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Black House

A book by Stephen King

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good... but something was lacking.. small spoilers

  • Aug 11, 2010
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This book had moments of pure brilliance. Some of the sequences in the book were downright creepy. However some other parts were kind of bogged down. Like the entire storyline with the crooked newspaper reporter was a little overplayed. I have nothing against Peter Straub, but I am used to reading just Stephen King books... Lets just say I am a little biased. I couldnt help but see a lot of Straub in this book and not so much King, However, the Dark Tower references were great. With all of that being said this book had an incredible cast of characters. I was really impressed with the motorcycle gang. They were at the same time stereotyped and given a fresh breath as good, intellectual citizens. The blind neighbor was well written but at times I felt he was a little unbelievable and somewhat pushed down the readers throat. At one point, in the beginning of the novel I actually believed he was the serial killer. All in all it was an entertaining book, but after I finished I was craving a King only novel. I wonder when the sequel will be written? The way Black House ended it almost seemed as though a sequel was in order.

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review by . October 01, 2001
It's been about 20 years since I read (and thoroughly enjoyed) "The Talisman", and I always wished that the authors would do a sequel. Now my wish has been granted (sort of), and I have enjoyed this new book by two well-known authors of the genre. The story line is quite well done, and the characters, even the relatively minor ones, are well drawn. The plot, once it gets into gear, moves along briskly, and you get caught up in the excitement of it all. Once again, we see a connection between this …
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In the seemingly paradisal Wisconsin town of French Landing, small distortions disturb the beauty: a talking crow, an old man obeying strange internal marching orders, a house that is both there and not quite there. And roaming the town is a terrible fiend nicknamed the Fisherman, who is abducting and murdering small children and eating their flesh. The sheriff desperately wants the help of a retired Los Angeles cop, who once collared another serial killer in a neighboring town.

Of course, this is no ordinary policeman, but Jack Sawyer, hero of Stephen King and Peter Straub's 1984 fantasy The Talisman. At the end of that book, the 13-year-old Jack had completed a grueling journey through an alternate realm called the Territories, found a mysterious talisman, killed a terrible enemy, and saved the life of his mother and her counterpart in the Territories. Now in his 30s, Jack remembers nothing of the Talisman, but he also hasn't entirely forgotten:

When these faces rise or those voices mutter, he has until now told himself the old lie, that once there was a frightened boy who caught his mother's neurotic terror like a cold and made up a story, a grand fantasy with good old Mom-saving Jack Sawyer at its center. None of it was real, and it was forgotten by the time he was sixteen. By then he was calm. Just as he's calm now, running across his north field like a lunatic, leaving that dark track and those clouds of startled moths behind him, but doing itcalmly.
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ISBN-10: 0375504397
ISBN-13: 978-0375504396
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Random House
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