Dreamcatcher Author:Stephen King Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry (site of the classics It and Insomnia), four boys stood together and did a brave thing. Certainly a good thing, perhaps even a great thing. Something that changed them in ways they could never begin to understand. — Twenty-five years later, the boys are now men with separate lives and separate troubl... more »es. But the ties endure. Each hunting season the foursome reunite in the woods of Maine. This year, a stranger stumbles into their camp, disoriented, mumbling something about lights in the sky. His incoherent ravings prove to be dis-turbingly prescient. Before long, these men will be plunged into a horrifying struggle with a creature from another world. Their only chance of survival is locked in their shared past -- and in the Dreamcatcher.
Stephen King's first full-length novel since Bag of Bones is, more than anything, a story of how men remember, and how they find their courage. Not since The Stand has King crafted a story of such astonishing range -- and never before has he contended so frankly with the heart of darkness.« less
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This book starts off fast and doesn't let you go! In typical King fashion, there is great detail and insight into the various character's psyches. Just when you think you "get it" the story takes another turn into weird!
This is one of my least favorite of King's longer winded books. It's about four miserable middle aged friends who get together every year for a manly weekend spent drinking bear and shooting poor beasts. It goes on and on flashing back to the past when the boys were boyhood friends and met a Down Syndrome boy named Douglass who possesses a supernatural power and then whisking the reader back to the present when the men are facing snow, weird flashing lights and strange people passing noxious gas. Somewhere here I think aliens have landed and soon there will sh*t weasels. Ahhhh!
This book rambles on so much I feel a decade older having finally finished it. The beginning grabbed me and the parts about the boyhood friendship captured me but King lost me when he went on tangents about the aliens, the red fuzz, Mr. Grey and his mindrape & the crazed military guy all of which I found mind-numbing.