Stephen King and Peter Straub’s The Talisman (1984) is a story of a boy with a sick mother. The boy’s name is Jack Sawyer and he is special. He can travel to another world, a world of magic, evil and monsters. He is one of the few who can travel between both realities and he will need to do it if he wants to save his mother. The object that can heal his mother is called the talisman. In order for him to find it he must travel a great distance and face dangers along the way.
I ran into this book by sheer coincidence. I didn’t know anything about it, but since it was a Stephen King story, I knew I had to get it. Once I started reading it, I knew I wasn’t ready for it. It was so good my brain almost couldn’t handle it. One of the things that blew me away was the pace of the story. I don’t know how king and Straub did it. This book is a rather long book (656 pages), but I didn’t feel them. The story is so engrossing and the characters so real, I couldn’t keep turning the pages fast enough. I think the authors made the protagonist so likeable that it made me care for him and I needed to ind out what was going to happen. My curiosity drove me to the end of the book.
Scary But Not Too Much
I know the moment we think of King and Straubw think of horror. Yes, this book has some scary parts. It also has some gory parts, but they weren’t the dominating themes in the story. I enjoyed the journey of the protagonist. I felt I was walking right alongside him as he got closer to his goal. This book was an immersive experience. The antagonist was horrible and despicable with a dash of believability
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