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The Talisman by Stephen King
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Jul 16, 08

Recommended to Jeff by: Taft Babbitt
Recommended for: fans of Stephen King and the Dark Tower series
Read in July, 2008

I played a game while reading this book: I tried to figure out which author, Stephen King or Peter Straub, had written what I was currently reading. Though both authors have an overly descriptive and sometimes long-winded approach, Straub tends to be more so, while King has developed a unique style that is truly his own.

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-like universe all his own. Being a huge fan of his Dark Tower series, I was at times nearly giddy while reading about the Territories which he described in The Talisman. I can almost picture Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, traveling the same places as Jack Sawyer did in his cross country (and inter-dimensional) journey.

At times, I wish the pace of the writing could have gone a little faster, but in all I really enjoyed reading The Talisman. I might even look into the sequel, Black House.
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