Insomnia is the better read...it goes a lot faster and is action-packed. But, if I were you, I would start with the Tommyknockers and then read Insomnia. It would give you a goal for getting through some rought spots in the Tommyknockers, that is if you have those rought spots.
I've never read the tommyknockers (and i really want to) but I say you read insomnia. This book has an interesting plot after the slow start and i found it to have an emotional ending that made me feel like it was all worth it.
Hi all I have just been given these two books as a gift and was wondering which is the best read. Have just finished Cell which was enjoyable so looking to start one of these. Any advise would be appreciated.
Imho, though it's not your fault they were simultaneously awarded you, I understand The Tommyknockers vs Insomnia an unfortunate dilemma (plus, an inappropriate comparison).
We respond personally when faced with unfair demands. I love them both equally. I read Insomnia before The Tommyknockers, and since it was for me as fantastic as it was, and due to the pressure of demand, I say read Insomnia first.
Unless you like hardcore SciFi more than what, ever, Insomnia is.
I know this is an old topic, but I felt compelled to weigh in on the subject.
It might sound weird to say, but I'm very glad to hear all the positive sentiment on "Insomnia" -- mostly because I did not like the novel. Sometimes when I don't enjoy something from a favorite author, I hope that it possesses value for other fans. Believe it or not, I'm happy many people got something out of it even though I didn't get too much.
Now, on the subject of "The Tommyknockers" -- I do confess to lacking the ability to comprehend why so many people seem to actively dislike this piece. I thought it was a very fun book, although I have to say that I read it at a proper age: i.e., I was young enough to not know that not everything in it was wholly original (please note I'm not saying that Mr. King copied anything; I only mean that some of the themes and circumstances had already been expressed in other works; believe me, in my own writings, I oftentimes find it difficult not to tread over old literary ground).
"The Tommyknockers" will always be a memorable book for me. It had a lot of suspense, a lot of fascinating ideas, and a lot of interesting wordplay. My vote would have been to read "The Tommyknockers."