Dreamcatcher Paperback – 2002
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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.Read more ›
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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Really great book. fast paced and I beleive one of his better booksPublished 15 months ago by Hrvojka Mordus
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 17 months ago by Anne Needs
Despite its length, Stephen King delivers a stellar book about lifelong friends facing aliens lurking in the woods of Maine. Read morePublished 21 months ago by David Cavaco
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 morePublished on Oct. 3 2013 by Chris
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 morePublished on Feb. 3 2007 by Erico
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 morePublished on April 14 2006 by RICK
Mr. King's "Dreamcatcher" starts off in dank, dark bar in New England whare Beaver is going throu a mid-life crisis. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by John
The setup for "Dreamcatcher" is sooooooo perfect. Four old friends from Derry (yeah, THAT place again) get together for their annual hunting trip. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Ensio N Mikkola