The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

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This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the science fiction novel, The Tommyknockers by Stephen King. This novel was published in November 1987 by Putnam and has a page count of 558 pages. The audiobook is 27 hours & 43 minutes in length and read by Edward Hermann. The following overview is provided from the B&N page: On a beautiful June day, while walking deep in the woods on her property in Haven, Maine, Bobbi Anderson quite literally stumbles over her own destiny and that of the entire town. For the dull gray metal protrusion she discovers in the ground is part of a mysterious and massive metal object, one out…the consequences of which will affect and transmute every citizen of Haven, young and old. It means unleashing extraordinary powers beyond those of mere mortals—and certain death for any and all outsiders. An alien hell has now invaded this small New England town…an aggressive and violent malignancy devoid of any mercy or sanity…

I have to recommend the audiobook of this novel. Edward Hermann’s (RIP) narration gave this novel a whole other level of amazing goodness. There are a lot of metaphors throughout the book that can relate back to addiction. While this novel has hints of horror to it, it is a science fiction novel first and foremost. I remember being creeped out not only by the book cover as a kid but also by the movie I saw as well. However, it had been so long since I had seen it, I had forgotten how creepy the movie was. The book reignited the terror I felt as a child watching the movie and took it to a twisted new level. I know that film adaptions are never completely faithful to the source material. So, then to revisit something you only consumed in film format years later made me appreciate this novel even more. This novel also reminded me of why I don’t like small towns where everyone is in everyone’s business. Town gossip has never been a thing that I liked but it is an effective plot device. This novel is not my favorite but it’s good and better than others of his. This is another novel that while problematic things are less than previous works, there are still problematic things in the work. I  recommend this novel to science fiction fans.

I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Trista Yelding. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult horror novel, Cirque du Freak: Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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