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Discussion in 'The Tommyknockers' started by Juneplum, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Juneplum

    Juneplum New Member

    I had a nightmare after reading Tommy Knockers last night. I am halfway in the book. I shouldn't have read it before going to sleep and the horrible clown from It was there too. I can't finish that book.
  2. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    You wuss you:D
  3. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I remember reading Tommyknockers when it first came out and dissmissing it because of the science fiction aspect. Seeing comments recently made me curious. After all I didn't like It for ages and a recent re read totally changed my mind. So I am now half way through Tommyknockers and having a had time putting it down. It's the story of the characters in the town. The slow build of atmosphere. It's like I am SO glad I picked it up again.:rapture:
  4. AnnaRose

    AnnaRose Well-Known Member

    The only book I've had nightmares about is Carrie...I haven't read it and it was before I saw the movie.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...you owe it to yourself to stare down the fear and finish the book...
  6. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    I have to borrow that phrase - outstanding!:clap:
  7. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Welcome to the board.
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  8. kylallie

    kylallie Well-Known Member

    Takes a lot to scare me but for some reason I couldn't stay asleep the other night after reading SK's short stories!!! Can't get to the middle of the Tommyknockers.... I keep losing interest!
  9. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    The Tommyknockers is like a fine wine - improves with time.
    The first. . three (four?) readings, I gobbled that book down.

    This time round. . I wallowed in it, like a warm bath, with scented oils.

    The relationship between Gard & Bobbi is real and sad.

    It's a small-scale big novel - everyone & everything gets turned upside down by the law of unintended consequences.
    Most people can relate to that, I hope.;)
  10. Winter

    Winter Well-Known Member

    For me, thats it exactly.
  11. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    Yeah,those clowns can really freak you out..
  12. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

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  13. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    The Tommyknockers was one book that I just didn't care for the first time I read it. For a writer who is know for creating some of the best characters in fiction, I just didn't give a rat's *ss about either of the main characters. Years later and I did a re-read of it, just to see if maybe I was the one with the problem. While I liked it better the second time, I still didn't feel a connection to either of them. I believe I've read somewhere that this book was meant to be a reflection on the 'Reagan years' of the 80's. Maybe that's why I didn't (and still don't) care for it all that much.
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  14. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    Isn't that the one where SK said he was deeply into substance abuse,and hardly remembers writing it? I agree that it wasn't one of his best,that one and Rose Madder just didn't appeal to me,at all..
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  15. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    He wrote Cujo in a three day drunken marathon. :shock:
  16. Lisey Landon

    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    Please do what GNT says, stare down your fear and finish :)
    My last re-read was actually a listen, I listened to the audiobook after I had surgery on my hand and was in horrible pain. I was able to block out a lot of the pain, because I got totally caught up in the story.
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  17. Shoesalesman

    Shoesalesman Well-Known Member

    Was a good book. Read it last summer. I ignored the "meh" reviews and gave it a chew. Glad I did. Finally found out where the rolling donut phrase came from. ;)
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  18. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I loved The Tommyknockers. I love the weird, and whatever the story is it's weird to the weirdest, man. Yet, some CRs diss it. I can't afford to pay attention anyone's dislike of a sK work, because I know from experience that he, by being so flexible and coming from every which way, appeals to so many from every which way. I also avoid judging a book by it's cover or title. Fiction is rarely what one expects, and especially in sK's case.
  19. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    For a LOONG time I dismissed Tommyknockers as too Sci Fi. Recently picked up a second hand paperback. I loved the whole build up of characters, the growing paranoia, the urgency. It may never be one of my favorites, but I have an appreciation I didn't have before.
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  20. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Even though it is sort of like science fiction, to me that was quite appealing, as I like science fiction. Give it another go - you will be glad you did!

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