- Published: 2016
- Number of pages: 993 pages
- Format: EPUB
- File Size: 0.00 MB
- Authors: Stephen King
“Stephen King never stops giving us his all” (Chicago Tribune) in this #1 national bestseller about the idyllic small town of Haven, Maine, and its encounter with a deadly evil out for a diabolical invasion of body, soul—and mind.Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson’s idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman, and child in Haven powers far beyond those of ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a deathtrap for all outsiders. Something that is buried in the woods behind Bobbi’s house. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, they uncover an alien spaceship. And as they learn more about this strange discovery, the citizens of Haven begin to change: The townspeople are being welded into one organic, homicidal, and fearsomely brilliant entity in thrall to the Tommyknockers, who piloted the alien ship. In Tommyknockers, “Stephen King at his best” (San Francisco Chronicle), King has given us a “brilliant, riveting, marvelous” (The Boston Globe) novel. “You will not be able to put this down” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). And the next time someone raps at your door, you may want to keep the chain on. It just might be the Tommyknocker Man.
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⭐For awhile I couldn’t quite get where King was taking us in the Tommyknockers. Was this a sci fi story? Was it a political statement on nuclear power? Was it a modern version of the Body Snatchers? Yes…and no. Regardless, about a third of the way into the story I could not put it down! Compelling and mysterious…Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers knocking at your door. I had just had to find out who they were and what they were all about!
⭐I read this many years ago and was excited to read it again. It’s definitely a bit different from some classic king, but same great storytelling and unmistakably him. Not a overly scary book but certainly very mysterious and suspenseful which is actually what I prefer from him anyway vs the raw horror books (though I do love a Pet Sematary etc every now and then).If you were a fan of Lost (TV Series) I think you’ll like this. Has some simliarities at least for me, many of the same things that kept me watching Lost (the hatch etc) are the same things that kept me excited reading this. Almost wonder if the writers of lost got some inspiration from this.But I can see how some would not like it especially if you’re a “purist” King fan.If your’e a geek (like me) you’ll probably like this book.
⭐I am firmly of the opinion that good storytelling requires 3 main components: an interesting hook, good structure and pacing, and enough literary symmetry to make finishing the story a satisfying experience. King has all 3 in spades, and this book is a phenomenal representation of pacing in particular. Once you pick it up, you don’t want to put it down. The story drives you every bit as strongly as alcohol, curiosity, and the ship drive the characters within it. Do yourself a favor and add this to your library, it’s well worth it!
⭐As with all King works, there is a hefty dose of humour on this book, as well as some truly wonderful characters. I find that I am compelled to read this again and again. Since I’ve read two paperback copies to tatters, I am pleased to have it now in a form that is a bit more sturdy (and causes less strain on my hands and wrists). It is a tale of a small town, a tale of humans, of not-humans, of good dogs and bad siblings.
⭐I read this in 2020. The story was set in 1987. As this book has technology at the heart of the tale, it was interesting to consider what high-tech was considered to be 32 years ago. There were no grand gaffes or anything it was just genuinely interesting.As a story, it was standard King fare – a page turning story with likable characters having weird adventures in Maine. I don’t mean that to diminish the story (or King) as I think people expect this and it’s part of the appeal. I certainly enjoy it.The only thing that was off-note was a scene when one of the central characters goes on a harangue about nuclear energy at a dinner party. It was so clearly King using the character as a conduit to voice his own concerns – understandable given how proximal the Chernobyl disaster was to the time of this writing. Nonetheless the naked advocacy is transparent and discordant. And long! Man, he went on for what felt like a whole chapter with his diatribe. It felt amateurish, frankly, and reminded me of the closing chapter of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle in which Rudkus meets the communist party leader and the reader is pummeled with a lengthy, zealot’s accounting of the miracle of communism/socialism. King (and Sinclair) and myself share similar ideological leanings so it’s not the perspective I took issue with, it’s the brazen unsubtle attempt to use the character to beat the reader about the head it. I was so annoyed I literally almost put the book down but instead paged forward to when it seemed like the speech was over. After that everything was back on track, and stayed there.Other than that though, like I said, a fun, spooky, scary, witty tale right in the mold of The Master.
⭐I put off reading this book because I didn’t like the name. Silly me: now I’ve read it twice! Great read, heart grabbing, funny, true to King
⭐An amazing piece of creative imagination. These Tommyknockers are nothing like the ones who haunt coal mines in Cornwall and Wales.
⭐I’m not crazy about all of Stephen King’s books, but this one is up there with Cujo, Carrie, The Shining, The Dead Zone, etc…
⭐The Tommyknockers has something of a reputation as a drug-addled mess. It’s the novel that King wrote before finally checking himself into rehab and the one which the author himself has dismissed as a pretty rotten outing. However, despite this rather damning criticism, I wanted to read a King novel that was entirely unfamiliar – having read the more famous works, such as IT, Cujo, Pet Semetary etc.Unfortunately, The Tommyknockers is disappointing for several reasons, but I think King sums it up best with his comment that somewhere within the 1,000 or so pages is a good novel struggling to get out. The opening chapters are genuinely intriguing and have all the hallmarks of a classic King creep-fest. Sadly, the opening chapters are the high point of the story. The two main protagonists are introduced with real depth – both are ostensibly fascinating and deeply flawed. This naturally engages the reader, who invests in both – something which I personally believe to be King’s main strength as a writer of horror – I mean, who cares what happens to 2-dimensional characters?However, after the first 200 – 300 pages it’s pretty much all downhill. There are a few genuinely unsettling moments throughout the novel, but it just doesn’t seem to gel as a convincing tale. There are a few nods to classic sci-fi B-movie’s which don’t really fit. Certain aspects of the story just seem stupid – even for a science fiction piece – and the end more or less descends into the absurd. That being said, the actual resolution is a stronger one for King… although that isn’t saying a great deal.So in summary, the intriguing opening only serves to highlight weaknesses in the story later on. In terms of the writing style, it is also apparent that The Tommyknockers was written under the influence of cocaine – lots of good ideas that are rarely developed adequately before another is fired out. I really wanted to like this one but at almost-1000 pages, it is too long to be enjoyed as a fun, stupid read. That being said, there are some good moments in it and it did keep me interested the whole way through, so perhaps two stars is a little harsh. However, compared to King’s other works, I think The Tommyknockers is well below par.
⭐Written by King whilst suffering from addiction and described by him as an awful book in his 2014 Rolling Stone interview.Approx. 850 pages.Similar in many respects to ‘salem’s lot. Sets the scene, characters and then spends a long time developing secondary characters from within the town and area.Some will be distracted by this and feel the book is over long.Others will enjoy the rich character development.The book features weird and wonderful appliances repurposed for destruction.Constant readers of the author will find nuggets of other novels E.G. Jake from the Dark Tower, references to The Shop from Firestarter, the town of Derry and a certain Clown, The Shining etc.The book tends to rank low when compared against King’s other works.Well worth a read for King fans.If you are a new King reader, suggest one of the shorter classics such as Carrie or Misery.
⭐Whilst I enjoy the backstories of King’s characters, the story was a bit too long and, at times, was a bit of a slog. I still think it was well written though, despite the author himself saying he doesn’t even remember much of the writing process. A good plot, but not my favourite Stephen King.
⭐I am a fan of King’s other works but I found this book rather hard to enjoy. There is a great book in there somewhere, but it is filled with so much clutter and unimportant characters that it distracts from the mystery of the main plot. Unfortunately this makes the book quite a chore to read at some points. At first it sets up a great mystery that grabs your interest, the book then proceeds to messily distract you from that for chapters at a time. I would not recommend this book.
⭐I read this some years ago and recently realised it’s one of his best stories. Such an original plot and developing storyline. So I bought it again and don’t regret it. I spent several sessions trying to calculate the diameter of the buried object but failed since SK didn’t give enough details. But it’s great – right from the start to the last page. (Better I think than the Tower stories)
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