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Two masters of the genre are better than one...
...as can be proven between the covers of The Talisman. Jack Sawyer is a young boy, on the cusp of manhood when his whole world becomes skewed. His mother is dying and takes him off to the resort hotel, Alhambra, a place from her recent past that is full of nothing but happy memories of her late husband, Jack's father. Upon arriving, Jack discovers there is a world beyond ours, "The Territories," and begins an adventure that will change his life forever.
The only thing that can save his mother is a mystical object, the talisman, and Jack must trek across the country, and the territories to bring it back so his mother will live. Others want his mother and her "twinner" in the territories, Queen Laura, dead for reasons of their own and will stop at nothing to see that Jack never makes it to the talisman.
The Talisman is the quintessential fantasy novel that tells of the coming of age for young Jack... There are the typical good versus evil wars, mystical powers, vivid alternate realities, compelling characters, and maximum adventure. Jack is older than his years, with a surprising wisdom for one so young. He sets out on his quest with only his wits, the contents of his backpack, and some mysterious advice from friend Speedy Parker. By the time Jack reaches the resting place of the talisman, readers will have watched him turn from frightened boy to confident young man.
The cast of players is varied and colorful, with the most intriguing character being Wolf, the friendly werewolf who makes it his mission to protect his young friend with his life. Readers will love him dearly, maybe even more than Jack in some instances. A thrilling adventure, The Talisman carries readers on a magical journey, disappointing only in that it has to end.
one of my favorite books
stephen king is one of the greatest writers of our time. with that said i'm not giving this book 5 stars just because stephen king wrote it, i am giving it 5 stars because i enjoyed this book more than most books i read now a days. there are stephen king books i didn't like so don't think i will give a piece of crap story 5 stars because stephen kings name is on it, i gave it 5 stars because the characters were real, it was like watching a really good movie you don't want to end. oh, and not to overshadow peter straub with stephen king, but what he brought to the book really polished it off and gave it a nice reader friendly feel. you WILL enjoy it.
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I am on the last page of this book right now pg 735. but before i
finish reading the final page i must pause, perhaps... chuckle, then
cough lightly under my breath before i lift my head to say that
no matter what lies on this final page there is no "turning back"
from the lack of consideration and total lack of regard towards anytype
of art in storytelling which took place unabashedly throughout chapters
These chapters were so shallow i suspect there was not only one thing
more important on the writers mind (see below) but perhaps two or three.
Up until then the story had enough to it i thought it to be surely more
worthy to be held higher for all to see because the story was enthralling.
It is my opinion as a professional amateur (smiles) that the reason why this
book is not a legend of sorts was because of these discrepancies as such
becoming preventative measures in themselves which in turn dislocated this
book from being heralded as one with much more acclaim than it gets.
Instead we are left not with what should have been a novel regarded as one of
the most important works in fantasy/horror genre but in truth what could have
been. Lets face it how many people have heard of The Talisman?
The Talisman had its begginings in 1978-79 when both Stephen King and Peter Straub
where living in london. although each of them had binding contractual obligations
to fill with other books and it would take them a few years to be free
this is when they first came up with the idea of a joint venture
Being a collarabative effort between
world renowned master of horror Stephen King and a sometime bestselling
author Peter Straub, The Talisman was written mostly (long distance)
via modem on computers bought especially for the project.
The ball was whipped through the ether between
Maine and Connecticut handed back and forth Stephen writing pages,
not to any preset plan but simply until he felt like stopping, then
sent them to Peter at which point he picked up the thread and wrote until he
felt ready to hand it back. The book was released in 1984 and was a success.
Im not arguing with this my point is that this book could have been better.
just because a book is a New York Times Best Seller does not
mean all these books cancel all the ones that werent out.
It is the content of a book which almost on its own becomes immortal.
A true story lives on after we have read it if its told right.
It strikes at something close to immortality itself, because the story was Much
more than fake and Nothing less than believable.
This is where the real tales can be found and the separation from the fray begins.
It was obvious
to me what had happened only a child might have missed the change.
Stephen handed the drafts back to the other guy the man in question
one mister Peter Straub.
Perhaps the child that could have missed the change was the same age as the one
that took over Peters brain at that moment.
It was as if there was a young man with a little wooden hammer in his hands was
trying to hammer the square in where the round hole is in some childrens toy where
you have to knock the shapes in their corresponding holes.
The clumsiness begins specifically around page 496 (post interlude) and comes
to a end around page 627 again another interlude.
Petey boy makes it so that jack is suddenly talking and acting as if he
were an grown man stephen king didnt do that Stephen King made the characters
that were kids kids. jack sawyer is not 21 42 or even 48 Mister Straub hes 12
Thats not the point though old petey boy made things a chore for me to fit in with
not only the style but the content of what was written before. Up until this
point Peter Straub at least was better than this i dont know what happened.
Only thing i can guess is this Peter decided it would be pertitnent to "get jiggy"
with snack foods while writing this all the while feeding us
a diet of his memories from his jumbled television experience. come to think of it
when did Rambo come out? I mean common just because its fantasy doesnt mean that
it has to be unbelievable
It wasnt the amount of instances in which he completely failed to come across
as believable, it was the flatness the lack of character in his work that i had
trouble with. I can compare it to missing the landing in a parachute drop because
was the take of time off but landing was in the wrong place.
When you pick a book somewhere along the way you hope that
writer somewhere along the way does not lose his way.
It isnt very trendy to be careless with lines in this buisness.
Perhaps that why hes Peter Straub and Stephen King is Stephen King.
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