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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:52 pm    Post subject: Black House Reply with quote

I've started yet another Dark Tower tie-in. This one feels entirely different in style to the other 7 King books I've read. I suppose that's Straub's influence? How does that work, exactly? Do both authors work on the same parts, revising each other's work? Or do they take turns on different chapters? If the beginning is Straub, I don't like his style. Sentences read like background noise. It's not just that the beginning is slow, but it's awkward. I'm not used to that in a King novel. Even when King is slow, he's never entirely boring. He's never hard to read. I'm getting bogged down in the names of streets and a complete lack of voice. This reads like a newspaper article on a subject I don't care about.

But once again, I'm telling myself to have faith. It's just a little harder this time, because I've never read Straub so I have no idea what to expect from his input.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you've not read The Talisman yet, STOP!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I haven't read Talisman. I didn't realize this one depended on that. Good to know. Thanks. I'm only 30 or pages in, so it's not too late (I hope). I know there's a "Fisherman," some cops, and a half-senile guy in a nursing home. That's it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, good. Black House is the sequel to The Talisman.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good save Cail. Very Happy Talisman was a better book. The DT tie-in was very minor. Black House always felt like they were trying too hard to make it part of Roland's world or something.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Good save Cail. Very Happy Talisman was a better book. The DT tie-in was very minor. Black House always felt like they were trying too hard to make it part of Roland's world or something.

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Yea...I thought it could have gone a different world/direction and been better for it.
Re-read Black House fairly recently...found some parts meh, been there done that Mr.'s K and S., but chunks of it I liked quite a lot. Fun, if not brilliant.

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