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Talisman, the (1984) [Novel]
by Stephen King Peter Straub Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

"You got a job, Travellin' Jack," Speedy told him. "A job that ain't gonna let you go, and that's the Lord's truth. I wish it was different."

Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the Talisman--for only the Talisman can save Jack's dying mother and defeat the enemy who is out to destroy them both. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States, but through the wondrous and menacing Territories as well.

The Territories lie as firmly in the imagination as Atlantis or Oz; they are as real as every reader's own vision of that parallel world evoked in the mind's mysterious eye. In the Territories Jack finds a world little removed from the Earth's own Dark Ages: though the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away, a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Jack discovers 'Twinners', odd reflections of the people he knows on Earth-most notably the dying Queen Laura, the 'twinner' of Jack's own imperiled mother. But only a few can flip from one world to the other; Jack's late father could, the malevolent Morgan Sloat can, and so will Jack himself.

As Jack makes his way westward towards the redemptive Talisman, a dual array of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step--from a terrifying period when he's held captive in an Indiana home for wayward boys that is run by a sadistic religious fanatic, to sudden and murderous attacks by enemies of Queen Laura in the Territories.

Stephen King and Peter Straub have combined their talents to create an unforgettable epic of fantasy, adventure and resounding triumph.

Original title: The Talisman
Original languages: English

Quotes: 1 (show them)

Genre: FictionFantasyAlternate and Parallel Worlds

Notes:

  • Dedication: "This is for RUTH KING ELVENA STRAUB"

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Edition #1: The Talisman

The Talisman (1984)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "Extraordinary... makes your hair stand on end." The Washington Post
  • "A classic... rare and dazzling." New York Daily News
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The Talisman (2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9780340952719
Pages: 981

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The Talisman (2001)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345444882
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.8 x 1.4 in
Pages: 735

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The Talisman (1996)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: New English Library
ISBN: 9780340674451
Dimensions: 4.4 x 6.8 x 1.8 in
Pages: 766

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The Talisman (1987)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Berkley Books
ISBN: 9780425105337
Dimensions: 4.2 x 7 x 1.9 in
Pages: 768

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The Talisman (1985)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Berkley Books
ISBN: 9780425081815
Dimensions: 4.1 x 6.6 x 1.9 in
Pages: 768

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The Talisman (1985)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780140071863
Pages: 766

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The Talisman (November 1984)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 9780670691999
Pages: 672

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