- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 28 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 6, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00005QTHB
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Of course the story will be expected to have darker elements than other mainstream writings. It starts of a little slow, but quickly speeds up into a faster paced, attention keeping story. The characters have quickly endeared themselves to me and I became emotional invested in the book. This one is one of my 'forever' books, as I can keep re-reading it and still become involved in Jack's world. I can honestly say that Wolf is my favorite character.
I would NOT hesitate to recommend this book to any fan of an intense, attention- keeping fantasy/ reality fictional story. This was a personal purchase.
Jackie and His Mom, Lily are on the run from Morgan Sloat.. His fathers partner, seems Jackie is the only thing standing in the way of Morgan gaining control of the company Jackie's father and Morgan started.
We find Jackie wandering the streets, lonely for his old home back in California,mourning his father and worried about his Mom. He comes across an old black fella (Scatman Crothers was my choice) that tells him about another place and about a sick queen that is dying there.. He gives Jackie a vile tasting liquid and it makes him "flip" into the Territories. Jackie walks a bit seeing a few things and when he flips back, finds that although he has walked a short distance there, he is miles away from the place He left "Speedy Parker" his new friend. He finds out that there are people in that world that are the same in this one and that things in this world are not the same in the Territories. He also finds out that his Mother Lily has a twinner in the Territories, that She is the queen there and she too is dying. And in order for the queen to live,, Jackie has to save her and in turn, save his mother.
But, alas, Morgan Sloat the evil man in this world is even worse in the Territories. His weapon of choice is a skate key in this world, but a,lightning rod/ thrower in the other.
Jackie quickly makes a wonderful friend while over in the Territories, Wolf. He is a teen boy most of the time, but when there is a full moon, well, you can sort of get the idea. Wolf journeys with Jackie to get back to the west coast and along the way are forced by Morgan to flip together back into this world. It is terrifying to Wolf. His sense of smell is on par with most canids and he has a few break downs..They both get picked up and have to spend time at Sunlight Gardner's home for wayward boys and each step of the way gets worse than the next.
You can't seem to close the book as you follow along with Jackie's challenges and you find yourself gritting your teeth and laughing as the baby boy that was begging "Sit yap!" pees on Jackie's lap.
YOu want the story to never end, but, as it reads in the end, the original story is that of a boy. He's grown up at the end, and THAT is a different story..
A fairy tail for grown ups.. My copy is worn and dog eared and smells like a beloved old book store. BUt, I bought it for my Kindle, so I can take it with me where ever I go.
Oh, BTW, my Mom beat cancer and lived many years later.. I kind of felt the Talisman may have had something to do with that.
The awesome characters are what brought me back, and I was excited to see them illustrated. The art in this book is beautiful, and I was not disappointed with any of the character's appearances (except, maybe for Wolf).
I feel like the pacing needs to be improved upon, though. The pacing in the original book was at times too slow, but I feel like it is too fast in this comic.
What's worse, is I wont be able to see how the rest of the story is beautifully illustrated, because the rest of the comics were canned. Maybe, one day, they will see the folly of their ways, and revive this series.