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The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers 1

by Stephen King
Publication Date: 13/11/2012
3/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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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.
Horror & ghost stories
Publication Date:
Hodder & Stoughton
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Stephen King

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, and shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award).

Many of King's books have been turned into celebrated films, television series and streamed events including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald's Game and It.

King is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and 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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  • The Tommyknockers

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    I sometimes wonder if our current reality causes horror novels from previous eras to lose their creepiness. Was anyone, back in the day, terrified of the notion of Tommyknockers?

    A recommendation from a friend, I was a little on the fence about good old Stephen King. I've read a few, and strangely enough, often on the recommendation of someone else, and alas, these "oh you must read it!" gushings usually lead me up for disappointment. Whilst I've enjoyed "The Green Mile" and 11-22-63", novels like "needful things" were moderately enjoyable, but felt a bit dated in the modern day.

    However the saving grace of this book is that one shouldn't be put off by it's largesse. Good ol' Stephen flourishes his words to create quite a tome, but you only need to read one or two sentences here and there if you're looking to get to the heart of the story in a hurry. Because unfortunately for those who are impatient like myself, King doesn't like to hurry to anything. There's that dramatic tension building music playing in your mind when you're flicking through the first 100,200 pages of this. It's going somewhere and you can only hope that wherever these weird townspeople of Haven are going, that its going to be damned good.

    The second part of the novel is my favourite section, and the various townspeople falling under the hypnotic green whatever and talking to Jesus or being zapped away in a magic show that puts David Copperfield to shame, is the best part of the novel for me. The excavation of the ship and the "becoming" was quite slow paced and I felt like pulling my own teeth out through some parts of it.

    If you're in it for the slow burn, there's a lot to love about King's books. There are a million different nuances to his writing and connections between novels and characters that there's plenty of web discussions dedicated to unravelling, but perhaps the genius touch is best felt when even on the surface, you can at least partially enjoy the book, even if you're reading a little too fast.