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Faerie Tale
Faerie Tale
by Raymond Feist
Edition: Hardcover
26 used & new from CDN$ 2.03

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5.0 out of 5 stars Widdershins, Widdershins, round we go!, July 2 2004
This review is from: Faerie Tale (Hardcover)
Now I must admit, I nearly put the book back on the shelf after seeing the cover. Im glad nothing else caught my interest at the library that day.
I have had no feelings on Faeries, good or bad. Outside of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, my interest in them is very limited. However, after reading this book, I have begun researching the folklore attached to them. To me, a book that makes me do this is a good one. I want to know more, as Feist has inspired a new interest in my life. I am a horror fan, never fantasy, but nothing is scarier than the beliefs of those before us, who lived in a time when everything was magic. Feist brings that magic back.

Summer of Night
Summer of Night
by Dan Simmons
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars First book that ever scared me!, June 9 2004
I have just about every King, Koontz, Saul, Rice, Lumley, McCammon, and Barker book ever written. Ive also written a story or two of my own. This is the first story that ever scared me. Never before have I had to make sure none of my limbs were hanging over the edge of the bed while reading. There is one scene in particular, involving a blown fuse in a flooded basement, that had me completely creeped out.
When I read the jacket cover, I thought "I take it this guy read IT by Stephen King!". The description on the jacket cover is where the comparisons end. Similar ideas, but completely different paths. This is a great book, plain and simple.

The Talisman: A Novel
The Talisman: A Novel
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest book ever., Aug. 8 2003
This review is from: The Talisman: A Novel (Hardcover)
I bought this book at a used bookstore years ago after discovering that I loved Stephen King's books. I put it on my shelf with other books I meant to read, but it was a year before I picked it up again. Finally I did, read a couple chapters... then I put it back down. I couldn't get into it.
A month and a couple books later, I decided to give it one more shot. So I started from the beginning, but still just wasn't in to it and had reached my previous stopping point. I had made a vow that I would push on though, and it wasn't 5 minutes after I read on that I was literally in a whole new world. King and Straub showed Jack Sawyer a new world, and they took me along as well. I could smell the bread baking at the pavilion, I was best friends with Jack's new friend Wolf, I was running in horror from the Elroy-Thing in the Men's Room of the Oatley Tap. I was IN that world.
I've owned and read countless books, but The Talisman has always remained my all-time favorite. I have read it about 6 times, and each time I am whisked back to that world that I love and fear so much.

Shadowland
Shadowland
by Peter Straub
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first rule of Magic, Aug. 8 2003
This review is from: Shadowland (Mass Market Paperback)
I bought this book after reading The Talisman, which Straub cowrote with Stephen King, and I loved it. While there were times that it felt (only slightly) disjointed, there was nothing to take away from my enjoyment of the story, and the characters.
While I was rooting for different outcomes, and different paths for certain characters, Im extremely pleased with where Straub took them. I definitely enjoyed the stories Coleman Collins told (The King of the Cats in particular), but the grande illusions he cast could have been defined a bit better for my taste. Either way, it was a fantastic book that made me late for work on more than one occasion, as I could not put it down.

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