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The Tommyknockers Paperback – February 16, 2016
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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Whilst not quite up to the standard of his classics, thanks to his consistently high-quality storytelling and pungent imagery, this is nonetheless a real page-turner. I guarantee that the scenes where the protaganist discovers what's in the shed will stay with you for a long, long time.
If you've read and enjoyed any of Mr. King's other novels then I'd recommend that you give this one a go.
Here's what it had going for it: 1. It was written in the same era as what I consider some of King's best stories: It, The Eyes of the Dragon, and Misery. 2. I've heard tommyknockers mentioned in a few different places, and I looked up the legends about them. They seemed like pretty scary creatures, and I thought King would come up with something great here.
Well, the book didn't live up to any of my expectations. Does the blame lie with me, though? I don't think so.
It's hard to put my finger on "what" made the book lackluster. Part of the reason was the book's structure. King starts the book focusing on two different characters, then he abandons them for much of the middle of the book. By the time we rejoin Gard and Bobbi, I no longer feel for them. And most of the characters in the middle weren't very memorable for me. King's strength is usually in his characters, but that was lacking this time.
Another thing that was "off" was the theme of the book. I felt like King was just scratching the surface as to what this book was about. He touches on ideas of group-think and addiction and obsession, but he doesn't quite hit the ball out of the park--just a few singles here and there.
So, no, it's not a terrible book. And I did find it interesting to see the seeds for his later novel Under the Dome planted all around this book. For the King completist, you can read it, and it'll be OK. If you're looking for a much better read, I mentioned five other better titles in this review.
3 out of 5 stars for King fans like me
the same mediocre 3 out of 5 stars for everyone else