The Other Tommyknockers Would've Been More Interesting. I remember reading this book when it first came out around 1988 and thinking, wow, Stephen King should stay away from science fiction...because he's not that good at it.
Somewhere in the first half of the book (or maybe even in the author's note), King explains the meaning of the term "tommyknockers." Basically, they're the spirits of dead miners who haunt the mine they died in. I think something following this concept would've been a lot more interesting and a whole lot scarier.
I agree with some of the earlier reviews that this book seems very fragmented. There are a lot of interesting side stories, but they don't necessarily contribute anything to the story as a whole. The parts that describe the town's history fall into that category. (Bor-ing!)
If King ever decides to do a rewrite of one of his novels, this would be the one. I think he could do some great things with it. In its current incarnation it belongs under the "what was he on" category.
Lotsa Cocaine + Booze= One Successful Bestselling Novel!!! What do you do when you find a half buried alien spaceship on your property? This is the dilema writer Bobby (Roberta) Anderson has to face.Together with her alcoholic peoet boyfriend Jim Gardner they begin to unearth the spaceship and as more of it gets uncovered the weirder things start to get in the small Maine town of Haven. The author has admitted that this book was written in a cocaine and alcohol induced frenzy and it shows as the reader has to endure every single thought that popped into King's head while he was in this severely Altered State Of Consciouness.At the start of the book King gives two very lengthy descriptions of his two main characters, Bobby and Jim and then the reader is jarred by the suden shift into the story itself. I personally have no time for the incoherant drunken (at the time)writings of an ex cocaine addict. I give this book 5 stars because once again King has managed to successfully convince his Legion of fans into shelling out their hard earned cash for a writer who did his best work 20 years ago .Dreadfully unsettling I am an avid fan of King. I can't say that I've read every single work of his, but I've read many of them. I seriously doubt that I will ever again be as absolutely creeped out as I was during the 3 weeks I spent reading this story. It remains the only story to consistently carry over into my dreams night after night while I was reading it, and for a short while after.
I read one review that puts down the story for the 'depressing' outcomes for the characters. I agree that things don't necessarily turn out the way most people would hope they do, but I don't believe that to be a negative aspect of the story. Thats part of what made this book have such an effect on me! The utterly diabolical force that infected the townspeople, and anyone else who came near, was terrifying. I felt like this book started out somewhat eerie, and just slowly kept creeping and creeping on me until I was completely appalled at what was happening. Because of Kings unique writing style, even the imagery of seemingly 'tame' scenes comes through as wickedly disturbing (ie. scenes when the 'leaders' of Haven get together in a room for a meeting and not a single word is spoken aloud). In addition, I really felt sympathy for the characters who were so helplessly corrupted by this force.
Although a few parts seemed to drag a bit, at the end I realized these to be a vital contribution to the overall effectiveness of the story. The climax is spectacular, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to become engulfed in a truly fascinating tale.