You are about to take a journey ...a terrifying trip across America where young Jack Sawyer is searching for the Talisman, the only thing that can ...Show synopsisYou are about to take a journey ...a terrifying trip across America where young Jack Sawyer is searching for the Talisman, the only thing that can save his dying mother. His quest takes him into the menacing Territories where violence, surprise and the titanic struggle between good and evil reach across a mythic landscape ...a journey into the dark heart of horror.THE TALISMAN is an unforgettable epic of fantasy, adventure, odyssey - and spine-tingling terror.Hide synopsis
The Talisman (Viking Books) – Hardcover (1984)
Stephen King, Peter Straub
Hardcover, Viking Books 1984
ISBN: 0670691992 ISBN-13: 9780670691999
Twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer braves the mysterious dangers of the Territories, a surreal parallel world, in his quest--across the United States-for the Talisman, the only hope for his dying mother and for his own survival.Twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer braves the mysterious dangers of the Territories, a surreal parallel world, in his quest--across the United States-for the Talisman, the only hope for his dying mother and for his own survival.Hide
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This book is long and does start off a bit slow. Don't let that scare you away from a wonderful coming of age book.
The main character is a 12 year old boy that must work through his pain of losing his father and having to watch his mother waste away due to cancer.
Take all of this and then add that his father's business partner is causing the pain.
Take the time to learn the whole story, you won't be sorry.
I have actually gone thru several paperback copies of this book, worn them right out! I read it the first time many years ago and its the one book that made me a Stephen King fan. It is engaging, exciting, hopeful, tearful at times, but more than that, its imaginations gone wild! The main theme is a young boy, on a journey to save is mother's life, finding his strength, bravery, and most of all, that our world is not what he ever thought. There are more worlds than ever imagined!
I will start by saying that I have enjoyed many Stephen King novels, including the Dark Tower series that seems to be mentioned in unison with this book. However, this is one of the worst books I have read to date, by any author. Nearly nothing happens in the first 200 pages, or at least not anything that could not have been condensed (minus excessive, boring explanation) into 50 pages or less. Jack is an extremely boring lead character with little depth to him. The characters around him give him his only depth. Considering Jack is alone for the most part makes the book unbearably slow. The individual events that take place are told in an odd fashion, such as you do not know whether he is referring to the present or past of the scenario in any one passage. Perhaps if the authors had condensed the book to about 300 pages the book would have been more readable, as is it is long-winded drivel. Certainly, in my opinion, the worst Stephen King book.
If you want an original, throught provoking, spooky, and adventurous book, then read this one. First off when two Masters writers get together to write a story you know It'll be good. This book I would consider a horror/fantasy! Read this book.
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