So, I’m a bit late to the Stephan King party.  The most I know about his work is what has be transcribed into film and I usually highly when they adapt one of his stories into celluloid. I’ve always meant to read one of his books, especially the Dark Tower series(on my list to read soon), and I’ve had some of his books in my collection collecting dust.  A couple weeks ago I finally took a dive into the world of Stephan King in the form of The Tommyknockers.

The Tommyknockers is a sci-fi horror story about a woman named Bobbi Anderson and the townspeople that live around her.  One day Bobbi and her dog are out collecting firewood when they stumble upon something strange buried in her property in the fictional town of Haven, Maine.  After stumbling on the piece of metal Bobbi has overpowering urges to dig up what was buried in the ground.  While she is digging up the object she starts to become ridden with an unnatural sickness while her elderly canine friend seems to become miraculously healthier and younger, and she also gains unnatural abilities such as telepathy and the ability to create unimaginable devices powered by alkaline batteries.  In time the effects that Bobbi is feeling and the pangs of genius spread throughout the town and the madness ensues.

The three acts of the book are separated into three different “books” and this style works extremely well for the flow of the story making each “book” work like a three part act in each one.  The first “book” introduces Bobbi, the finding, and her drunken poet friend Jim Gardner and really gives the reader a good look into the psyche of the main characters of the story.  The second “book” deals with the town and its inhabitants and shows off the effects of what the thing in the ground is doing to the people and progresses the storyline though the eyes of several different characters.  The third “book” is the glorious conclusion and to say anything about it would give too much of the story away.

Stephen King’s writing styles is full of detail and he does an excellent job of setting mood and creating a picture with words.  He allows you to get into the heads of the protagonists and he also does a good job of getting into your head.  He also has a good sense of humor seen in the way he writes dialogue and the way he describes an object, landscape, or feeling.  While the plot may not be the most original thing in the world(I kept thinking of “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers” the whole book) he makes it seem fresh and original with his sharp writing style and excellent characterization.

In the end I highly enjoyed The Tommyknockers and will most certainly be reading more by Stephan King in the future.  The book was filled with scary and haunting moments, touches of sadness, believable characters, and good dose of humor(murderous Coka-Cola machines FTW).  If you are like me and haven’t read anything by Stephan King yet and enjoy science fiction, fantasy, or horror I highly recommend this book, and if you are a fan of him, then you most likely already read it.  Have you read it, let me know what you thought in the comments.  Peace.

 

Here’s a song by Blind Guardian based on this book aptly titled “Tommyknockers”.

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