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Dreamcatcher by [King, Stephen]
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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

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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


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1549 KB
  • Print Length: 900 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BKZW9U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 3 July 2002
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 24 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
I love Stephen King books, and I buy them in hardback as soon as they appear. How I used to argue with my stuffy lecturers when I was writing my doctoral thesis on his work, because they wanted left-field, wacky, inpenetrable prose, and all I wanted was a good story told well, with that brand of uncloying humanistic sentimentality that is pure King. He doesn't write horror, he writes "humans at their best under extraordinary circumstances" books. He believes in faith, kindness, triumph over adversity, and above all in a God or godly force that is by nature both benevolent, caring and merciful, AND vengeful and powerful. He also handles childhood and the loss of innocence with a deft, sure touch unmatched in modern fiction. So for me the top King books are The Stand, It, Desperation, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and The Dead Zone.
Dreamcatcher has a new note to the melody of his writing; an edge of bitter cynicism has crept in... a tone of depression that takes a story of friendship and ticts it so early with loss and death that our caring for the characters is robbed of its depth slightly. There is a distinct nihilism to this book. "Yeah we all die," King seems to be saying. "get used to it: I got hit by a car and nearly died and so will all of you in your own way - friendship is important but will die too, all that is solid will melt into air..." I can get this stuff from Thomas Pynchon and John Updike, I don't need it from Stephen King. Brighten up, laddo! Re-read some of your own books!
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