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Rereading Tommyknockers

Discussion in 'The Tommyknockers' started by Kurben, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. Mr. Cranky

    Mr. Cranky Well-Known Member

    I was reading it two days ago where Gardener is at the party and gets in the argument about nuclear stuff and he gives the example of what would happen and he quotes a figure of $19 million as financial damage and I'm thinking 'that's too low' even if the novel is written in the late 80's, that figure should be at least 10 times the amount. I don't blame King, I blame Gardener.
  2. Mr. Cranky

    Mr. Cranky Well-Known Member

    I looked it up, I thought is said $19 million, but it says $85 million, but still that figure is too low if there was a major nuclear happening like at Chernobyl.
  3. S.R. Wittmann

    S.R. Wittmann Active Member

    Tommyknockers is one of my favorite SK novels. I am currently re-reading it and just passed the part where Gard broke the pneumatic drill bit on the hatch somewhere around page 700 or so. One of the things I always pay close attention to is how an author opens a story. Some are long winded and risk losing me while others jump-start the story in only a few paragraphs. I think King's opening line to Tommyknockers may well be the best I have ever read. Let me quote it, "For want of a nail the kingdom was lost..." Those nine words perfectly summarize all 975 pages of the narrative. All you need to do is substitute the word battery for nail and it all falls into perspective.
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