Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

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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 troubles. 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.
 

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. 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. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published March 20, 2001 by Scribner. 896 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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King hints at a debt to Brian Lumley's great short story "Fruiting Bodies" and tells how the red fungus (called "the Ripley" after Sigourney Weaver's character in Alien) represents all the ETs we have seen in films by Spielberg, Cameron, and others.

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If you're ready to commit virtually a whole day of your life to this unabridged version of King's latest blockbuster, this is what you'll get: some of King's best storytelling, beau

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In an author's note to this novel, the first he's written since his near-fatal accident, King allows that he wrote the first draft of the book by hand. So much for the theory that it's word-processing

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Dreamcatcher Stephen King 688pp,Hodder £17.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL Dreamcatcher is the first novel Stephen King has published since his horrendous road accident in 1999.

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If you're ready to commit virtually a whole day of your life to this unabridged version of King's latest blockbuster, this is what you'll get: some of King's best storytelling, beautifully read by DeMunn, an actor of great skill and subtlety who knows that less is more—especially when it comes to...

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In an author's note to this novel, the first he's written since his near-fatal accident, King allows that he wrote the first draft of the book by hand.

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Book Reporter

There has been a lot of --- and I don't mean to be disrespectful to anyone here, but I don't know what else to call it --- a lot of blather about how Stephen King, with his last several works of fiction, has been trying to establish himself as a serious novelist, how he has lost his touch, that h...

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Though an accomplished and often underrated horror writer, Stephen King has always had a problem with excess, particularly in his books' third...

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These are Americans.") New to the horror game, the blood-curdling Baby Boomer movies The Big Chill and Grand Canyon notwithstanding, Kasdan handles the introductions with smooth craft and intrigue, but once the ludicrous story gets set in motion, he follows King straight off the cliff.

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Entertainment Weekly

Stephen King knows the forest can be a scary place.

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BookPage

That King remains a force in fiction is demonstrated by the painful realism and urgent, clawing intensity he brings to Jonesy's memories of continuing recovery from a car accident, a reminder that King himself lived through that type of pain while writing this book.

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PopMatters

Whenever Jonesy argues with the alien who takes over his body, named, for no discernable reason, Mr. Grey, he’s pictured looking out the window (of his mind?), observing his physical self doing the sinister, strangely English-accented Mr. Grey’s bidding.

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PopMatters

This isn’t going to be the book you’ll hand to someone who’s never read King before, but it may be one for the die-hard King fans, if only to see him make up for the alien-ridden debacle of Tommyknockers.

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That King remains a force in fiction is demonstrated by the painful realism and urgent, clawing intensity he brings to Jonesy's memories of continuing recovery from a car accident, a reminder that King himself lived through that type of pain while writing this book.

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The Zone

Although I don't read King's novels, anymore, I have certainly read enough about him, and seen more than is healthy of all the movies derived from his various fictions to recognise that all the familiar King tropes are here, once more: Male childhood bonding Lifelong friends with a secret...

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