Book review–The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

I’ve had this one in my collection for a while and couldn’t remember reading it – so I gave it a blast.  I’ve read lots of Stephen King novels and whilst he tells an excellent tale, he doesn’t always get the endings right.  I thought that Tommyknockers has one of the better Stephen King endings, much better than some of his recent books like ‘Under the Dome’.

The story introduces us the characters in the book and we start to get to know them.  Even the secondary characters are well detailed and brought to life by King’s narrative.  We start to get a hint of the pace changing when lead character Bobbi Anderson trips over a piece of exposed metal on her land.  Gradually we find out that the metal is part of a much larger structure, one that begins not only to affect her life but those of the other town-folk as well.

The story is a long one, and the pace is brisk for much of the book although there are some parts that you need to read in fast forward (am I the only one who doesn’t like quotes from songs/other books at the start of chapters?).  The characters are believable although the science is a little less so (I think there is probably a limit to what you can build with old calculators and batteries…)

The story picks up pace as you get past the half way mark, and even towards the end there are new characters and twists that keep you reading.  I enjoyed this book and found myself picking it up and reading it to see what comes next – always the sign of a good book.

I gave this 4/5 stars on Amazon – I could have given it 5/5 but I felt that the book could have been cut by a good hundred pages without losing any thing of value.  An excellent read – check it out.