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The Tommyknockers [Paperback]

Stephen King
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Book Description

11 Oct 2012

There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Daily Express as 'a fabulous teller of stories', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.

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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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444723243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444723243
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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)

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Rejacketted reissue of a chilling science fiction title from the number one bestselling author, supported by a marketing campaign for the backlist directing readers to the right book for them.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
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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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't knock it. 11 Aug 2010
Tommyknockers was a troubled book from a troubled author. At the time of writing, Stephen King's drink and drug problems were spiralling out of control; the result is this disjointed and dawdling text. Still, even King's worst works are extremely readable.

It's a book written in the vein of The Body Snatchers (S.F. Masterworks). But - more so - it's about compulsion, addiction and dependency. It's about Stephen King manifesting his demons to exorcise them. The Sci-fi element is basic b-movie fare with some nice added touches - the main storyline is a little drawn out over the length of the book, though.

The central characters are Jim Gardner - a poet, and Bobby Anderson - an author. Both of them are addicts (surprise, surprise): Jim is a hopeless alcoholic and Bobby, well, she's addicted to the thing she found buried in the woods. As usual, King's characterization is very good. Jim Gardner is well fleshed out and worthy of empathy. Alas, he becomes quite infuriating and contradictory after the first few chapters. Bobby Anderson, however, is a bit of damp squib from the start.

In many places the prose is overly descriptive and repetitive, typical of a story with characters facing inner turmoil or an enemy within type scenario. Also, there are too many lazy adverbs, too much exposition and superfluous plotting. At times the narrative loses its sense of immediacy: King will needlessly add little observations like "but he never did see his wife again..." or "little did she know this would be her last day alive..." This is a pet hate of mine - totally unnecessary if you go on to show that character's demise later on. Knowing the outcome of scenes is boring.
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Picking Up Stephen King after 15 years 2 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.

I'm not a fan of sci-fi to be honest and this is all about a spaceship, so I supposed I was doomed from the outset with this book, hence the reason for giving it three stars. It is a bit of a tomb too but I have yet to give up on a book and finished this one too although I found that it drags on at times.

I did enjoy defamiliarising myself with Stephen Kings style of writing. He can definitely write there is no denying that. It's also funny to read a book written in the eighties where a lot of the technology we now take for granted is absent which makes a story line possible which no longer would be.

If you like sic-fi and Stephen King, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book.
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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 2 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 3 months ago by Eloise kinshott-Acklan
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 4 months ago by Mrs. Lh Tarry
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow build Up - Great Finish
Bobbi Anderson trips over on object in her woods and become obsessed about it with big consequence for her and her Maine village of Haven. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hagrid's Umbrella
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous blend of sci-fi and horror
Yet another corker of a book from Stephen King. He sure puts his anti-heroes through the wringer in this one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr Gordon Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MarkusG
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!
Loved it! I read it in a couple of days. If you love to feel stressed, scared and intrigued by reading a book, buy this one!
Published 6 months ago by MicroB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If your a Stephen king fan like I am, you will know he is not one to disappoint, this is another one of his masterpieces. Highly recommend.
Published 6 months ago by Debby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great reading, this was a real page turner, i recommend it for any avid readers of suspense/thrill novels guarantee you will want more!
Published 8 months ago by jane
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story, good pace but a little slow in places
I've had this one in my collection for a while and couldn't remember reading it - so I gave it a blast. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr Robert Butler
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