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Dreamcatcherby Stephen King
Synopses & Reviews
Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry, four boys stood together and did a brave thing. It was something that changed them in ways they could never begin to understand.
Twenty-five years after saving a Down's-syndrome kid from bullies, Beav, Henry, Pete, and Jonesy — now men with separate lives and separate problems — reunite in the woods of Maine for their annual hunting trip. But when a stranger stumbles into their camp, disoriented and mumbling something about lights in the sky, chaos erupts. Soon, the four friends are plunged into a horrifying struggle with a creature from another world where their only chance of survival is locked in their shared past — and in the Dreamcatcher.
Never before has Stephen King contended so frankly with the heart of darkness. Dreamcatcher, his first full-length novel since Bag of Bones, is a powerful story of astonishing range that will satisfy fans both new and old.
"The novel, one of the most complex thematically and structurally in King's vast output, dazzles and grips, if fitfully. In its suspenseful depiction of an alien invasion, it superficially harkens back to King's early work (e.g., the 1980 novella The Mist), but it also features the psychological penetration, word-magic and ripe imagination of his recent stuff (particularly Bag of Bones)....Is anyone editing King these days? But, then, who edited, say, Mahler at his most excessive? The genius shines through in any case, in the images and conceits that blind with brilliance, in the magnificent architecture, in the wide swaths of flat-out riveting reading and, most of all, in the wellsprings of emotions King taps as he plumbs the ties that bind his characters and, by extension, all of us to one another." Publishers Weekly
"King supplies enough spooky effects and space aliens to meet his usual quota of weird frissons... But beneath all that, there is also a new urgency....It makes for great midnight reading." Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Fascinating...A frenzied, multilayered, ever-accelerating nightmare." The New York Times Book Review
"A tour de force — has more passages of power and imagination than some writers produce in a lifetime....[An] entertaining must-read." Chicago Tribune
"Prime King at his most engrossing...[he] has lost none of his ability to mine terror from the ordinary." The Miami Herald
"It sounds tame enough: four middle-aged buddies on their annual hunting trip in a remote cabin in Maine. But it turns out they're telepathic, and, worse, a disoriented hunter turns up on their doorstep with a weasel-like alien inhabiting his body. Needless to say, it isn't E. T. The result is "a frenzied, multilayered, ever-accelerating nightmare" of a novel "that has to be read in enormous gulps," Colin Harrison said here earlier this year." The New York Times
America's most thrilling storyteller is at the height of his powers in this page-turning epic of haunted memories, heroism, and stark survival. Once upon a time in the haunted city of Derry (the site of "It" and "Insomnia"), four boys stood together and did a brave thing. Twenty-five years later, these men are 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".
Four men who reunite every year during hunting season in the woods of Maine, encounter a disoriented, incoherent stranger who drags the men into a terrifying struggle with a creature from another world, and their only chance for survival lies in their shared past.
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than thirty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are On Writing, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Bag of Bones, and The Green Mile. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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