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The Talisman
The Talisman: A Novel | Stephen King, Peter Straub
Why had twelve-year-old Jack Sawyers mother frantically moved the two of them from Rodeo Drive to a New York City apartment to the Alhambra, a fading ocean resort and shuttered amusement park in New Hampshire? Who or what is she running from? She is dying . . . and even young Jack knows she cant outrun death. But only he can save herfor he has been chosen to search for a prize across an epic landscape of dangers and lies, a realm of innocents and monsters, where everything Jack loves is on the line.
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DGRachel
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Welcome to the #LosersClub open discussion for #TheTalisman!

Please be mindful of spoilers. We have new readers to King who haven‘t read all of his books. When referencing his other work, please keep this in mind for our new-to-King friends. Don‘t forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

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DGRachel
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Discussion starts NOW!
#LosersClub

Open discussion is in the FOLLOWING POST marked as a SPOILER. Find the post for #TheTalisman & tap "show me" on the spoiler tag to join in the discussion. Join in whenever you can! Today. Tomorrow. Next month! The post will always be up so just tag any of us & we‘ll jump in to discuss with you. See you there!

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kylienoele
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Pickpick

LOVED THIS. It was more of a fantasy than a horror, but I enjoyed it all the same. I will get to the next book (The Black House) sometime this year, but probably not until after October. I‘m in the mood for spooky books!
After reading this, I do think I will give The Dark Tower series another go sometime soon.

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daena
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A delayed week 5 wrap up and week 6 check in for #bfcr3 Week 5 saw a major shift as I began my first post graduate school job! I am now an employed project archivist. I did about half of my weekly exercises: 1 gym class, Yoga, and long walk and have maintained healthy eating. On my day off today did an #audiowalk with my special guy #dobby and reflected on how I will continue with the goals set from this challenge. #TeamFitLit #pitbullsoflitsy

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And congrats on your job! 🎉 1w
Aimeesue Dobby! Pibble tongues crack me up. 😄 (edited) 1w
4thhouseontheleft Aww...he‘s so cute! Congrats on the new job! 1w
Jerdencon Congrats! 🎉 4d
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kylienoele
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I started this last weekend and it has taken me a little bit to really get into it, but I‘m enjoying it now!
Daisy and I are watching the wind and rain from Dorian. I hope any Littens in the path of the hurricane are doing okay and staying safe!

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DGRachel
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The next book in our epic #AllTheKing buddy read is #TheTalisman! Grab your copy and check back around Sept. 18th for open discussion! I‘ve started this on audio and am really trying to finish for next month!
#TheTalisman #LosersClub #StephenKing #StephenKingInOrder #KingFromTheBeginning #ConstantReader #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #BookDiscussion #PeterStraub #collaboration

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DePaepe
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This tome has been fun so far!

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DGRachel
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Since I have 45 minutes left in this work day, and I've owned this audiobook since 2012, I think I will get a jump on the August-September #losersclub read. I love Peter Straub, and the audiobook is narrated by my all-time favorite narrator, Frank Muller. I have high hopes for this one. 😍

Bklover I‘m really looking forward to this one too for #losersclub! 2mo
TrishB Loved this one 👍🏻 2mo
Bookwormjillk One of my favorites 2mo
JulAnna I listened to this on audio earlier this summer-really enjoyed it!😊 1mo
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DGRachel
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Just a reminder that August‘s #losersclub read is #TheTalisman! Buy, borrow, or beg your copy and check back in next month when we begin reading this one. I ❤️ Peter Straub, so I may join in, too. As always, everyone is welcome! Discussion for this one will be on or about September 18th.

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jlabombard10315
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Finally sitting down to enjoy a few quiet minutes and a thunderstorm rolls in... perfect. 😊❤⛈🌩

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jlabombard10315
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Trying to get this foot to calm down, and then headed to bed to read for a few! I love my munchkins and husband, but some nights I just miss being able to curl up with a glass of wine and a book in a quiet house! 📚❤👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

tournevis My friend Sarah calls her finicky left foot her 'crankle'. It fits quite well. 3mo
jlabombard10315 Haha, I like it! It fits very well these past few weeks! 3mo
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jlabombard10315
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The moment when you randomly pick a book from your Kindle TBR pile and realize it is much longer than you thought... Liking it so far, though!

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pasiphae_reads
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Mehso-so

Books # 25-28 that I‘ve read in 2019! 📚
25. “There‘s A Polar Vortex in My Butt And He Is Handsome” by Chuck Tingle ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
26. “The Talisman” by Stephen King & Peter Straub ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
27. “Medusa Uploaded” (Medusa Cycle # 1) by Emily Devenport ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
28. “Narcosis Room” by Louise Cypress ⭐️⭐️/5

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Rebesta
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The Talisman is a fun, easy read that I revisit from time to time. I find the plot compelling, the concept interesting, and the characters well crafted. He co-wrote it with Peter Straub, and the two writing styles blend well together. This is by far my favorite King novel.

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dariazeoli
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“He cried because safety and reason seemed to have left the world. Loneliness was a reality, but in this situation madness was also remotely a possibility.”

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booksandbeans
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Went to heaven today

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Guildedearlobe
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Today‘s #manicmonday is brought to you by the #lettert and @JoScho

📚 The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
✏️ Paul Tremblay
📺 12 Monkeys
🎥 Terminator
🌮 Tacos

AthenaWins Terminator! Yas! 10mo
Elma I need to finish 12 Monkeys. 10mo
JoScho Awesome choices! 10mo
Guildedearlobe @Elma The final season was brilliant, imo. Loved that show and will miss it. 10mo
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JacintaMCarter
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bookcollecter Why did you dislike out of curiosity? 11mo
JacintaMCarter @bookcollecter For me, this needed to be about 300 pages shorter. I know that King loves to put in every single detail about everything, but after awhile it started to feel redundant. Most of the action doesn‘t come in until the very end and everything before that is just the kid very slowly making his way across the country. 11mo
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MaddestMax
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Pickpick

This book took me forever to read. Not because it wasn't good. I've been reading a bunch of birthing books and parenting guides. I've got that going on. :) But, I got to the last few chapters of this book weeks ago...and I've put off reading them until today. Cont...👇🏼

MaddestMax I didn't want it to end. And I wasn't wrong. I loved this book. It is a marvelous story. I laughed, I cried and I got angry. All the good stuff. I didn't want it to end. The very end, I found a little disappointing. I know, there's more books. 👇🏼 11mo
MaddestMax I WILL read them. I just found the last few pages to be weak compared to the rest. That said, it's still one of the best (if not the best) King books I've read yet. Not sure if that is thanks to Straub, or not. And I don't care. 11mo
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JacintaMCarter
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I feel like I‘ve been reading this book forever but I never seem to get any closer to finishing it.

DGRachel I feel that way with a lot of Stephen King. 😂 12mo
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trioxin_sematary
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The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin. . .

I loved this book, it's one of my fav King's; the sequel Black House is just as epic! 🖤

DaveGreen7777 This is such a great novel! I loved the parallels between the two worlds! 😀 13mo
Reagan-reads I loved this, and I really struggled to get engaged, but once it took off 😮 wow. I haven‘t read Black House yet! 13mo
IamIamIam One of my absolute favorite books!!!!!! 13mo
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MaddestMax
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I'm my slow quest to read all of the King books chronologically, I've arrived here. Every few books, I squeeze in a King novel. It'll take me awhile, but I've got time. For the first 30 or so pages, I was wondering if this was going to be a slow read. Then, the hook set in. I have a feeling this will be one of my favorite works by SK.

trioxin_sematary Travellin' Jack 😃 13mo
MaddestMax Nothing worse than a spelling error on a literary forum. Doh! 🙄 Edited. 13mo
MStew 😃😃😃 13mo
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tournevis
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1️⃣ Wolf from The Talisman. Woof.
2️⃣ Neither. Just get me explosives.
3️⃣ Bande dessinée.
4️⃣ Gojira, evidently.
@LibrarianRyan #fandomfriday

trioxin_sematary Wolf!! Right here and Now!! 😄 14mo
tournevis @trioxin_sematary 👍👍👍 14mo
LibrarianRyan I can do the explosives thing. 😁 14mo
tournevis @LibrarianRyan 👍👍👍 14mo
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Caffeinated_Reader
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So I think I‘m going to pick this huge intimidating book because I‘m up for a challenge lol also I feel like a good creepy adventure 💁🏻‍♀️ book number 41 of my year...this might take me a while lol

Caffeinated_Reader I absolutely loved this adventure. This book was full of other worlds and monsters and hero‘s and all of the things Stephen King is known for. I absolutely am glad I finished it and can now check it off of my TBR list wooo hooo 1y
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dariazeoli
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1. #Millie makes me happy, even if my mother is her favorite human!
2. The Territories
3. Coffee
4. I take my birthday off from work. Even if I have no plans, I‘m not working on that day 😉
5. I hate shoveling and driving in snow, so drizzle it is!

#HumpDayPost

GarthRanzz Number 4. I have done that for the last 20 years at my job. And it‘ll be 21 years doing it on my birthday in a couple of weeks. Even if I just have a stay-cation. As long as I‘m not working. 😊 1y
AmyG Millie‘s too cute. My daughter always takes off on her bday, too. She says it‘s her day to do as she pleases even if it‘s doing nothing. 1y
JoScho Love it!!! 1y
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Jerdencon
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I'm only 10% in right now but thanks to @dariazeoli for having this on her faves for #freakyfriday
I haven't read Stephen King in ages and have never read this one. The mother/son relationship is touching my heart in a weird way.

Jes143 I LOVE this book! My youngest son is named Sawyer after Jack Sawyer 😊 1y
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GarthRanzz
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#KingAtoZ

Q is for Queen Laura DeLoessian, the “Twinner” of Jack Sawyer‘s mother (known as Queen B) in The Talisman. The events and descriptions of places and things in The Talisman sound an awful Dark Tower-ish. So much so that King did a retcon for the second book, Black House, that made The Territories a parallel to the All-World. Quote 👇

GarthRanzz "What he was looking at was the face of Laura DeLoessian in profile... No, not just resemblance, she was his mother. Jack knew it.” ~ Stephen King, “The Talisman” 1y
TrishB Was about to do this one 👍🏻 Q very thin on the ground! 1y
GarthRanzz @TrishB Nothing wrong with us thinking alike. 😊 Q, to me, was going to be the toughest one along with X and Z. 1y
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Sweettartlaura There is a theory that Jack is Jake in another world. I haven‘t read The Talisman in a long time, so I have no firm opinion on it. But I could see it. 1y
GarthRanzz @Sweettartlaura I was wondering that same thing researching for Q. Especially after I found the comic book series they tried. It seemed the two could easily be switched. 1y
Sweettartlaura Given that King claims he didn‘t know he was building a world across most of his books until ... I think he said it wasn‘t until his accident (and how he didn‘t is beyond me🤷🏻‍♀️), I tend to buy that Jack IS Jake. After all, Jake knows there are other worlds than these ❤️ 1y
vivastory Hey, Scott. I would like to send you a little something in the mail for hosting this wonderful photo challenge. If you feel comfortable, message me your address on Goodreads. 1y
GarthRanzz @vivastory Mindreader! I‘m actually going to send everyone who has participated a little something I made. 😊 I‘ll message you in a few minutes. Guess I need your Goodreads handle. Thought I knew it. Or you can just email me at my username here through gmail. 😊 (edited) 1y
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dariazeoli
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#KingAtoZ

J is for Jack Sawyer, protagonist in The Talisman. Though it‘s one of my favorite books, I don‘t think I was aware there was a graphic novel adaptation till I went searching for today‘s image!

Addison_Reads I'm going to have to find this graphic novel now. Thank you for sharing 😁 1y
GarthRanzz Wow! I had no idea there was a graphic adaption either! I really hope the Spielberg gets his way and makes this one of his next projects. 1y
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NatalieR
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Pickpick

I finally read this #chunkster! I was surprised and entertained by Jack‘s journey through the territories to find the talisman in hopes of saving his mother‘s life. Wolf is my favorite character. 👹 #MountTBR #LitsyAtoZ #LitsyBingo

dariazeoli One of my favorites! Looking forward to a reread 2y
drokka I love Wolf! Made me want to get dungarees. 2y
Bookladylinda I‘m planning a re-read of this one this year. 2y
AnastasiaPoirier One of my favorites!! 1y
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NovelGirl82
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Reading some King in front of our first fire of the season...

ApoptyGina69 That was one of my favorites. I‘ve never seen that cover! 👍 2y
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NovelGirl82
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I have had to be out running all day today!!! My #litsypartyofone is just now getting started, now that I have dinner on cooking. I planned something else to read today, but The King had been calling to me, so I'm answering.

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IamIamIam
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Listen, you guys... I've read The Talisman 18 times. Who the hell thinks this is going to work out??? I'm immediately terrified and having chest pains!!!! I told my husband I know how all the comic nerds felt when they announced The Watchmen movie!!!!! Talk me off the ledge here!!!

Karkar Yeah I might have to join you on said ledge. 😬 2y
IamIamIam We'll hold hands, @Karkar!!!!! 😭 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Wait, is it this good?! It's been sitting on my bookshelf for like 5 years unread. 2y
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IamIamIam There's one part I skip in the middle but other than that, it's my favorite book, @Ashley_Nicoletto! 2y
drokka They better not mess up Wulf thatsallimgoingtosay 2y
IamIamIam @drokka 😢😢😢 I can't!!! I'm going to cry myself to sleep!!!!!! 2y
SoniaC I‘m so scared! They seriously should leave it alone. 2y
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dariazeoli
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The Age of King continues! They‘re adapting The Talisman! 👏🏻

Aleida I thought they already did that. 2y
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Owlizabeth
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Trying to make progress on this monster today while binging the last season of GoT. The kids aren't making either task particularly easy, though 🙄

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Owlizabeth
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I'm 45 pages into this beast and completely sucked in. Looks like everything else is going to be on hold for a while...

ApoptyGina69 One of my very favorites!! 💖 2y
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bookclubwithbite
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“From outside came a sudden and loud music of birds celebrating their existence.”
—Stephen King, The Talisman ✨✨✨✨✨ .
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• Day 20: T is for... Talisman #atozkingchallenge
#constantreader #sk_fans #thetalisman #stephenking #peterstraub #stephenkingbooks #stephenkingrules #stephenkingfan #bookish #booknerd #bookworm #booklover #readordie #bookdragon #bibliophile #bookstagram #reading #libraryofinstagram #bookpics #epicreads

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beckygracelea
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Sunday morning reading in the sunshine, keeping an eye on the wandering tortoise.

TheLondonBookworm 😍😍😍 awwwww 2y
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clconn17
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I just finished this one two days ago! #mostrecentlyread #stephenking17

Josie Did you like it?? I haven't read this one yet 3y
clconn17 @Josie It wasn't one of my favorites, but it was still enjoyable! 3y
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clconn17
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Another King marked off my TBR list! A 12 yr old boy goes on an epic journey in order to save his mother. This wasn't my favorite King, but it was still a great read!

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KimM
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#TBR #stephenking17 The Talisman will be my next King.

coffeenebula The Talisman is my favorite! You're in for a treat. 🎈 3y
clconn17 I'm reading the Talisman right now! I'm enjoying it so far. 😀 3y
JulAnna Absolutely one of my favorites! 3y
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Little_Reader
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This is my #DNF. I've started it twice and just could not stick with it. It's my father-in-law's favorite book, so I'm sure I'll try it again sometime. For now, it will stay safe tucked in its place on my Stephen King bookshelf. #StephenKing17

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Eugeniavb
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Day 5: #bookyouwanttobein : I just realized that I can't find my copy of The talisman 😫😫😫. But anyhow, that's Mr King's book that I'd like to live in. Plenty of harrowing moments but ohhh, the adventure! It's always been one of my favorites and now that I think about it, it's overdue for a reread! If I could only find it! #stephenking17

MidnightBookGirl I love this book because my maiden name is Cavanaugh and so I've always felt connected to Lily Cavanaugh. :) 3y
JulAnna This thread is making me feel like I want/need to re-read ALL my King books 📚! 3y
Gayan It is one of the few I've never read. I bought a copy today. 3y
Eugeniavb @Gayan you will loooove it! Such a great adventure book. I didn't like Black house as much. But The Talisman ia absolutely worth it! 3y
Eugeniavb @JulAnna me too!! 3y
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JulAnna
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I've thought about this one for a while today and I just don't think I would survive in a SK world. However, i wouldn't mind getting a brief look at The Territories from this book. I believe Jack's time at the market was pretty enjoyable, at least at first 😉. #bookyouwanttobein #stephenking17

Eugeniavb My pick too! 🙌🏾 3y
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drokka
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I read this so long ago, but I always wanted to be in this story, solely on the strength of Wulf (was that his name?). #StephenKing17 #bookyouwanttobein

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coffeenebula
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It's so difficult to choose, but I'd have to say that The Talisman is my #alltimefavorite King (and Straub) novel. I loved Wolf with all my teen heart, and still do, right here and now! ❤️

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Josie
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A few days ago, I decided to make a list of all the Stephen King novels/short stories/non-fiction books. I made two lists: (1) books I have read but do not own (2) books I have not read and do not own. Today, I crossed one off of the second list! You know it's close to Christmas when ALL of the popular King novels are gone!

Gayan I love this!❤❤❤❤ I think I might read Carrie, I mean I've only read it 20 times. 😂 3y
Josie @Gayan I bet you that the 21st time will be even better. Treat it like a 21st birthday!!! Take a shot every time "Carrie" comes up ??? 3y
Gayan Or every time someone messes with her. Alcohol poisoning here I come. 😂😂😂 3y
LiteraryLona This is one of my all time King favorites! 3y
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v_cuev
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Loved this book about Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, who sets off across the country in a bid to save his dying mom by finding The Talisman. Not your typical Stephen King scary horror, but still definitely King (& Straub). #childprotagonist #photoadaynov16

*Posting early because I'll be anesthetized tomorrow and I don't want to forget to post about one of my favorite books!

ApoptyGina69 Loved this book!! A great read that I think some people have missed out on. 👍👍 3y
v_cuev I agree! It's definitely more of a fantasy read. People always associate King with books like It and The Shining but he definitely has a much wider range than a lot of writers. 3y
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Camsmom2010
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A little worse for wear but I vow to finish this book by this time next week! Can't go wrong with a little King and Straub to start this month! #SpookyReads #frightfest

KCorter This is my favorite Stephen King story! Actually, it's hard to pick a favorite. Let's say it's in the Top 3. :) 3y
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kylienoele
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Today's book haul courtesy of my awesome mom @SherreeA who is now on Litsy! 😄📚

brendanmleonard Oh man you got the new American Gods cover! 3y
kylienoele I didn't know it was new 😱 That's so neat! I was excited to find it! ☺️ 3y
SherreeA Best day!! Love sharing books with you, literally!! 3y
lute Great stack of books! 3y
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