*I tried to limit the number of spoilers in this review.*
The Tommyknockers - A Review by Dire Wolf
The Tommyknockers, my second offering of Stephen King, proved to be both a far-out and somewhat messy affair. We begin the novel with Rebecca ("Bobbi") Anderson and her lovable dog Peter who live alone in a cabin in rural Maine. The perfect setting for something to go horribly wrong, eh? the aftermath of which you'll have to read the novel to find out.
As with Under The Dome, The Tommyknockers had great character development among the main characters, and I particularly enjoyed James Gardner's character, who I felt was the most likable character throughout the entire story and he had some of the best dialogue. The other main character, Bobbi Anderson, was well conceived but it was tough to enjoy her character considering her almost zombie-like state through much of the novel. The secondary characters, the young brothers David And "Hilly", were quite memorable and added a much needed sentimental touch to the story. Their grandpa, Ev Hillman, was also splendid. Unfortunately, the other secondary characters were mostly forgettable, I'm literally having a hard time conjuring them to mind. And that was one of this novel's main faults. The middle part of the story concerning the town of Haven started out great but became too drawn out in the later chapters, forcing me to skim through 70+ pages. Another thing I didn't like is that the novel abruptly leaves the reader in the dark in regards to Jim and Bobbi. The first 200 pages focuses solely on them and then the next 200 pages barely makes a mention of them at all. For some reason this kind of through me off.
The superb climax and ending of the novel helps to lessen the book's flaws. But along with these memorable moments, there are also other segments of The Tommyknockers that are too drawn-out, which is why I must deduct a few points.
My score: 6.5 out of 10 (Just a good read with a fantastic climax/ending)