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The Tommyknockers [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Everything is familiar. But everything has changed.

Coming back to the little community is like walking into a nightmare for Jim Gardener, poet, drunk, potential suicide.

It all looks the same, the house, the furniture, Jim's friend Bobbi, her beagle (though ageing), even the woods out at the back.

But it was in the woods that Bobbi stumbled over the odd, part buried object and felt a peculiar tingle as she brushed the soft earth away.

Everything is familiar. But everything is about to change.

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A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel...brilliantly done (The Sunday Times)

Splendid entertainment...Stephen King is one of those natural storytellers...getting hooked is easy (Frances Fyfield, Express)

King's imagination is vast . . . one of the great storytellers of our time (Guardian)

Frances Fyfield, Express

‘Splendid entertainment...Stephen King is one of those natural storytellers...getting hooked is easy’

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 989 KB
  • Print Length: 996 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340952733
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BKZW72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The start of Stephen King's 1987 novel "The Tommyknockers" has always reminded me of the set up of one of my all-time favorite science fiction-horror films, "5 Million Years to Earth" (a.k.a. "Quatermass and the Pit" in the U.K.). A writer named Roberta Anderson, living on the outskirts of the small town of Haven, Maine, is out looking for firewood in the forest behind her house when she stumbles over three inches of metal. She assumes that she has stumbled over a beer can left behind by a logger, but instead she discovers the metal was solid. What she has found is a space ship, buried in the earth for millions of years, but still vibrating faintly. So, Bobbi begins to dig the giant craft out of the earth by herself, soon to be joined by her friend and former lover Jim Gardener, and by the strange advanced technology that they are suddenly inspired to create. But as they uncover more of the ship Bobbi and Jim, as well as the rest of the citizens of Haven, all start to change.
Up to that point "The Tommyknockers" is pretty good and I have to admit that I thought the idea of alien technology working into the ancient rubric that there are some things human beings were not meant to tamper with was enough to sustain the story. But instead we are treated to a malevolent presence that has evil designs on the citizen of Haven and that seemed to me like overkill. Add to that the fact the two main characters are writers (King dedicates the novel to his wife Tabitha, who is also a novelist), and "The Tommyknockers" becomes a bit too self referential for me as does the whole subplot about Gardener’s writer’s block.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 3 April 2008
By John
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is simply amazing. Yes, it may be overly long and slightly tedious in places (particularly near the end), but it does have some fantastic moments including every one of the character sub-stories, particularly the introduction of the middle-aged, gold-toothed, foul mouthed, drug-snorting Sissy which breathes new life into the book in its later stages. The references to other King books (It, Firestarter) are a nice touch too. Obviously people who knock this book don't have very long attention spans and are not aware that it takes great skill to keep a reader entertained over such a long story. A King classic, only the Stand is better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
I first read this book ages ago, in the 80s, and I didn't like it at all - but it was clearly because of a horribly bad French translation (in this time I couldn't read English). I returned to it now and I found it quite good, although with a little weak ending.

There are many excellent things in this book. First, the idea of digging. There is something extremely appealing about the idea that there is somewhere, very close to our home, a buried treasure waiting to be uncovered. King is always at his best exploring children fantasies and fears (he is a teacher by profession) and here he had the idea of discovering a real alien spacecraft buried just behind one of the main character's house. This will of course have very serious consequences to almost everybody in the town, expecially considering that the aliens who used to own the ship were really, but really NOT ET-like...

There are many great moments in this book and in fact one of the chapters from the middle is so good that sometimes it figures in King's antologies as a separate short story and it was also adapted for TV as one of the "Outer Limits" episodes.

There are however some flaws, which make it impossible to five star it. The ending is unsatisfactory and hastened, as if the author was on a too strict a deadline. The identity of the evil force in the book is uncertain and confusing - is it a ghost of one of alien crew? Is it just a poisonous gas? I failed to understand this point and it left me hungry for answers at the end.

Then there is one (just one) point which I found simply too stupid to suffer - although the "tommyknockers" are so smart that they can easily rebuild vending machines in warrior robots, they are forced to kidnap living beings to use them as sources of energy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This truly is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It encompasses humour with violence, horror and a GREAT storyline. I especially like the layout of the book; every chapter makes a different story that all comes together at the end. His people are realistic, his action full-on. He also ends it in true Shakespeare way, but with less tragedy and more humour. But DON'T see the film. Read this instead. One of my favorites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best 9 Oct. 2013
By MarkusG
I've heard mostly negative opinions of The Tommyknockers, at least when it was published in 1988 and I was a teenager who read books like this. So I skipped it. Now over 20 years later I decided to try it, for some reason I haven't got a clue of. And I must say that this is one of the best King novels. Of course it is a little too long (nearly 700 pages), but that is his trademark. The story should not be read about in advance, just read the book. It contains some brilliant ideas, the main characters are well drawn and interesting and the story has suspense enough to last to the end. The only thing I find negative is the description of one of minor characters (Sissy), introduced towards the end, who don't feel realistic at all and too much a cliché. But as this is only about 10 pages it's no biggie. Gard, the protagonist, a sometimes brilliant but mostly hopeless alcoholic poet, is well drawn.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work, but a good read nonetheless
Not his best work, but a good read nonetheless. There are a few of the usual Stephen King 'side stories' that deviate from the book slightly to explore characters or places. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent read, one of his best novels by
read countless times, an excellent read, one of his best novels by far
Published 2 months ago by mandie Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a book that i will always re-read
Published 2 months ago by dee
4.0 out of 5 stars On first impressions a hard book to judge
Like the book my review is in 3 parts

Part 1- 1 star. I found this extremely hard going and to be honest a bit boring, I was tempted many times to give the book up as... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R ELLIOTT
3.0 out of 5 stars Overly long and a hard read for a SK novel
I am a Stephen king fan and like his work, but I found this slow and at times hard going. It's for a start long and a bit disjointed, while the characters are a bit flat and to a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. Garfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Legacy!
This is probably the first Stephen King book I picked up, having seen my father read it.

There are many who would criticize King for his writing style. Read more
Published 15 months ago by M Sockel
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN
This was one of the best Stephen Kings I have read for.a while. I was gripped from beginning to end.
Just incredible :)
Published 16 months ago by Eloise kinshott-Acklan
3.0 out of 5 stars Picking Up Stephen King after 15 years
I used to read a lot of Stephen King in my teens and I enjoyed most of them (Needful Things and the Stand stick in my mind) decided to pick up a new book on my Kindle. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul Holding
5.0 out of 5 stars Last night and the night before, Tommyknockers Tommyknockers knocking...
Stephen King writing Sci-fi. So good. Fabulous characterisation again. Really horrible bits including Bobbi Andersons pet Beagle(absolutely horrific), her sis Anne, and what... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Lh Tarry
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