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Dreamcatcher [Paperback]

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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a five Oct. 3 2013
By Chris TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. "Dreamcatcher" kind of eroded (from the 5 to a 4) as the book progressed, but when I finished and put my bookmark away, I thought the almost 900 pages had been spent in enjoyable fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And people don't think Harry Potter 5 drags on??? April 14 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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! It is astounding! The characters are totally realistic, the aliens are scary, and, even though the aliens come out of people's rear ends, it is even realistic (At least in a sense) because the aliens wouldn't understand that it is gross! Sure, people also complain that the aliens live inside people's bodies is an idea already used, but this movie makes Alien seem like Winnie the Pooh.
Like my title, people say this book drags on, at least it has a purpose. Sure, some of the parts in this book are insignifigant, but at least it's fun to read. Harry Potter 5 dragged on and had no purpose. One of the chapters were entirely about homework at Hogwarts, but here, it would usually be about Duddits and, in the end, it actually had an impact at the end of the story.
I simply love this novel and I'm going to recommend it to everyone I know. And, I say, give it a shot. This book is simply astounding.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars C'mon King...I know you can do better than this Feb. 3 2007
By Erico
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 Dreamcatcher from my local library. It was my first foray into horror literature. I had read King's less spooky books (The Long Walk, The Green Mile, etc.) before and found them very good so I was expecting to be scared out of my wits. I was sadly (and maybe luckily) disappointed.

In the beginning it starts out promising. Beaver, Jonesy, Henry, and Peter are all lifelong friends who come together once a year in northern Maine to go hunting. However their friendship is more than what it appears to be. They all share the special gift of 'seeing the line' which they acquired after saving a boy with downs syndrome many years ago.

Their fairly normal lives are shattered during a hunting trip, when a lost hunter comes in to their camp muttering about lights in the sky and strange sounds in the night. Soon they are fighting against extraterrestrial beings who have come to take control of earth and their only hope lays in their special gift.

Sound interesting? It is. There are definetly some spooky parts when the friends first encounter the aliens and some typical bloody King violence. However the plot takes a dive for the worse as the story becomes increasingly metaphysical and less and less to do with aliens.

As the book progresses King seems to be writing off the top of his head and changing the story as he goes. Although on the surface it melds perfectly on closer examination the plot seems a little clunky and stupid. The book also ends up dragging on way too long.

I know King can do better than this. This book scared me less than The Long Walk. He is the numero uno horror writer and one of best writers of all time in many people's opinion. He can definetly do better.
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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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter, horror, gross and vivid descriptions.
A huge talent called Stephen King delivers one more wonderful tales, entertaining me for two days. While the plot is not original, it is Stephen-king type original: It could be... Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by A guy loving talented guys
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher. Stephen King. New York, NY: Pocket Books, 2001, 879 pages.
In reading "Dreamcatcher", I was somewhat mesmerized. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Anna Phillips
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Review by Lynn Nicole Louis
Stephen King has always generated mixed reactions for me. I think his best form is the short--he's written some truly wonderful short stories and... Read more
Published on April 2 2004 by David L. Felts
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