Talisman-the worst novel by Stephen King? Direct question to the author

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Denis Bushlatov

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You searched for this page, registered, all just to come and tell a man he did a bad job. You refer to his book as a dead-born child? And that's not insulting?

You have insulted Mr. King and everyone who likes a book that you don't happen to like.

A writer may write for many reasons....but the only reason to publish is for money. I do not begrudge him or any other author for publishing for money.
Yeah, I came here to let him know that Talisman is literally a spit in the face of the reader. It's done badly. The idea behind it is secodary. The writing resembles Straub's style so much it seems that Straub has done all the work and King has just polished. The dialogues are absolutely plastic, humongous and horrible. The culmination takes over 100 pages which is ridiculous. And didn't it struck you hard that America is full of pedophiles and sadists as per the book?
The above are facts which can be easily proved by linguistic means. I have done five years in the University and bearing a diploma in Linguistics and Literature, I know perfectly well what I am talking abt.
The below is my subjective point of view. I think the author should be responsible for what he wriotes and be ready to the reactio of the reader. Any reaction, that is. Now, I believe SK does not give a bite for what I have written and will never answer me directly. It would have been great to hear HIS point of view abt this novel, not his followers:)
 

Denis Bushlatov

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u think? u r not being veryclear.
I can give you one thousand examples if needed:) And there's nothing bad abt it. Art is war. It has always beeen war. Art is revolution. Art is sex. Whe art ... and literature is art as well of course...starts followig rules, it becomes dead. BUT it does not mean you can use one and the same word in the novel all over and over again (like the word excruciating, eg) and deliver yourself fm any accusations by saying-hey, I just wanted to do so! it's ok!
 
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Yeah, I came here to let him know that Talisman is literally a spit in the face of the reader. It's done badly. The idea behind it is secodary. The writing resembles Straub's style so much it seems that Straub has done all the work and King has just polished. The dialogues are absolutely plastic, humongous and horrible. The culmination takes over 100 pages which is ridiculous. And didn't it struck you hard that America is full of pedophiles and sadists as per the book?
The above are facts which can be easily proved by linguistic means. I have done five years in the University and bearing a diploma in Linguistics and Literature, I know perfectly well what I am talking abt.
The below is my subjective point of view. I think the author should be responsible for what he wriotes and be ready to the reactio of the reader. Any reaction, that is. Now, I believe SK does not give a bite for what I have written and will never answer me directly. It would have been great to hear HIS point of view abt this novel, not his followers:)
.....and how many best selling novels have you written and published?
 

Denis Bushlatov

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.....and how many best selling novels have you written and published?
Two short stories selections for now. Both sold out just fine. Unfortunately there is only one novella published in Eglish for the time being, which is Save heaven published by Bewildering Stories, Dessection magazine and Black Petals. But I am not that old yet:) Thanx for your sincere concern though. I could feel some real friendly emotion behind that question. What abt you? Published anything? Studied anywhere? Or u r just a fan?
 
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Two short stories selections for now. Both sold out just fine. Unfortunately there is only one novella published in Eglish for the time being, which is Save heaven published by Bewildering Stories, Dessection magazine and Black Petals. But I am not that old yet:) Thanx for your sincere concern though. I could feel some real friendly emotion behind that question. What abt you? Published anything? Studied anywhere? Or u r just a fan?
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I didn't really like The Talisman either, but I don't think the motive of King and Straub was anything other than the joy of storytelling, and wanting to do it in a collaborative fashion. King was very rich by the time this book was published in '84. He didn't write this book 'just for money'.
 

Lily Sawyer

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Oh, okay....twist my arm. I'll guess I'll put in my $0.02.

-The Talisman is my favorite of All Things King. I don't care that it was co-written; I care about the story and my enjoyment of it.

I disagree with the OP's take that it was poorly written, that it had crappy dialogue, that its conclusion took too long, and that it had a general level of sub-basement suckiness. Wolf and Jack (and Lily)(!) are some of the best characters in a King work, and the dialogue had wonderful high points.

It appears that the OP would have benefited from a stint at the Sunlight Gardner Home for Wayward Boys.
 

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Oh, okay....twist my arm. I'll guess I'll put in my $0.02.

-The Talisman is my favorite of All Things King. I don't care that it was co-written; I care about the story and my enjoyment of it.

I disagree with the OP's take that it was poorly written, that it had crappy dialogue, that its conclusion took too long, and that it had a general level of sub-basement suckiness. Wolf and Jack (and Lily)(!) are some of the best characters in a King work, and the dialogue had wonderful high points.

It appears that the OP would have benefited from a stint at the Sunlight Gardner Home for Wayward Boys.
Don't beat around the bush, tell us how you really feel......
 
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