The Tommyknockers

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Overview


Late Last Night and the Night Before…

…Tommyknockers, tommyknockers, knocking at the door.

Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson’s idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman, and child in town powers far beyond ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a death trap for all outsiders. Something that came from a metal object, buried for millennia, that ...

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Overview


Late Last Night and the Night Before…

…Tommyknockers, tommyknockers, knocking at the door.

Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson’s idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman, and child in town powers far beyond ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a death trap for all outsiders. Something that came from a metal object, buried for millennia, that Bobbi stumbled across.

It wasn’t that Bobbi and the other good folks of Haven had sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of hell. It was more like a diabolical takeover…and invasion of body and soul—and mind.

 

Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson's idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman and child powers far beyond ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a death trap for all outsiders. "Wonderful creeping terror . . . A great storyteller!"--The New York Times Book Review. (Occult/Horror)

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
''The Tommyknockers'' proves that Stephen King can do anything he wants to. We already knew he could grip us with good horror stories and so-so horror stories. Now he has shown that he can grip us with a lousy horror story as well. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
King's new novel, a numbing variation on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, offers its own best commentary on itself. Nearly one-third of the way through the 560-page book, protagonist Bobbi Anderson, a writer of westerns, describes what she has stumbled upon in her backyard to her friend Gardener, an alcoholic poet: ``It was a flying saucer. No self-respecting science-fiction writer would put one in his story, and if he did, no self-respecting editor would touch it with a ten-foot pole.. . . It is the oldest wheeze in the book.'' After the vampirish Tommyknockers in the spaceship have wrought their evil magic upon the inhabitants of Haven Tommyknockers live on the blood of comatose humans circulated through mind-reading PCs connected to VCRs, the unfortunate townspeople have, it seems, ``become'' the word, over-used and never explained, is King's ``something else'' the vague words are also the author's. The ``gadgets'' of the town ``become'' living beings that kill there are marauding hedge cutters and Coke machines, Electrolux vacuums, Yamaha motorcycles and flying smoke detectors and The Tommyknockers is consumed by the rambling prose of its author. Taking a whole town as his canvas, King uses too-broad strokes, adding cartoonlike characters and unlikely catastrophes like so many logs on a fire; ultimately he loses all semblance of style, carefully structured plot or resonant meaning, the hallmarks of his best writing. It is clear from this latest work that King himself has ``become'' a writing machinethis is his fourth novel since It was published 14 months ago; the faithful readers not overwhelmed by his latest fictional ``gadget'' are likely to wonder, as poet Gardener does near the novel's end: ``What had it all been for? He realized miserably that he was never going to know.'' November
Library Journal
Yet another mammoth horror novel from King, this dark tale depicts a small town's fatal encounter with creatures from outer space. Events start with Roberta Anderson, a writer of Old West novels, unearthing a flying saucer on her remote wooded property. Five hundred pages later alcoholic poet Jim Gardener, Roberts's former English teacher, finds himself aboard the flying saucer in outer space. In the interval the creatures (Tommyknockers) destroy the citizenry of Haven, Maine. While this is not one of King's more original novels, it does have plenty of blood and guts, macabre humor, and a well-wrought realization of the New England countryside. No doubt King's legions of fans will demand it. BOMC main selection. James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451156600
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 10/28/1988
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 101,317
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 1.66 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
    2. Website:

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    My First Stephen King

    I was 16 when I first read Tommyknockers. From there I was swept into years of reading every Stephen King novel I could get my hands on. It remains my favorite.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Classic King Storytelling

    My second King book after The Talisman that solidified my status as an avid fan. The imaginative storytelling and intimate details that wrap a King story in greatness are prevalent.

    Tommyknockers is my second favorite after Talisman, highly recommend.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    AMAZING

    My first Stephen King novel and I was enthralled from the first few chapters? I need to quit work and ditch my phone so I can read more of his books!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    Really liked it.

    I really liked this book. Giving it 4 stars because it took me a second try to really get into it and I felt it was a little long. However the story is very good (once it gets going) and had me enraptured at the end!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Suspenseful!

    Really enjoyed this horror novel. King is a master storyteller and keeps the reader on edge. The surprise at the end really was unexpected!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Great read...I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Stephen King

    Great book, just like most of his older stuff.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2010

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    Somewhat disappointing!

    I remembered reading excerpts from this book when I was much younger and thinking that it was an interesting story. Finally as an adult I managed to pick up a copy and read the whole thing through from front to back and I have to admit that I was hoping for something... different, I guess. I know that a lot of Stephen King novels are far-fetched and, in general, a little out there, but this is a little below the standard that I have come to expect from one of his books. I'm not saying that it's not well written, because that it is; and it has a little of almost everything thrown into it. However, he has definitely written better books, and with as long as this one is, it is probably a better use of time to read something else; perhaps even another of his novels.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

    Dragging on

    The Tommyknockers by Stephen King is written like most, if not all, of his stories. Stephen king is well known for his ability to keep readers interested by using suspense. Many of his books have also been made into major motion pictures, including this book. He is also a world wide best seller. With over 50 books, all of which have been best sellers.
    In The Tommyknockers the reader follows the story of Roberta Anderson, a middle aged woman from Maine whose writing career has come to a hault. While she's walking through the woods, she trips over a metal shard. After discovering the shard, strange things begin to happen in the nearby town.
    I decided to read The Tommyknockers because I've always been a big fan of Stephen King's books. To my surprise as I began reading I found myself to be very uninterested and not wanting to continue. I did continue to read the book and found some parts to have more action in them then others. I personally disliked the book. Its more for someone who is into the fictional aspect of things. The book is also very slow and the action seemed to take forever to build up until something worth reading actually happened.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Not bad but not the best

    I LOVE Stephen King books!!! I love how he ties so many different characters together but really helps you understand who they are as individuals. I was so excited to read this because it involved the entire town of Haven. BUT as the story went on, I felt that he didn't do a very good job of letting you get to know several of the recurring characters, which made them easy to forget. As I read, different names would pop up and I would stop and have to think about who the character was. That has NEVER happened to me while reading a King book before. Not even in The Stand or Under The Dome, which are a lot bigger stories that involve so many people. On the whole, I thought this book was good and kept me entertained, but it wasn't my favorite. If you like King then you will probably enjoy The Tommyknockers, but it wasn't his greatest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Excellent

    Very good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

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    hey never read the book

    hey i never read the book but i hope to read it it looks intresting and kind of scary

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Good Read

    Steven King does an excellent job of building suspense in this Novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

    Great, Loved it

    I first started reading King with this one. I would sit in my car between classes and escape to the crazy world of King's mind. It is gripping, chilling, chills down your back, and unable to stop reading. Took me a little longer than normal but well worth the buy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    Sci fi meets horror.

    This is one of Stephen King's more underrated novels. It's probably the best book of its kind since H.G. Well's War of the Worlds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    What happened??...

    I have been a constant reader of SK novels and i have absolutely LOVED every one of his novels that i have read. A couple years ago i found a copy of this book at a garage sale for 75cents being new to king i didnt even read what is was about i bout it simply bc it beared the King title. It sat upon my shelf for many years and i finally picked it up about a month ago. I just finished it and it was AWFUL. This book was horrible... the beginnings not bad but if u r not into the whole UFO Alien thing dont go near this book!! The fast paced ending kept me going for the last 30 pages or so but I was extremely disappointed overall, and 1.5 out of the 2 stars i gave it were simply a bonus i gave it bc it was written by SK.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Best book ever

    This book is the best book i ever read. I love sci-fi and know good sci-fi books!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    My favorite

    I read this book when i was about 15 its so good i still think of it to thisday.going to rebuy and re read this. You will not regret the read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Did not like it.

    It was not good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    One of a kind

    This started off a little slow for me, but once it got going, I couldn't put it down.

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