There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Daily Express as 'a fabulous teller of stories', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down. Everything is familiar. But everything has changed. Coming back to the little community is like walking into a ...
There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Daily Express as 'a fabulous teller of stories', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down. Everything is familiar. But everything has changed. Coming back to the little community is like walking into a nightmare for Jim Gardener, poet, drunk, potential suicide. It all looks the same, the house, the furniture, Jim's friend Bobbi, her beagle (though ageing), even the woods out at the back. But it was in the woods that Bobbi stumbled over the odd, part-buried object and felt a peculiar tingle as she brushed the soft earth away. Everything is familiar. But everything is about to change.
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I read this when I was in high school back in the 1990's that is when I really got into Stephen King. Now that I'm in my 30's I'm reading them all again. This is one of the oddest books that I think Stephen King has written that I've read. Many books are scary or weird but this one is odd, which makes it that much more fun!
Apr 16, 2009
bought this book to add to collection of stephen king .....read this years ago.
Apr 6, 2007
A lot going on.
The way that Stephen King can juggle twenty of more different stories, characters, and ideas in a book and them tie them all together for a captivating outcome is astonishing. Some of his books take on so many directions that it almost seems impossible to have one ending that includes everybody mentioned. But just like the Stand, he pulls it off again. This book follows a whole town (sometimes the surrounding county as well) as they are affected by something found in the woods, and start changing into more than humans. The book is a clever idea made only better by the mant characters used to develop and bring the idea to life. It never stops moving forward with each one of the towns folk or outside influences playing an integral part in keeping you on the edge of your seat. The history thrown in, real or not, is fum as well.
Publishers Weekly, 1987-10-09 King's new novel, a numbing variation on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, offers its own best commentary on itself. Nearly one-third of the way through the 560-page book, protagonist Bobbi Anderson, a writer of westerns, describes what she has stumbled upon in her backyard to her friend Gardener, an alcoholic poet: ``It was a flying saucer. 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.. . . It is the oldest wheeze in the book.'' After the vampirish Tommyknockers in the spaceship have wrought their evil magic upon the inhabitants of Haven (Tommyknockers live on the blood of comatose humans circulated through mind-reading PCs connected to VCRs), the unfortunate townspeople have, it seems, ``become'' (the word, over-used and never explained, is King's) ``something else'' (the vague words are also the author's). The ``gadgets'' of the town ``become'' living beings that kill (there are marauding hedge cutters and Coke machines, Electrolux vacuums, Yamaha motorcycles and flying smoke detectors ) and The Tommyknockers is consumed by the rambling prose of its author. Taking a whole town as his canvas, King uses too-broad strokes, adding cartoonlike characters and unlikely catastrophes like so many logs on a fire; ultimately he loses all semblance of style, carefully structured plot or resonant meaning, the hallmarks of his best writing. It is clear from this latest work that King himself has ``become'' a writing machinethis is his fourth novel since It was published 14 months ago; the faithful readers not overwhelmed by his latest fictional ``gadget'' are likely to wonder, as poet Gardener does near the novel's end: ``What had it all been for? He realized miserably that he was never going to know.'' (November) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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