Mel Carriere wrote:Agree with your take on "Full Dark No Stars," regarding the story about the dude making the deal with the devil not being particularly fulfilling. But I still don't understand the angst against the Tommyknockers. I found the entire concept interesting - lady digs up a crashed UFO in her backyard, and a drunken poet saves the world. Who else but King would give you a drunken poet as a protagonist?
I found the story dragged for far too long before the UFO was discovered and the actual tommyknockers were so badly described it was laughable, no suspense or fear associated with them and in my opinion King made a real mess of this book trying to splice sci fi and horror and failing on both counts- and dont even get me started on the movie
I know that everyone has their own opinion but "Tommyknockers" is almost panned worldwide by King fans as his worst novel ever, I mean even King agrees with them. I think the drugs and the drinking he was doing at that time really did affect his writing. Even when I don't like a King story I still normally love his characters. I think his character development in his books is his greatest strength. A classic example is "Under the dome", a plethora of brilliant characters, loved some of them hated others (in a good way) but they were all so real. King destroyed the ending, ruining what could have been a book to rank up there with "The Stand". Even though the books ending ruins the book in my eyes, I have still read it a couple of times simply to revisit the characters. Anyway the point I was trying to make was that even the characters were bad in "Tommyknockers", and as SKM says the moive. OMG, nearly ruined Jimmy Smitts career.
If you are not having fun......then what is the point.