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Dreamcatcher [Hardcover]

Stephen King
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5 Mar 2001

Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry (site of Stephen King's IT and INSOMNIA), four young boys stood together and did a brave thing; something that changed them in ways they hardly understand.

A quarter-century later, the boys are men who have gone their separate ways although they still get together once a year, to go hunting in the north woods of Maine. But this time a man comes stumbling into their camp, lost, disoriented and muttering about lights in the sky. Before long, these old friends will be plunged into the most remarkable events of their lives and a terrible struggle with a creature from another world. Their only chance of survival is locked in their past and in the boy they once rescued as a child.

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition 2nd Impession edition (5 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340770716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340770719
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 15.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of 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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What might be done to human beings by the "Other"--whether the "Other" be vampires, demons or creatures from outer space--is always in competition for absolute horror with what we do to ourselves. Stephen King has, in his time, played with both sources of the nightmarish and in Dreamcatcher, the first complete novel since his near-fatal accident, he gives us both.

Four childhood friends, united by secrets, are caught in the quarantine zone when something crashes into the remote forests of Maine; and the question becomes who will avoid being eaten alive by alien fungi, torn from the inside by alien ferrets, possessed by alien minds or menaced by a psychotic military commander to whom ruthlessness has become a macho ego trip?

The Earth is in peril as well, needless to say, but most of our attention is taken up with a few men caught on the edge, and where the most important thing in the world turns out to be the fact that four small boys saved a fifth from a beating.

This has the hall-marks of a good King novel--memorable catchphrases whose meaning we only gradually learn and a sense of how it feels to be human. --Roz Kaveney


King has inspired a whole generation to read. He's made them read good, witty prose...a fabulous teller of stories who can create an entire new world and make the reader live in it...Dreamcatcher must be one of his best...difficult to forget (Express)

King-readers will be wholly satisfied by Dreamcatcher (The Sunday Times)

Nobody does it better (Daily Telegraph)

King retains his crown (Guardian)

Classic King...The characters here have a rare vitality and depth (Mail on Sunday)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamcatcher 3 July 2002
For those of you new to Stephen King, don't judge a book by the cover titles of films made for them. With the notable exceptions of The Shawshank Redemption, Stand by Me and a few others most of King's numerous short stories, books and novellas haven't translated well to celluloid. That said, Dreamcatcher is an excellent way to introduce new readers to Stephen King and for past fans of his work it is an opportunity to reacquaint and immerse in writing typical of his style.
However, although Dreamcatcher has many key elements of the horror genre, it is (at least partially) a science fiction book. Not so much little green men, instead grey androgynous aliens with ESP and plots to take over the world. Less Disney and more X-Files.
With dark intent the book centres around five childhood friends all linked by their own thought processes and by a dreamcatcher; a native American charm to ward off evil and catch nightmares. To survive they must battle alien viruses, mutated weasels and military officials with murderous agendas, while in a race against time to save the planet. Some will live and others won't but in Dreamcatcher King rouses sympathy, apathy, love or hatred for all his characters; even fleeting personalities who warrant only a page but contribute to the story by showing depth to the main characters or by tying up loose ends.
An enjoyable read all around, I can thoroughly recommend Dreamcatcher. It should delight new readers and welcome home old friends. If you want a book with a bit of a bite, Dreamcatcher has very sharp teeth!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must own, modern King novel 10 Mar 2006
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I recieved the book Dreamcatcher as a present from a relative. I am a big fan of Stephen King books and films and this is one of the best books that I have read by King. It had oftern been critisised for being too slow halfway, but I completly disagree. Dreamcatcher is a book of horror,friendship,power,memories, and above all,briliance of the mind. Another science-fiction-horror book by King is 'The Tommyknockers',which I have also read. The Tommyknockers was another excellant King book, but I still prefered Dreamcatcher. Another point about Dreamcatcher is how fast-going it is! Dreamcatcher picks up at a giant's pace and keeps going throughout the novel (no matter what anyone says about it.) I can guarentee any science-fiction-horror-Stephen King fan that if they read this they are in for a spine-chilling and dramatic read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars S.S.D. Book!!! 24 Mar 2001
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A Stephen King novel is always an eagerly awaited event in my life. He has been my book companion since the age of 14. Salems Lot gave me insominia (the thought of my school pals scratching at the window still freaks me out) and Pet Sematary gave a spooky perspective of the common moggy!! At the age of 30 does King still scare the pants of me?
With his latest book the Jury is still out. After the first Chapter you know you are reading the Great mans work - he has the talent to tell a 400 page story in 600 instead - and this is by know means a criticism. He delves into the minds of the characters in such a unique way that each come alive in the readers mind and you really kick into how disfunctional most of them really are -- real anti-heros.
This story covers the well worn track of the UFO genre and takes on the old cover-up theories of the X-Files etc etc - He has taken us on this path before with the Tommyknockers but I feel that this novel is more horror than sci-fi (but lets try and keep the review label free!) Stephen fair spits the narrative out in this book and you can relate the story very well with his accident and subsequent spell in hospital. With many of his classics we go back to the Characters childhood and many of the events are linked - a welcome return to Derry and Pennywise also appeal to the King stalwart.
Is this book good ? We lets say I enjoyed it, it was back to the 'old style' in parts and the length was more like the reader expects from him. There was an heartfelt tone about it and certainly up there with is other stuff.
Not for the first time reader of King however, I would recommend his earlier work - 'salems Lot, The Shining or Pet Sematary - but make no bones about it this is worthy of the KING and long may it continue...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made a Stephen King fan of me 25 Feb 2007
This is the best fiction book I have ever read.

I have never ever cared about a character in any book or film as much as I cared about Duddits. The friendship between the group is the backbone of the story and it makes for a highly emotive plot and some awesome scenes.

The story seemed to go a little wayward in the middle but the last couple of hundred pages are fantastic and full of exciting moments. As with Kings other work you truly become involved with the characters and feel that you know them yourself.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world 17 May 2005
I found this to be a great novel, the characters are fanastic and the story is truly gripping. You'll be hooked, but my advice is stay clear of the film until you've finished the book, because the film doesn't do the book justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping It Real 15 Dec 2002
This is the book Stephen King wrote the first copy using a pen. But whether using a pen or a word processor only one person can write a story like this. From the first page it has you captivated, then you get the momentum going, you say to yourself...'I'll read one more page' but by the time you get that page finished you have to read more. The pace is quick the plot is mesmerising and to be honest I'd put it among his best. In true King style he developes the characters in such away you relate with them, you almost wish you had friends like them. And his pure narrative force takes you on a ride you'll never forget. Whether you're a King fan or not I recomment this book to anyone. You won't be disappointed. Trust me. Enjoy your reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Another classic good read from Mr King. Definitely worth the money and would recommend it strongly. The book is far better than the film.
Published 1 month ago by NealC
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
been reading stephen king books for 20yrs+ and loved them all. re-read most of his books at least 5 times and still enjoyed the magic of his storytelling. Read more
Published 5 months ago by angie
5.0 out of 5 stars King's Best Work
Fabulous frightening and fantastic, one of his best books. A taut thriller with horror in the mix, a few of King's recurring themes but none the worse for that. Read more
Published 7 months ago by stewfromcleveleys
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to my taste
ok is just about it. I did not enjoy it as much as some of his other works bit each to his own
Published 8 months ago by dog walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Friends
It's a book about childhood and friendship. And aliens. I won't spoil the book by talking about the plot. All I have to say is this: Read it!
Published 13 months ago by Teresa Fortes
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
If you ever have the time, this is a must-read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book but was very disappointed with the film. It's a great story.
Published 14 months ago by GG
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamcatcher my favourite book of all time
I received my new Kindle as a Christmas gift and immediately downloaded Dreamcatcher. I have the paperback and confess that I have read it at least five times. Read more
Published 15 months ago by jamesjones950
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard going at first.
It was quite tough getting into the plot, I did rather a lot of re-reading the previous evening's last page to refresh my memory, and then when I felt I was up to speed, the darn... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jackie
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing.
I think S King writes best when his subject matter revolves around the supernatural, horror or a certain type of madness. What he does not excel at is writing about sci-fi. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lexicon
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever
I saw the film first and wasn't overly impressed by it. I was recommended by friends to read the book as the film doesn't do it any justice. Read more
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