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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340952717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340952719
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 17.8 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chilling horror story or fantastic journey through a strange world...the book works like...well, like magic (Mirror)

A classic...a journey to rival the greatest adventure stories ever told...rare and dazzling (New York Daily News)

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Reissue of the international bestseller in dramatic new graphic cover style.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 1997
Format: Hardcover
I got the book for my birthday when I was nine, and since then (ten years) I have read the book to tatters! The cover was lost long ago, and masking tape is the only thing keeping the book from falling apart. So, why do I love the book so much? This is strange, but here goes. When I was nine, I read this story of how a twelve year old boy travelled across the country to save his mother' life. The book empowered me. I remember thinking "Sure, if I were twelve, I could do that if I had to." Over the years (and many readings later) I finished the book for the Xth time, and realized that I was twelve. It was really kind of a strange moment for me, because I remembered what I had thought to myself three years before. I reexamined my situation, and concluded that, yes, if I had to, I could still have done what Jack did as a twelve year old. Now, looking back, I am inclined to doubt whether any twelve year old could go through what Jack did and not die or go insane. Years of becoming an adult have led me down the path of underestimating the youth of the world. But, then I remember what I thought when I first read the book, and what I thought when I was twelve, and it's like I can reconnect with what it was like to be a kid, with the ideals I had at the time. Doing so has done a great deal for me; it prevents me from passing judgement so quickly on the "naive" youth of the day, and forces me to realign my current ideals with those that I cherished in the past. In short, I guess, it's helped me hang onto my childhood. I'm not sure if the book will do all of this for you, Potential Reader, but judging by the other opinions on this page, I bet it could. Buy it for yourself this Christmas, or for your kid or your friend's kid. This book is just as timeless as Tom Sawyer, and so much more empowering.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Thomas on 1 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
In my mind, to start with, I pictured Jack Sawyer as a very young boy. As the book goes further into his adventures I could sense him growing into a young man, and felt drawn into this and the other world with him, meeting strange creatures and characters. I just couldn't put this book down, and would recommend it to any lovers of fantasy.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this to anyone who has ever had any sense of imagination at all. This book is suited to all, fans of fantasy, fans of horror fans of either of the two authors. It is a perfect blending of genres which never fails to leave an impression. Its characters are brilliantly developed throughout, but its Jack Sawyers brilliant blend of heroism yet still just a boy that keeps you hooked to see what will hapeen to him next. As much as i do love this book however i will be honest, I would not have bothered with it had it not been for another Stephen King fantasy epic... The Dark Tower, I had heard of this books sequel "Black House" and decided I wanted to read it (and Ive yet to do so) but i then discovered Black House was a sequel to another called The Talisman, so i decided to go on and read that first. It was a great move, and this book actually compares well to The Tower itself. Other than that all I can do is say again, Read this book, fans of fantasy fans of King I urge you, you need this book in your life!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Emma Jones on 7 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the best Spephen King book I have read and I have read almost all of his books. The way he and Peter Straub entwine horror with adventure is spell-binding. I could not put this book down, I had to know how Jack would survive each horrific situation he faced and, of course, wether he would manage to save his mother and The Territories. An absolultey fantastic read which will leave you with a magical tingle for years afterwards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PennyW on 6 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
I have read this about fifteen times and it is still as good each time.What you miss in terms of the surprise element is made up for by re-visiting the wonderful characters,good and bad.Each chapter ends at a point that makes you need to read on and the story is imaginative,scary,tender,funny and beautifully written.I have owned five or six copies of this book and have lent them out ,never got them back but love the idea that other people I have passed the book on to have enjoyed it as well and hopefully passed it on in their turn!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
Simply an incredible story, don't know how two authors ideas can be combined so seemingly effortlessly but it works. King fans will notice many links with his other books (characters and settings). Follow up 'Black House' is also amazing. I read both before beginning the Dark Tower series and the way all the worlds created intertwine is, at times, breath-taking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.O. P on 20 Jan. 2014
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I,m a big fan of Stephen King and I have read and enjoyed some of Peter Straubs books. For The collaboration of the two great authors King and Straub , I found the weight being on Straub,s narrative on his atmosphere and overdescription. The story is a parallell of worlds which amalgamate between fantasy and reality in which The Talisman is a fine fantasy novel . The voice seemed to owe very little to the King I know of Doctor Sleep, Dolores Clairborne, and bag of bones and is more in the vein of Straubs Mr X , compelling but I found to many adjectives and description but lacking dialogue and a book that could have been re-dited to loose at least 100 pages. If you liked The CS Lewis Narnia books this is Narnia for adults as Narnia is replaced by Straub and Kings fantasy world The territories.
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