Kristina Mageau, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
Each character breathes life into this book, especially the main boy. It is hard to escape the essence that is him, and yet each of the other characters jump out onto the pages when their scenes are ready for them.
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lauriebrekke, January 15, 2009 (view all comments by lauriebrekke)
The Talisman ranks #1 on my top list of favorite books. This was the book I gave to my book-loving step-daughter and nephew when they each turned 11. It is filled with poignant emotion, plenty of suspense and the right amount of horror to keep anyone on the edge of their seat.
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Mike Halcomb, May 21, 2007 (view all comments by Mike Halcomb)
A great book! This is my personal favorite Stephen King book. I am not familiar with any of Straub's books except for this one. This is a thrilling adventure story that has some very emotional moments. Highly recommended.
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sneddy29, March 8, 2007 (view all comments by sneddy29)
This is such an intriguing book. Certainly not for the "casual" reader. You will spend a good deal of time, immersed in the alternate world that Stephen King and Peter Straub create in this book. It's a page turner right to the end.
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cyn828, October 30, 2006 (view all comments by cyn828)
I read this book many years ago and was completely enthralled. It is a fantasy easily comparable to the Tolkien trilogy and far removed from the horror genre usually associated with both Straub and King. A very good read and wonderful for children above the age of maybe 10.
It does irritate me more than a little that the first edition listed Peter Straub as the author and King as a co-author and apparantly now that has changed. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful book that teaches life lessons on many levels and is suitable for all ages.
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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 across America–and into another realm.
One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mothers life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin. . . .
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Jack Sawyer is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the small hamlet of Tamarak, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of the events twenty years ago that led him to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother from certain death. When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin, Jacks buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help the inexperienced force find the killer. As cryptic messages in Jacks waking dreams become increasingly impossible to ignore, he is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he must find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted tract of forest–and to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.
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