Eoin Colfer is pretty accomplished, but there is no way that he's qualified for this project. His style of humor is childish, and you know that he'll try to copy the previous books. I'll end up reading it, but I'm disappointed that they couldn't leave the series alone. Eoin Colfer + 20 years of writing and study might be able to do it, but he's not ready yet.
Brilliant story that is separated by years and years, he and straub came back to the talisman story and the book was so darkly written and literally intense in comparison to the talisman..... the old man is one twisted dude, and i am not talking about stephen king, those of you who have read this know who i am talking about, if you havent then what ar eyou waiting for go and read