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The Tommyknockers Librarian s Note This is alternate cover edition ISBNISBNSee Original Record HereLate Last Night and the Night BeforeTommyknockers, tommyknockers, knocking at the doorSomething 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 accidentally 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 like a diabolical takeoveran invasion of body and soul and mind Note All information herein, such as number of pages, publisher, etc refer to this alternate cover edition and may or may not coincide with the main entry for this ISBN or any other alternate covers


About the Author: Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.



10 thoughts on “The Tommyknockers

  1. Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence says:

    This seems to be one of Stephen King s less known and less liked novels.I really liked it Not 5 blown away liked, but a good solid 4 really liked.I think my difference from the majority here is two fold Firstly, I ve discovered many people want all of a story to be good If the end lets it down, they feel the whole book is a waste of time Well the end did let it down, but the story itself is packed with good stuff There were s


  2. Kemper Kemper says:

    I mean, The Tommyknockers is an awful book That was the last one I wrote before I cleaned up my act And I ve thought about it a lot lately and said to myself, There s really a good book in here, underneath all the sort of spurious energy that cocaine provides, and I ought to go back The book is about 700 pages long, and I m thinking, There s probably a good 350 page novel in thereStephen King in a Rolling Stone interview.You got tha


  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Happy Reading Mel Happy Reading Mel


  4. Paul O& Paul O& says:

    Late last night and the night before, tommyknockers tommyknockers knocking at your doorI can make a couple of guesses to explain why this book only has a rating of 3.46, which it doesn t deserve I thought it was great Interesting and very different to Kings usual books That being said, all the elements of a King book are here, great characters, unusual story and great dialogue.I ve read a few reviews saying that the ending is rubbish I don t agree


  5. Cody | CodysBookshelf Cody | CodysBookshelf says:

    2018 update I am bumping my rating up to five stars because well, this book is simply one of King s best.The Tommyknockers is about Pandora s box, and what happens once it s open and it s also about failed missed unrequited love Our two main characters are Bobbi Anderson, a moderately successful writer of western novels, and Jim Gardener, a published poet and struggling alcoholic The two are friends, and in the past have been lovers, enemiesand everything in between Their re 2018 update I am bumping my rating up to five stars because well, this book is simply one of King s best.The Tommyknockers is about Pandora s box, and what happens once it s open and it s also about failed missed unrequited love Our two main characters are Bobbi Anderson, a moderately successful writer of western novels, and Jim Gardener, a published poet and struggling alcoholic The two are friends, and in the past have been lovers, enemiesand everything in between Their relationship is endlessly intriguing, and it s what makes this flawed novel work for me While walking in the woods behind her home, Bobbi literally stumbles over what turns out to be part of an alien spaceship that has been buried for millennia, and is immediately intrigued Her dig begins, and soon Jim comes to her after sensing something is wrong with her wrong with her situation, and perhaps the town of Haven, Maine in general The story expands out from there This is very much a big King novel It feels big The focus is only on Bobbi and Gardener for the first two hundred pages or so the perspective is then expanded to include the goings on of the townsfolk in part two, Tales of Haven It is this section most readers have problems with, I have noticed and I can t disagree While a few of the chapters specifically the ones that focus on Becka Paulson, Hilly Brown, and Ruth McCausland do a good job of painting a searing picture of foreboding, others such as the pages long chapter about the history of the town s name that has almost nothing to do with the story act as speed bumps, and that s unfortunate King is at his most inventive here, but he often gets in his own way I certainly held this novel in higher esteem before this reread While some aspects of the story Jim and Bobbi s relationship and the many guises it takes, Ev Hillman s character, the ending actually improved for me, large chunks of the prose were slogs to get through I don t usually accuse King of overwriting, but overwrite he did here Maybe I am only realizing it now because I ve been rereading his works in order After taut, entrancing stories like Misery and Cujo, The Tommyknockers just feels bloated It s like comparing 1968 and 1977 Elvis the talent and goods are still there, but boy a little weight could stand to be lost.At its core, this is a white hot story written by a man who seems very, very tired It s well documented that SK was at the height of his drug addiction during the writing of this novel, and it certainly shows He was a gargantuan success by then, though, and I guess no editor could stand up to the King He would come back a couple of years later with The Dark Half, a novel that lacks the fat of this oneas well as the inventive spark This one is a hot mess, but it s a whole lotta fun and pretty creepy, too 3.5 stars rounded up King connections buckle in for a long ride Bobbi Anderson lived in Cleaves Mills a town that has popped up in several Stephen King novels, most noticeably The Dead Zone before moving to Haven P 92 Derry is mentioned In fact, Derry pops up a lot in this one.P 97 Jim Gardener, when doing a poetry reading, is facing stage fright and fears the audience sucking out his soul, his ka.Pg 144 Jim uses the phrase lighting out for the territories, a throwback to The Talisman.Pg 150 Jim wakes up on a beach after a jag, only to run into a teenage boy He has a conversation with the kid, and is it turns out it s Jack Sawyer, of The Talisman Pg 159 Jim hitches a ride in a van with a few druggie teens One of said teens is named Beaver Could it be the Beaver who appears in 2001 s Dreamcatcher I d say it s likely Like that novel, a good chunk of this one is set in Derry And the timeline seems right As well, it s not like the name or nickname, rather Beaver is very common Pg 265 The Shop gets a mention, and will become important near the novel s end Charlie McGee from Firestarter is referenced in connection to The Shop Pg 476 David Bright from the Dead Zone and several short stories enters the scene.Pg 479 Ev Hillman, Hilly s grandfather, hears chuckles in the drains of his hotel room in Derry Pg 479 While in Derry, Ev goes to a local bar and hears the story of The Dead Zone s Johnny Smith Pg 492 Starting here, some history of the woods surrounding Bobbi Anderson s home is given It is confirmed that the area once called Big Injun Woods was populated by the Micmacs, giving this book a firm connection to Pet Sematary Pg 498 King breaks the fourth wall and has a character hold this opinion Bobbi Anderson wrote good old western stories you could really sink your teeth into, not all full of make believe monsters and a bunch of dirty words, like that fellow who lived up in Bangor wrote Pg 735 When contemplating how to break into Bobbi s shed, he makes a mental reference to Jack Nicholson s performance in The Shining particularly, the infamous Here s Johnny scene OkayLet s talk about something, shall we Let s discuss what universe this novel takes place in, because I m very sure on a different level of the Tower than most of King s other stories In the Tommyknockers universe, King is an established author, and characters make references to him and, by association, Peter Straub At one point, Bobbi asks Jim if he s ever read Straub s 1983 novel Floating Dragon Therefore, it would do to assume that The Talisman, the novel co written by King and Straub, also exists in this world But Jim runs into Jack Sawyer, the main character from The Talisman, on a beach They even converse Very similarly to Father Callahan s entry into the Dark Tower series despite existing as a book character in that very same world, it looks like Jack and Stephen King and Peter Straub, I d assume exists both as a fictional and real character Trippy, huh It doesn t stop there There are references to Derry and Pennywise the Clown all over the place, and any King reader knows how intertwined IT is in the Dark Tower series Is it safe to say The Tommyknockers is, therefore, Dark Tower related Not just in a tangential way, either I d say yes, though King has never said so And what about The Dead Zone That novel is referenced herethan any other Bobbi once lived in Cleaves Mill David Bright, a reporter from that story, shows up here in a pretty significant way If one will recall, in a climatic scene in that earlier book a character makes a reference to Brian DePalma s film Carrie This is just like that movie Carrie she says, thus, King is breaking the fourth wall and firmly establishing that work of fiction outside the realm of the rest of his storiesThe Tommyknockers does the same thing A character actually makes a reference to King as a living being and a writer, and Jim thinks about Stanley Kubrick s cinematic adaptation of The Shining But that s pretty messy, isn t it Especially when one considers the fact that The Dead Zone is a Castle Rock story, thus making references made in and to that novel inherently contradictory Same here in fact, the references King makes in The Tommyknockers are contradictory in and of themselves, and often work against each other Is it on purpose Was he just throwing out random Easter eggs to please the crowd and inflate himself Maybe it s a little of both I don t know, nor do I pretend to And I m sure there are many, many references in this one that I missed, for I took only the briefest of notes Alright, now to pull myself out of the rabbit hole and finish this thing .Favorite quote The trouble with living alone, she had discovered and the reason why most people she knew didn t like to be alone even for a little while was that the longer you lived alone, the louder the voices on the right side of your brain got Up next It s The Dark Half.ugh


  6. Stepheny Stepheny says:

    2.5Let me tell you a story Jason, Dustin you guys have probably heard me tell this enough times you re sick of it so you guys can skip ahead Many years ago I first read the Tommyknockers It was a huge brick of a book a hardcover version no less I was fascinated with it I was a new Stephen King fan and after picking up the first book of his I ever read, I had to grab another and another and another The Tommyknockers had this great build up, it was intense, there was


  7. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door The Tommyknockers is a wild ride from start to finish I wanted to get off so many times, but the sheer insanity had me holding on white knuckled until the very end.Bobbi Anderson is out walking her dog in the area behind her house one day when she trips over a metal object buried in the ground She becomes compelled to dig it up, discovering a flying saucer that has been buried for thou


  8. Liz Liz says:

    Please allow me to preface this review I love to read I ve been escaping by burying my nose in books for as long as I can remember and this particular book has taken me back to where it all began Reading this book again after nearly 28 years has vividly reminded me of those early days when a 600 page book was such a huge part of my life, and the newest Stephen King hardcover was the BEST Christmas present ever I say all of this to make clear that I m probably unable to separate my


  9. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    Well, that was unexpected.First time I read this, I loved the first two thirds of the book and loathed the last third This time, it was the exact opposite I enjoyed the introductions to Bobbi and Gard all right, I guess, but the middle was boring I almost gave up In fact, I switched to the audio book so that I could play Minecraft while listening to it Then, an odd thing happened I became involved again This was after the vagina tentacles I started catching reference after reference, a We


  10. Dustin Dustin says:

    Prior to going into my second reading of The Tommyknockers, I wasn t sure that I even wanted to read it Needful Things, Lisey s Story, or The Talisman would have been preferable, as those three novels have been on my mind a lot lately The only reason I decided to go with The Tommyknockers is because it won the SK group read for September, and I d never participated in a group read, and wanted to be a part of it Having said that, I am so glad that I did I finished last night, and what can I Prior


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