Song of Susannah by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is much more wonderful the second time around. Who knows, maybe it'll jump another notch by the third or the fourth. :)
This is a series that only gets better when you're swimming in the massive loads of details that combine Stephen King's life, the amazing worldbuilding of his bibliography, and add the little idea that Stephen King has put his SOUL into the DT.
What do I mean by that? Well, by his own admission, this is his magnum opus, his breathtaking, soul-stealing epic that ties together the grand majority of his separate novels and short stories and gives us a whole cosmology wrapped in an awesomely tight story that not only shits all over anyone's ideas of standard genres, but revels in breaking EVERY genre it can get its greedy little hands on.
In other words: this is a master storyteller's story. Few writers could get away with publishing this OR getting away with all the things he gets away with.
Do you really think that Roland is hoofing it to a huge dark tower in the distance?
Well, yeah, he is, but first, we've got to deal with the multiverse, super high-technology with AI's, multidimensional travel, the forced entropy of every universe, and the fate of a rose, an author, a ball in a bowling bag, and the number 19. Sound strange? Well, add a shootout, car accidents, the trials of motherhood with multiple personalities, and the snickity snack of cutlery and the call for long pork!
Does that sound strange?
This book mostly takes place in modern New York City.
Kinda interesting for a Ka-Tet used to a high-tech/fantasy wasteland that is really just a western, no?
But the most interesting part is something I will not spoil for those who have not read it. This joy is a really, really big joy. The references to King's life, his works, his favorite music, and his fears are all probably the things that gave me the most shivers. The most awe. And definitely the most laughter.
Is this series the most personal of the author's works?
Yes. And we are Well Met. Well Met indeed.
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