Smythe says that this is a novel that completely "slipped" through his memory! He couldn't remember a word of it. Still, Smythe comes away with a fresh love for the book, declaring, "The themes are strong; the world is strong; the characters are strong. It's well written. It's long, and maybe a little over-egged in places – some of the novel's mid-section sags – but the things that they were paying tribute to come through, and the story is a good one."
Smythe offers the best summery of the boo that I've read -- and I've read several. Smythe notes the influence of Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz and Huck Finn streaming throughout the novel.
As always, Smythe does a nice job spotting the connections to King's other works.
The full article is at www.guardian.co.uk
On a final note -- I offer this strange comment: I think one reason I have been unable to read The Talisman has to do with bad book cover. Don't throw stones! Seriously. And, the original paperback I tried to read was strangely bound. The type face was unusual. Everything about the edition I first tried to read seemed unusual and uber-boring!