Dreamcatcher 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 Ki

  • Title: Dreamcatcher
  • Author: Stephen King William Olivier Desmond Maria Teresa Marenco
  • ISBN: 9782226131904
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 chilWhat 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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    1. Stephen King William Olivier Desmond Maria Teresa Marenco

      Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

    203 thoughts on “Dreamcatcher”

    1. so I had a dream last night where Graham and Brian and Steve and I were all back in Seattle, and it was like it was before, four friends who were different from each other but still really connected, like brothers, and we were having adventures and serious talks and stupid talks and good times and bad times and it was all just so sweet and real, like things had never changed. of course things change and these are still my friends, but change is change and so Brian and Steve still aren't talking [...]

    2. As I was going up the stairI meet a man who wasn't there;He wasn't there again today!I wish, I wish he'd stay away.Well, what a ride that was Rating this book was quite hard. I'm still not sure if I'm okay with giving it 3 stars, because it had so many good characters, parts and plot twists, so one part of me feels like giving it 5 stars. But then again, at some parts, it left me feeling miserable and asking myself if I was ever going to finish it, so because of that, the other part of me think [...]

    3. Let me say at the outset: I am a HUGE Stephen King fan, and I've read all the novels and short stories, as well as his rather wonderful books on writing.Unfortunately, Dreamcatcher is a bloated, vacuous, dreadful piece of self-indulgence that mostly goes to show that King has apparently gotten so famous that no one dares edit him or tell him that he's written a bad book.The pointless repetition in this door-stop of a novel is staggering beyond belief (and, ultimately, stultifying as well). King [...]

    4. Sigh You ready? Let's get this over with.With Dreamcatcher, Stephen King tried to recapture the magic of It while simultaneously making up for the shithouse rat that was The Tommyknockers. He attempted this feat while recovering from a horrible accident wherein he was turned into a mixture of speed bump and pretzel. Whatever King wrote during this time would have been utter crap, trust me. Pain dulls the creative process. This is why the most prolific creative persons are normally addicts of som [...]

    5. I have read this a few times now and I think that the older I get, the more I see and get out of this book. While it's definitely true that King is repeating some themes and tropes from his previous books, I think that the relationships and the connections depicted here are some of the most touching, at least in my mind. I love the way that King can bring forth such strong emotions in me. There were times when I literally had to set this book down because I couldn't see for crying - and those ar [...]

    6. Dream catcher, Stephen KingDreamcatcher (2001) is a novel by American writer Stephen King, featuring elements of body horror, suspense and alien invasion. The book, written in cursive, helped the author recuperate from a 1999 car accident, and was completed in half a year. According to the author in his afterword, the working title was Cancer. His wife, Tabitha King, persuaded him to change the title. A film adaptation was released in 2003.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوم ماه ژان [...]

    7. This was an amazing book. Even though it took me 3 months to read it was worth it. Anyone who wants to read this book must be prepared for sleepless nights and illusions. Stephen King is a fantastic writer who uses such descriptions it makes you feel that right behind you there is an alien waiting to take your energy. Throughout this book I tried figuring out what the title meant and how it relates to the book. By the end I love how the last few pages are devoted to explaining things and making [...]

    8. Whew There's a lot that I want to say about this book, and I'm not really sure where to start. I first read this book back in oh, 2002 or 2003, maybe, and I can absolutely say that I did NOT get much out of it. Sure, it's still a thrill ride, still entertaining, but it was definitely not his best, in my, somewhat oblivious opinion. But see I was something of a King Re-reader back then. I had my favorites - 'The Stand', 'The Shining', 'The Talisman', 'Needful Things' - to name a few, and I read, [...]

    9. I appreciated King's grand vision for this story, and the novel started off in a grand manner. However, along the way, things became a bit jumbled and confusing at times. I liked the book as a whole, but it could have benefited from some editing. I really feel like DREAMCATCHER marked the beginning of a drop off in the consistent success of King's writing. It seems to me that he had more "misses" than "hits" beyond 2003. The film version of this book was atrocious.

    10. I've got good news and bad news. The good news is, Dreamcatcher is not just a rehash of It. The bad news is it's a rehash of The Tommyknockers, too, which is perhaps my least favorite of all of King's works.All right, maybe that's not quite fair. Dreamcatcher does involve aliens, a secret in the woods, and telepathy, but it's not exactly a carbon copy of The Tommyknockers. It re-uses pieces of many of King's works. There's the "adults who bonded as children and did a great thing" theme from It. [...]

    11. Un buen libro de King con momentos ridículos y otros conmovedores. Personalmente, toda la parte militar no me gustó en absoluto. Prefería leer mucho más sobre la infancia de los protagonistas. De todas formas, lo recomiendo, aunque no es lo mejor de King.

    12. First of all, let me say I can understand why some folks don't care for this one, and I don't blame you. No, I'm not saying I didn't like it, after all, I gave it 4 stars. Just saying I can understand considering there were some issues that tested my patience. First of all, this story is all over the place and I can see where a reader might get tired of trying to follow the threads (or the strings of the dreamcatcher). And secondly, this lunker could have been shortened a bit. As for me, I manag [...]

    13. DreamcatcherThis is the book that Stephen King wrote as he was recovering from his debilitating traffic accident. In terrible pain, hooked on Oxycontin… it was his attempt to pull himself back together and save himself through a return to storytelling. I’ll admit that the first time I read Dreamcatcher I really disliked it. This time, I feel better about it. I like the layers, worlds within worlds, guys building rooms… hell, whole hospital wings inside their minds, walling off the bad guys [...]

    14. Stephen King is truly gifted. In this book, he takes a cheesy overdone concept (alien/body snatchers) and makes it work.This isn't the best King book, but it is far from being his worst. I didn't have hugely high expectations other than being able to chuckle everytime somebody said "shit weasels", but I was pleasantly surprised.I saw the movie a few times, and while I enjoyed it, this wasn't something that should have won any Oscars. That lowered my expectations some.I'm not a huge fan of alien- [...]

    15. So bad I wanted to burn my copy so that no one else would have to read it. Seriously. Farts and creatures entering the world from a person's 'back door' do not a good horror novel make. The first time this happens in the book I actually laughed aloud. Use the book as a paperweight, a doorstop, or a teething toy for your dog. Just don't bother trying to read it.

    16. Ree-damn-diculous. Aliens bursting from butts. Frothing military maniacs. A Magic Retard (Stephen King's go-to character when the Magic Negro is busy). Ludicrous, labored faux-blue-collar dialogue. And farts. Constant, neverending, rancid, moist farts. This may be the stupidest book King has ever written, and that's saying something. And yet I kept thinking he was doing it on purpose, that he wrote this as a horror comedy, a la "Slither." King has written some godawful garbage in his career, bu [...]

    17. Vreme je da napravim pun krug i vratim se jednoj od mojih omiljenih knjiga iz dobro poznatog opusa i pera, jedno od dela koje će biti prilično neugodno kvantifikovati ocenom, zbog svoje originalnosti, nehajnosti autora da nađe čvršće uporište u stilu, kao i zbog lične istorije koji knjiga i ja imamo (jedna od prvih koja je preporučena u našoj, sada već legendarnoj i zastareloj emisiji Stepenište na RTS-u).Džounzi umalo nije ubio čoveka.Gledajući preko nišana u senke guste učinil [...]

    18. I have been a fan of Stephen King since my brother Scott recommended the Dark Tower series to me. My wife knows to check the thrift stores that she frequents for King novels, and “Dreamcatcher” was one that she found. I didn’t know anything about the story, but sat down to begin reading a week and a half ago or so. The story is about an alien invasion, and that was enough to get my interest. Although there are many aspects involved, including four friends caught in the middle of it, the m [...]

    19. I've put off writing a review because Becky wrote the review to end all reviews and said it all! It's my resolution to review all the books I read this year so I have to make the attempt. Here goesI read this the week it first came out in 2001 because I always read his books as soon as they come out. At breakneck speed more often than not. I tend to re-read and savor the books later, but the first reading is like a "fix" I have been Jonesing for, so taking my time is not really an option. I was [...]

    20. Tέλειωσα άλλο ένα από τα βιβλία του συγγραφέα. Θα με πείτε γραφική ή κολλημένη μαζί του. Ναι είμαι και τα δύο. Αγαπώ την γραφή του, αγαπώ την φαντασία του, αγαπώ την αμεσότητά του με τον αναγνώστη. Αγαπώ τα συναισθήματα που μου προκαλεί, Αγαπώ την πρωτοτυπία του, παρόλο που έχε [...]

    21. 2.0 to 2.5 stars. Not one of King's better efforts. One of the rare times in my life where I have actually enjoyed the movie more than the book.

    22. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The last few pages made it kind of confusing, but I think it's open to interpretation (maybe?). Anyway, it had some creepy parts, and it was interesting. I think it gets more hate than it deserves, but I do understand why people don't care for it.

    23. Lots of gross outs and a narrow escape for human-kind. Another story I think could have been better.My wife liked this book, I got into the bathroom fiction (literally) and asked myself why am I still reading this? King is a talented writerbut he's much to willing to go to the vulgar for my taste.In a way it's a shame as the idea behind this one is very involving and I think would make an excellent novelis just (for me) isn't it.I am sorry as I know a lot of you love King and as I said my wife l [...]

    24. 3.5 StarsDreamcatcher is kind of an odd little ducky. At seven-hundred pages, it can hardly be called little, but in the oeuvre of Stephen King it hardly registers as a small blip. It's not well loved, but as per my usual reaction with King's books, I still found plenty of enjoyment in Dreamcatcher.Five boys from Derry grow up to be four guys. They go on an annual hunting trip, but barely speak throughout the year. This year's trip is different - they see moving lights, get stuck in a terrible s [...]

    25. This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.I've finally found a Stephen King novel that I don't like. Yes, I said it. I don't like this one and DNFed it around 70% just because I couldn't go through with it. I planned on listening to it through my time at work, but I had to stop myself. I went into this with low expectations as well, having read a couple negative reviews. (Here and here for those interested.)What was wrong with it?Aliens. I don't like alien stories much. Could care l [...]

    26. I'm a King fan, though I'll be the second to admit that he's had his fair share of misses amidst the hits. (I've met the man; he's definitely the first.) This one is, in my opinion, his biggest miss of all. The concept has promise, and it's territory he's visited before: A group of childhood friends stumble upon something strange and scary/amazing, and it follows them through to adulthood, at which point things go haywire. We've seen great stories from him using this basic theme in the past ("It [...]

    27. I've read a lot of Stephen King books over the years. So many in fact that in order to read new King I'm finding myself reading some of his books I purposefully avoided for many years like "Dreamcatcher." This one had always had a bad reputation as a weird book with an equally weird film adaptation.But then I thought, "I like weird things! I love aliens and Lovecraft! King wrote this book high on pain killers following his car accident, so this will be awesome! Haters gonna hate, readers gonna r [...]

    28. Το βιβλίο αυτό μπορεί σε μερικά σημεία να μοιάζει κάπως 'τρελό', αλλά θα πρέπει ο αναγνώστης να συνυπολογίσει ως προς αυτό και τα εξής:1) γράφτηκε σε μια ιδιαίτερα δύσκολη περίοδο για τον Κινγκ,ο οποίος ανέρρωνε από ένα ιδιαίτερα επίπονο τροχαίο ατύχημα και ήταν σχεδόν συνέχ [...]

    29. Trinaest godina nakon prvog citanja, ponovo sam uzivao u ovoj ludoj, mracnoj i neozbiljnoj knjizi.Jer ovo jeste jedna neozbiljna knjiga, jedan Kingov hir, i uspesan pokusaj da se pozabavi temom vanzemaljaca.Zbog cega je ljudi ozbiljno shvataju, nije mi jasno.Real roller coaster alien ride, sa svim svojim manama i nedostacima, meni je pruzio jos jednom opustanje i sjajnu zabavu. 4/5

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