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Student Review by Ryan J: The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

The TommyKnockers

Title: The Tommyknockers

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Signet

Published: 1987

Interest: thriller, science fiction

Summary (from Goodreads):  While maintaining a horror style, the novel is more of an excursion into the realm of science fiction, as the residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods.

Ryan’s Review: The Tommyknockers is a fabulous read. I don’t find it to be amazingly terrifying, but there is always an undertone of discontent coupled with a feeling of dread. Suspense, as well as the building upon of a well laid out backstory, help to keep you worried about every character. As the story develops, you begin to recognize when something awful is going to happen and you end up so wholly invested that you can’t wait to see what sinister thing the townsfolk will be goaded into next. It’s fantastic to watch as these people you were introduced to in the beginning of the story become ever more inhuman, as if their humanity had sprung a leak, until you are left with something else entirely.

My 2 cents: I thought this one was appropriate for Throwback Thursday. While I’m not a huge fan of Stephen King (I’m too much of wimp to make it through one of his books without nightmares), I appreciate his craft. The one book that I did make it through was On Writing in which King discusses how he writes and where he gets his inspiration. (I highly recommend that book for any aspiring writing.) I like the fact that my students are still picking up books that were published in the 80s and enjoying them. I’ll have to trust Ryan that this is a good book because I don’t want to sleep with the lights on for the next month.

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

Go Ask AliceTitle: Go Ask Alice

Author: Beatrice Sparks as “Anonymous”

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: 1971

Pages: 213

Genre: realistic-fiction, diary

Topics: identity struggle, drug use, friendship

 

 

Summary from Goodreads:

January 24th 
After you’ve had it, there isn’t even life without drugs….

It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth — and ultimately her life.

Read her diary. 
Enter her world.

 

Go Ask Alice is one of those books that will stick with you forever. I read it several years ago and still remember how disturbing yet eye-opening it is. Even though it was published in the 70s, the subject matter is still very much relevant today.

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

Title: The Chocolate War

Author: Robert Cormier

Publisher: Laurel-Leaf

Published: 1986

Pages: 191

Genre: realistic-ya-fiction

Topics: betrayal, blackmail, violence, rebelling

Summary: Jerry Renualt is attending a new school with very different rules. Archie has his eye on Jerry and very tight grip on the school.

The Vigils rule the school with little acknowledgment from the staff. THe Vigils (mostly Archie) make other students do crazy assignments in order to keep the school fun and little chaotic. However, when Jerry Renault refuses to sell the chocolates everybody’s lives, including Jerry’s, gets out of control.

This was one of my favorite YA books that I read in college. Cormier’s  portrayal of “real” boys is impeccable. The characters are not just on the page; they become apart of the reader’s world or vice versa. Cormier’s style is catchy, raw and leaves the reader wanting more. The best part about The Chocolate War is there is a sequel. I strongly recommend this book to everybody but especially male readers.

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