able to use my mom’s computer for the time being. This week I got A LOT of reading done, so I will be posting reviews every day, for a while.

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Roland and his band of followers have narrowly escaped one world and slipped into the next. There Roland tells them a tale of long-ago love and adventure involving a beautiful and quixotic woman named Susan Delgado. And there they will be drawn into an ancient mystery of spellbinding magic and supreme menace…

PG-13 content; 499 pages

The Good:

  • This book resolved the cliff hangers from the last book really well. It picked up right when the third book ended, so it didn’t skip any of the details as to how they escaped peril.
  • Along the same lines of that, one of the issues I had in the previous books was that I felt some of the conflicts were resolved solely by luck. In this book, every victory felt 100% earned.
  • As I’ve mentioned before, the Dark Tower books tie in with many of King’s other works. This book ties in, more than once, with one of King’s most famous books, The Stand.
  • We finally get to delve into Roland’s mysterious past and not only is the western-esque setting super unique and interesting, but the characters are pretty awesome as well.
  • There is a little of a mystery to this book, which was a fun change from the usual.

The Bad:

  • The insta-love is strong in this book. It really didn’t bother me,because my rule of thumb is if there is some reason that they fall in love quickly, I don’t mind. In this case it is attributed to ka (a.k.a fate) which is important in their culture.
  • As in most Stephen King works, the villains are somewhat one dimensional. Really they are just bad people.
  • Almost this entire book is in a flashback and even though it was interesting, it was kind of annoying that the main story line barely progressed at all.

 

All in all, I really enjoyed this book, it is my second favorite of the Dark Tower books that I’ve read so far.

  • Characters  – 4/5 (One dimension villains, but interesting main characters)
  • Plot                 – 4/5 (Fun mystery and love story)
  • Writing         – 5/5 ( Stephen King, duh)
  • Uniqueness  -3/5 (Plot twists, western and mysteries)

Overall Rating of 4 Wizard’s Glasses out of 5

 

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5. The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands – Stephen King // 4-27-16

I know this review took forever and a day to go up (like I read the last dark tower book in JANUARY) but you know, life happens in the middle of a 500 page book sometimes. I can’t promise when the next review will be up, because finals week is coming up so I’m either going to be reading A TON (aka procrastinating) or none at all. Anyway. Without further ado, my thoughts on Stephen King’s third installment of The Dark Tower series.


This book picks up five weeks after the second book and follows the growth of Roland’s team of gunslingers.

The Good:

  • This book really fleshed out the characters King introduced us to in the two previous books. Although you don’t know everything about any of them, by the end, that actually works in favor of the series.
  • The addition of an old friend to Roland’s team of gunslingers was a pleasant surprise.
  • King delved into paradoxes in a way I have never seen before and it was SO interesting.
  • Also the addition of a pet companion was really exciting for me. It is also an animal out of King’s imagination and he is so cute!

The Bad :

  • At the beginning of the book I thought the series was going to go a different, more action packed, way than it did and I honestly was more interested in the way that it didn’t go than it did.
  • Like I said I thought the alternative way would be more action packed, and this book is really void of action. I understand not every book in a series can be ultra exciting, but this book had trouble keeping my attention.

I’m sorry that this is a short review. The farther in the series I go, the more trouble I have talking about it without spoiling anything, as I’m sure you can all understand.

I rate this book 7.5 mind-bending paradoxes out of 10

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1. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three – Stephen King // 1-3-15

“While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland is drawn through a mysterious door that brings him into contemporary America.

Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.

Once again, Stephen King has masterfully interwoven dark, evocative fantasy and icy realism.” – amazon.com

Disclaimer : This is number 1, because it is technically the first book I have read in 2016, and I am counting up to 25 (as I previously posted about). After this is up I will be posting the third Dark Tower review, and we will be up to date! 🙂

I didn’t really like the first Dark Tower book, The Gunslinger, if you recall, but it was the opposite for this book…I LOVED IT.

Here we pick up soon after the last book left off, with Roland on a beach. He is dehydrating and forced to fight off some monstrous lobsters (lovingly named “lobstrosities” by King), when he come across 3 inconspicuously placed doors. Through each door he finds an alternate universe from his own that each houses a different person, the prisoner, the lady in the shadows, and death.

In fear of spoiling ANYTHING in this book, I’m not going to explain any more than that, so we will go ahead and get to the good in this book:  

  • Although Roland is our protagonist for the book, he isn’t invincible (FAR from it really). This really adds suspense to the book and many times, I couldn’t figure out the way that he is going to get out of predicaments.
  • This book is FUNNY! I am an avid King reader and I had NO idea he was so funny, until I read this book. The humor is clever, but not hard to pick up on.
  • Behind each door that Roland finds is not only a new person, but even a new writing style. This almost felt like a collection of short stories, that happened to have reoccurring characters, in a good way!
  • I already mentioned that the humor was clever, but really the entire book is clever. Whatever you think is going to happen…it’s not.

The bad :

  • Sometimes the story dragged, and I became uninterested. It wasn’t enough to make me put the book down, but it still took me out the story a little bit.
  • Sometimes the character’s lives depended solely on luck, which succeeded to put me on edge in the moment, but after reflecting on the book, it felt like the heroes didn’t always have a hand in being alive, it was all luck.

I LOVED this book, I was at the edge of my seat the entire time and it made me super excited to continue reading the series!

I rate it 9/10 freestanding doors on a beach

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The Dark Tower I : The Gunslinger – Stephen King // 12-2015

“This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own. A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, it features one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations—The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages, from ancient myth to frontier western legend.
The Gunslinger’s quest involves the pursuit of The Man in Black, a liaison with the sexually ravenous Alice, and a friendship with the kid from Earth called Jake. Both realistic and eerily dreamlike, here is stunning proof of Stephen King’s storytelling sorcery.” -amazon.com

To start this review off I’d like to establish that I read the first two Dark Tower books in late December last year and early January. I wanted to upload these so that the entire series will be on my blog some day.

I wasn’t the hugest fan of this book, to be honest, but I was still motivated to continue reading the series so it wasn’t really terrible.

The good : 

  • The world-building in this book was phenomenal. I really felt inserted into the mysterious world that King created.
  • Although it was frustrating, I now appreciate that I was left with more questions than I was answers at the end of the book.

The bad : 

  • In the Gunslinger, we were introduced to the main protagonist, Roland, and the main antagonist, the man in black (briefly)…and that’s pretty much it. Nothing of substance really happened, as far as I can tell, the events might show up in later books.
  • Most of the book was overly confusing and sometimes just plain WEIRD. Some people I have spoke to really enjoyed this book, because of the weirdness, so I think it is all really subjective.

All in all, I didn’t really enjoy this book, but because I love and respect King’s work, I want to give his “magnum opus” a chance.

I would rate it 6/10 mysterious gunslingers

(Sorry this review was much shorter than the others, its been awhile since I read this book.)

ALSO : 

Did you hear that they are making a Dark Towers movie? They cast Idris Elba as Roland

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AND Matthew Mcconaughey as the man in black,

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Although I know most Stephen King movie adaptations are usually bad (ok maybe terrible) I have high hopes for this one! What do you think? I’d love to know!