Black House (The Talisman #2)
In the early eighties, Stephen King and Peter Straub embarked on the ultimate coming-of-age tale. The Talisman easily solidified the collaboration's super status. Then, nearly two decades later, they returned to their literary roots. Black House portrays a different Jack Sawyer, now a semi-retired Los Angeles detective. He won't remain there much longer, though. By requesting his expertise in a major case, a colleague-turned-friend leads him to Wisconsin, where his life will be irrevocably alte...more
Jack is eventually forced out of retirement as a Coppiceman on trail of the Fisherman, flipping over again but to where? What does Speedy and black crow feathers have to do with the case? This is an engrossing page-turner written in a more faster momentum than The Talisman I am loving the adult Ja...more
I loved The Talisman. I think I read it when I was 13 or 14. It was a great story about a boy who could cross worlds, and took on a quest to save his dying mom. There were scary parts, but nothing too bad. Also, the line between King's writing and Straub's writing was pretty blurred. Either they shared the load, or one of them wrote while the other edited. I dunno, I could only hear one voice.
Years later, I listened to the audiobook and it was still great.
Black House is the sequel to The Talism...more
Hello, My Name Is TreeRider and I’m a Stephen King-aholic.
If you’re a casual Stephen King (or Peter Straub) reader, or just a fan, this book may disappoint you. Likewise if you’re expecting further adventures of Jack Sawyer in the Territories. Jack spends very little time in the Territories in Black House, and most of that comes near the end of the book. I prepped myself for Black House by rere...more
This book had three distinct phases for me. The first, which took up the first 80-1...more
Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories "twinner" from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to a
Someone's feeling about a book is not easily reduced to a five-point scale. And even once that is done, how do I know what five stars means to you? How do you know what five stars means to me?
For me, a five star book is a book that I believe is worth the time and energy you're going to spend reading it.
If, (and this is key) you're into that sort of book. (Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Hardcore Gothic Gypsy Steampunk...more
La casa del buio non è niente di tutto ciò. Tutto quello che era Il Talismano in questo libro non c'è. Non c'è (più) Lily Cavanaugh nè la sua gemellante Laura DeLossian, non c'è più Richard Sloat, il migliore amico di Jack, che compare solo in un breve flashback, latita perfino Svelto Parker, che si palesa...more
As writing style goes, it's pathetic for a...more
Black House is a novel of slippage. We learn about slippage (a secondary definition of which, we are told, helpfully, in the text, is the feeling that things in general have just gotten, or will shortly get, worse) at the beginning of the book as we travel, invisibly through the town of French Landing, Wisconsin, early in the morning, winding up in an abandoned shack where “limp flypaper ribbons hung invisible within the fur o...more
On September 15th, twenty years ago, twelve year-old Jack Sawyer received his first experience of the Territories – a fantasy land created by the great minds of Stephen King and Peter Straub. On September 15th, 2001 Black House was released; the compelling sequel to the 1984 bestseller, The Talisman.
The deal with sequels is that they tend to suck, especially when they are compared (Jackie Collins comes to mind), but Black House reaches in and grabs you by the...more
So did this sequel, written by King and Straub 17 year...more
However, even such a good ending can't make me forget about all the little annoyances that happened. Though it was a great deal smoother than the Talisman, pacing was still a really big problem as well as the perspective. The book starts out with a third person omniscience, the use of "we" as a...more
That being said, this didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. The story was still okay, and the character of Jack was interesting, but I didn't get the references to his last adventure to The Territories.
Maybe had I read these in order, I would have liked this book better. As it was, I loved the character of Henry, and felt like I'd been kicked in the gut when he died;...more
I was therefore familiar with the main character plus had pencil sketches of 'Speedy Parker' and the fact the Talisman and...more
So, why does this book fall SO flat? King has been so committed to the Dark Tower storyline (which I'm not too keen on) and Peter Straub "grew up" from great books to critically acclaimed books.
So, while this isn't on par with The Stand or Ghost Story like The Talisman is, it's a combination of their styles at the time it was written
After the first hundred pages, it was a completely disinterested way in which I approached t...more
I won't give away any plot points. Suffice to say, the 5 I gave is predicated on two things - one, that you will enjoy a slow build that focuses on atmosphere (not quite dread or horror) than anything else, and two, that you saw the events of the Talisman as a natural bridge to the Dark Tower. But even without these two things, I think most people will like the book...more
In "Black House", Jack Sawyer is a 31-year-old former police o...more
Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family...more
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