The Tommyknockers By Stephen King

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The story I read was The Tommyknockers by Stephen King.

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947. He graduated from Lisbon Falls High School in 1966. He then attended The University of Maine at Orono, and wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, and was on the Student Senate. He married Tabitha Spruce in 1971. In 1973 Doubleday accepted the novel "Carrie" for publication, and published in 1974. King has many famous novels, such as: "The Dead Zone", "The Shining", "Cujo", "Misery", and many more. He is still writing, and contributing many excellent books I chose this book mainly out of recommendation by Mrs. Amos, our loved librarian. I took her advice and began to read this strange story. I also chose it because I enjoy Stephen King books; he is an excellent author. I am not afraid to confess that I thought the cover was neat too, but had little to do with my selection.

There are three main characters in my book. There is Bobbi Anderson, who is a dynamic character because she changed dramatically in the story. Bobbi is an antagonist and a protagonist, This may not be possible, but she is under mind control throughout most of the book, so at times she is good, and at times she is bad. The grandpa in the story is a protagonist, he is developed as a flat character, because the reader does not learn much about him, but is very important to the book. Joe Poulson, is a protagonist also, he is a round character, because the reader learns much about him. There are many more characters in my book, but few play an important role. Most are foil characters, such as Davey, Hilly, and many local townspeople, because they do not have big parts but support the main characters.

The exposition is this book told about Bobbi Anderson, and the large notorious forrest she owns. It tells about the small town that the story is set in, and that it is in summer of the late 1900's. as the inciting incident sets in the reader learns that Bobbi discovers an odd object in her forrest, and it starts to do great things to her life, like making her smarter. The rising action consisted of other people in the town starting to act different, and Bobbi in unearthing this huge object in her woods. The whole town is starting to act very strange. The climax is when the whole town riots, and is brain washed into zombies, that dig up a huge spaceship in the forrest. Then Bobbi goes inside the ship, and kills one on the aliens, which makes her normal again. In the resolution, Joe goes inside the ship, flies it into space and blows it up. This makes the whole town go back to normal, but he kills himself in the process. This is where my book ends; there is no denouement.

The main mood in this story is a feeling of insanity. This book tries to be scary by giving the reader an uneasy suspense feeling. The characters all go insane, and leave you to wonder what could happen next. Thanks to Stephen King for being such an unpredictable author, the element of surprise is used many times to set the evil scary mood in this story.

My opinion of this book is that it is awesome. This book is a very good book. Even though it drags at some points, and it is somewhat confusing, it is still very good. I do believe leaving many unimportant