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message 1: by Trudi (new)

Trudi This ocelot thinks you should reconsider your two star rating. Heh heh.




message 2: by Kemper (new)

Kemper I'm offended that you posted the picture of that graceful animal in association with this book.


message 3: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Vacca Isn't there a flying vending machine at one point?


message 4: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent I'll cancel my Tommyknockers reread


message 5: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Anthony wrote: "Isn't there a flying vending machine at one point?"

Yes. Also a killer vacuum cleaner and a flying smoke detector.

"Cocaine is a helluva drug."
- Rick James


message 6: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Dan wrote: "I'll cancel my Tommyknockers reread"

Probably a wise decision.


Cody | codysbookshelf Weirdly enough, this is one of my favorite King novels. Excellent review!


message 8: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Cody wrote: "Weirdly enough, this is one of my favorite King novels. Excellent review!"

Thanks! There's enough of a good idea here that I get why some King fans love it, but it just doesn't do it for me at all.


message 9: by Noah (new)

Noah Nichols Extra points due to you linking the full interview! #RhymeTime


message 10: by Trudi (new)

Trudi I feel sorry for any person who fails to derive unfettered glee from a killer vacuum cleaner and a flying vending machine!!! Glorious!

Ah well, I was not expecting you to suddenly change your mind now and see through the book's coke-fuelled frantic energy and manic tangents to its epic awesome gooey centre. You know I love this one to pieces and it sucks me in every time.

But I think we can both be right, and not have to duel. I wouldn't want someone throwing away his ... shot. That's just embarrassing when that happens.


message 11: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Noah wrote: "Extra points due to you linking the full interview! #RhymeTime"

I did my best.
Unlike the rest.


message 12: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Trudi wrote: "I feel sorry for any person who fails to derive unfettered glee from a killer vacuum cleaner and a flying vending machine!!! Glorious!..."

I guess we know what you're on now. *sniff*


message 13: by Trudi (new)

Trudi


message 14: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Trudi wrote: ""

That's a great selfie!


message 15: by Lauren (new)

Lauren This may at least win the award for "Stephen King novel I remember only the most random details of": drunk Jim Gardener talking about nuclear power, Neiboldt Street poem that I did not like, Bobbi researching her Western, creepy rhyming chant, looks like radiation, and somebody's sister has a giant dildo. All else is darkness.

That said, you're stronger than me, because that initial ocelot picture Trudi posted makes me want to go back and give this four stars. It's so cute.


message 16: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Lauren wrote: "This may at least win the award for "Stephen King novel I remember only the most random details of": drunk Jim Gardener talking about nuclear power, Neiboldt Street poem that I did not like, Bobbi ..."

Random weird bits of this always stuck with me too. Like I've thought of Bobbi's fusion heater every time I've seen a water heater or had to wait for running water to warm up, but I'd forgotten whole swaths of the rest of it.

If you think that the ocelot picture could change your mind then just try re-reading it again. That'll bring you back to reality in a hurry.


message 17: by Anthony (last edited Dec 09, 2016 03:51PM) (new)

Anthony Vacca Bobbi's sister and her dildo habits are a detail that I remember vividly as well. A crucial passage that further deepens the artistry of the novel's themes and overarching metaphors. A lot like the cetalogy chapters in Moby Dick.


message 18: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Plus, Stephen King just plain sucks at writing about aliens.

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message 19: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Brandon wrote: "Plus, Stephen King just plain sucks at writing about aliens.

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Yeah, I was thinking of that one, too.


message 20: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Lee If aliens came to us and said "Send us your finest writer so he/she can chronicle our dying civilization, and pass along all of our accumulated wisdom to you", I wouldn't send them Stephen King. I'd send them that 50 Shade of Grey chick. Just to screw with the aliens.


message 21: by Bradley (new)

Bradley Funny review! And while I can't specifically refute any of your points, I'm still egging myself on to do a re-read of the novel. I'm too curious to see how such a novel could influence me so heavily and yet be utter garbage. :)

Then again, after seeing people go about with sparkly vampires and mainstream bondage novels, I might need to reclassify myself as "part of the trash". :) Thanks for your review!


message 22: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Ellen wrote: "I'd send them that 50 Shade of Grey chick. Just to screw with the aliens. ..."

And that is how Earth/Andromeda War started....


message 23: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Brad wrote: "Funny review! And while I can't specifically refute any of your points, I'm still egging myself on to do a re-read of the novel. I'm too curious to see how such a novel could influence me so heavil..."

Thanks. And this is kind of weird one because while I think it's just downright bad it's also not without appeal. Like a couple of us have noted in the other comments, it's got some weird bits that really stick in the mind. And I did like Gardner as a very flawed character. If the coke hadn't gotten the upper hand, and he kept this story boiled down to Bobbi and Gardner digging up the ship I really think it might have been something.


message 24: by Bradley (new)

Bradley :) Again, I can't deny any of these points. :) I personally just reveled in all the ideas and the crazy and kinda ignored the plot problems. :)

I was 13. I just loved the aliens and the horror and the great curses. :)


message 25: by Kemper (last edited Dec 13, 2016 08:10AM) (new)

Kemper Brad wrote: ":) Again, I can't deny any of these points. :) I personally just reveled in all the ideas and the crazy and kinda ignored the plot problems. :)

To paraphrase my favorite podcast: It's OK to like a book.

Hopefully I haven't sucked the joy out of it for people like you who enjoy it.


message 26: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Fouts I loved the story, and parts of it were just. so. good.


message 27: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Lane I was thinking the same thing. The book is too drawn out and is pretty shitty as a result.


message 28: by Jon (new)

Jon North Totally agree with your review on this. I thought the start of the book with Bobbi and Gardner was great, but it completely fell apart for me when he started introducing the rest of the town. The stories of the characters felt disjointed to me and it felt like I was reading a different book. I just found myself wanting to get back to what was happening at Bobbi's place.


message 29: by MissySue (new)

MissySue Hanson Echoing the implications that some have already made - I'd take any SK crazy drug-fueled rambling over The Girl On The Train, 50 Shades, yada yada yada. SK's dribble on drugs is still literary genius compared to those types of books.


message 30: by Jingizu (new)

Jingizu Just reread the Tommyknockers for the first time in many years. I'll stick with my 3 stars, as the concept is good and some parts are great reading.

However I must agree with your review. Showing all the towns people and the reporter and the state police guys, just too much. SK should have trimmed that down completely and stuck with the main story.

A big incongruity to me, as an unashamed lover of IT, is that Tommyknockers is in 1988, two years after the Losers defeated IT and large parts of Derry were destroyed. Yet in 1988, two years later, people are constantly in Derry, the hospital etc. etc. And why would Ev hear all that ominous creaking in the pipes in Derry when IT was defeated (although possibly not dead)?


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