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Tarina lähtee liikkeelle siitä kun Roberta Anderson eli Bobbi, suosittu villinlännenromaanien kirjoittaja, menee etsimään polttopuuta metsästä talonsa takaa. Hän kompastuu maasta törröttävään metallinkappaleeseen, jonka runsaat kevätsateet ovat huuhtoneet esiin. Ensin hän luulee sitä tyhjäksi oluttölkiksi, mutta huomaa pian, että metallinkappale istuu tiukassa kuin emäkallTarina lähtee liikkeelle siitä kun Roberta Anderson eli Bobbi, suosittu villinlännenromaanien kirjoittaja, menee etsimään polttopuuta metsästä talonsa takaa. Hän kompastuu maasta törröttävään metallinkappaleeseen, jonka runsaat kevätsateet ovat huuhtoneet esiin. Ensin hän luulee sitä tyhjäksi oluttölkiksi, mutta huomaa pian, että metallinkappale istuu tiukassa kuin emäkallio.Bobby alkaa kaivaa esinettä esiin - ensin epäröiden, sitten kuin riivattu. Päivien mittaan maasta paljastuu jotain valtavaa, kuin jättimäinen avaruusalus. Se on piillyt maan uumenissa jo vuosimiljoonia, mutta yhä se humisee, väreilee hiljaa kuin sykkisi elämää.Aluksen tullessa näkyviin Havenin kaupungissa alkaa tapahtua. Sen asukkaat alkavat vuotaa verta, heiltä lähtee hampaat, he saavat yliluonnollisia kykyjä, muun muassa taidon rakentaa aivan uudenlaista tekniikkaa. Vähitellen heistä tulee avaruusolentojen kaltaisia tunteettomia ja muodottomia hirviöitä, "kolkuttajia", jotka kommunikoivat ajatusten välityksellä. Ne jotka yrittävät puuttua paikkakunnan tapahtumiin, saavat kauhistuttavan lopun.Mutta kaikkiin ei aluksen hirvittävä taika tehoa. Bobbin vanha ystävä, runoilija Jim Gardener, osoittautuu sille immuuniksi ja hän nousee taisteluun vääjäämätöntä uhkaa vastaan. Taistelusta kehkeytyy samanlainen hyvän ja pahan välinen voimainmittely kuin romaanissa SE - mutta miten siinä käy, se on jokaisen luettava itse....

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Kolkuttajat Reviews

  • Kemper
    2019-04-23 09:09

    I mean, The Tommyknockers is an awful book. That was the last one I wrote before I cleaned up my act. And I've thought about it a lot lately and said to myself, "There's really a good book in here, underneath all the sort of spurious energy that cocaine provides, and I ought to go back." The book is about 700 pages long, and I'm thinking, "There's probably a good 350-page novel in there."- Stephen King in a Rolling Stone interview.You got that right, Uncle Stevie.Bobbi Anderson is a writer living outside a small Maine town who trips over a hunk of metal sticking out of the ground while walking in the woods with her dog. She finds herself strangely compelled to dig it up, and she soon realizes that she’s stumbled across a flying saucer that has been buried for thousands of years. Bobbi’s friend Jim Gardner is a poet with a love of booze and a deep hatred of nuclear power. After going on an epic bender Gardner visits Bobbi and finds that she has worked herself ragged and lost several teeth while digging up the ship. She’s also started making all sorts of home improvements like fixing her aging water heater up with what appears to be a fusion reactor. Bobbi convinces Gardner that they need to excavate the ship themselves, and he agrees to help. But the ship’s influence grows as it is unearthed to the point where the nearby townsfolk also start spitting teeth and coming up with clever ideas of their own. The King quote I led with really sums up this book. There’s an intriguing idea at the heart of it and some nice character stuff particularly when it comes to Gardner. However, its coke-fueled writing is so evident that you expect to see leftover powder and dried blood spots from King’s nose on every page. There’s just too many tangents that go in useless directions, and it really gets out of control when he starts telling all the stories happening in the nearby town of Haven.Detailing the takeover of the population of a small town via snapshots of the locals is something King does well in other books like Salem’s Lot, but he could never draw the line here between relevant character details and useless information. In fact, it almost seems at times like he was starting different novels. One has a beloved civic leader coming to suspect that there is something very wrong happening and doing her best to hold out from it. Another has a reporter starting to unravel the mystery of what happens in Haven, but since all he is doing is uncovering what we already know his whole thread is pretty much useless anyhow so learning all about his relationship with his passive aggressive mother is especially pointless.King also has problems in dealing with things logically from a plot standpoint. He prefers vague supernatural threats that he can routinely increase or reduce the powers of as needed, but when he has to put physical rules to them things fly apart. Here he can’t even nail down exactly how the Tommyknockers are transforming the people. It’s definitely a gas that seems to come off the skin of the ship as it’s exposed. That’s a good concept (Although why aliens would coat the outside of their ship with something that would spread on contact with Earth air is a valid question.) but the ship also exudes something akin to electromagnetism that effects electronics and radio waves. You could make the argument that there’s no reason it can’t be pumping out both gas and some weird alien radiation. Which is true, but it gets messy when it comes exactly which thing is doing what, and King practically broke his back trying to draw parallels to the TK ship and nuclear reactors so that theme is clear. However, Gardner is immune to the Tommyknocker transformation because he has a metal plate in his head so that seems to indicate that it isn’t caused by the gas, but it is repeatedly shown that others can avoid its effects by not breathing the air. It just isn't consistent at all. There is also a whopper of a continuity error right at the heart of this that shows that King wasn’t thinking through the details. (view spoiler)[A huge deal is made out of how the sling that lowers Gardner and Bobbi into the excavation pit requires one person to be up top to operate it, and that element plays a pivotal part in the climax. Yet at the moment when they reach the hatch both of them are down in the hole at the same time with no one else around. Oops (hide spoiler)]He also didn’t think through the implications of including the usual Easter eggs to his other works. The town of Derry exists here along with a direct reference to IT as well as other books, and that seems harmless enough at first. However, the end of this one would literally be the biggest story in human history. So that means the Stephen King universe should include it and the aftermath, but it doesn’t. Yeah, yeah, I know. The Dark Tower has many levels, blah, blah, blah. You can believe that if you want, but it increasingly feels to me that the references aren't so much clever winks to reader as they are lazy tricks that undermine the story King is trying to tell at the moment.Plus, Stephen King just plain sucks at writing about aliens. He proved it again in Dreamcatcher, and if you read that whole interview I linked to you’ll see that he also doesn’t like that one much either and blames the Oxycontin he was on following being struck by a car. So that’s two bad books about evil aliens he wrote under the influence. I’m sensing a trend here.Aside from the drugs though there’s an element of King’s personal outlook that makes him trying to do an alien invasion story problematic. Like a lot of Baby Boomers he has a general distrust of the guvment, and Uncle Stevie’s distaste is so strong that he just can’t imagine them doing the right thing. He also has some anti-tech tendencies and doesn’t think much of science. (The Stand is a prime example of this.) So the aliens are evil, but he also doesn’t think you could trust anyone in authority or with scientific expertise to do anything about them. That’s when King’s anti-establishment nature is at war with his own plot. It's like his alien stories are trying to be both E.T. and The Thing at the same time, and it just doesn't work like that.For example, we get a long conversation when Bobbi (Who is part-Tommyknocker at this point.) is trying to convince Gardner that they can’t call ‘the Dallas police’, and that’s a big point that wins him over because he’s an anti-nuke protestor who doesn’t trust the powers that be with an alien ship. So that means that an alien influenced western writer and a drunken poet who shot his own wife are supposed to be the ones we trust to deal with the discovery of aliens? And yeah, I get that this is a con job to get Gardner to help dig up the ship, but that thread of thinking that the Feds would somehow be even worse than murderous aliens runs through this and Dreamcatcher in defiance of internal plot logic. I mean, do we really believe that some idiot would be so distrustful of government agencies and science as well as have such a strong belief in crazy conspiracy theories that he would shun the system and instead choose to side with a hideous monster in human form who is telling him nothing but lies? Oh….. Never mind.

  • Mark Lawrence
    2019-05-16 13:17

    This seems to be one of Stephen King's less known and less liked novels.I really liked it. Not 5* blown away liked, but a good solid 4* really liked.I think my difference from the majority here is two-fold:Firstly, I've discovered many people want all of a story to be good. If the end lets it down, they feel the whole book is a waste of time. Well... the end did let it down, but the story itself is packed with good stuff. There were so many scenes, characters, ideas and descriptions that all shone with the best that King has to offer that I felt I got my money's worth and more. Yes it fell apart a bit - yes, that took the shine off. I guess one way of looking at it is if you saw the series Lost. Loads of great individual episodes, great characters, a fascinating/maddening mystery relentlessly building ... and an ending that made you go 'whuh?' - I never counted the time I spent watching those early episodes wasted. But yes, a good ending would have been wonderful.Secondly, I read this at a time when I was thinking a lot about the mechanics and techniques of writing and story telling. It's the first time I really remember marveling not only at a story, but at the writing on the small and medium scale, and truly appreciating what magic was being worked, and how.So - to the book. In brief it's like most other King books. He presents you with brilliantly realized real people, one of who is generally a writer (and is in this case), one of whom (often the writer - as in this case) has some drug dependency (often alcohol - as in this case) and into the small town /rural community comes some very weird shit (as in this case) which slowly unfolds and develops (in this case it is literally dug out of the ground over the course of the book). The tale encompasses sci-fi rather than horror weirdness and once again King shows us through the eroding and changing relationships how a small community is subverted and transformed by the 'intruder/s' and how particular elements in that community (all richly presented with their own demons to battle before they can fight the demons/aliens/wotnot) make their stand.Recommended. Although it has been a frighteningly long time since I read it.Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes..

  • Paul O'Neill
    2019-04-27 12:15

    Late last night and the night before, tommyknockers tommyknockers knocking at your doorI can make a couple of guesses to explain why this book only has a rating of 3.46, which it doesn't deserve. I thought it was great. Interesting and very different to Kings usual books. That being said, all the elements of a King book are here, great characters, unusual story and great dialogue.I've read a few reviews saying that the ending is rubbish. I don't agree with this and there are definitely worse King endings out there *cough*Under the dome*cough cough*.It is a bit long in the tooth but I don't think that can be helped. It does suffer a bit in the middle whilst King builds the blocks for latter stages in the book, so I can see people switching off, but I didn't think it was that bad.Above all, this is a King fanboy book, the references to his other works (if you've read a lot of King) make this book worth reading.Another solid story from the King of Kings :)

  • Stepheny
    2019-05-15 08:22

    2.5Let me tell you a story. (Jason, Dustin- you guys have probably heard me tell this enough times you’re sick of it so you guys can skip ahead!) Many years ago I first read the Tommyknockers. It was a huge brick of a book- a hardcover version no less. I was fascinated with it. I was a new Stephen King fan and after picking up the first book of his I ever read, I had to grab another and another and another. The Tommyknockers had this great build- up, it was intense, there was so much going on. There was an entire town communicating telepathically. There were aliens, disappearing children, a spaceship buried in the ground and lots and lots of menstruation. What’s not to love?!Well, I’ll tell you. The ending. I had never in my life felt so ripped off about an ending in a book. So, I did what any pissed off teenager would do- I chucked my hard cover book across the room. It hit the wall at high speeds and left a softball sized hole in the wall in my bedroom. I can tell you one thing- Mom and Dad were not impressed.I decided to do a re-read this year on audio in hopes of letting go of some of that anger. It was a fail of epic proportions. I ended up disliking this book more this time around than I did the first time. I think, now that I am older, I am more aware of hidden messages in books. I hate that. I felt like Gard’s obsession with nuclear power plants and the endless drunken rants was King’s way of expressing his own views. Now, I don’t know that for a fact, but I don’t care. It was annoying and was so prevalent that I kept waiting for the nuke to occur. Another thing that annoyed me- useless shit. This book contained so much useless filler that I found myself trying to keep track of everything only to find that none of it fucking mattered. There are FEW books (under five) written by Stephen King that leave me with this awful taste in my mouth, but when they do it’s just unbearable. I feel that way about this one and if you could see the look of disgust on my face while even writing this review, you would know the truth of what I say. So why 2.5 stars and not 1? Well, let’s face it- it’s King. And as any King fan will tell you- even a bad Stephen King book is better than most others. Also- there were still some aspects that I loved. The disappearing act at the magic show remains to be one of my favorite King moments. I also greatly enjoy the doll scene. There were moments of greatness hidden in this tome. It is evident that King was lacking direction in this one though and was in severe need of a strict editor. Not one of his best, by any means…but an ok book.

  • Liz
    2019-05-09 11:20

    Please allow me to preface this review. I love to read. I’ve been escaping by burying my nose in books for as long as I can remember and this particular book has taken me back to where it all began. Reading this book again after nearly 28 years has vividly reminded me of those early days when a 600 page book was such a huge part of my life, and the newest Stephen King hardcover was the BEST Christmas present ever! I say all of this to make clear that I’m probably unable to separate my sentimental attachment to this book from the critical aspects of reviewing it, and since I found myself equally enamored this time around, it gets all five stars from me. As a kid and a teenager, I devoured King’s entire library in the 80s/early 90s, a true Constant Reader during that time. Though I eventually branched out to other authors and genres, for me Stephen King and those magnificent books will always hold a special place in this reader’s heart. Enough gushing. Let’s talk Tommyknockers. First, I must respectfully disagree with others who feel that this is King’s attempt at sci-fi. This, to me, is pure horror suspense. I understand the comparison, what with that gigantic, most-likely-from-outer-space thing buried in the earth... but to me that’s where the similarity ends. I would argue that this story is much more about the slow build-up of suspense. The at first curious, then frightening, then horrifying things that are happening around town and how they’re all related to that buried thing. The way that people in town are suddenly feeling a little more connected with one another, undergoing bizarre changes, coming up with brilliant and terrifying new technology. It’s all about the Becoming. And it’s super creepy!I was unaware until recently that this book had gotten such widely varying reviews and that so many people were disappointed by it. That really surprised me because every time I picked it up I ended up completely absorbed. Granted, the writing in Tommyknockers is much edgier and less polished than I remember his later works being, which could have turned some readers off. Personally, I found it bracing - downright comical at times. And then there’s Jim Gardener. A.K.A. Gard. He’s absolutely my favorite character in this book from his first page, which brings me to what I’ve said before but bears repeating: what King does best is his characters. Throughout this book we see Gard at his best, worst and everything in between. He’s at times deplorable, at times exceedingly passionate, snide, funny, melancholy, and at all times indisputably genuine. It’s easy to underestimate him but I knew what was in store for him and it was not an easy path. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just leave this here as warning for the Tommyknockers…You got no fear of the underdogThat's why you will not surviveSpoonThe UnderdogThanks to my friends in the Eclectic Club for another super fun group read!

  • Edward Lorn
    2019-04-24 12:30

    Well, that was unexpected.First time I read this, I loved the first two-thirds of the book and loathed the last third. This time, it was the exact opposite. I enjoyed the introductions to Bobbi and Gard all right, I guess, but the middle was boring. I almost gave up. In fact, I switched to the audio book so that I could play Minecraft while listening to it. Then, an odd thing happened. I became involved again. (This was after the vagina tentacles.) I started catching reference after reference, and the book became a kind of treasure hunt. Fucking awesome, dude. But here's where it gets really weird. All the cool references at the tail-end of the book are for books King hadn't yet written. Specifically, Under the Dome. Usually, I tell people to read King's books in order, but if you plan on reading Under the Dome, you might want to leave The Tommyknockers for after you finish it. There are at least two huge spoilers for Under the Dome in this novel. There are two more, but they are well hidden gems. I also find it terribly rad that King first mentions Haven way back in 'Salem's Lot, yet it would be more than a decade before he actually wrote about the town.Time for the bad news. This book is one of those King novels that feels bloated. There's so much unneeded information in here that I would suspect as much as two-hundred pages could have been left on the cutting room floor and no one would have noticed. King doesn't even like this book. He stated as much in a recent interview thatand Dreamcatcher are his least favorite novels because they were both written during periods of recovery (one before and after drug rehab, and the other while recovering from being ran over by a van). To quote King exactly: "The Tommyknockers is a mess, man. So's Dreamcatcher."References to other books:Gard mentions Ka while in deep thought.Gard meets a young boy named Jack outside of the Alhambra H. (Huge reference to The Talisman here)Clown holding balloons is seen in a storm drain.All this further cements my claims that all of King's novels tie-in to the Dark Tower in some way. Even books like Firestarter and Misery, as well as other books that King has not verified as tie-ins.Notable name:Big Injun Woods (Pet Sematary)Derry (It, Insomnia)Johnny Smith (The Dead Zone)There are far more connections to other books in the King-verse but some of them are spoilers and/or I'm saving them for my next Decade with King post. In summation: The Tommyknockers is a big book. It feels like a big book. His novel It doesn't feel half as long as this book, and it's over 400-pages longer. A lot of ideas are rehashed this time around, too, and reading King's library in chronological order makes all these reused concepts stand out like a sore thumb covered in neon pink spray paint and glitter. I wouldn't tell anyone to skip The Tommyknockers, but you can leave it for last. Recommended for King completionists.

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-04-26 14:05

    Bobbie Anderson finds an object buried in the woods that happens to be the tip of an alien craft. After she tampers with it sufficiently, the whole town gradually begins changing into aliens.A guy I used to work with kept urging me to read this one. He read half of it during a week long stint in the brig while in the navy, then rescued the book from destruction while he was throwing the ship's trash in the ocean a week later. Was it worth it? Hell yes. King novels don't usually affect me but I dreamed about this one twice while I was reading it. There's an underlying creepiness to this book, similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers.It's also my second favorite book with the word 'knockers' in the title...

  • Dustin
    2019-05-12 15:10

    Prior to going into my second reading of The Tommyknockers, I wasn't sure that I even wanted to read it. Needful Things, Lisey's Story, or The Talisman would have been preferable, as those three novels have been on my mind a lot lately. The only reason I decided to go with The Tommyknockers is because it won the SK group read for September, and I'd never participated in a group read, and wanted to be a part of it. Having said that, I am so glad that I did! I finished last night, and what can I say? For the most part, I loved every word, although I do think it drags a bit here and there. That final scene with Hilly and David served as the icing on the cake for me. It's such a tender moment, and very sweet, too.Also, a lot of readers don't particularly care for Book II, but it's my personal favorite. The town's history is fascinating, and I loved the "now-let's-eavesdrop-on-our-fellow-neighbors" feel of it, which is very reminiscent of Under the Dome. In all earnestness, I don't feel that the middle section is disjointed, clunk, or otherwise disconnected to the rest of the novel. On the contrary, every aspect seems to be in direct (or indirect) relation to everything else.Additionally, I love intricate stories with a plethora of characters, and this is no exception... especially Ruth McCausland and Hilly Brown. They are easily my two favorite characters. I really got into young Hilly as an individual, mostly because he and I share some similar attributes. And he is HILARIOUS. I literally laughed aloud at some of the things he got himself into! As King's epic tome comes to a close, there are several scenes that stick out very much, one in which I won't forget any time soon. For instance, the Shed People's various inventions, or modifications, if you will. Then there's the classic Coke machine and the maniacal smoke detector, soaring through the woods like something out of Star Wars. Finally, there's Gard's ascension, and most importantly, the dire circumstances behind it. I LOVE how it's fueled by virtually everything and everyone around him. It's a very powerful scene, IMO. There are so many other aspects of the novel that I could go on and on about, but I won't, for fear of spoiling the story to those that haven't read it yet.

  • Paul Nash
    2019-05-20 15:14

    4.5 stars (rounded up. GR...why the F do you not have 1/2 stars available? Jesus!!)Wow... awesome book! And classic Stephen King! At 747 pages, it was never boring. There are MANY connections in this book to his other books: The Dead Zone, It, The Talisman, The Shining, The Stand and Firestarter. I also found out that King was inspired by Star Trek: The Motion Picture for certain aspects of the story and in return, Gene Roddenberry was inspired by The Tommyknockers when coming up with the evil Borg for The Next Generation. I knew King was a Star Trek fan and this book definitely shows that; I literally read more Trek references in this book than in any other book he's written. I will be honest, and this is just MO, but I'm floored at all the supposed "Constant Readers" negative reviews for this book. I am a Constant Reader and I loved it!! Now I only have 8 more King books to read and that does include his Non-fiction. Overall, a great classic Stephen King book...and it's chunky too! To me, the larger a King book is, the better. This was like the X-Files meets Alien (and I only mention Alien due to the scary/creepy factor).4.5 extra-terrestrial stars!!I forgot to mention, this was a group read w/The Eclectic Club. Thank you Bill, Liz & Ron. I had a blast reading this with you guys! :)

  • Ron
    2019-05-20 13:23

    Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door. I want to go out, don't know if I can, 'cause I'm so afraid of the Tommyknocker manSo that’s a little creepy. Ever heard that childhood poem? I had not. Nor have I read much of H.P. Lovecraft, the horror author who influenced King’s writing of The Tommyknockers. King has said that his idea for the novel was based from “The Colour Out of Space”, a short story by Lovecraft. Tommyknockers is not the only novel written by King, or many an author for that matter, that owe a debt to the man from the past.Strange things happen (a very Stephen King statement if there ever was one) after Bobbi Thompson starts digging up her backyard. After tripping over, then touching a piece of metal, buried in the ground back there, she becomes consumed with unearthing the thing that seems to have no end. Whatever it is, it’s big, and really King doesn’t try to hide what it might be. He pretty much tells the reader right off. What he does hide is just why and how it has taken control of people’s lives. Oh yeah, and most importantly, what’s the end game. This is interesting, sometimes fun and a little wacky. Once again, things happen that personally I could not have thought up (that’s why I read folks). People do some of the craziest things here. At this point, I was reminded of books like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Puppet Masters. But King’s take on the theme is unique, never a copy.Like many of his books, subtly or not, King touches on the certain things affecting our world, whether it is war, or guns, or whatever. Here in The Tommyknockers, it is Nuclear Power. Is it good? Is it bad? The Chernobyl crisis had just occurred in Russia. Add to that the partial nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island in 1979. It was on his mind, and shaped the story. Is that why the color green is used here? I don’t know, but green is everywhere.The lowdown: Quite a number of fans have said that The Tommyknockers is among their least favorite King novels. Me, I liked it. It not his best and King uses up a lot of pages before the story gets to really rockin’. I found the final 150 pages to be an absolute thrill ride. From the point that Gard walks into the Tommyknocker shed to the last page was simply outstanding, and I experienced so many feelings for this character nicknamed Gard.One of last thing. King has not-so-subtly hidden a load of “easter eggs” throughout the story. I can’t recall another book of King’s that has cross-referenced so many of his other works, and personal likes. Oh, and a buddy-read increases the fun of the egg hunt, as well as the terror of the dig. QED folks.Shout out and a thanks to my buddies in the Eclectic Club!

  • Kealan Burke
    2019-05-12 15:07

    This one will be the first book by King I gave up on. I made it to the 50% mark before deciding that I just wasn't having any fun. Instead I was forcing myself to finish it just so I could say that I did. After all, I love King's work and this was an attempt to catch up on the ones I've missed. But...despite some terrific scenes, THE TOMMYKNOCKERS is a sprawling, disjointed, meandering mess of a book. Worse, it's dull and not entirely well-written, something I never thought I'd say about King's work.It kills me to set it aside, but there are simply too many books ahead of me that I'm looking forward to reading when this one isn't floating my boat (or spaceship.)

  • Bill Khaemba
    2019-05-08 10:04

    Late last night and the night before,Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door.I want to go out, don't know if I can,'Cause I'm so afraid of the Tommyknocker man.By The way, that jingle is really creepy if it was sung by a kidSomething is creeping up in Haven, the atmosphere has rapidly changed after Bobbi Anderson stumbles upon something in the woods… It will alter the normalcy of this small town in a very weird way.Before anything this book was another successful buddy read, shout out to Liz, Ron & Paul  :) Cheers to another trip down the pages.Firstly, this book gets a really bad rep for some apparent reason but in my opinion, it is unjustified. The average rating kind of lowered my expectation for this book and it was quite enjoyable. It was classic King and his take on the Sci-Fi genre, yes I am not an expert on the genre but I am the die-hard fan of King’s writing. The book had a slow burn creepy feeling as you flip through the pages… I was always anticipating something to pounce on the characters, it had a successful build up that paid in the end. The book proved to me such an awesome buddy-read choice because of the small cameo of different characters, quotes or little bit of hints from other King books“And I believe happiness is the exact opposite of sadness, bitterness, and hatred: happiness should remain unexamined as long as possible.”I will have to admit that unlike my reading buddies my experience with the book was not so smooth, Some parts of the book seemed dragged out and could have been cut short. The introduction of many characters was overwhelming at times but it wasn’t that bad as the “critics” point out.“So what he supposed to do? Grab Bobbie's axe and make like Jack Nicholson in The Shinning? He could see it. Smash, crash, bash: Heeeeeeere's GARDENER!”The characters were complex and alive as with every King book, he wrote this book at a very dark time in his life and some characters mirrored his real life struggles, especially with alcoholism. It was also refreshing to see a main female character but what drove the book was the need to find out…I would recommend this to those who enjoyed Stranger Things or have the craving for that 80s aesthetic with that creepy King original style this was solid.P.S. This book kind of sparked the inspiration for one of his best book Under the Dome so go wild.Thanks for reading :)

  • Laurel
    2019-05-13 11:12

    Okay, so I may have read this when I was twelve, but I tell you, it fucked my shit up! It's really really long and has violence and intrigue--if you're twelve and you start it in December, you might not finish it until mid-January. The best part was that it was the first book that made reference to location that I had actually been. IT took place in Maine, people, what could be creepier??This is an underrated classic with possibly the best title of all time. Just say it. Tommyknockers. Awesome.

  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    2019-04-23 13:08

    I should not like The Tommyknockers as much as I do. It's a guilty pleasure of mine; I can admit it. And perhaps a rating of four stars is a mite generous . . . But, despite rationale, I number this novel among my favorites by King. Why? Because reasons. I'll explain in a moment. The Tommyknockers is about Pandora's box, and what happens once it's open — and it's also about failed (missed? unrequited?) love. Our two main characters are Bobbi Anderson, a moderately successful writer of western novels, and Jim Gardener, a published poet and struggling alcoholic. The two are friends, and in the past have been lovers, enemies . . . and everything in between. Their relationship is endlessly intriguing, and it's what makes this flawed novel work — for me. While walking in the woods behind her home, Bobbi literally stumbles over what turns out to be part of an alien spaceship that has been buried for millennia, and is immediately intrigued. Her dig begins, and soon Jim comes to her after sensing something is wrong with her — wrong with her situation, and perhaps the town of Haven, Maine in general. The story expands out from there. This is very much a "big" King novel. It feels big. The focus is only on Bobbi and Gardener for the first two hundred pages or so; the perspective is then expanded to include the goings-on of the townsfolk in part two, "Tales of Haven". It is this section most readers have problems with, I have noticed — and I can't disagree. While a few of the chapters (specifically the ones that focus on 'Becka Paulson, Hilly Brown, and Ruth McCausland) do a good job of painting a searing picture of foreboding, others — such as the pages-long chapter about the history of the town's name that has almost nothing to do with the story — act as speed bumps, and that's unfortunate; King is at his most inventive here, but he often gets in his own way. I certainly held this novel in higher esteem before this reread. While some aspects of the story (Jim and Bobbi's relationship and the many guises it takes, Ev Hillman's character, the ending) actually improved for me, large chunks of the prose were slogs to get through. I don't usually accuse King of overwriting, but overwrite he did here. Maybe I am only realizing it now because I've been rereading his works in order. After taut, entrancing stories like Misery and Cujo, The Tommyknockers just feels bloated. It's like comparing 1968 and 1977 Elvis — the talent and goods are still there, but boy... a little weight could stand to be lost.At its core, this is a white hot story written by a man who seems very, very tired. It's well-documented that SK was at the height of his drug addiction during the writing of this novel, and it certainly shows. He was a gargantuan success by then, though, and I guess no editor could stand up to the King. He would come back a couple of years later with The Dark Half, a novel that lacks the fat of this one . . . as well as the inventive spark. This one is a hot mess, but it's a whole lotta fun (and pretty creepy, too!). 3.5 stars rounded up. King connections (buckle in for a long ride!): Bobbi Anderson lived in Cleaves Mills (a town that has popped up in several Stephen King novels, most noticeably The Dead Zone) before moving to Haven. P. 92 - Derry is mentioned. In fact, Derry pops up a lot in this one.P. 97 - Jim Gardener, when doing a poetry reading, is facing stage fright and fears the audience sucking out his soul, his ka.Pg. 144 - Jim uses the phrase 'lighting out for the territories,' a throwback to The Talisman.Pg. 150 - Jim wakes up on a beach after a jag, only to run into a teenage boy. He has a conversation with the kid, and is it turns out it's Jack Sawyer, of The Talisman. Pg. 159 - Jim hitches a ride in a van with a few druggie teens. One of said teens is named Beaver. Could it be the Beaver who appears in 2001's Dreamcatcher? I'd say it's likely. Like that novel, a good chunk of this one is set in Derry. And the timeline seems right. As well, it's not like the name (or nickname, rather) 'Beaver' is very common. Pg. 265 - The Shop gets a mention, and will become important near the novel's end. Charlie McGee from Firestarter is referenced in connection to The Shop. Pg. 476 - David Bright (from the Dead Zone and several short stories) enters the scene.Pg. 479 - Ev Hillman, Hilly's grandfather, hears chuckles in the drains of his hotel room in Derry. Pg. 479 - While in Derry, Ev goes to a local bar and hears the story of The Dead Zone's Johnny Smith. Pg. 492 - Starting here, some history of the woods surrounding Bobbi Anderson's home is given. It is confirmed that the area — once called Big Injun Woods — was populated by the Micmacs, giving this book a firm connection to Pet Sematary. Pg. 498 - King breaks the fourth wall and has a character hold this opinion: "Bobbi Anderson wrote good old western stories you could really sink your teeth into, not all full of make-believe monsters and a bunch of dirty words, like that fellow who lived up in Bangor wrote."Pg. 735 - When contemplating how to break into Bobbi's shed, he makes a mental reference to Jack Nicholson's performance in The Shining — particularly, the infamous "Here's Johnny!" scene. Okay . . . Let's talk about something, shall we? Let's discuss what universe this novel takes place in, because I'm very sure on a different level of the Tower than most of King's other stories. In the Tommyknockers universe, King is an established author, and characters make references to him — and, by association, Peter Straub. At one point, Bobbi asks Jim if he's ever read Straub's 1983 novel Floating Dragon. Therefore, it would do to assume that The Talisman, the novel co-written by King and Straub, also exists in this world. But! Jim runs into Jack Sawyer, the main character from The Talisman, on a beach. They even converse! Very similarly to Father Callahan's entry into the Dark Tower series despite existing as a book character in that very same world, it looks like Jack (and Stephen King and Peter Straub, I'd assume) exists both as a fictional and real character. Trippy, huh? It doesn't stop there. There are references to Derry and Pennywise the Clown all over the place, and any King reader knows how intertwined IT is in the Dark Tower series. Is it safe to say The Tommyknockers is, therefore, Dark Tower-related? Not just in a tangential way, either? I'd say yes, though King has never said so. And what about The Dead Zone? That novel is referenced here more than any other. Bobbi once lived in Cleaves Mill. David Bright, a reporter from that story, shows up here in a pretty significant way. If one will recall, in a climatic scene in that earlier book a character makes a reference to Brian DePalma's film Carrie — "This is just like that movie Carrie!" she says, thus, King is breaking the fourth wall and firmly establishing that work of fiction outside the realm of the rest of his stories . . . The Tommyknockers does the same thing. A character actually makes a reference to King as a living being and a writer, and Jim thinks about Stanley Kubrick's cinematic adaptation of The Shining. But that's pretty messy, isn't it? Especially when one considers the fact that The Dead Zone is a Castle Rock story, thus making references made in and to that novel inherently contradictory. Same here; in fact, the references King makes in The Tommyknockers are contradictory in and of themselves, and often work against each other. Is it on purpose? Was he just throwing out random Easter eggs to please the crowd and inflate himself? Maybe it's a little of both. I don't know, nor do I pretend to. And I'm sure there are many, many references in this one that I missed, for I took only the briefest of notes. Alright, now to pull myself out of the rabbit hole and finish this thing . . .Favorite quote:“The trouble with living alone, she had discovered-and the reason why most people she knew didn't like to be alone even for a little while-was that the longer you lived alone, the louder the voices on the right side of your brain got.” Up next: It's The Dark Half! ....ugh.

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-02 10:07

    Well, I just finished The Tommyknockers, and to be rather blunt...I'm disappointed. Really disappointed. The beginning was good, entertaining, even hilarious at parts. When I got to Book II, it really started to drag for me. And when I mean drag....I just kept saying in my head as I read, "GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" But also, I felt like it was a little all over the place. I consider myself to be one who at least has half a brain (Hell, I have a Master's degree, I would I hope I have a brain), and consider myself to be someone who pays close attention when reading...but at times, I felt lost and my mind wandered from the story. I put the book down a few times and walked away just thinking I was reading it in the wrong environment or at the wrong time. However, I felt like this the whole time once I got into Book II. Book III picks up, and then I don't know if it is from the slagging of Book II, but it just felt like it kept going on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on...Have you had enough now? I know I have. I guess I expected more to the story. Maybe I didn't enjoy it because I didn't feel anything for the characters, or the story, or just...any of it. I think this story could have been simplified and it would have been a more enjoyable read for me. And maybe, this one just wasn't for me. I LOVE alien crap....I'm an X-Files junkie...but The Tommyknockers just wasn't my cup of tea, I guess.

  • Barry
    2019-05-12 15:27

    I'm an unabashed fan of this book. Through and through. In fact, I'd say it's one of the best books of his that I've ever read. Yes, I'm dead serious.The pace is deliciously slow, building tension in waves and layers, rather than spurts and fits. The cosmic terror is enjoyably vague, yet the nature and logic of its machinations contains some truly eerie implications. And the characters? Don't even get me started...but, since I have already, they're amazing. Not one owner of a name is anything less than a real flesh-and-blood person. The red-haired girl who gives a ride to a certain main character hitching a long-distance was especially touching, and one I truly hope King returns to in another story someday.Before, during, and after reading this book, I was well-aware of this book's rocky reputation, and yet I read it without caring...and I was simply allured by it, right up through its final, haunting images. The way I see it - if you just didn't see the genuine charm of this book...well, it's too bad you can't share the breathless conversations about it with me. :)

  • Tom Swift
    2019-04-26 10:27

    One thing is for sure. I am never moving to a small town in Maine. Strange things happen. Picked this one up at Half Priced Books for $1. Working my way through King's older stuff. Fun ride. A word of advice, don't dig anything up in your backyard, leave it alone.

  • Maciek
    2019-05-01 11:09

    Late last night and the night before,Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door.I want to go out, don't know if I can,'Cause I'm so afraid of the Tommyknocker man.When Bobbi Anderson goes for a walk in the woods and trips over a small piece of metal, she doesn't know that she has only seconds left to live. Her life will not end, though; it will change in a way that she, a writer of popular westerns, is not even able to imagine. Determined to see what is in the earth, Bobbi starts digging and unknowingly bestows a curse upon the small town of Haven, maine. Because it's not an old bike or some boat that's sticking out of the ground; it's a spacecraft that has been there for millions of years. Bobbi's old friend, Jim Gardener, senses that she might be in danger and ventures to see her.Now, this sounds great, and truly would be, if the novel didn't go all around the place. Knocking at just over 700 pages, The Tommyknockers often meanders and looses focus, jumping and switching the narration like a drunk switches bars on Saturday night, or any night for that matter. If approximately 50 or a 100 pages were rewritten or edited, the novel would improve dramatically in pacing and plot structure.There's some truly great stuff in The Tommyknockers; Gardener's scene at a poetry recitation combined with a cocktail party is truly great and displays the sheer raw power of King's writing. He wasn't writing with ink, he was writing with rage and it shows. Even though it was written in the 80's it looses none of its power. The usual small-town atmosphere is done well, and there's a lot of allusions to King's other works, such as IT or Firestarter. The change that the town of Haven undergoes, the dramatic conclusion and the beautiful epilogue are the shining points of this novel and deserve praise.It's a surprisingly poignant novel about aging, addiction and change that comes to us all with time. The lack of power to fight these forces is not the reason to stop fighting, even if the end result is almost certainly futile. And the Tommyknockers are real. Like King says in the preface - just watch the evening news. The new boss is the same as the old boss.

  • Marvin
    2019-05-17 13:30

    Let's face it. Stephen King can't write science fiction.I'm not even sure why King even thought Tommyknockers needed to be written. It's bad SF and not as all equal to his horror writings. It doesn't dazzle and it doesn't shine. The best thing I can say for it is that it doesn't feature a rabid Saint Bernard.Update: I might have to change that first sentence. King's 11-23-63 proved that he can write effective science fiction, at least in the speculative history sub-genre. But I still dislike The Tommyknockers.

  • Amanda || eastofreaden
    2019-05-09 11:10

    I feel terrible for giving this book such a low rating but I genuinely feel like I suffered through a large portion of it. Some of it was SO good, and I flew through those portions. But then it would be another 100 pages of horrible pacing and information that I found so inconsequential I didn't even retain any of it. I read that King feels like this is his worst book, and he might be right. I guess it was time for me to finally discover a book of his I didn't absolutely love.

  • 11811 (Eleven)
    2019-05-21 14:26

    I was about 12 years old when this came out. My friend's mother at the time was our personal expert consultant on all things Stephen King. Her opinion of this book was something like "meh." That isn't verbatim but it's pretty close. After that, I read some mediocre or even less flattering reviews in whatever rags I was reading back then - TIME, NEWSWEEK, THE BERGEN RECORD, shit like that. This book went on my permanent not-to-be-read-list. I even skipped the mini-series on TV because the almighty THEY said that it basically sucked. I was 12. Cut me some slack, Jack.I liked it. Maybe because the worst of 80's King is still pretty damn good. Maybe because I read it in the context of what we know about King at the time, including his BAC. A respected reviewer who goes by the name Edward Lorn (Don't trust this guy; He's presumed to be dangerous) recently reviewed this with a 3 star rating and a pretty damn brilliant review. I admire his quest to reconsider every King novel in the context of the Dark Tower. He convinced me. That tower is fucking everywhere. I won't get into that since he already did but his review made me realize that I made a mistake when I passed this up.There were echoes of everything from 'Salem's Lot to Under the Dome. In all of its imperfections, I'm glad I read it. Better to read it now rather than when it was released... that would have tainted my rating back then or would have if there were such a thing as Goodreads or the Internet or whatever... but I'm glad I finally read it.If you are anywhere near a King completist, don't skip this one.

  • Jason
    2019-05-21 11:09

    Awe shucks, such a missed opportunity by King here.The Tommyknockers was a solid concept, but poorly executed. King himself has criticised this book as being one of, if not the, worst of his novels. He said it was the last book he wrote before cleaning up his act. In other words, it was written during a coke-fuelled binge of sorts. And it shows.For me, this novel is really a book of thirds. 1/3. This section of the book was honestly some of the most engaging King writing I've ever read. Prior to starting Tommyknockers I'd heard much about how this book was one of King's least liked books by fans. But when I started reading the book, I thought everyone must have been off their Tommyknocker-rocker! The first third is a brilliant examination into the two main characters' minds, their lives. The characters are interesting, likeable and hateable alike. The writing is King at his best, and it's an incredible, tense, detailed introduction into what was a very juicy concept.2/3. Here the book collapses in on itself like a dying star. Suddenly King veers away from the two very interesting main characters, and introduces a whole shwack of characters out of nowhere. For the most part, none of them had any business being in the story. They didn't add anything to the essential grain of the idea. Rather, they cluttered up the story, screwed up the pace, and mostly, confused the hell out of me. I like to think this was where King was snorting coke off to the side of his laptop with a rolled up dollar bill in one hand while typing with his other hand. 3/3. Here the book tries to return to it's first-third roots, but by now it's far too late. You've lost the reader in all the confusion that was the coke-infused middle section of the book. King attempts to bring together everything here, but since he introduced so many different characters and random sub plots in the middle part of the book, it was like he was really grasping at straws trying to figure out how the hell to incorporate it all together.Final analysis. There's a fantastic book in here somewhere. This 550ish page novel should be cut back to about 300, losing much of the middle junk, and you'd have a helluva story here. The Tommyknockers felt a bit like a cross between Stranger Things and Under the Dome. That said, Under the Dome was far superior in execution to the concept of having a town trapped under the influence of an unknown force. I feel like Under the Dome was in some ways a chance at redemption for this concept for King. I often hear of authors who wish they could go back with a red marker and edit some of their novels. I would imagine King would want to go back and do this with Tommyknockers. If you exclude the random middle third of the novel, there is a delicious mixture of suspense, horror, supernatural, realism, and all the other stuff that makes King a staple on most bookshelves. My two star rating appears harsh. It's more like 2.5 stars. If King went back with a re-do he'd likely be able to boost this into one of his greater novels. Alas, time moves on, and so has King. There are still many many many King's left for me to read, so I'm not going to dwell any longer on this. Onward.

  • Feli
    2019-05-07 12:16

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It is long but I never got bored and I wanted to know what happens next.It is one of those novels from SK which one loves or dislikes for its length. And it also is one of those novels where a small town in Maine, located next to Derry, together with all its citizens plays a huge role. I see it this way: We have three main characters in here: Bobbi (and her dog Peter of course), an author of western novels who stumbles and thus starts everything happening in this book. We have Gardener, a friend of hers, alcoholic and potential suicide, really at the bottom of life and returning once more to Haven and to his friend and former lover Bobbi. And we have the town Haven. Yes, I know, a town, but for me, this is like a third character. For me none of the little stories in this part of the book was unnecessary, it all served the purpose to get to know the town and what's going on and how everyone reacts. Of course, one can argue that plot would have worked without all those pages dedicated to Haven, but the story wouldn't have worked without them. I think a whole lot of the atmosphere of the book would have been lost if SK had cut out those 'Haven stories'. So, if you consider seeing them more as a third character, namely the character of the town itself, and not as a bunch of stories which necessary, then maybe you can see that they can be important if you let them and what they add to the complete story. This is the way I see all those books by SK with a huge 'town part' in it like Needful Things or Under the Dome and it works for me, those books are upon my favourite ones by SK.Being not a fan of a lot of SKs endings I was afraid that I would dislike this one, too. It wasn't the best ending I've ever read, for sure not, but I expected worse. (view spoiler)[which maybe is because I dislike endings in which out of nowhere some outer space race/alien turns up and that's it. Like: woah, great book, but who will I end this properly... ah I know, put an alien in it... well here it was quite obvious from the start that it's all about them and maybe this is why it works for me this time ;-) (hide spoiler)]

  • Ruth Turner
    2019-05-12 11:12

    Audiobook – Narrated by Edward Herrmann – Excellent narration.***Ebook: Not quite 4**** but more than 3*** So, 3 and a half stars.The Onion wrote an article claiming that King couldn't remember writing The Tommyknockers. He (King) then admitted that it was actually true, as he couldn't remember writing many novels from the 80s due to his alcoholism, including Cujo.For me, Cujo was a winner whether King remembered writing it or not. I can’t say the same for The Tommyknockers! Or so I thought.When I first read this book, many years ago, I hated it. Hated it! Hated it! HATED IT!I hated it so much I wanted to throw it on the floor and stomp on it, like a little kid throwing a tantrum in the candy aisle of the grocery store because his mother won’t let him have any chocolate. It was one of the worst books I’d ever read.Now, some thirty years later, I have to eat humble pie. It’s still not a *great* book, and the beginning bored me witless, but I kind of enjoyed it.Well, except for the romance, such as it was:“Gard my dear, my dear, always myshhhhOh please I love youBobbi I lovelovekiss mekissyes”UGH!So, while this book may not be in the same class as the aforementioned Cugo, it had a vastly different effect on me this time round. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t want to trash it…and it made me cry! I guess I must be “growed” up enough now to appreciate it.***CONNECTIONS: Haven (Firestarter, It, Pet Sematary, Mrs Todd’s Shortcut, 11/22/63)DerryRebecca Poulson (IT) “found a fifty-dollar bill fluttering from her back-door welcome mat, two twenties in her bird-house, and a hundred plastered against an oak tree in her back yard.” This was some of the money from the Derry Farmer’s Trust, which blew open after an explosion following the final confrontation with IT.The Arrowhead Project (The Mist)Jack Sawyer (The Talisman, Black House)The Alhambra (Talisman, Black House)Arcadia Beach (Talisman, Black House)Cleaves Mills (The Dead Zone, IT) Bobbi started writing her first novel in a “scuzzy Cleaves Mills apartment.”Derry Home Hospital (Mrs Todd’s Shortcut, IT, Insomnia)Juniper Hill Asylum (IT, Insomnia)New England Paper Company – Burning Woods (Uncle Otto’s Truck)Tommyknockers (Desperation) “What’re tommyknockers?” David asked.“Troublemakers,” Johnny said. “The underground version of gremlins.”Big Injun Woods (IT). The Micmac burial ground in Pet Sematary? “The remains of the Micmac Indian tribe had laid claim to nearly eight thousand acres in Ludlow” “It was in Ludlow that they buried their dead when they were decimated by influenza in the 1880s.”WZON (IT) Radio station owned by Stephen and Tabitha King.John Smith (The Dead Zone, Cujo) “Around two-thirty that afternoon, (David) Bright suddenly began to think of another Johnny—poor, damned Johnny Smith, who had sometimes touched objects and gotten “feelings” about them.”David Bright – Journalist (The Dead Zone) While at UMO, King wrote for The Maine Campus, which, at that time, was edited by David Bright. Ka (Ka-mai, Ka-tel, Ka-tet) – “Ka is the will of Gan, roughly synonymous with destiny or fate.”(DT2: The Drawing of the Three, DT3: The Wastelands, DT4: Wizard and Glass, DT5: The Wolves of the Calla, DT6: Song of Susannah, DT7: The Dark Tower, Rose Madder, The Little Sisters of Eluria, Insomnia)Lubbock Lights - The Lubbock Lights were an unusual formation of lights seen over Lubbock, Texas during August and September of 1951.Utica, NY (The Stand) Also, when asked where he gets his ideas King often replies, “Utica, New York, there’s a little shop there.” “Rimfire Christmas” is a novel written by Bobbi Anderson. It’s mentioned in The Stand.Police Officer Peter (Jingles) Gabbon shares his nickname with Delacroix's pet mouse, Mr Jingles, in The Green Mile.Jack (Sawyer) (The Talisman, Black House) Tells Gard that his is mother died in a car accident:“You look like you been drunk a long time.”Yeah? How would you know?”“My mom. With her it was always funny stuff like the Tommyknockers or too hung-over to talk.”“She give it up?”“Yeah. Car crash,” the kid said.John Merrill, father of Ruth Arlene Merrill McCausland shares his name with John (Ace) Merrill (The Body, Needful Things, Nona, )Henry Amberson, a forest ranger from Newport, died when his pacemaker exploded. Chief of Police, Howard “Duke” Perkins (Under the Dome) had a pacemaker that exploded.Henry Amberson – shares is surname with George Amberson (11/22/63)Fryeburg Fair (Mrs Todd’s Shortcut, Uncle Otto’s Truck, Bag of Bones)Carnival Glass – Ruth McCausland mentions Carnival Glass - David Drayton’s (The Mist) wife Stephanie collected Carnival Glass and Nettie (Needful Things) also collected Carnival Glass.Arnette, Texas (The Stand, The Monkey) is mentioned.The Black Clock – The Doomsday Clock - noises coming from the drains (IT) - Ev Hillman “Sometimes he would lie in the dark and think he heard chuckling noises coming from the drains in the furnished room he had rented on Lower Main Street in Derry to be near his Grandson Hilly who was in the Derry Home Hospital.A clown in the sewer (IT) - “Tommy had begun to hallucinate; as he drove up Wentworth Street, he thought he saw a clown grinning up at him from an open sewer manhole—a clown with shiny silver dollars for eyes and a clenched white glove filled with balloons.”The Shining Movie - “So what was he supposed to do? Grab Bobbi’s ax and make like Jack Nicholson in The Shining? He could see it. Smash, crash, bash: Heeeeeere’s GARDENER!”The invisible barrier that prevented Ruth McCausland from leaving Haven was reminiscent of The Dome.The Shop (The Stand, Firestarter) The few remaining Havenites are taken to Virginia to be studied in a facility that had “once been burned to the ground by a child.” (Charlie McGee)Orono (IT, Pet Sematary)Greg Stillson (The Dead Zone – DT7: The Dark Tower)Crosman Corner – Shares its name with Crosman’s Funeral Home (Under The Dome) Homeland Cemetery, Derry (Needful Things, The Dark Half, Gerald’s Game)The town of Hampden – Shares its name with Hampden Academy where King began teaching high school English in 1971.The town of Albion - Shares it’s name with Nettie’s (Needful Things) husband Albion Cobb.Rebecca Bouchard Paulson (IT) There is also a Paulson Nursing Home in Bangor (IT)Rebecca Bouchard Paulson shares her name with Stanley Bouchard (Pet Sematary) Stanley Bouchard is the man who told Judd about the secret Micmac burial ground. Old Derry Road (Mrs Todd’s Shortcut)Starlite Drive In – There’s a Starlite Drive In in 11/22/63.Flexible Flyer (The Shining, Nona, IT, Insomnia, Cujo, Bag of Bones, Dreamcatcher, DT7: The Dark Tower, China Lakes – Author Meg Gardiner wrote a novel called China Lake in which Stephen King gets a mention “When Nikki walked in I thought it was the exclamation point on the day. She had on chartreuse maternity overalls, bright camouflage for her grief, yet she raised a camera and started snapping flash photos, saying ‘Lord, oh Lord, it’s really you. Evan Delaney. I want to have your baby. After this one, I mean – this one belongs to Stephen King.’’Fifth Business - “Fifth business” is a storytelling term referring to a significant character outside the usual framework, someone who isn’t the hero or heroine, the best friend, or the villain.” (Needful Things, Revival)Croatoan (Screenplay - Storm of the Century)

  • Jonathan
    2019-05-19 16:13

    I was hesitant going into this one because I’ve heard all the negativity around it, how King hates it, etc. I kept waiting to be turned off as I read it, but I kept enjoying it all the way through. I loved the look at how the town is going mad, and how all of the characters entwined without the story ever becoming overwhelmed with characters. I also thought it was genuinely very creepy at points, like the reveal of Gardener going into the shed and seeing the bodies plugged into the computers. But most of all, I loved the unhinged manic energy of it. I know it’s probably not in good taste to celebrate King writing from a place of self destructive addiction, but you can feel it in every facet of the book, and I love it. You genuinely get the feeling that he didn’t give a shit about a lot of things. The flying coke machine, the multiple meta references to other books, the reference to himself as “that horror writer up in Bangor”, it all worked for me. I also loved the palpable anxiety and paranoia that’s present from all sides, whether it’s fear of sickness, nuclear war, succumbing to addiction, or creative blocks. The ending was admittedly a bit of a mess, as it felt like it was moving almost too fast to keep up with, but by that point, I had enjoyed it all so much that I couldn’t help but like it.

  • Terry
    2019-04-21 11:26

    I'm in the ballpark of 3.5/5.0 stars, rounded up for this one. It is long, and it can be drawn out at times, but it certainly has that Stephen King feel to it that I enjoy so much. There were lots of good, suspenseful moments and lots of moments leaving you wondering why they were included, but overall, I was satisfied. Loved all of the Easter eggs also.

  • Melinda MacLean (mel_constantreader)
    2019-05-20 14:02

    Well, I've finally finished it. To be honest I'm not sure what to think of this one. Did I not like it? That's not it. Did I think it was great? Mmm, not really. It wasn't outstanding but it was still a good read. My favorite part of the whole book was the rhyme that kept showing up over and over. The ending wasn't really what I was expecting either. I thought it would have wowed me more. So I guess with this one I'm in neutral territory.

  • Liz
    2019-04-22 14:00

    This book is the reason why I no longer give books a chance if they haven't grabbed me in the first couple of pages.This book is as thick as the bible and goes absolutely nowhere. All I know is the main character bleeds constantly (King's obsession with this woman's menstrual cycle was the most disturbing part of this book), she digs a hole constantly and the other guy character is a drunk; yeah i didn't even bother to remember their names, trust me its not important. Like all of King's novels, the town's folk are a nosy bunch and eventually turn on each other violently (if King is anything to go by, the folk from far north-east USA are pretty damned dangerous and you're best to avoid those states at all cost, because you won't be coming back).I won't spoil the ending for anyone; not because it goes against book review etiquette, only because I have no frickin idea what the fuck happened!!!All i can say is that Kings owes me 1 week of my life, plus interest.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-04-25 14:24

    I've always loved the Tommyknockers despite it being a less than fantastic book, so I'm probably not the most reliable person to listen to when it comes to it. But, I can try to tell you what I love with it and then tell you why it still doesn't deserve a full five stars in my opinion (oh, I know I'm in a minority putting four of them, but those I stand by!)Some "spoilers" may be ahead, so if you're sensitive, cover your eyes and/or jump to the last line. The book starts out really good, with the introduction of two great (if not always totally lovable) characters - Gard and Bobbi. Gard is out of town when Bobbi stumbles upon something that first merely intrigues her, only to later affect her in a much more profound way. She starts digging the thing up and things start to happen. Gard does not find out anything about this until a sizable portion into the story. And when he does, the perspective changes totally and we're left unknowing about what happens to the two more than a few hints and guesswork can give. This is really interesting and works really well I think -to begin with- the "interlude" gets too long, unfortunately and interest is not kept high by the time we catch up with them again. The strangest with this part is that nothing seems superfluous, King introduces and gives (detailed) background stories on new characters and explores parallel developments and all this is good - still you feel that the story is treading water here. I can only guess that the shift in perspective, that worked so well, makes the focus drift for too long. We're then thrust into a brilliant part of the book, blending classic and new sci-fi elements with classic and new horror ones (and throwing in a helping of the ever chilling "cosmic horror" for good measure). The story (thankfully) accelerates from the initial fascination with the changes in people and the ideas and innovations (including the extended shift pattern including "up" on Bobbi's garden tractor...) to the full-blown horror to be revealed.Add to all this a huge load of references and interconnections to a number of other King books (including a Pennywise sighting!) and I'm sure you understand my infatuation with this part.The ending (which is totally fine) is again way bloated and this time there's no hesitation on what should have been tightened up (I mean, how many times can you bump the same hurt body part and still think it's worthy of mention?)Short version: great book, slow in a couple of passages.

  • Jason
    2019-04-22 10:13

    This book is avoiding a single star merely because of the respect I have for the man and because he always manages to redeem himself with story. But this - out of the thirty or more books I've read by him - is by far the most repulsive instance in terms of its writing. I've never been so heartless in my reading of him. I religiously underlined phrases and sentences that made me cringe, were awkward, unnecessary, clunky. He is - in his own words - the quintessential putter-inner. He seems to love putting more in just for the sake of it rather than because it contributes. The book could easily have been 200 pages less than what it was. He milks the fuck out of everything, and instead of topping off the bucket nicely, all we have is a cow writhing on the ground in pain, with dry, twisted nipples. I have about fifty examples, but I'll give only a few. Firstly, an example of putting in, p 885. "Never fired a warning shot," Weems cackled breathlessly. "No, I never did. Never did at all." I don't try to be economic with every single sentence I write, but I feel that King could have stopped at 'breathlessly'. Or even at 'cackled'. I'm not sure what the context was here, and it would pain me to go over it again, but I'm sure he could easily have made 16 words 8 in this case. Here's another general example that every single King fan will have come across before. "No, Bob didn't like it. No, he didn't like it at all. Nosirree Bob!!" So, what we've learned here is that Bob doesn't like it. Five words was all it needed. Not only am I pummelled over the head with more words, but I'm also now angry at the author for drawing attention away from the story in a horribly awkward, melodramatic way. Here's one from p808. I'll include the context to show you why I want to pull my hair out. Bobbi is now turning into a Tommyknocker, and her feet are becoming hoof-like and sharp, which Gardener notices and points out. "If Bruce Lee had a foot like that, he would have killed a thousand people a week, Bobbi." (This quote is Garderner's thought, not dialogue.) Now, when I notice MY best friend and one-time lover transforming into an extraterrestrial, I try my hardest to refrain from Bruce Lee comparisons, however apt. How the fuck can anyone who appreciates reading take this sentence seriously? I love the idea of this book. Anything to do with aliens will easily catch hold of me, but this is just plain disgusting. Another putter-inner, p.243. "Any second now I'll come to and find myself trying to breath salt water. Any second now. Just any old second." Stop reading at 'salt water'. P.301: "She stopped in the back yard, panting, her mousy blonde hair hanging in her face, her heart beating so fast it frightened her." Generally, people are frightened when their hearts beat fast. P.276: "When his skin began to turn red, he stepped out into a bathroom as steamy as London in the grip of a Sherlockian fog." Just say steamy. Reading this sentence felt like a three-day camel ride. P.252: "What have you got in there? A time machine that runs on Penlites? What's the New Improved Bobbi got in there?" What the fuck is with this New Improved business? Silly and melodramatic. P245, King is describing a horribly loud noise inside Gardener's head: "It was like being inside a stereo speaker turned all the way up." Original. P.462: "He screamed and swore and even drummed his feet up and down on the floor like a child doing a tantrum because he has been denied an outing." Again, stop at tantrum. I could go on. I understand that some of these examples will seem perfectly normal to a lot of readers, who might just consider me too sensitive. But so much of this book is just bad writing. I've never been so overwhelmed by similes in my life. If it had been just 700 pages, I might have relaxed. But almost 1000 pages of it destroys your love of words a little. King said once that he wished he was better[at writing], and I can't help feeling that it's a shame I have to agree. At least sometimes. His imagination is ridiculously efficient, no doubt, and the story itself is the reason I can't totally dislike the book, but Jesus H. Christ why the flying fridge?