The Talisman (The Talisman #1)
On a brisk autumn day, a thirteen-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back acr...more
Recently, a good GR friend agreed that the word 'magical' is a great way of describing The Talisman. In turn, she shared a quote by Markus Zusak:
“Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished just to stay near it.”
Only now can I not only fully agree, but appreciate the sentiment behind Zusak's words.. although it's uncertain if he was referring to this particular novel. It's incredibly profound, and they describe my feelings tow...more
There is so much that happens in this novel, that any thoughts I can cram into one review will always be woefully inadequate.
Don't you sometimes think there's more to life than order?
Don't you want just a little magic?
It is perhaps a good thing to read this book three decades down the line, separated from the hype that so weighed it down when it was first published. 50% Horror; 50% Dark Fantasy. 50% Straub; 50% King, and yet not anything you would have expected from either.
The problem I have with this book (and many of the Stephen King books I've attempted to read) is that everything in it is presented as being mean, petty, twisted, angry, cruel, etc.
When I read, I'm willing to wade through sad, oppresive, heart-wrenching difficulties with the main characters if necessary, but ultimately, I read fiction in the hopes that it is going to help me feel good about life, forget my troubles, forget...more
I don't even know why right now.
I quote this book to myself all the time ("right here and now," "fushing feef," etc), but I can't quite give it the full five.
I read this for the first time when I was 14. I was a freshman and had a friend that was a few years older than me. A group of us were driving around one day (probably high as hell, not gonna lie) and I was digging through the crap he had in t...more
The first few chapters are a little slow and not very exciting, but they are important and hold crucial story points that will come into play later, so to anyone reading this for the first time, I recommend...more
I'm in my 40s now, older and hopefully a bit wiser, and I happened to stumble upon a paperback copy of the book amongst my vast collection of tomes, so I decided to pick it up and zip through it. I figured,...more
Overall, it felt like a patch-work quilt where a collection of short-story adventures were sewn together with 12-year old Jack...more
De alguna forma invierte lo que suele ser la literatura fantástica para adolescentes; hay un muchacho héroe pero que lidia con el cancer, el acoso, la corrupción policial, el fanatismo religioso, y en segundo lugar viaja por el mundo, lucha con seres fantásticos y recoge objetos mágicos.
Más allá de todo, este libro refuerza dos...more
And those of you who only think of King as a horror author, try reading The Body or Rita Hayworth and the Sh...more
Jack is twelve years old. A wise old man “Speedy” tells Jack about an alternate world called the Territories, with many of the same people called twinners. Jack’s mother Lily is dying of cancer. Lily’s twinner in the Territories is Laura who is Queen of the Territories. Laura is also ill. Speedy tells Jack he can save the lives of Lily and Laura if he gets the Talisman which is...more
This one just didn't do it for me. I was excited first of all from the blurbs inside the cover, telling me this on...more
I did find it a bit wordy in spots, and thought on many occasions, just get to the point already. I think that may be why it took me so long to read it. I also kept thinking of The Never-ending Story, while I have not read the book...more
I think one of the things I liked best about The Talisman was Jack Sawyer. He's the type of character you can't help but love, not onl...more
Another thing I like about King's writing is how he incorporates other works into his stories. Whether it's name dropping or mentioning another town, he has truly created a web-l...more
There were a couple of sections that slid by page-after-page like a good King spellbinder, but the bulk of this collaboration is plodding, trite, and worlds apart (pun intended) from what one expects of King, but maybe this book is too early to be good, or maybe Straub is the urine in the chowder. Either way, I don...more
A deep and thorough exploration of one of the multiple universes that comes into play in the Dark Tower, the drama and excitement, twists and turns make reading this book almost a compulsive exercise. Instead of saying 'it was hard to...more
The Talisman knows about that secret world, and...more
The Talisman by Steven King was an amazing book and will personally be one of my favorites for a long time. I was surprised on how the book contained such a difficult vocabulary, that I had to increase my context clues skill to keep up with it. I thought that Steven King chose the greatest personality for Jack Sawyer, the 12 year old boy who must travel far through the Territories to save his mother. I believe there is nothing that I could of changed to make the book better. Steven King still ne...more
Yes. Yes, they can.
To my mind, if this novel has a flaw, it would be that it isn't long enough. It seems that the latter half of the hero's quest across the nation is summed up in a chapter or two, but that is no matter. Vivi...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where...more