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

Discussion in 'The Talisman' started by Denis Bushlatov, Apr 20, 2016.

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  1. Denis Bushlatov

    Denis Bushlatov Active Member

    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:)
  2. Denis Bushlatov

    Denis Bushlatov Active Member

    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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  3. Denis Bushlatov

    Denis Bushlatov Active Member

    Sunlight Gardener did not end well, did he?
    Try to tolerate the fact that some people think over what they read:) Be well.
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  4. Denis Bushlatov

    Denis Bushlatov Active Member

    you can always google them up:)
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  5. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny the Great & Wonderful

    .....and how many best selling novels have you written and published?
  6. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Hi AnnaMarie, I'm sure he does. I read it within the last year so I may have been stealing.:adoration:
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  7. Denis Bushlatov

    Denis Bushlatov Active Member

    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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  8. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Not completely obtuse

    I've tried Lilly, Holly and Violet but nothing worked. Of course I always said it was me, not them. :)
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    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    We have a Self Promotion area where members can post information about their work and prefer that be discussed there. You're welcome to start a thread about your work and can post links as long as they do not go to a site where your work is being sold, e.g. if it directs people to a blog where you have work posted free of charge.
  10. champ1966

    champ1966 Well-Known Member

    "There's no such thing as bad publicity"

    This is the quotes thread , isn't it?
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  11. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    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'.
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  12. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    No, I grasp the concept. What I meant was, you lost my interest.

    Run those 'lingvo stylistic tools' on Burroughs' The Soft Machine. See what you come up with.
  13. cat in a bag

    cat in a bag Well-Known Member

    Maybe it is just me, but I find it pretty hilarious someone with a linguistics and literature diploma writes things like "thanx" and "u r."

    The Talisman is one of my favorites. I have read it many times.
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  14. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer B-dazzled

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  15. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    Titans, people.
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  16. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I would like if you would tone down the arrogance a wee bit. Reading your posts is painful with all that hubris.
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  17. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer B-dazzled

    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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  18. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    Don't beat around the bush, tell us how you really feel......
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  19. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer B-dazzled

    The Wayward School for Boys is actually too good for the OP.

    Permanent exile in Derry would be best.
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  20. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    I was in Derry not too long ago. After Ms. Mod refused to see me, Mr. Bunyan and I had a blast at the casino before taking a dip in the standpipe.......
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