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The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
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Feb 26, 11

Read from February 17 to 26, 2011, read count: 1

This book did not turn out to be what I was expecting. I was expecting more Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but King spun it off in a different direction (which I liked). The first 1/3 of the book did not "grip" me like King's books usually do. And while it did get a lot better, I never got "hooked" completely.

The most interesting aspect of this book is that it is clearly a product of its time. Written during the 1980s, the book is packed full of characters worrying about how the world will end (nuclear bomb? Nuclear power plant meltdown? The Cold War going hot?) These are more than just issues his characters worry about...they are issues that King worried about too (it's clear they were on King's mind in the 80s, as he constantly referenced these fears in his non-fiction writing at the time, most evident in his book Danse Macabre.)

I liked how the story played out (though the protaganist is annoyingly passive through most of the book). I know it is considered by many King fans to be his worst book. I thought it was something of a disappointment, but still a great tale that I have no qualms recommending to other readers.

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Reading Progress

02/18/2011 page 96
02/19/2011 page 170
23.0% "Interesting so far, but hasn't completely hooked me yet."
02/24/2011 page 455
61.0% "Ahhh, now I'm hooked."
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