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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  138,302 ratings  ·  2,191 reviews
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Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry, 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 fourso
Hardcover, First Edition, 620 pages
Published March 20th 2001 by Scribner
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dream catcher, 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. 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: روز دوم ماه ژانویه سال 2010 میلادی
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
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
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
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
May 25, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird
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....
Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Aug 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Franco  Santos
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.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

“'Hey you guys,' Jonesy breaks in, suddenly excited. 'You want to see Tina Jean Schlossinger's pussy?'”

I have gotten to accept writing a review for an author as popular as SK is little like illegal Human Trafficking with words. Perhaps you rather call it verbal alien abduction. There are no scarcity of words but border controls make productivity feudal for the sort of cathartic need we have gotten to learn and love.

'Is she blonde?' the Beav asks.

There is a touch of astute chauvinism in writing
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
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
Nick Iuppa
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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 pic ...more
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Vladislav Radak
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 učinilo mu se da vidi j
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast zwei Wochen habe ich nun mit diesem Buch verbracht und es ist mir in der Zeit richtig ans Herz gewachsen. Schon lange habe ich mich durch eine Geschichte nicht mehr so emotional berührt gefühlt. Ich habe mit den Charakteren gelitten, um sie gebangt und leider auch um sie getrauert.
Stephen King hat es wirklich geschafft mich nach längerer King-Abstinenz (abgesehen von ein paar Kurzgeschichten) zu überzeugen und Duddits der die Scooby Doo Titelmelodie sing wird für mich immer eine der berühr
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cori Reed
Jul 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
It took seven months, but welcome to my first 1 star read of 2018! So much nope.
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Arya *Bibliomaniac!* Fraser Stark
...real rating TBD. When I'm feeling less lazy and sit to think about it.
Jun 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans, thiller fans, Stephen King fans, alien invasion fans
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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 έχει γράψει τόσα πολλά. Και ξέρω ότι υπάρχουν αναγνώστες που τον διάβασαν και δεν τους άρεσε. Σεβαστό κι αυτό, αν και θα ήθελα να μου εξηγήσουν τι ακριβώς δεν τους αρέσει. Και τώρα στο συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο. Μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ ...more
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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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