YMMV / The Talisman

  • Anti-Climax Boss: For all the fear and dread Elroy manages to inspire in Jack throughout the entire book, he goes down stupefyingly easy in a hail of machine gun bullets, courtesy of Jack and a train filled with weapons. Even Jack is stunned, equating the act to killing a childhood boogeyman.
  • Ho Yay: Quite a bit implied between Jack and Wolf.
    • Also between Jack and Richard, who exchange declarations of love more than once.
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Heck Bast, it's when his twinner whips Ferd Janklow to death in the ore mine parallel to the Sunlight Home.
  • Squick: As the other entries on this page show, a *lot* of characters try to have sex with Jack or are implied to want to. This includes several boys his own age as well as multiple adult men. At one point Jack mentally dismisses it as part of being an attractive boy, weirdly.
  • Villainous Crush: Heck Bast is implied to have one for Jack. Jack surmises that Heck is attracted to whatever Territories influence is present in him, and suspects that to be one of the reasons why Heck hates him so much. He definitely gets a little too excited by Jack's torture at the hands of Sunlight Gardener.
    • Sonny Singer may also have one for Jack. He seems a little too excited to accuse Jack and Wolf of being gay lovers.