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747 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published November 10, 1987
For want of a shoe, the kingdom was lost… for the choice of a path, the ship was found.
Not a spaceship, or an alien craft, or an extraterrestrial vehicle. It was a flying saucer. They had been debunked by the Air Force, by thinking scientists, by psychologists. No self-respecting science-fiction writer would put one in his story, and if he did, no self-respecting editor would touch it with a ten-foot pole. Flying saucers had gone out of vogue in the genre at roughly the same time as Edgar Rice Burroughs and Otis Adelbert Kline. It was the oldest wheeze in the book. Flying saucers were more than passé; the idea itself was a joke, given mental house-room these days only by crackpots, religious eccentrics, and, of course, the tabloid newspapers, where any week’s budget of news had to include at least one saucer story…
"There's a lot going on in Haven" after IT is unearthed....and you won't want to read the half of it....well at least I didn't. I can't believe how much time I wasted reading this slow....long....laborious....drawn-out tale. What a nightmare....and I don't mean scary! 747 pages seemed like 5,000. IF YOU ARE A NEWBIE TO STEPHEN KING. PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS ONE FIRST! It is such a poor example of his wonderful storytelling ability with way too much gobble-(belated Happy Thanksgiving)-de-gook and too many characters.
I liked ~ Bobbi (at first) and Gard, brothers Hilly and David, Ev (gramps), Constable Ruth and Big Ralph the cop....and my heart went out to poor old Pete the dog.
I liked ~ the comment about about the good old western stories Bobbi wrote. "Not all full of make-believe monsters and a bunch of dirty words, like the ones that fellow who lived up in Bangor wrote." And thought the news reporter's mom was pretty funny....beware of microbes in diners!
I disliked ~ the unnecessary dialogue, overdone repetitive talk of Bobbi's heavy female bleeding, (we get the point already), penis talk obsession and fowl language. I am not easily offended; it was just so lame!
I disliked ~ that it took so long to get to the shed, and so so long to the hatch....to get anywhere for that matter. And something was missing with the telepathy making it drawn out and boring.
And, after all that, it was easy to guess the end! By far, my worst Stephen King read!
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