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4.0 out of 5 stars Long live the King! March 19 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book came out after King's accident and he wrote it by hand, which goes to show his dedication since the book is over 800 pages. I really did enjoy this book, it's pretty fast paced, especially in the begining. Maybe towards the middle it slows a little, but not enough to take away from the books merit. The story is about 4 friends who grew up together (they're from King's uber creepy town Derry) and once helped an autistic boy from bullies back in their childhood. This event forever changed their lives and from on they had psychic abilities. When the 4 are on their annual hunting trip all hell breaks loose when aliens arrive and they have to deal with both them and the government trying to stop them. Very creepy and descriptive, one of the better sci-fi books I've read, especially about the "byrus" an organic alien material that gets on everything and continues to grow. This book is a little better than King's earlier attempt at a UFO/alien story (Tommyknockers) and is much faster. I would highly suggest you read this, even if you're not a King fan but more of a sci-fi fan, you won't be disapointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Friends June 2 2005
By John
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stephen King's Dreamcatcher is a novel about friendship, and survival. Once upon a time, in the small town of Derry, four brave young boys - Beaver, Henry, Pete, and Jonesy - rescued a mentally ill child from bullies; unaware that their actions would change their lives forever. Now twenty- five years after saving the boy, the friends reconnect in a cabin in Maine for their annual hunting trip.
All is well until a stranger enters their cabin claiming that he has been lost in the woods for days. Eventually, the stranger becomes extremely ill and dies having bled to death in the bathroom. To Beaver and Jonesy's surprise, they discover a weasel -like creature emerging from the back of the dead stranger.
After much struggle, Jonesy manages to escape from the creature alive while Beaver is killed by it. Jonesy is then shocked to see another mysterious creature that identifies himself as Mr. Gray. At this point, Mr. Gray transforms himself into red dust which Jonesy inhales. By doing so, Mr. Gray is able to take control of Jonesy's body in which he is able to carry out his mission.
Meanwhile, Commander Kurtz and his team are set up in the woods and have been destroying the unidentified creatures that have crashed on earth, unaware that one has survived.
It is now up to Jonesy, Henry, and Pete to stop Mr. Gray from achieving his goal- destroying all of humanity. The friends discover that survival is hidden in their past and in the dreamcatcher, which has come to represent their bond of friendship.
While I enjoyed this book very much, there were parts where it got confusing or when one event in the book carried on for too long. For example, the chase between Jonesy/ Mr. Gray, Henry, and Kurtz, lasted more than six chapters.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unfocused and Strained Feb. 16 2004
On the recommendation of a friend, I read this, my first Stephen King novel. For the first 100 or so pages, I was hooked. But the novel began to drag. What starts out as the gripping tale of four hunting buddies encountering strange happenings outside their cabin, devolves into a wandering, unfocused and bizarre piece of writing. By page 400, I had lost all interest in the book. But, since I dislike not finishing a novel, I struggled on. Unfortunately, by page 500 (3/4 of the way through it) the writing was so terrible, the plot so absurd, and the characters so cliche, I had to put the book down. Whatever originality or imagination King once possessed is gone. He now relies on co-opting characters from other genres. For example, he names a sadistic, unbalanced Army General "Kurtz" after the sadistic, unbalanced Army General in Apocalypse Now named "Kurtz." King consistently refers to movie director James Cameron, as if the two are enjoying some inside joke, which detracts from the story. While I didn't anticipate great writing, I expected first rate story telling. The writing was high school level at best. I'd skip it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but flawed Nov. 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Engrossing, thematically complex, but at the same time strains the "suspension of disbelief" more than many of his other works. I'll not bore you with a synopsis; you can find that by scrolling up.
The biggest problem to me in this story, and the one that cripples the narrative impact significantly, is King's treatment of the secret military unit assigned to deal with the invaders. These aspects of the book fell victim to either King's lazy or incomplete research, as well as some rather sloppy editing. The Black Ops CO is blatantly cartoonish, and Chinooks are big, slow transport helicopters, not attack helicopters. Whatever they might be flying, when on an attack mission, pilots don't have the Rolling Stones or any other music blaring from their headsets--how the hell are they supposed to coordinate a precision attack with the radio blasting? Moreover, helicopters are not flown with a "yoke," only airplanes are.
Some might accuse me of being nit-picky, but details do matter, especially in a work of this scale.
Overall a decent story, but King certainly needed a little reigning-in on this one, and his editor needs to brush up the credentials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars But very good so far
Have not finished the book yet. But very good so far. Movies are for gifts and vewing in the winter when I cannnot go out. Sorry cannot rate anything yet.
Published 14 days ago by Anne Needs
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Pscho-Alien Novel
Despite its length, Stephen King delivers a stellar book about lifelong friends facing aliens lurking in the woods of Maine. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Cavaco
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a five
One of King's best from the 2000s, the first part of the book had me tweeting its praises. The Hole in The Wall, the fart jokes, the bond between the friends, Derry. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars C'mon King...I know you can do better than this
I'm the kind of person who would not be able to go to sleep for days after watching a scary movie (hence I haven't watched one yet), so I felt pretty brave when I picked up... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2007 by Erico
5.0 out of 5 stars And people don't think Harry Potter 5 drags on???
This book is simply astounding. I see a ton of reviews here stating this book drags on takes a long time to read blah blah blah. I stayed up for TWO HOURS reading this book! Read more
Published on April 14 2006 by RICK
1.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Dreams cause this one will put you to sleep
Mr. King's "Dreamcatcher" starts off in dank, dark bar in New England whare Beaver is going throu a mid-life crisis. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by John
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh brother...
The setup for "Dreamcatcher" is sooooooo perfect. Four old friends from Derry (yeah, THAT place again) get together for their annual hunting trip. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Ensio N Mikkola
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work.
I am a very big fan of Stephen king's novels and can honestly say that this book just isn't hapenning. Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by "mad2rite"
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age � Gone Nuts
Dreamcatcher is the story of a group of 4 friends that come of age "twice" with the help of a special boy. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by C. A Scovel
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
a very good read ideal to be read in one or two sittings. however, a few points to be cautioned about - 1) not a horror novel 2) for the first few pages (about 150 or so) it`s hard... Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by sidney
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