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Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
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Dreamcatcher (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Stephen King

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Title:Dreamcatcher
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Albin Michel (2003), Paperback, 684 pages
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Hit and miss sequences and chapters that related to the whole. The loss of a key character made a jolt in the novel, but in the second last chapter everything came full circle.

Not bad, but not King at his best. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Dec 17, 2018 |
Four men, friends since junior high, go on their yearly hunting trip in the woods. A man wanders into their cabin. Horrible farts. And...

A decent read, even if it isn't up to the high standard King has set. Woods, aliens, telepathy, Ripley... lots of things in play in this one. And of course, their friend Duddits, “He sees the line.”
The story is very bloated, and the chase at the end goes on forever, but I did enjoy it. Well, maybe not the Epilogue, but the rest.

“No bounce, no play.” ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Apr 28, 2018 |
Such an amazing read, your heart will honestly go out to Duddits and the pain that he suffers throughout this novel. The points that don't pull at your heart strings in this book will defiantly amaze and shock you with the issues surrounding the ideas of an alien invasion and the subsequent governmental cover up and black ops work that come along with such an event. The relationship between all the friends in this work rings of true Stephen King and is relatively close to the childhood friendship displayed in The Body (adapted into the movie Stand By Me). ( )
  Emery_Demers | Apr 10, 2018 |
Finally done , this book took me forever to read. It didn't get good till about 400 pages in. ( )
  Kat_1891 | Jan 2, 2017 |
Finally done , this book took me forever to read. It didn't get good till about 400 pages in. ( )
  Kat1981 | Jan 2, 2017 |
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Set near the fictional town of Derry, Maine, Dreamcatcher is the story of four friends whose lives are altered when they save Douglas "Duddits" Cavell, a child with Down syndrome, from being bullied. The four friends have grown up and live separate, but equally problematic, lives. When they meet for an annual hunting trip, they are faced with an alien invasion and a near psychotic army Colonel Abraham Kurtz, who has patterned himself after Marlon Brando's character in Apocalypse Now, Walter Kurtz.
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Stephen King fans, rejoice! The bodysnatching-aliens tale Dreamcatcher is his first book in years that slakes our hunger for horror the way he used to. A throwback to It, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers, Dreamcatcher is also an interesting new wrinkle in his fiction.

Four boyhood pals in Derry, Maine, get together for a pilgrimage to their favorite deep-woods cabin, Hole in the Wall. The four have been telepathically linked since childhood, thanks to a searing experience involving a Down syndrome neighbor--a human dreamcatcher. They've all got midlife crises: clownish Beav has love problems; the intellectual shrink, Henry, is slowly succumbing to the siren song of suicide; Pete is losing a war with beer; Jonesy has had weird premonitions ever since he got hit by a car.

Then comes worse trouble: an old man named McCarthy (a nod to the star of the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers) turns up at Hole in the Wall. His body is erupting with space aliens resembling furry moray eels: their mouths open to reveal nests of hatpin-like teeth. Poor Pete tries to remove one that just bit his ankle: "Blood flew in splattery fans as Pete tried to shake it off, stippling the snow and the sawdusty tarp and the dead woman's parka. Droplets flew into the fire and hissed like fat in a hot skillet."

For all its nicely described mayhem, Dreamcatcher is mostly a psychological drama. Typically, body snatchers turn humans into zombies, but these aliens must share their host's mind, fighting for control. Jonesy is especially vulnerable to invasion, thanks to his hospital bed near-death transformation, but he's also great at messing with the alien's head. While his invading alien, Mr. Gray, is distracted by puppeteering Jonesy's body as he's driving an Arctic Cat through a Maine snowstorm, Jonesy constructs a mental warehouse along the lines of The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. Jonesy physically feels as if he's inside a warehouse, locked behind a door with the alien rattling the doorknob and trying to trick him into letting him in. It's creepy from the alien's view, too. As he infiltrates Jonesy, experiencing sugar buzz, endorphins, and emotions for the first time, Jonesy's influence is seeping into the alien: "A terrible thought occurred to Mr. Gray: what if it was his concepts that had no meaning?"

King renders the mental fight marvelously, and telepathy is a handy way to make cutting back and forth between the campers' various alien battlefronts crisp and cinematic. The physical naturalism of the Maine setting is matched by the psychological realism of the interior struggle. Deftly, King incorporates the real-life mental horrors of his own near-fatal accident and dramatizes the way drugs tug at your consciousness. Like the Tommyknockers, the aliens are partly symbols of King's (vanquished) cocaine and alcohol addiction. Mainly, though, they're just plain scary. Dreamcatcher is a comeback and an infusion of rich new blood into King's body of work. --Tim Appelo

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Once upon a time in the haunted city of Derry, four boys stood together and did a brave thing. Something that changed them in ways they could never begin to understand. Twenty-five years later, the boys are now men and reunite during hunting season in the woods of Maine. These men will be plunged into a horrific struggle with a creature from another world. Their only chance for survival is locked in their shared past--and in the Dreamcatcher.… (more)

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