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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  157,471 ratings  ·  2,718 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 688 pages
Published March 1st 2002 (first published March 20th 2001)
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Christopher Jones If King was still taking hard drugs he'd probably be dead right now, from one overdose complication or another. I don't know about you but I prefer a …moreIf King was still taking hard drugs he'd probably be dead right now, from one overdose complication or another. I don't know about you but I prefer a living King to a dead one.(less)
Vio It's pretty tame, besides a few gory descriptions!

It's pretty tame, besides a few gory descriptions!


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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dreamcatcher, Stephen King

Dreamcatcher (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.

Set near the fictional town of Derry, Maine, Dreamcatcher is the story of four lifelong friends: Gary "Jonesy" Jones, Pete Moore, Joe "Beaver" Clarendon and Henry Devlin. As young teenagers, the four saved Douglas "Duddits" Ca
Four old friends catch up in a snow laden Maine, when things get FUBAR. Their friendships and their take on reality, are tested to the utmost by the ongoing events, that see chaos, death and the US Army enter Maine!

First time reading (this is my 2002 review!), and what starts off as a horror read, somehow turns into a sci-fi one, a bit like The Tommyknockers. Loathed by many, and liked by many! I'm a bit on the fence, in that I liked the initial build up, and the core sci-fi concepts were pretty
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, own-read
As I was going up the stair
I 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 thi
mark monday
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 ...more
Edward Lorn
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
Nov 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi, horror
For all those people who call this a shitweasle of a novel, I would like like point out that it does exactly what it sets out to do. Maybe the usual King fan comes to the chopping block expecting nothing but detailed flawed characters and some rather heartwrenching stuff before a paranormal beastie chomps down.

But I would like to posit that SK IS a fan of Science Fiction. :) Sure, a few of his SF tales like Lawnmower Man and Tommyknockers might not get the love that they deserve, but remember, h
Johann (jobis89)
Not my favourite Stephen King book, by any stretch of the imagination, but still a brilliant story. The character of Duddits broke my heart, rarely do I cry when reading a book, but numerous times I had to stop reading because I felt overwhelmed.

At times I did feel like the book was a tad long, and the story could have been shorter. However, when you're reading Stephen King, it is still a joy to read his words, even if overdone.

Such a touching story around the theme of friendship.
May 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: weird, the-woods
Sorry sorry sorry but I just couldnt'get thru this story and didn't get to liking it. Should I try again? Nah, too many good books waiting for me. Haven't gone past 40 pages or so. Maybe when the movie is on tv I'll try it again.... ...more
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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. ...more
Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Constant Readers
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
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king-books
This one turned out to be a whirlwind of a story full of chaos and turmoil. This was an enjoyable read for me. One of the main things I look for when reading King is character development. This story definitely does not disappoint in that regard. I was really able to get an understanding of just how close these five friends were. I feel like King always has some pretty strong opinions about the government. He tends to make them out to be super corrupt and disreputable. (how like life) I'm sure I ...more
Dave Edmunds
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

"Hearts were made to be broken and minds were made to be changed..."

Right, listen in! Let's get something straight here. Stephen King's Dreamcatcher has something of a negative reputation amongst his constant readers. Is that reputation deserved? Jesus christ-bananas NO! Dreamcatcher is an excellent read and very, very underrated. Let me tell you why.

So the book centres around a group of boyhood friends, away for a spot of winter hunting. As things transpire this is a case of wrong place, wr
Medhat The Book Fanatic
It took me eleven days to finish this 882-page of a beast, and I savored the amazing experience!

Dreamcatcher is one of Stephen King's most hated books; almost everyone who's read it tells me to stir away from it, that it's a piece of sh-tty writing . . . And oh man, how wrong they are,

This book is pure fun, and a brilliant action-packed piece from start to end. There are tons of stuff that are happening in this book, and several sub-plots, which include, among many, the Alien storyline and the u
Wayne Barrett
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A group of friends on their yearly hunting trip stumble on an alien crash coverup in the Derry woods.

Dreamcatcher had so much potential to be a great King, during the time of writing he was taking painkillers after recuperating from a car accident.
It explains why this novel is slightest misguided and in a way I’m more forgiving that it’s quite muddled.
Douglas "Duddits" Cavell, a down syndrome boy typifies this the most.

The first half of the novel is truly great, there’s some really good set up
Chelsea Havard
Ya so this was not one of my favorite King books. The writing was great and some parts kept me going, don't get me wrong, but Lord I had to keep myself from getting sick in the first 200 pages. Is it weird that I could handle the Chestbursters in the Alien franchise, yet I can't handle the ones coming out the back door? LOL ...more
Nick Iuppa
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
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Ashley Daviau
Jul 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It almost physically pains me to give a Stephen King book such a low rating because I love his writing so much. But this book is just such a hot mess that it’s my least favourite King book of all time. I thought The Tommyknockers was horrid but somehow this one managed to be a hell of a lot worse. This book is just a confusing mess to me, I didn’t know what was going on half the time and when I did know all I could think was WTF. And not in a good way! I think it’s safe to say that this is most ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kill-me-now
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.
Aug 10, 2020 marked it as dnf
We went from ‘anus aliens killing everyone’ to ‘wtf is happening and why are there so many slurs’ so fast 😭
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king, 2018
Although Stephen King novels/short stories are currently experiencing a big screen revival some of the earlier efforts are still pretty poor. The likes of Thinner, The Stand and the Nightmares & Dreamscapes TV series did not transfer well. I made the mistake of watching the film version of Dreamcatcher before reading the novel and for years, whilst browsing the shelves of second hand book stores and charity shops, my eyes would register the presence of Dreamcatcher but i never considered picking ...more
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-
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
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-thriller
King once again impresses. Enjoyed this immensely when I read it. It is horror cross sci fi and the image of Mr Gray remains in my mind until this day as well as the disgusting and shocking s**t weasels.
Scott Rhee
Aliens attack Maine, a homicidal poop is trapped in a toilet, and one of the characters uses his shoe as a telephone. That's about all I remember from "Dreamcatcher", not one of Stephen King's finest, I daresay. Still, I remember enjoying it, years ago when I first read it. I vaguely recall the mediocre movie, too, which featured a stellar cast including Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Timothy Oliphant, and Tom Sizemore. One of the weirdest alien invasion stories I've ever read. ...more
Jason Pellegrini
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible

Where the hell to begin! I gave myself almost a week to collect my thoughts for this review, and I’m still not entirely sure I even know how to give it a proper one.

This book was something... That I know for sure. I read that King wrote it mostly high on opioids from his accident. That is very apparent from the writing and storytelling. It is a MESS and honestly, it is oftentimes confusing and/or jumbled. It’s a 600 page book and books that are that long and not throughly planned out have a ten
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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, M ...more

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