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The Tommyknockers Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 1988
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Stephen King's early works, assembelled in chronological order, are all symbolic stories of stages in his own life. "Carrie" is about high school, "Salem's Lot" about love and loss in early adulthood, "The Shining" about the anxieties of fatherhood. "It" is about the reworking of childhood issues in mid-life. All great fiction talks to us on a subconcious level.
"Tommy Knockers" is about aging and death. Time possesses and mutates all of us, makes our teeth and hair fall out, truncates our dreams, makes us unrecognizable from our youthful selves. This is a sad book, and unlike King's earlier works the protagonists have no power to fight such an enemy. Affirming the value of love, however futile, in the face of death is the point of the book.
The first two hundred pages, and a bit too much techno jargon prevent me from fully bestowing this book with a full 5 stars. King has clearly done his homework on this book, but after a while, all the descriptions of the souped up gadgets made my eyes swim (much as Tolkien's endless landscape descriptions in "Lord of the Rings" made me wish good old John Ronald Reuel had pioneered the minimalist writing style.)
The Tommyknockers, while not my favorite King novel, is a great effort. people may complain about an anti-climactic ending (They must have read the ending to a different book, the climax I read was rather exciting)or the fact that the characters seem to stumble down a path of destruction. Well, that happens in life as well. I think King's writing is at the top of its form... I think the scene when Jim Gardener drunkenly ruins an all too polite cocktail party with a rant against the destructive powers of nuclear energy is one of the most powerful scenes in all of King's canon, and one of the most chilling without benefit of any super- or preter- natural interference. Despite all of the evil the characters in his novels have faced (indeed, Pennywise the clown makes a brief appearance in a city sewer, which is odd as this tale is to have taken place 3 years after the events in IT... one thinks King's editors add the dates of the events of his novels to coincide with the publication dates and not to correspond with when the novels were actually written.Read more ›
Basically a woman discovers a crashed UFO in the woods, digs it up, becomes hyper-intelligent and this "alien virus" spreads to others in the town who find themselves up to all sorts of good and bad things in very peculiar ways.
When all is said and done the characters are interesting and it has its moments as you would expect from this author, but ultimately it is a bit of a letdown and doesn't really finish quite like it started. King has done better but then again a lot of other authors have done worse. This is only really for the King lover. Go elsewhere if you want a good King book.
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Love all of his books, although this wasn't my fave, still very good.Published 1 month ago by Joseph G. Griesser
This was one of King's most elaborate works with connections to other stories. It was gripping to the end. Phenomenal!Published 2 months ago by Jamie Bonchu
The book itself is worth more to us in sentimental value than any price tagPublished 2 months ago by andreawidener
I'm really dissapointed because really this book and plot is not the original Tommy knockers I bought the book around 1990 same title same writer but different plot this one had... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Flora Diadell
Having read and enjoyed Stephen King stories like Pet Cemetery, Christine and Cujo when I was a bit younger, I thought I would pick up another classic that I had heard of but never... Read morePublished 3 months ago by WW
This was a re-reading of the book after about twenty-five years. I found that I was far less patient with Mr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Cullen
I know King is not as happy with this one, but I rather enjoyed this unusual sci-fi book.Published 3 months ago by Sarah Post