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The Talisman The Story Of Jack Sawyer, A Thirteen Year Old Boy From New Hampshire Who Encounters A Frightening Adventure With The Talisman As He Travels Across The United States


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  1. says:

    My favorite book of all time To me, it is just the perfect epic hero s journey story I love that it takes place in the early 80s I love the grittiness and ugliness of what happens to Jack as he travels back and forth between this world and The Territories, and I LOVE the character of Wolf The first few chapters are a little slow and not very exciting, but they are important and hold crucial story points that will come into play later, so to anyone reading this for the first time, I recommend My favorite book of all time To me, it is just the perfect epic hero s journey story I love that it takes place in the early 80s I love the grittiness and ugliness of what happens to Jack as he travels back and forth between this world and The Territories, and I LOVE the character of Wolf The first few chapters are a little slow and not very exciting, but they are important and hold crucial story points that will come into play later, so to anyone reading this for the first time, I recommend sticking it out and reading onbecause it quickly turns to great once the story gets going I could not put it down the first time I read it, which was in 6th grade This is the only book, besides Catcher in the Rye, that I can pick up and just read a few chapters here and there when I feel like it I don t need to read the whole book front to back any, but I do love just getting that taste every so often I know I am paid to be a writer for my day job, but here s the thing It s hard for me to write reviews, since I don t always know how to describe what makes a book good in a way that is eloquent and persuasive Despite that, I do just want to make it known that this is, indeed, a VERY GOOD book Read it I m open to discussing it with anyone


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    Weird book.The great thing about us residents of the country of READING is that we are a diverse, eclectic bunch We like and dislike all sorts of different books and for different reasons Sometimes a few of us will like a book or writer, but for completely different motivations and coming from different perspectives altogether It had great action There was wonderful characterization and dialogue It was a clever allegory and well written Etc etc.And so we come to Stephen King s 1984 collab Weird book.The great thing about us residents of the country of READING is that we are a diverse, eclectic bunch We like and dislike all sorts of different books and for different reasons Sometimes a few of us will like a book or writer, but for completely different motivations and coming from different perspectives altogether It had great action There was wonderful characterization and dialogue It was a clever allegory and well written Etc etc.And so we come to Stephen King s 1984 collaboration with Peter Straub, The Talisman Published a couple of years after King began the The Dark Tower series with The Gunslinger, readers will be drawn to King s unique style of fantasy contemporary without too much gothic and or mythical elements There are horrific undertones but almost absurdist in its originality.Like The Dark Tower books, and Insomnia and It, and 11 22 63 and several others of his works, this is about a multiverse where different worlds are connected together by a thin membrane of a boundary, easily crossed.This is about a child and a journey and inspiration was taken from Mark Twain, this is a great American fantasy that may still hold attraction to any of King s or Straub s fans around this world There were villains and monsters and magic and heroes.Our protagonist, Jack Sawyer, goes on a long quest to find the talisman and save his mother Along the way he finds friends and makes enemies and struggles and cries and almost dies and comes through to confront the bad guys and do what must be done.This was WAY WAY too damn long.I know that is a ubiquitous complaint of mine, and maybe its true I have a truncated attention span but King and Straub took a long time to get to where they were going I did end up liking it, but almost put it down and by the end wasthan ready for this to wrap up A hundred pages less, hell even cutting it in half, would have made itenjoyable.I can see where other citizens of our country of READING will like this a lotthan I did, even notice some reviewers who list this among their favorites And while I did ultimately at least become interested and like it and finish it, this was not one my favorites of his many great books


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    Twelve year old Jack Sawyer s mother is dying of cancer and the only thing that can save her is The Talisman Can Jack cross America and The Territories to claim it and save his mother I first read The Talisman while waiting for the last three Dark Tower books to be published Thanks to the magic of getting older, I forgot 95% of what happened When the ebook fell into my lap, I was ready for a reread.Brief Side Bar This book fell into my lap because Goodreads offered me an ebook of my choice Twelve year old Jack Sawyer s mother is dying of cancer and the only thing that can save her is The Talisman Can Jack cross America and The Territories to claim it and save his mother I first read The Talisman while waiting for the last three Dark Tower books to be published Thanks to the magic of getting older, I forgot 95% of what happened When the ebook fell into my lap, I was ready for a reread.Brief Side Bar This book fell into my lap because Goodreads offered me an ebook of my choice in order to share my notes and highlights At first, this seemed like a pain in the ass but it wound up being pretty useful when formulating my review Also, it beat carrying the massive hard cover around like a cave man.The Talisman is a coming of age tale and also a quest story Jack Sawyer s mom has cancer and the only thing that can save her is The Talisman, a mysterious McGuffin housed in a haunted hotel all the way over on the opposite side of the country Fortunately, Jack can cross over into The Territories, a fantasy pseudo western that exists alongside earth Still with me Co written with Peter Straub at the beginning of the 1980s, The Talisman simultaneously feels like a dry run for the Dark Tower and a collection of Stephen King s greatest hits up to that point Jack s trek across the country is not that unlike the ka tet s journey to the Dark Tower and the Talisman is referred to as the axle of all worlds on several occasions, just like a certain Tower King flirted with the concept of twinners in other books, though not by name I have to believe Jack Sawyer is linked to Jake Chambers in some way Maybe King didn t think he d ever finish the Dark Tower so he worked as many ideas from it into The Talisman as he could.The greatest hits notion I mentioned Specific scenes seemed like they were almost lifted from other king books The talk Speedy gives Jack is a lot like the talk Danny Torrance gets from Scatman Cruthers I know that s not his name but I can t think of it at the moment in The Shining You also get King staples like the spooky tunnel There were echoes of other, earlier King books in the mix that I ve already forgotten Not only that, there were some future echoes as well The Alhambra hotel, anyone Also, there were numerous things that would be revisited during various points of The Dark Tower.So where is Peter Straub in all this Honestly, I can t say since I ve never read any Straub solo books However, there are a few times in the text where the writing lacks a certain Kingliness I ll chalk those up to Straub There was some backtracking I didn t care for that I ll also blame on Straub.For a kitten squisher of this size, there wasn t a whole lot in The Talisman that felt like it could be pruned It takes a long time to hoof and thumb across America and The Territories and Jack Sawyer goes through several hells on the way Oatley and Sunlight Gardener s boys home were the worst, in my opinion Give me a railroad trip over a radioactive wasteland over those two places any day.A co worker of mine said King is at his best when writing about kids I didn t agree with him at the time but I saw where he was coming from some ways into this book While I thought Jack, and later Richie, talkedlike seventeen year olds than twelve year olds, what twelve year old doesn t want to go on an adventure I d visit the Territories now, as a 40 year old kid I felt for Jack s companions at times but I would also be frustrated trying to travel with Wolf More than once, I would have left Richie behind, though When Jack finally reached the Agincourt, I had the put the book down so I could finish it at home rather than sneak read the rest in my cube The big showdown at the end reminded me a lot of something that happened in The Wastelands I was also really glad of how the ending turned out, the ending of Cujo still fresh in my mind.The second time through The Talisman was just as enjoyable as the first time thanks to the magic of forgetting Trial run of the Dark Tower or no, The Talisman is an enjoyable epic and a taste of things yet to come from Stephen King Four out of five stars


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    Everything goes away, Jack Sawyer, like the moon Everything comes back, like the moon Only the Talisman will save young Jack Sawyer s dying mother and he must embark on a quest across America and into another world in order to obtain it.I had been anticipating The Talisman since forever, I can t even put my finger on why, I just had the feeling it would be a book I would fall in love with And if I m completely honest, it just wasn t what I had hyped it up to be in my head I still REALLY e Everything goes away, Jack Sawyer, like the moon Everything comes back, like the moon Only the Talisman will save young Jack Sawyer s dying mother and he must embark on a quest across America and into another world in order to obtain it.I had been anticipating The Talisman since forever, I can t even put my finger on why, I just had the feeling it would be a book I would fall in love with And if I m completely honest, it just wasn t what I had hyped it up to be in my head I still REALLY enjoyed it and think it s a fantastic book, but it s not a new favourite sad face Jack Sawyer is a great character, he reminds me so much of Jake Chambers, and this perhaps is the problem he s not Jake Chambers This book also gave me intense Dark Tower vibes but once again, this is not the Dark Tower I think part of the problem is that I was comparing it to the Dark Tower, and it was never gonna come close to surpassing King s magnum opus, and my favourite book series of all time I have a feeling that if I had read this first, I d perhaps have loved it a lot .Now this opening to my review feels harsh, because I did LOVE aspects of this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it Wolf quickly became a new favourite King character what a sweet soul Right here and now I really could have done with evenWolf I also loved the concept of the Territories and Twinners etc, although it did get slightly confusing at times, especially because some of the Twinners had names that were very similar which is intentional, of course , but sometimes my brain had to connect the dots and work out who was who The story also dragged at parts for me and I wish we had spenttime in the Territories, because normal earth is just boring in comparison, and I wanted to knowabout this different world The Talisman is fraught with emotion Jack is a very emotional child, who felt very real to me, and his quest to save his mother is so damn brave and admirable It s really something special to watch his growth and development as he travels across America The collaboration between King and Straub felt pretty seamless I honestly just felt like I was reading a King book, I ve yet to read any Straub so can t really comment if it felt like Straub s writing, but King was definitely stamped all over this one.I m honestly so upset that I didn t LOVE this one, I just didn t connect with it in the same way I thought I would I did really enjoy it though, and am looking forward to reading Black House soon


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    4.5 Stars Can t classify this one as horror, but THE TALISMAN is one wild and woolly action packed fantasy rideTraveling Jack Sawyer is a good kid and 12 years old when he and his mother flee Los Angeles for New York ultimately ending up in an empty, creepy hotel in New Hampshire and while Jack questions the moves, he knows deep down his mother is not well.As the days pass and his mother s rest periods becomefrequent, a worrisome Jack explores a closed amusement park nearby and is soo 4.5 Stars Can t classify this one as horror, but THE TALISMAN is one wild and woolly action packed fantasy rideTraveling Jack Sawyer is a good kid and 12 years old when he and his mother flee Los Angeles for New York ultimately ending up in an empty, creepy hotel in New Hampshire and while Jack questions the moves, he knows deep down his mother is not well.As the days pass and his mother s rest periods becomefrequent, a worrisome Jack explores a closed amusement park nearby and is soon befriended by a gnarly old black janitorLester Speedy Parker who tells him incredible stories of a parallel world and a magic juice that can transport him to a place where he can acquire the secrets of THE TALISMAN and hopefully save his mother.His danger infested quest from east coast to west with flips from a world of evil doings and enslavement to one with bizarre creatures beyond your imagination has an unlikely friendship for Jack with a 6 5 Wolf that will break your heart..it did mine.For me, THE TALISMAN brought back memories of King s Dark Towers series, and while a chunkster at 700 pages, entices me to re read it in the form of a graphic novel so I can see the creeping tree roots, the evil abusive bar owner, the camp school from hell, and visually experience the train ride through the blasted land as a scared, but brave young Jack Sawyer grows up fast to save his friends and mother and complete his mission.Entertaining and fun read with a young adult feel to it.


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    I wish King would haveoften cooperated with other authors, this one is in some parts so different than his general work and I would really like to know who wrote which parts and how it must generally be to have the honor of working together with the King You lucky person, Mr Straub, you lucky person King writes far too few dark high fantasy with worldbuilding and in this one, we see the potential of the view spoiler switching between the different realities and the manifestations of t I wish King would haveoften cooperated with other authors, this one is in some parts so different than his general work and I would really like to know who wrote which parts and how it must generally be to have the honor of working together with the King You lucky person, Mr Straub, you lucky person King writes far too few dark high fantasy with worldbuilding and in this one, we see the potential of the view spoiler switching between the different realities and the manifestations of the same characters in the parallel universes, including tech, society, powers, hide spoiler , something just seen in his Dark tower, duh, as it has elements of it in it, series in such a quality I don t know why King avoids the meta, big picture, series style, maybe it s because he is so into the characters writing the story, maybe he wants to avoid the time intensive and complicated creation of own worlds, maybe dark forces tell him not to show too much of the abysses they allowed him to glimpse down, who knows It s just that some of his best paranormal novels are not just about the normal horror, but about parallel societies or powers that make themcomplex than the majority of the novels just dealing with death, horror, and torture elements An extra icing on the cake of insanity, an additional delicious rotten layer in the pie of pain, just something everyone is eagerly looking forward to.I honestly don t know if Straub is one of the underrated or just average authors, I have one or two of his book lying around in one of my unorganized, out of control TBR piles, not sure if it s just his famous friend King and the horror empty era he wrote his novels that made him big or if he is a jewel to be found I couldn t get going with Ghost story and may possibly give it a second try, maybe if I am on the horror wave flow again, whenever this may be A problem of the genre in general might be that, if there isn t a completely new, fresh idea or great talent and hard work combined, there are just the same few, overused, stereotypical plots that have to be used to create suspense, which makes it pretty predictable.Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique


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    Tricksy ReviewThere is so much that happens in this novel, that any thoughts I can cram into one review will always be woefully inadequate Don t you sometimes think there sto life than order Don t you want just a little magic It is perhaps a good thing to read this book three decades down the line, separated from the hype that so weighed it down when it was first published 50% Horror 50% Dark Fantasy 50% Straub 50% King, and yet not anything you would have expected from either The quo Tricksy ReviewThere is so much that happens in this novel, that any thoughts I can cram into one review will always be woefully inadequate Don t you sometimes think there sto life than order Don t you want just a little magic It is perhaps a good thing to read this book three decades down the line, separated from the hype that so weighed it down when it was first published 50% Horror 50% Dark Fantasy 50% Straub 50% King, and yet not anything you would have expected from either The quotes from Mark Twain, that open and close the story, make me think that Jack Sawyer s surname isn t coincidental, although I reckon The Talisman isHuckleberry Finn than Tom Sawyer There was too much death, the world was half made of death.The novel requires a flexible mind, and is based on the assumption that other worlds exist just below the surface of the one we all live in Normally this kind of thing would only appeal to me in a purely Science Fiction setting, what with parallel worlds and all that However, the authors manage to keep things tight, and steer clear of over indulgence It s a story about the fantastical, but it s also a chilling tale of fear and the macabre This is not Narnia He went down the stairs on all fours, silent as oiled smoke, eyes as red as brake lights.As befits any good supernatural Horror story, there are some fearsome critters to be found here Not all are inherently evil, though, and I suppose anyone who reads this will love the character of Wolf There was madness here, and walking death, and gibbering irrationality.The transformation of Traveling Jack, from Jack Sawyer to Jack Sawyer, is handled masterfully It represents one of the most palpable feats of character development I have ever read There were some sequences that I felt didn t positively influence the general feel of the novel, but that is my personal opinion Also, towards the end things get a bit messy the final, climaxing scenes are interminably drawn out for no apparent reason This is the only reason I m not giving it five stars It s a story that will probably resonate with me for a while, and I might haveto say on the issue, but not right here and now


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    You don t own a thing unless you can give it up, what does it profit a man, it profits him nothing, it profits him zilch, and you don t learn that in school, you learn it on the road, you learn it from Ferd Janklow, and Wolf, and Richard going head first into the rocks like a Titan II that didn t fire off right Stephen King The TalismanBelieve it or not, THE TALISMAN is the first Stephen King novel I have read I wish I hadn t put reading King off for so long I would have loved him in my tYou don t own a thing unless you can give it up, what does it profit a man, it profits him nothing, it profits him zilch, and you don t learn that in school, you learn it on the road, you learn it from Ferd Janklow, and Wolf, and Richard going head first into the rocks like a Titan II that didn t fire off right Stephen King The TalismanBelieve it or not, THE TALISMAN is the first Stephen King novel I have read I wish I hadn t put reading King off for so long I would have loved him in my teens This was a fantastic read.Together, King Straub have written one of the greatest coming of age novels ever written THE TALISMAN belongs to the ranks of THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, DAVID COPPERFIELD DANDELION WINE Isn t it interesting that King Straub chose SAWYER for Jack s last name Yes, I know, I m gushing over a book again Ok, let me do a proper review for you.THE TALISMAN is a brilliantly plotted novel one that balances both horror and fantasy taking place in both our world and in an alternate universe In this world our hero, Jack, is on an epic journey to find the talisman, and save the worlds plural King Straub traverse multiple places in these two worlds with all paths leading to the Black Hotel A place where there is an epic battle between goodness and darkness moon and sun.Our young hero, Jack Sawyer, twelve years old and tall for his age, is an amazing protagonist to lead us on this journey What Jack experiences test his emotional, physical and mental endurance as he travels west to the Black Hotel his journey strengthens and hardens him The plot is complex as characters pass back and forth between worlds and dimensions It is a necessary for Jack to take for we learn that he is the key to preventing disaster on all worlds.Joining Jack on this journey are Wolf and Richard, who play Jim and Tom respectively to Jack s Huck In addition to serving as Jack s traveling companions they are Jack s greatest teachers as he learns of love, friendship, loyalty, and protecting your herd In fact, I would say the major theme of THE TALISMAN is love.In relation to WolfWolf smiled so openly and yet so wistfully that Jack was moved to take his hand It was something he never could have done in his old life, no matter what the circumstances, but that now seemed like his loss He was glad to take Wolf s warm, strong hand I love you, Jacky I love you, too, Wolf, Jack said, Right here and nowIn relation to RichardJack reached for Richard Richard tried to push him away Jack was having none of that He held Richard The two of them stood that way in the middle of the deserted railroad bed for awhile Richard s head on Jack s shoulder Then Richard fell on his knees with his hair in his tired face, and Jack got down there with him, and I can bear to tell you noonly that they comforted each other as well as they couldJack s affection for his friends is, indeed, pure, unconditional love He loves them openly and purely, without reservation Jack s quest is a long one, covering days and weeks and months our hero travels tens of thousands of miles through psychically and physically draining landscapes At the completion of his mission, Jack returns home in a matter of days chauffeured by Wolf s brother THE TALISMAN is ambitious in scope.THE TALISMAN ends in light with the redemption and healing of Jack s cancer ridden mother and her twinner, Queen Laura DeLoessian And finally the Talisman is transformed from a thing, to symbol, to nothingness At the end of The Talisman, Jack s task is completed and he is safe for now for Travellin Jack will make at least twoappearances in King s Universe But for the time being Jack is back in his world on the verge of manhood and new adventures King Straub end their tale as they began it, with a quote from MARK TWAIN So endeth this chronicle It being strictly the history of a boy, it must stop here the story could not go much further without becoming the history of a man When one writes a novel about grown people, he knows exactly where to stop that is, with a marriage but when he writes of juveniles, he must stop where he best can.


  9. says:

    Dave s Quick JudgementTHE DEFENSEBook is so cohesive, it feels like it was written by one author instead of two Horror and fantasy elements are blended together perfectly Story is astonishingly original and unpredictable Prose is lush and magical Events are very exciting particularly the climaxTHE PROSECUTIONGruesome moments are not forgentle readers Of course, chances are gentle readers avoid any book with the words STEPHEN KING on the cover anyway Dave s Quick JudgementTHE DEFENSEBook is so cohesive, it feels like it was written by one author instead of two Horror and fantasy elements are blended together perfectly Story is astonishingly original and unpredictable Prose is lush and magical Events are very exciting particularly the climaxTHE PROSECUTIONGruesome moments are not forgentle readers Of course, chances are gentle readers avoid any book with the words STEPHEN KING on the cover anyway Plot inconsistencies can be frustrating at timesTHE VERDICTThe Talisman never ceased to amaze, surprise, or excite me A truly breathtaking book FULL REVIEW TO COME


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    Recently, a good GR friend agreed that the word magical is a great way of describing The Talisman In turn, she shared a quote by Markus Zusak Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you ve finished just to stay near it Only now can I not only fully agree, but appreciate the sentiment behind Zusak s words. although it s uncertain if he was referring to this particular novel It s incredibly profound, and they describe my feelings tow Recently, a good GR friend agreed that the word magical is a great way of describing The Talisman In turn, she shared a quote by Markus Zusak Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you ve finished just to stay near it Only now can I not only fully agree, but appreciate the sentiment behind Zusak s words. although it s uncertain if he was referring to this particular novel It s incredibly profound, and they describe my feelings toward The Talisman perfectly Thank you, once again, Michelle Yet there sto it than mere magical elements MuchAt the heart of the story is 12 year old Jack Sawyer, whose sold purpose seems to be his ailing mother s salvation In order to acquire that, however, he must venture east. and beyond In the days leading to his departure, Jack meets the truly invaluable Speedy Parker Insodoing, King Straub expertly introduces the Constant Reader to him, as well The duo transports you there, right alongside them They are long lost friends, indeed This being my 3rd reading, they took me on a roller coaster of a journey which surpassed my considerably high expectations With that admission, I have another valid confession I tend to be a very analytical reader, especially compared to my previous experiences with the book One scene, in particular, stands out as slightly unrealistic our protagonist s leave taking I seriously do not recall having this reaction Perhaps with age and maturity, we perceive things differently, thus reacting in various ways, I really don t know Part II The Road of Trials, is easily a favorite section of mine As the title suggests, it chronicles the genesis of Jack s epic journey It s life altering, as his adventures help form the man he is to become This is precisely why I love the section so very much.Another light perhaps eight blocks down changed to green before a high dingy many windowed building that looked a mental hospital, and so was probably the high school. The words conveyed to describe the bleak beauty of Oatley are utterly amazing and awe inspiring..as I believe is evident in the previous passage The character of Wolf is very memorable I haven t forgotten him since my first reading, in 1999 He s beloved, and so masterfully crafted that you can t help the urge to run toward him with a warm embrace In times of sorrow, joy, or imminent danger, your heart goes out to him it breaks your heart, really Well, it did mine, anyway As the journey continues, the reader is treated with an attribute rarely given by the so called latest and greatest writers of today In Jack, for instance, we learn much about his personal character as opposed to the superficial, to the point that it almost feels like an invasion of his privacy King Straub delve deep, exposing cherished memories, childhood fears, and the like Most interestingly, the mind set of the characters The juxtaposition between Jack and Richard Sloat still astonishes me One thought plagued me, relentlessly, and that is, How is it possible for two individuals who are polar opposite of one another to be so incredibly close It hardly seems plausible, even now, yet it s true Brilliant work, King and Straub I d never experienced this before, but at a certain point, I had a genuine Eureka moment, which commenced with the realization that this duo were clearly influenced by C.S Lewis s Chronicles of Narnia and, to an extent, Ray Bradbury s Fahrenheit 451 P.491..The coats and suits are gone, the floor is gone, but it isn t crisp white snow underfoot it s stinking black dirt which is apparently the birthing ground for these unpleasant black jumping insects this place is by no stretch of the imagination Narnia 492 And later that day, he takes all of his storybooks The Little Golden Books, the pop up books, the I Can Read books, the Dr Seuss books, the Green Fairy Book for Young Folks, and he puts them in a carton, and he puts the carton down in the basement, and he thinks I would not care if an earthquake came now and opened a crack in the floor and swallowed up every one of those books In fact, it would be such a relief that I would probably laugh all day and most of the weekend. By the fourth and final section, aptly entitled The Talisman, I absolutely loved every word I though that it couldn t possibly get any better, but I was mistaken by far From the Blasted Lands to the very end of their adventures, and virtually everything in between, this one has it all Excluding the spectacular conclusion, I really enjoyed and have much respect for the chapter centered around Richard s past, and ultimately how he deals with it On a side note, Jack s mother, Lily Cavanaugh, felt very distant throughout most of the novel I had the impression that she was, in a way, detached from reality And aside from her debilitating illness, I barely felt anything for her at all That is, until the end This development impacted me greatly If I had a critique to give, I d comment on the novels wordiness And it can be a bit long winded in places, but its innate visual enhancements make them almost necessary Hardly a critique at all, eh Up next, Black House I haven t read it since the initial HC publication, circa 2001 I remember practically nothing of the text, so as you can probably imagine, I am very much looking forward to this one


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