This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the horror novel, The Talisman by Stephen King & Peter Straub. This novel was published in November 1984 by Viking Press with a page count of 921 pages. The audiobook is 28 hours in length and read by Frank Muller. The following overview is provided from Barnes & Noble: Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is ab out to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman—the only thing that can save Jack’s dying mother. But to reach his goal. Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories. In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away—and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers “Twinners,” reflections of the people he knows on earth—most notably Queen Laura, the Twinner of Jack’s own imperiled mother. As Jack “flips” between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step.
I loved this novel; it made my top five favorite works so far. I think the reason I loved this book so much was because I found it oddly relatable. The concept of twinners reminded me of two-faced people that I have met. This story was so brilliantly woven in the fabrics of fantasy and reality. It is hauntingly relatable it the characters relationships with each other and the world around them. The emotional weight of the task handed to Jack was one I could feel myself. I enjoyed everything that King and Straub had to offer with this book. There were twists and turns that I could not anticipate. I think something that I will forever appreciate about works that King is involved with is the character development. I never feel like I have a surface level relationship with his characters. There is a depth and humanity to them that I find rare to experience in work after work. I highly recommend that everyone who enjoys horror novels read this one.
I give this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person case of Antavia Samuels. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult fantasy novel, Revealed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!
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