Sunday, April 8, 2012

Constant Reading Project: The Talisman

The Talisman (written with Peter Straub)
Released: November 8, 1984.
Pages: 646.
Screen adaptations: maybe, someday.
Connections to other works: Black House is this book's sequel. That book clarifies the connections between these two, the Dark Tower books and "Low Men in Yellow Coats" from Hearts in Atlantis.

Released almost a year after Cycle of the Werewolf, The Talisman is King's first mass published co-written book. He couldn't have chosen a better co-writer. Straub is an incendiary talent. The styles of the two writers are different but quite complimentary to each other.

The joke about this book is that when you think you are reading a section written by one author, it's likely it was written by the other.

However they managed this task, it worked.The Talisman is a book that strikes a unique balance between a fully-realized fantasy world and what we would think of as "the real world." Characters are bold and vibrant. It surprises me that this book isn't more popular, especially among the Dark Tower followers. maybe that other name on the cover scares people off.

It's worth it, people. Yes, it's a bit longer than our last few books, but not as long as the next one. We'll need to slug through this so we can get to It. I'll be reading a 735-page paperback. It could take a while. Bear with me.

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