Black House Twenty years ago a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories twinner from a premature and agonizing death that would have br

  • Title: Black House
  • Author: Stephen King Peter Straub
  • ISBN: 9780345470638
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories twinner from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI He has no recollection of hTwenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories twinner from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real life madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed The Fisherman and Jack s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town What causes Jack s inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are, of robins eggs and red feathers It s almost as if someone is trying to tell him something As that message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.

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    1. I hate that the first thing you see of a review is the number of stars it's given. Someone's feeling about a book is not easily reduced to a five-point scale. And even once that is done, how do I know what five stars means to you? How do you know what five stars means to me? For me, a five star book is a book that I believe is worth the time and energy you're going to spend reading it. If, (and this is key) you're into that sort of book. (Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Hardcore Gothic Gypsy Steampunk [...]

    2. (This review was originally published in the Washington Post in 2001.)Black House is a novel of slippage. We learn about slippage (a secondary definition of which, we are told, helpfully, in the text, is the feeling that things in general have just gotten, or will shortly get, worse) at the beginning of the book as we travel, invisibly through the town of French Landing, Wisconsin, early in the morning, winding up in an abandoned shack where “limp flypaper ribbons hung invisible within the fur [...]

    3. Each time I pick up a Stephen King book, I am struck by the different writing voice I find. Truth is, I had expected it with Black House, sort of, being co-written with Peter Straub, and yet I was struck all the same. King/Straub narrate much of this tale from a moving bird’s-eye perspective, floating in and out of each character’s stance and location, with a twinge of humor on the side. They don’t even try to hide the fact that this account has been written in a book, by two writers even. [...]

    4. Tremenda secuela de El Talismán. No esperaba demasiado de este libro y aun así logró sorprenderme, ¡y de qué manera! Desde ya puedo decir que es uno de mis libros favoritos de mi autor favorito. Maduro, con personajes fuertes y entrañables, y una escritura mataficcional que logró envolverme en la historia como pocas veces me ha pasado. Está de más decir que lo recomiendo sin lugar a dudas. De lo mejor que he leído.

    5. It's been a long time since I read this book. I remember reading it when it first came out, when I was in my late teens, and really enjoying it, but it's clear that I forgot sooo much about this book. I remember this one having more to do with the Dark Tower - but just how much, and in what detail surprised me. I almost wish that I hadn't read it now, that I'd waited until later on in my upcoming Dark Tower re-read with my bookclub, so I could read it at a more appropriate place within the Dark [...]

    6. Za početak, citat: /quotes/1299(view spoiler)[ Da li je iznenađujuće to što je Džek Sojer revolveraš u našem svetu? Ni najmanje. Da li iznenađuje to što mu moć njegovog isijavanja dopušta da se prebacuje kroz svetove čak i kao odrastao čovek? Opet, ni najmanje. Da li me raduje dodirivanje sa Mračnom kulom? Apsolutno.(hide spoiler)]Ono što bih odmah volela da izdvojim je dinamika same radnje koja je toliko dobra da se ni u jednom trenutku ne oseti zamor i tenzija razvlačenja prič [...]

    7. In the early eighties, Stephen King and Peter Straub embarked on the ultimate coming-of-age tale. The Talisman easily solidified the collaboration's super status. Then, nearly two decades later, they returned to their literary roots. Black House portrays a different Jack Sawyer, now a semi-retired Los Angeles detective. He won't remain there much longer, though. By requesting his expertise in a major case, a colleague-turned-friend leads him to Wisconsin, where his life will be irrevocably alter [...]

    8. Wow this book was, simply put, a mess and was very painful to read. Considering I totally enjoyed the Talisman, I expected this book to be just as mind capturing as its predecessor. I was very disappointed in just about the whole story. So it turned out to be 'just ok' for me.The first half was drawn out and very wordy. The coming together of all the characters was quite confusing as well. It seemed to take half of the book before the story even got remotely interesting. It would get good and th [...]

    9. I loved The Talisman. I think I read it when I was 13 or 14. It was a great story about a boy who could cross worlds, and took on a quest to save his dying mom. There were scary parts, but nothing too bad. Also, the line between King's writing and Straub's writing was pretty blurred. Either they shared the load, or one of them wrote while the other edited. I dunno, I could only hear one voice.Years later, I listened to the audiobook and it was still great. Black House is the sequel to The Talism [...]

    10. A worthy follow-up to the Talisman: you get to see another child protagonist of King (Jack Sawyer, like Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep) fighting a fresh set of demons as a grown-up.

    11. I absolutely loved this book. It's funny, because I picked it up immediately after reading The Talisman, and at first I was put off by the shift in tone and feel of this one. I wanted more Talisman style fantasy adventure, with the lovable young Jack Sawyer. What I got was a cold, detached, present-tense narrative that watched everything from above and showed a landscape that was totally out of place with the book I had just finished. This is supposed to be a sequel!But am I ever glad I stuck wi [...]

    12. Jack used to be a coppice-man and he is now settling into a new home in Wisconsin. He has been having strange dreams, no Speedy or flipping over for many years now he is trying to deal with the present.Jack is eventually forced out of retirement as a Coppiceman on trail of the Fisherman, flipping over again but to where? What does Speedy and black crow feathers have to do with the case? This is an engrossing page-turner written in a more faster momentum than The Talisman I am loving the adult Ja [...]

    13. Stephen King and Peter Straub apparently decided that, since their last collaboration was so great, they would try to follow it with an astounding book that broke every single writing rule in existence. I believe the effort is a prime example of why those rules were made in the first place. Amen.

    14. I've read a number of Stephen King's books, enough to consider him one of my favorite authors; and out of everything I've read by him I enjoyed this, along with The Talisman, the most. This has encouraged me to start looking at some of Peter Straub's work as well; however I have yet to do so at this time. What this book has done is inspire me to get into his Dark Tower series, which I had been avoiding doing for some time because I'd heard that it was slow getting into. If that series has ever i [...]

    15. I actually enjoyed this a little more than The Talisman. However, I would say that if you did not like The Talisman, you may not enjoy this one either. It does have a darker, more horror-like feel to it. Overall, I enjoyed it. Liked getting back to see Jack Sawyer. I'm Looking forward to the third book, if it is ever written, although I probably would want to read the Dark Tower series before I read it. Overall, I would say 3.5/5 stars rounded up.

    16. Dude, over twelve-hundred other people have posted their thoughts about this book here, people like Gaiman and Rothfuss, and I'm sure I can't think of anything that hasn't already been stated multiple times, and far more eloquently. so: I liked it, but I liked the first one better. The end.

    17. 3.5 starsUnlike The Talisman, this collaboration between my beloved King and Peter Straub fell a little flat for me. I'm quite upset, this is my first less than 4 star King!I am not going to list all the things I didn't like about this book because I don't particularly like putting negative reviews out there, as I don't want people to not read the book and form their own opinions!! I will just say, for the negative parts, I did not like the narrative style, I didn't connect with Jack as much as [...]

    18. I don't even know what to say about this book, except for negative things. Not only did I not finish this book, but I am left completely disappointed in it. I was expecting the same fuel The Talisman had for me, which I really, really enjoyed. Boy, was I disappointed. Not only was the storyline disappointing, the writing for me, was a disaster in the slow as molasses department. I was excited about reading this with the friends I read it with, but now, I am left with really nothing nice to say a [...]

    19. from the start I wanted to burn this book but My God it was worth my patience my God! Long live Stephen King

    20. [I wrote this review in late 2001 for amazon shortly after reading Black House for the first time.]Hello, My Name Is TreeRider and I’m a Stephen King-aholic.If you’re a casual Stephen King (or Peter Straub) reader, or just a fan, this book may disappoint you. Likewise if you’re expecting further adventures of Jack Sawyer in the Territories. Jack spends very little time in the Territories in Black House, and most of that comes near the end of the book. I prepped myself for Black House by re [...]

    21. Man, what were these two thinking?There were things I liked about this novel. There were things that I didn't like. Like the first-person plural bird's eye point of view that nearly drove me mad. The first several chapters were extremely confusing because so much information was dumped on the reader all at once and it was hard to sort everything out. I liked getting to revisit "Travelin' Jack" to see what he was up to, but I feel that I would have understood Black House better if I had been more [...]

    22. I'm not sure the book is really a five star novel, but sometimes a novel just resonates with you, and Black House did with me. I was emotionally involved with this book from the very beginning.Read Talisman first. I don't think this book would be have as effective if you haven't read Talisman.That said, I actually didn't like Talisman as much as Black House. But it did help me appreciate the main character, Jack Sawyer, that I really cared about him again when his story picks up again in Black H [...]

    23. I'd forgotten how I found out about this book but I never regretted having bought it because it's one the best thrillers ever written. I love it so much even after reading it thrice in the last 3 or 4 years and I'd happily recommend it to anyone who loves reading thrillers. This book is the collaborative efforts of two thriller maestros i.e Stephen King and Peter Straub. The Black House is actually the sequel to their first collaborative effort which is called 'The Talisman'. The first book chro [...]

    24. I've read it pretty quick after it was published in the Netherlands, let me check2001.What I remember is that I was very exited when I learned this book was coming, cause I loved the other book the 2 authors wrote together: The Talisman. One of my favourites and it had a lot of connection to Stephen King's other world.(Waste Lands, Dark Tower World).Ah writing this down and checking all my SK books I am starting to feels homesick. I should call it SKsick? Back before I read English I felt like I [...]

    25. Another prime example of why some sequels taste like half cooked food. The Talisman was an experience in itself, a novel where you could only speculate as to which author wrote which part. It was also a wonderful concoction of genres : horror, coming-of-age and fantasy. The sole reason why I decided to read the sequel was because I loved Talisman. Disappointment is the only emotion I have about this book.After the first hundred pages, it was a completely disinterested way in which I approached t [...]

    26. This was a hard book to read at first. The issue at stake is a serial killer who goes after children, small ones. As the mother of a small child, you can understand why it was a bit hard to read. I found it easier to read toward the middle, and the ending practically flew.This story picks up about 20 years after The Talisman leaves off. Jack Sawyer is now in his 30s and is a retired police detective. He's forgotten all about the journey he took back when he was 12 years old. It's an interesting [...]

    27. This book was written like Stephen King and Peter Straub decided that since everyone enjoyed The Talisman SO ever much, they decided to write a book that broke EVERY writing rule in history, just to see how much money they could make! I know both of these authors and know they are better than that. I jave sofar read 28 Stephen King books and Ghost Story and Koko by Peter Straub. I have not read The Talisman yet, but am planning to soon, although judging by this one, I will not be looking forward [...]

    28. Travelin' Jack Sawyer is all grown up, but has forgotten the adventure of his youth. Now, after a short but brilliant career as a police detective in Los Angeles, Jack has retired to a small town in Wisconsin to try to escape a shock he cannot understand. But Jack has touched the Talisman, and the other side doesn't release those who know its secrets so easily. As a serial killer drives the local police to seek his help, Jack comes to realize that the true darkness that threatens this small town [...]

    29. I'm really enjoying this book so far. Talisman, wasn't my favorite Stephen King book, so I was a bit leery about a "sequel". It's interesting how diverse the opinions are on this book. People seem to either love it or almost hate it. I find that very interesting. I'm such a huge King fan, I couldn't imagine having such strong feelings against one of his books. Well, so far so good. :)I loved this book. And for someone that didn't love The Talisman as much, this book brought it all together for m [...]

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