The Talisman

mass market paperback, 768 pages

English language

Published May 7, 1985 by Penguin Books.

ISBN:
9780140071863
OCLC Number:
1091289689

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4 stars (13 reviews)

The Talisman is the story of a young and courageous boy searching for the talisman, the one thing that will save his dying mother. His quest takes him into the menacing Territories where violence, surprise and the titanic struggle between good and evil reach across a mythic landscape, in a novel as extraordinary and as unforgettable Lord of the Rings. --back cover

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3 stars

This book was interesting to read from a historical perspective, because of the trajectory of both King and Straub's careers. In some ways, it feels like a trial run for both Straub's Shadowland and King's It (both of which would come out only a few years later); in other ways, it shares elements from The Stand and Ghost Story that otherwise don't show up much in these authors' respective ouvres. So, it's kind of a missing-link book.

It's also a historically important book, because (as Matthew Kirschenbaum notes in Track Changes, his cultural history of word processing) it is the first published book to be collaborated upon electronically. King and Straub were both early adopters of consumer word processing technology, and though they used different types of machines, they had a highly technical friend set up modems and a format converter and they swapped revisions once a day over the …

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5 stars

This book took me forever to read. Not because it wasn't good. I've been reading a bunch of birthing books and parenting guides. I've got that going on. :) But, I got to the last few chapters of this book weeks ago...and I've put off reading them until today. I didn't want it to end. And I wasn't wrong. I loved this book. It is a marvelous story. I laughed, I cried and I got angry. All the good stuff. I didn't want it to end. The very end, I found a little disappointing. I know, there's more books. I WILL read them. I just found the last few pages to be weak compared to the rest. That said, it's still one of the best (if not the best) King books I've read yet. Not sure if that is thanks to Straub, or not. And I don't care.

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5 stars

One of my favourite King novels. This one started the dark tower ride for me. It's when I realised so many of his books link back to the Dark Tower. So as soon as I finished this one I started reading the Gunslinger.

The Talisman is awesome. Jack Sawyer is a tough kid who gets to go on an epic adventure, He is helped on his way by Speedy Parker who is one of the gunslingers.

I'll be re-reading this one day, once my daughter is old enough, hopefully she'll join me.

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4 stars

I first read this book when I was much younger, and at that time I loved it. On this re-read, however, I found it a little less enthralling. I think the book is longer than it needs to be - it could have used some heavier editing to improve the pacing. Even so, I did still enjoy re-reading it... Just not as much as I'd expected to.

The characters are still great, and I love the concept of the two intertwined worlds, and 'Twinners', although it seemed to me that the mechanics of 'flipping' between worlds for the Twinners was written inconsistently.

I think perhaps this is a novel best suited to be read by younger readers, who still have their sense of childish wonder intact. That said, Jack's adventures take him into some VERY dark situations which maybe aren't all that suitable for young readers.

I'm not sure how …

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