- Mass Market Paperback: 896 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (Dec 1 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074343627X
- ISBN-13: 978-0743436274
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.8 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 534 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dreamcatcher Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 2001
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The New York Times Book Review Fascinating...A frenzied, multilayered, ever-accelerating nightmare.
Chicago Tribune A tour de force -- has more passages of power and imagination than some writers produce in a lifetime...[An] entertaining must-read.
The Miami Herald Prime King at his most engrossing...[he] has lost none of his ability to mine terror from the ordinary.
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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The story is amazing, one of my favourites and I'm excited to pass it on to another reader but I wish it had been packed better and not been bent in shipping.
Stephen King wrote this book while recovering from a severe car accident that nearly cost him his life. His experience shows up in one of the principal characters in this story, who is nearly killed early on when struck by a car in much the same fashion King was hit.
I mention this experience because King's writing is such a dynamic reflection of the real world, despite the situations his characters are almost always placed in. In this novel, King introduces us to four men, whose lives are brought together and forever changed by a single act of childhood heroism, a theme common in many of his works (Stand By Me, It). As adults, these same men travel to Northern Maine where they engage in a renewal of their friendship through acts of male bonding. It is on this trip that their lives are interrupted and changed forever by an otherworldly force that attacks each of them in a different way.
I have to recommend this book, but not only for the story. Although King tells a good tale, it is his characters that make this story work. One of the central characters becomes (spoiler ahead) "possessed" by an alien bacteria, and is forced to carry out the actions of the invading alien army. What makes the story interesting is that much of the narrative takes place in the character's mind. We see the world through his thoughts, memories and shared experiences with the alien invader, and King paints a vivid set of images through the careful crafting of his words.
For those of you who read this review, I hope that you will heed my advice here and invest the time in reading the book before viewing the movie. The movie, which is loosely based on this novel, detracts in a lot of ways from King's story in that it simplifies the characters to non-dimensional puppets in an alien invasion. The book is complex, cleverly written with plenty of humor and wit, and enough horror to keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat for many hours. This book is definitely one of the stronger efforts by King, and should be given the credit for which it is due.
Definitely worth the time and money, and as with so many of King's works, better as the written word than a movie.
Instead of King's trademark chill, the reader is treated to little green (okay, gray) men, telepathy, spaceships, secret military operations, and a weird space disease which causes rancid flatulence. This is the stuff of science fiction! It's a distinct departure from his famous writing style, but a good read overall.
Hold on! A good read... But not for Stephen King!
After all these years, we've come to expect a great deal from King. This could be unfair. Everyone has flubs. Maybe even King can be granted a pardon. The readers who are really disappointed with this book are the ones who know King's work. Newcomers to King just see it as a book (and a pretty good one) and hold no preconceived expectations ("ooh, Stephen King wrote it and it'll scare my pants off").
There's a decent plot here, and strong characters. I think some of the characters could have been developed a bit more to enrich the story before King butchered them (there was some familiar King bloodshed in this scene), but that's just me. I loved their interaction in the flashbacks. The touching shared childhood of the five main characters makes the reader lament their unfortunate present circumstances.
The aspect of this book that kept me reading was the ingenious way King kept revealing tidbits. One of many examples: Josie is mentioned several chapters before he told her story. The reader wonders, "Who's Josie? What's the deal here?" and stays with the book. He does this in many instances. Maybe used this method in hopes that at least some of the readers would actually finish the book. It got really slow.
If you're thinking of reading this one, go ahead but make sure you've got a back-up book. It's fine, but try another King first.
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