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Dreamcatcher (original 2001; edition 2001)

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Title:Dreamcatcher
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Pocket Books (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 896 pages
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Review: Dreamcatcher by Stephen King.

There is nothing like reading one of Stephen King’s older books. I’m captivated by his creative stories and his style of writing facts that feel real. This book might have been thought provoking to keep up with his twist and turns and somewhat complex with the back and forth between character and places but well worth the read. This is the book he wrote by longhand while he was in the hospital for six months after his accident. I believe some of the pain he experienced went into this story. He even included some creative work he used in other books he published and the content was barely noticeable to the reader unless you’re a fan of his books, which I know he has many.

There were so many creative scenes throughout the book that makes it hard to review. The story starts off with four childhood friends, Henry, Jonesy, Beav, and Pete about the age of thirteen walking home from school and coming across three older boys bullying a boy who has Down syndrome named Duddits. Being scared themselves of the older boys they still came across defending Duddits and walked him home. That is how and when they formed a deep bonding relationship with Duddits. They also became his guardian and the friendship stuck for many years.

Twenty five years later when the four boys were men they had a strong bond and each one had a different type of telepathic/psychic gift/abnormity that kept their friendship unique. Every year they would get together at one of the guy’s hunting cabin in the northern Maine woods for a week. In the meantime an alien spacecraft had crashed in the deepest part of Maine’s wilderness not far from the men’s hunting cabin. Than Stephen King went into high mode and deepened the plot to the max writing one spooky creative scenario after another. The Government and the Military got involved and Beav and his friends meet up with a stranger that turns their lives into chaos. Plus, the area they where in was quarantined to where no one could enter or leave the massive area of the northern woods.

The aliens were called the gray people and they soon died off because of the cold temperature but one survived and infected people causing a gross creature to grow within a person and when they got large enough they would force themselves out of the persons body and attack/eat/devour another human being to stay alive but even these creatures were struggling with the cold weather. I kept reading the different scenes that held my interest to the max throughout the book. Even Buddits was introduced back into the story near the end. He was my favorite character. The ending kept me on the edge of my seat to the very last page…. ( )
1 vote Juan-banjo | Jul 7, 2016 |
The woods, with Beaver and Company inside, are quarantined --- but not quite tightly enough. There is one hope, however. Some 30 years previously, four boys befriended and helped Duddits, a young man with Down's Syndrome who, it seems, helped them even more. And he, along with them, is now the only hope that the world has. There is one problem, though. Actually, there are two problems. One is The Alien. The other is Kurtz. And they both pose a terrible danger to Duddits and his friends --- not to mention the rest of the world.

Is this Stephen King's best book? No. Top 10? Yes. Top 5? Maybe. I might have to get back to you on that. But forget about its ranking; it'll keep you up, oh yes, it'll keep you up for a whole passel of nights and it'll make you sweat and laugh and stare at the guy with the vacant look in his eye who just sat down next to you on the bus. It'll also restore your faith in Stephen King, if you lost it to begin with. And it will definitely keep you out of the woods. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
ok for entertaining ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
Good but very dark. This is the book he wrote by hand in the hospital when he was recovering from being run over by a van. Only he would think up something so gross as 'shit weasles.' ( )
  Belles007 | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is a novel about invasion: invasion of the environment, invasion of the body and invasion of the mind. The rhetoric doesn't stop there. Here's a beauty from page 570:

"The night roars with music and laughter and loud voices; the air is big with the smell of grilled hotdogs, chocolate, roasted peanuts; the sky blooms with coloured fire. Binding it all together, identifying it, signing it like summer's own autograph, is an ampliphied rock-and-roll song from the speakers that have been set up in Strawford Park"

The occasional passage of fine writing is not enough to save what is a failed novel. Baggy and boring with uninteresting characters. 50% of it is deus ex machina. It did keep me occupied on the train but by the end I was begging it to be over. ( )
1 vote Lukerik | May 17, 2015 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 074343627X, Mass Market Paperback)

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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