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Au cœur de la forêt de Derry, quatre amis d'enfance, unis pour le meilleur et pour le pire, confrontés à un phénomène terrifiant qu'ils ne risquent pas d'oublier... Stephen King, au sommet de son talent, cerne au plus profond de l'inconscient collectif les peurs de notre temps. Dans la lignée de Ça et d'Insomnie, un très grand King.
Paperback, 688 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Albin Michel (first published 2001)
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Wendell
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...more
Susan
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...more
Peggy
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....more
Becky
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...more
Jonathan Briggs
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,...more
Jason
Jun 20, 2008 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans, thiller fans, Stephen King fans, alien invasion fans
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Chris
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-...more
Kandice
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 goes...

I 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 w...more
Stephen
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.
Suzanne
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.
Barks & Bites
I read this many years ago and because I couldn't remember any of the details I recently reread it again via unabridged audio.

Why I decided to put myself through this again is completely beyond me. This is most definitely one of my least favorite of King's longer winded books. It features four miserable middle aged friends who get together every year for a manly-man weekend spent drinking beer and shooting poor innocent beasts. When bad things happened to them I have to admit it made me a little...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
Dude, what can I say other than this book is amazing. I read this years after having seen the movie, and its safe to say that theyre two completely different entities - the book is so much more multifaceted, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole way, trying to figure out what was going to happen.

This book is just so complex and fascinating, it seems as if it's all about aliens, but then there are elements of telepathy intertwined, which I havent seen done in this way before. I love that it...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"This shaking keeps me steady.
I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go."

(Theodore Roethke)

"As I was going up the stair
I met a man who wasn't there;
He wasn't there again today!
I wish, I wish he'd stay away."

(Hughes Meams)

Whoa. This book was a crazy spin ride of science fiction thrills and horrific chills. But really, would you expect anything less from Stephen King? ;) I was a little apprehensive about this o...more
Harry Kane
This started as a 4-5 star book, with intense Lovecraftian situations of mysterious, or rather 'uncanny' and 'abhorrent' stuff going down in isolated woods in the middle of a snowstorm. Then, it quickly sorta became a Koontz book - think Strangers meets the Bad Place meets a weaker author like Scott Sigler. And without any Koontz-style descriptions too, which are the saving grace of so many of his books.
There are some typical King moments of telekinetic and delirium varieties, and the obligatory...more
Heather V
Nov 05, 2010 Heather V rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone I loathed
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...more
Jess Michaelangelo
I was pretty wary when I started this book. I read The Tommyknockers a few years back, and I felt kinda "meh" about it. I've never been big on "alien" stories. I've heard some people describe Dreamcatcher as a blend between The Tommyknockers and IT, and now having finished, I have to say that's a pretty accurate description. I was also a little nervous because I've heard people say that Stephen King's newer stuff just isn't up to par with his older classics like IT or The Shining.

I shouldn't ha...more
Cindy
Hmmm...it's not my favorite Stephen King novel but it was good. When the book was first published and the film came out, I was excited for both. Then, I watched the movie and thought, "Meh" and, as such, never read the book. Now, ten years later, I remembered, from the film, only a bathroom death scene, an alien in the woods, and a crazy man stuck in a room with files. It seemed appropriate, given the month, to read more suspense and of course King, being the master of suspense, came to mind and...more
Art Griswold
A solid tale about aliens and friendship, the kind of friensdship that doesn't end just because people move away. When 4 young boys stand against the bads of the world and protect one who is unable to do so for himself they get powers. Wanna know what kind? Read the book.

Anyway, there are some seriously gross parts, but mostly this is a well thought out journey from boyhood to manhood and holding on to the ties that will bind us.
We've got a terrifying villian, I can still see him racing up the...more
Sakura87
Alieni? Niente paura, sconfiggili col bacon!

La prima stesura del mio commento era di due sole parole, di cui la seconda un infinito presente il cui morfema lessicale molto in tema con il contenuto del libro.

La seconda, sempre in tema, è la seguente: usatelo come carta igienica.
E ve lo dice una grande fan di Stephen King.
L’unico pregio di questo libro è che le settecento pagine si fanno leggere in fretta.
Adam Light
It is painfully hard for me to give any novel by King a three star rating, but this book started out so well and then degenerated into a sloppy mess. This was one of the few times I have been truely let down by my idol. Still, the first third was original and breath-taking.
Paul
Jan 19, 2009 Paul added it
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This was a really good book that I enjoyed a lot mostly because of the authors creativity. Stephen King is known to be a little unusual and unorthadox and that is what attracted me to this book and his style. I would recommend for anyone.
Diane
As a horror fan (books and movies), it takes a lot to creep me out, but this book did it! So superbly disturbing to me, that i both want to read it again and refuse to at the same time.
Greg
I was liking this until I met the character "Gary Jones". Now I can only hear his voice as a whiny falsetto.
Milan Jovanovic
extremely fast and interesting more-like-a-script book.
king is an old school master of writing
Barbara ★
This is the first Stephen King book I've read in too many years to even count. I stopped reading him after reading 3-4 in a row that were to horrible to believe (horribly written I mean). There is a lot of repetitiveness even among the main characters, they will be talking about something that happened and relive it down to the last detail again and again. I listened to this as an audiobook so there is no skipping ahead to get past this stuff because who knows what you'd miss so I was stuck with...more
Angie
I'm not a big fan of Stephen King's novels... I love his personal essays and articles, he's got a great voice and what I perceive as a fun, gentle, but intense personality that comes through. I'm pretty much basing my opinion of his novels on Cujo, which I never finished, and something he wrote under a pen name that I can't even remember now.

But a lot of my friends are fans, and people whose intelligence I actually quite admire. So I dug through the boxes and boxes of books my cousins gave me, a...more
Lyanndra
So this is the first ever Stephen King book I've ever read, and I must say it was pretty good. I know Stephen King has a reputation for being a good author of horror/thriller books, and I can understand why that is the case. Dreamcatcher took me quite some time to read, but it was worth it. The entire book just had this distinct creepy atmosphere. It took me some time to get used to the narrating style, which was done in the present tense, whereas I'm pretty used to reading books narrated in the...more
David Sarkies
Apr 21, 2012 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephen King Fans
Recommended to David by: My Housemate
Shelves: horror
This was probably the last Stephen King book that I read and that is probably because I found this book to be very disappointing. While my year 12 English Teacher would rant and rave against people who read and wrote essays on Stephen King books I don't actually think that Stephen King, as an author, is all that bad. In fact King is quite a good and though provoking writer, particularly with a lot of his earlier works. He has earned the moniker of a great horror writer, and I must say, deservin...more
Jay Jessmer
An absolutely amazing book! The story literally took on a life of it's own for me and took me in completely. King truly is the best "storyteller" out there. He was able to take me back and forth through time, perspectives and characters seamlessly, all the while provoking some interesting thoughts and emotions.
I loved the "Chase" portion of the book. The same trail being followed by three separate groups was engaging and painted a very clear picture. I was pretty easily able to put myself in e...more
S.J. Drum
Why can some people get away with creating superbly disturbing stories/art/merchandise and others get treated like mental patients for doing or thinking exactly the same things?

I once made a photography instructor cry with my artwork. Sure, it was creepy but it was close to Halloween, okay? My project consisted of an *artfully* back-lit doll, swinging from a noose, suspended in a doorway, holding a knife.

Alright. So the doll had a creepy lazy eye but at least I decided against putting fake blood...more
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