The Tommyknockers
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Tommyknockers

by
3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  61,890 ratings  ·  1,146 reviews
Alternate cover edition for ISBN:0-451-15660-9

Late Last Night and the Night Before ...
... Tommyknockers, tommyknockers, knocking at the door.

Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson's idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman, and child in town powers far beyond ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a death trap for all outsi...more
Paperback, 747 pages
Published April 20th 1993 by Signet (first published 1987)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
The Stand by Stephen KingIt by Stephen KingThe Shining by Stephen KingMisery by Stephen King'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
Best of Stephen King
34th out of 79 books — 1,919 voters
The Shining by Stephen KingIt by Stephen King'Salem's Lot by Stephen KingDracula by Bram StokerPet Sematary by Stephen King
Best Horror Novels
50th out of 1,034 books — 3,291 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Dustin

Prior to going into my second reading of The Tommyknockers, I wasn't sure that I even wanted to read it. Needful Things, Lisey's Story, or The Talisman would have been preferable, as those three novels have been on my mind a lot lately. The only reason I decided to go with The Tommyknockers is because it won the SK group read for September, and I'd never participated in a group read, and wanted to be a part of it.
Having said that, I am so glad that I did!


I finished last night, and what can I...more
Dan Schwent
Bobbie Anderson finds an object buried in the woods that happens to be the tip of an alien craft. After she tampers with it sufficiently, the whole town gradually begins changing into aliens.

A guy I used to work with kept urging me to read this one. He read half of it during a week long stint in the brig while in the navy, then rescued the book from destruction while he was throwing the ship's trash in the ocean a week later. Was it worth it? Hell yes. King novels don't usually affect me but I d...more
Laurel
Dec 11, 2007 Laurel rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who live in the woods and want to be frightened
Okay, so I may have read this when I was twelve, but I tell you, it fucked my shit up! It's really really long and has violence and intrigue--if you're twelve and you start it in December, you might not finish it until mid-January. The best part was that it was the first book that made reference to location that I had actually been. IT took place in Maine, people, what could be creepier??
This is an underrated classic with possibly the best title of all time. Just say it. Tommyknockers. Awesome.
Kathryn
Well, I just finished The Tommyknockers, and to be rather blunt...I'm disappointed. Really disappointed.

The beginning was good, entertaining, even hilarious at parts. When I got to Book II, it really started to drag for me. And when I mean drag....I just kept saying in my head as I read, "GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" But also, I felt like it was a little all over the place. I consider myself to be one who at least has half a brain (Hell, I have a Master's degree, I would I hope I have...more
Mark Lawrence
This seems to be one of Stephen King's less known and less liked novels.

I really liked it. Not 5* blown away liked, but a good solid 4* liked.

I think my difference from the majority here is two-fold:

Firstly, I've discovered many people want all of a story to be good. If the end lets it down, they feel the whole book is a waste of time. Well... the end did let it down, but the story itself is packed with good stuff. There were so many scenes, characters, ideas and descriptions that all shone with...more
Marvin
Let's face it. Stephen King can't write science fiction.

I'm not even sure why King even thought Tommyknockers needed to be written. It's bad SF and not as all equal to his horror writings. It doesn't dazzle and it doesn't shine. The best thing I can say for it is that it doesn't feature a rabid Saint Bernard.

Update: I might have to change that first sentence. King's 11-23-63 proved that he can write effective science fiction, at least in the speculative history sub-genre. But I still dislike The...more
Liz
This book is the reason why I no longer give books a chance if they haven't grabbed me in the first couple of pages.
This book is as thick as the bible and goes absolutely nowhere. All I know is the main character bleeds constantly (King's obsession with this woman's menstrual cycle was the most disturbing part of this book), she digs a hole constantly and the other guy character is a drunk; yeah i didn't even bother to remember their names, trust me its not important. Like all of King's novels,...more
Holly
Even better the second time! I can't believe how many things I'd forgotten since reading it the first time. Very glad I decided to re-read it.
Maciek
Late last night and the night before,
Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door.
I want to go out, don't know if I can,
'Cause I'm so afraid of the Tommyknocker man.


When Bobbi Anderson goes for a walk in the woods and trips over a small piece of metal, she doesn't know that she has only seconds left to live. Her life will not end, though; it will change in a way that she, a writer of popular westerns, is not even able to imagine. Determined to see what is in the earth, Bobbi starts digging...more
Barry
I'm an unabashed fan of this book. Through and through. In fact, I'd say it's one of the best books of his that I've ever read. Yes, I'm dead serious.

The pace is deliciously slow, building tension in waves and layers, rather than spurts and fits. The cosmic terror is enjoyably vague, yet the nature and logic of its machinations contains some truly eerie implications. And the characters? Don't even get me started...but, since I have already, they're amazing. Not one owner of a name is anything le...more
Stuart
SPOILER ALERT

People have been complaining about this book because it is apparently so long but I think they fail to see the reason why if this book was any shorter it would lose its impact. Its substantial length is necessary to show the epicness and scale of the developments taking place in Haven and to contrast them to when everything was normal before. Every single town person with a few exceptions is under the influence of the ship and the book needs to do each of these characters justice to...more
Tim
Sep 15, 2012 Tim rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Stephen King, Sci-Fi fans, alien invasion fans
Recommended to Tim by: Goodreads Stephen King group
Shelves: dark-fiction, sci-fi
Tommyknockers was an enjoyable read. The small town setting has been used by King in several books and works well here. There was some parts I felt were needlessly drawn out, but on the other hand I enjoyed the thorough look into the background of both Anderson and Gardener, the two main characters. The book has humor, suspense, and love. Although at times I felt myself drifting away from the story, I knew enough of King's work and was rewarded for my patience.

The book is separated into 3 smalle...more
Rhain
Oddly, Stephen King gets better as you read more of his stuff, not because it's an acquired taste so much as because he's exceedingly self-referential. Not to the point where he's incomprehensible if you haven't read his other work, but in a more subtle way. Tommyknockers has a ton of little asides and details that call back to It, as the two towns that are their respective settings are next door to one another. Small things you'd never notice if you hadn't read both, but it's kind of fun to pic...more
Janie Johnson
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jason Carlin
This book is avoiding a single star merely because of the respect I have for the man and because he always manages to redeem himself with story. But this - out of the thirty or more books I've read by him - is by far the most repulsive instance in terms of its writing. I've never been so heartless in my reading of him. I religiously underlined phrases and sentences that made me cringe, were awkward, unnecessary, clunky. He is - in his own words - the quintessential putter-inner. He seems to love...more
Andy
Meh. A moderately fun ride but with problems. [No spoilers in this review]

Very long, as a result of many repeated descriptions and minor characters who don't go very far. It was 1900 pages on my reading device.

Not King's strongest writing. Almost entirely narrated as if the character was speaking, meaning lots of pop culture and brand name references, which makes the book feel dated. It also makes it harder to read in places, where you just want to know what's going on, not decipher slang.

He dro...more
Rhiannon Ryder
After a long and tortuous decision making process, the hubby finally settled on Tommyknockers as my Stephen King book for Giving me the Creeps. I was interested in Salems Lot but apparently that was going to be "too many vampires" when I was hoping to get to the strain as well.


He prefaced handing me the book with "the first 67 pages or so are really dry, but once you get past that it's good". Unfortunately it was more like the first 150-190 pages, sooo the equivalent of a novella worth of mind n...more
Keith Ham
This story, by far, is one of Stephen King's most detailed and completely insane. It is, clearly, inspired by Lovecraft but only in a tiny way.

Sure, it IS about aliens (in a way) but its extremely original and the more you get into it - the better it gets. Not only does it detail the strange things occurring because of this strange thing in the ground - but it tells of the gruesome history of the town and how it may, or may not of, being responsible for those events.

If you've seen the movie, don...more
Laurie
Wow, did this take me forever to finish. Simply because of how much time I had invested in reading, I had to finish it. Finally, about 150-200 pages from the end the action picked up and reading didn't feel so much like a chore.

Apparently it took Uncle Stevie five years to write and five months for me to read. Boy howdy, this could have used some editing.
Stefan
I thought that this book overall was much better than I had remembered from my first read of it. What I find odd is that the parts of the book that dragged for me were the end of part 1 and the beginning of part 3. The part of the book that most people have complaints about, part 2, was actually my overall favorite section of the book. I rather enjoyed the little vignettes through this section going from one character to another and seeing how things were affecting them.

I did find the early men...more
Lee
I originally read this book when I was in junior high. I remember I thought it was okay, but not one of my favorite Stephen King books. Years later the mini series came out and I did watch it, however was not impressed with that either. I opted to re-read this as part of a group read this month and found that I had forgot a lot of the book and what I did remember was actually stuff from that damn mini series instead.

Now that I have re-read this book, I will give you my two cents. It is still no...more
Samie Foster
This is one of Stephen King's ealier books, and I like his earlier ones as a oppose to now. Now his books seem jump all over the place and I just don't care about those. But this one stayed focus for the most part. But it did have a few stupid things in it. Some really stupid things like Jesus talking through a guy out of a TV beofre he dies. I mean that's not nessary and pointless.The character was like a none named victem in a horror like who shows up for two seconds before he dies. I look at...more
Chris
I remember years ago when the movie came out, on I think ABC, I was glued to the television the two Sunday nights it was broken up on. Sadly I don't remember a single thing about the movie and had never read the book. Thankfully, the Stephen King Group here voted this book to be the group read and having just finished what I was reading I decided why not.

Now, I have been a bit torn as to how to rate this book so I hope I can make sense as to why I gave this three stars. Let me start with what I...more
Sakeenah
I think this book is overlooked and under rated. It has a lot of the features that people complain about with King books: a lot of time getting to know the main characters (yet the females still feel 2D), like every.single.thing they do, some hokiness in certain aspects, a lot of minor characters that get built up and then destroyed quickly, and in some opinions an end that is somewhat anti-climatic. I could see younger readers getting lost a little as some references seem dated. Also, there is...more
Stephan van der Linde
Just another very atmospheric book by King where bit by bit mystery is increasing. So is the suspense.

While reading this book I felt a bit pity for character Gard who has alcohol-problems and hangovers all the time. And for his friend Bobby, who's character is slowly changing after she touched an vibrating part of ( ).

While Gard stays a while with his friend Bobby in the woods. Bobby, and the people in the environment, are acting stranger and stranger.

Gard must act he suspect nothing of the th...more
Hyzenthlay
This was my fourth or fifth read of this book. Every time I pick it up, I remember the things I really loved about it and wonder "WTF is WRONG with everyone, why do they hate this book?!"

And then I start reading.

And I remember why everyone hates it.

It's not terrible. It's just too damn long.

Like, seriously - cut 200-300 pages and it'd be just as good, if not better.

I will say, though, that discussing the shitty editing on this book gave me an idea for a short story of my own, so. Not a total wa...more
Kathy Juveli Hauck
So here's the thing. I made the big mistake of reading this book about 15 years ago, when I was pregnant with my second child and in the midst of morning, noon and night sickness. I thought this was a great, scary book, but then something in it triggered my gag reflex and I had to put it down. Everytime I have attempted to get back to reading it, I'm brought back to the days of vomit and have to put it back down.

Maybe Stephen King is just that good. I'm going to try it again this summer.
Andrew Michael Schwarz
I became a total fan of this book. I don't understand some of the reviews for this book. I would not call this science-fiction anymore than I would call The Stand "fantasy." I would call it a Stephen King novel and basically a horror novel with (if you want to go that far) some sci-fi elements.

I did not find it "too long" at all.

I found this book hilarious, frightening, ridiculous, fascinating and altogether interesting. And suspenseful. You really do want to know what's going to happen, I mean...more
A.R.
I didn't like this as much as the movie, felt bogged-down by details I didn't care about, like Anderson's lonliness and her dying dog instead of getting to the aliens.
Blaine Engeland
I have read quite a bit of Stephen in my youth. These books actually got me into reading and enjoying nights at home alone with a plate of cookies and milk and a good book. I finished this book in 3 days and it's a fairly thick read. I totally got into it. Every page was written very well and the plot and story were just intense. Booby Anderson is out jogging in the woods with her little dog and trips over a piece of metal jutting out of the dirt. She is totally intrigued by it and begins to dig...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Stephen King Fans: The Tommyknockers 326 215 Jan 24, 2014 01:02PM  
The meaning of the last two dates in epilogue? 2 52 Aug 25, 2013 11:50AM  
BETWEEN THE COVERS: The Tommyknockers 7 19 Jul 17, 2013 11:34AM  
Stephen King Fans: The Tommyknockers 27 156 Sep 30, 2012 08:41AM  
Thomas Covenant 2 61 Aug 21, 2011 10:48PM  
Stephen King Fans: Tommyknockers & The Langoliers 29 99 Oct 01, 2010 10:49AM  
  • Night Visions 5
  • In the Flesh (Books of Blood, #5)
  • Shattered
  • The Rats (Rats, #1)
  • Astronauts Wife
  • Lost Boy Lost Girl
  • Vampire World I: Blood Brothers (Necroscope, #6)
  • Ghoul  (Special X, #2)
3389
Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M...more
More about Stephen King...
The Shining (The Shining, #1) The Stand It Misery The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)

Share This Book

“Late last night and the night before, tommyknockers, tommyknockers knocking on my door. I wanna go out, don't know if I can 'cuz I'm so afraid of the tommyknocker man.” 50 likes
“He remembered waking up once, listening to the wind, thinking of all the dark and rushing cold outside and all the warmth of this bed, filled with their peaceful heat under two quilts, and wishing it could be like this forever.” 13 likes
More quotes…