The Talisman (The Talisman #1)
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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 first read The Talisman while waiting for the last three Dark Tower books to be published. Thanks to the magic of getting older, I forgot 95% of what happened. When the ebook fell into my lap, I was ready for a reread.
Brief Side Bar: This book fell into my lap because Goodreads offered me an ebook of my choice ...more
"Traveling" Jack Sawyer is a good kid and 12 years old when he and his mother flee Los Angeles for New York ultimately ending up in an empty, creepy hotel in New Hampshire; and while Jack questions the moves, he knows deep down his mother is not well.
As the days pass and his mother's rest periods become more frequent, a worrisome Jack explores a closed amusement park nearby and is soo...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 quo ...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
I have loved this book for a long time. It's a quest, it's a great story with great characters, but more than that, it's almost like a prototype of where The Dark Tower series would eventually go... An alt universe mini micro ...more
- Book is so cohesive, it feels like it was written by one author instead of two.
- Horror and fantasy elements are blended together perfectly.
- Story is astonishingly original and unpredictable.
- Prose is lush and magical.
- Events are very exciting (particularly the climax).
- Gruesome moments are not for more gentle readers
(Of course, chances are gentle readers avoid any book with the words "STEPHEN KING" on the cover anyway!)
- Plot ...more
Sí, quería presumir.
—¿No piensas a veces que en la vida hay algo más, aparte del orden? —Miró la cara de Richard, inocente y escéptica—. ¿No te gustaría un poco de magia, Richard?
Es una novela de la cual esperaba mucho. Había leído muchas ...more
Džek Sojer ima trinaest godina i veruje da je sasvim običan tinejdžer. U trenutku kada se sa majkom sklanja od očevog poslovnog partnera, shvata da je pred njim izazov koji se proteže na nekoliko svetova ...more
I began to stitch together a longish review pinpointing all of the things that didn't work in this book, but I decided that since 2014 hasn't yielded me much precious reading time so far, I'd much prefer to spend free hours lost in another book and not thinking any further on this one. I've not read anythi ...more
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 love Jack. Love. He's so good and pure and honest and brave and willing to do what is needed to do the right thing. I love the way that he starts out scared and un ...more
Probat ću i nastavak pro ...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
I am happy to say the intervening years did nothing to diminish this epic story's capacity to engage and absorb me. A boy hits the road, on a mission to cross the country and find the mystical object which has the power to heal his cancer-stricken mother.
More coming of age tale than anything else ...more
But here, I realize that I underestimated just what The Talisman did for me. More than once I thought that it felt like Tolkien. I was often reminded of The Dark Tower (which I had not yet read during my first visit to the Territories). A Mark Twain boy's adventure even ...more
As you can already tell, I do not do this lightly, and I'll be sure to justify my decision...
The main problem is tha ...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
Audiobook – Narrated by Frank Muller – Excellent narration.
As always Frank Muller gives an outstanding narration.
I can remember the first time I read this book, many years ago, and how I struggled to get into it. Coming on the back of Carrie, ‘Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Cujo, Christine and Pet Sematary, I kept thinking WTF?! What was he inhaling, snorting, drinking or smoking when he wrote this, and where could I get some.
I managed to get through it without the aid of any mind-altering ...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
8 August 2015
Well, this is my last night in Phuket and even though I wrote this review a couple of years ago I still need to go over it again just to iron out all of the little spelling and grammatical mistakes that I may have made. Okay, you are probably asking me why, since it is my last night and it is a Saturday, why I am not off having fun. Well, I just spent the day cruising around Phang Na Bay looking at all of the awesome islands, including the island that was ...more
As always King's writing jumps off the page and right into your own imagination. He takes us on a journey through unbelievable lands that pull us from one extreme to another, twists and turns our hearts with beautifully, perfec ...more
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