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The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers

Book - 1988
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Roberta Anderson, while searching for firewood in the forest, stumbles upon a buried ship and with the help of her onetime lover, Jim Gardener, excavates artifact that changes the townspeople of Haven.
Publisher: New York : Signet, 1988
Copyright Date: ©1987
ISBN: 9780451156600
ISSN: 9780451156600
Branch Call Number: F KING-S
Characteristics: 747 pages ; 18 cm
Alternative Title: Tommy knockers


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 30, 2021

This older Stephen King novel sometimes get's a bit of a bad rep, and I do kind of see why... however, I really enjoyed it. The writing style is classic Stephen King and while it could use some pc culture updates it was still fun to read. I also really liked the idea of the story, I would call it 'an alien ghost story'.

Jan 21, 2021

Highly recommended for those who love to be scared. Not his best but still well worth it and one of his creepiest.

Nov 12, 2020

Not his best book. 1,500 pages seemed too long and story rambled. On the plus side, King's concept of evil aliens was fun. They aren't all-powerful. In some ways they seem to overlook the obvious.

Under the ship's influence, the townspeople start mutating and also making goofy (but very deadly) gadgets out of common household items. The catch is they all run on batteries, so the town's supply quickly runs out. People must go to nearby towns and buy as many as possible. Once the mutations have made the townsfolk unable to breathe normal air, these battery runs begin to look like suicide missions.

Towards the end, the main character asks his girlfriend why the aliens didn't just show people how to make AC to DC converters. Would have saved on the battery runs. Her reply might sum up King's take on the absurd, or just random chance.

"Power converters? [Explicative!] No one thought of that!"

Wonderful Stephen King moment, but unfortunately it took 1,300+ pages to get there.

ChristchurchLib May 28, 2020

An accidental discover bestows the inhabitants of a small town with strange powers. This has grave consequences for outsiders. But is there more to it than these humans, drunk on power, realise? Could it be that the power was bestowed deliberately? This book gets mixed reactions from horror fans. It's clearly not one of the master's greatest stories but it is solid sci-fi horror.

Jul 31, 2019

Let's start with the positives here. It has fantastic atmosphere, a sense of creeping dread that builds steadily to a horrifying conclusion, and well-rounded, well-written characters. King has informed my writing style in many ways, so I really can't critique him much on that. But on the flip side, IT'S ABOUT 700 PAGES LONG. I mean, I understand that there needs to be atmosphere and suspense and stuff, but dude, come on! King himself said in a Rolling Stone interview that he thinks it's about 350 pages longer than it has to be, and to be honest I can't help but agree. Overall, it's a good read, and it's hard not to feel really proud of yourself for finishing a book that long, but it gets so incredibly tedious, and for that I must dox it 2 stars. . I would rate it three out of five stars. @red_sky_in_the_morning of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

AspdenBrae May 08, 2012

Great novel for those who enjoy things slightly out of the ordinary. Builds suspense through the entire book ending in dramatic fashion. A classic on my home shelf!

May 11, 2011

Wow! A long book, but wonderfully creepy! It's very interesting how King has combined his usual horror writing with an element of sci-fi. That said, I did feel like it dragged a bit in areas. A lot of what was included didn't really serve to advance the story; maybe cutting a few pages could have done the book good.

Mar 25, 2009

To me, King's novels have been either gripping and very enjoyable or so utterly boring I couldn't finish them. The Tommyknockers was a book I didn't want to put down. The plot reminded me of 'Salem's Lot, where the townspeople are transformed into something terribly creepy. What I liked about The Tommyknockers wasn't so much the fright factor (which was more sci-fi than bone-chilling horror), but rather King's interplay among the characters: how the "transformation" affected the relationships with each other and with outsiders. A long book, but a good read.


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 30, 2021

“Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door…”


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