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Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743436274
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 11/27/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 896
Sales rank: 132,131
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—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. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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songcatchers More than 1 year ago
It took major effort on my part to actually put this book down once I picked it up. I just lost myself in this story! Dreamcatcher contains a lot of thrills to say the least. There are UFO's, aliens, a strange virus and an even stranger parasite that flourishes in the human intestines. There's a wonderful boy with Down's Syndrome and four boys (who grow to be men) who are connected to him telepathically. The plot of Dreamcatcher is marvelously strange and it works! The character of Duddits (boy with Down's Syndrome) is one I will never forget. He is so beautifully innocent and sweet and yet he holds the weight of the world on his shoulders. Stephen King, without a doubt, shows off his knack for storytelling in Dreamcatcher. A word of warning: beware those of the sensitive stomachs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was very good. some parts were funny, some graphic, sometimes it actually made me itchy. i liked needful things, but i think this was better. it slowed a bit between pages 400 and 500, introducing some new people to the story but then picks right back off non stop to the ending. great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great story. It is intense, interesting. And like most of kings novels makes you stretch out the borders of your mind a bit to fit everything all in. For those of you who have only seen the movie version of this story, it was a pretty good appoximation of the story. If you even liked it at all you will love the book. Lets face it folks, if you like reading King novels, you know its going to be long. He packs his worlds with so much detail that i live there while im reading his stories. If a long book scares you off, why are you reading a novel in the first place?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eight Hundred Ninety Six pages is a troubling length of pages to finish. After around three weeks i finally finished it. This is a great book and should be treasured by many readers to come. ANd certainly not my final Stephen King. Probably just one of my first!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no confusion, just an incredible book. So sit back grab some coffee and enjoy.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though at times the world seems more like a place filled with terrible marmalade, unselfish acts occur to remind everyone that good exists. Take the town of Derry where high school bullies regularly pick on Duddits, humiliating him in nasty ways like stripping him of his clothes and making him sit on or eat dog excrement. Four younger lads (Harry, Beaver, Jonesy, and Pete) rescue the Downs Syndrome boy from his tormentors and realize they like Duddits. For years afterward, the quintet formed a tight knight group to protect Duddits, who can telepathically communicate with them.

When the awesome foursome grow up, they leave town and Duddits behind, but get together every year for hunting (minus Duddits). However, this time their get together is filled with danger as a spaceship containing unfriendly and dangerous passengers has landed. The government quarantines the area, planning to kill any living creature isolated in the infected zone. However one alien has snatched the body of Henry with plans to spread his fungi race around the globe.

Stephen King provides his zillion fans with another exciting tale centering on hostile aliens threatening to take over the planet. DREAMCATCHER stars heroic people especially Duddits, who is willing to die to stop the destruction of humanity so that his friends can live. Mr. King has written an entertaining suspense thriller that shows he remains a force in fiction.

Harriet Klausner

loonyluna1 More than 1 year ago
Okay so I wasn't entirely sure how many stars to give this because as I was reading, it was feeling like 3 stars for part of the book then 4 then back to 3. So I guess, 3? lol To me, this book was suspenseful but not on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspenseful. It wasn't an "I couldn't put this book down" sort of situation but it wasn't an "I don't feel like finishing this book" situation either. The story line was pretty interesting which is what made it enjoyable. I liked how each character has their own personality, from the main characters all the way down to a character that's there for two seconds. I also really liked how the most important character here was someone with Down's syndrome. Not many books even include people with any sort of disability, whether it's developmental or physical. So that was kind of refreshing. However, I had a few issues with this book. 1. There were almost too many details. "Details" isn't the word I'm looking for but I'm completely blanking so I'll just use that. There were a bunch of scenes/chapters that were just... fluff. They weren't really needed in the story, or that's how it seemed to me anyway. 2. Pacing. Sometimes it felt like the story was just being so drawn out to the point where it was almost boring. And then there were other parts that almost moved too quickly. Which leads me to 3. the ending. The entire book led up to a super interesting ending but it basically flashed by and then that was it. It was a little disappointing. Yeah, there were some things I didn't like about this book. But it was still pretty good. It's just not something I'll go back and read again.
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Good read but the ending was a disapointment.
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I liked the bit where Henry came to take Duddits with him to stop the alien.
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The book is more scary than the movie
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Illdohair4u More than 1 year ago
Stephen King is brilliant once again!
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This book was an incredible read. Once i started reading i hated to put the book down. King has an interesting take on aliens.
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travis41 More than 1 year ago
It was good book. I really like this book. A long time ago, in a haunted city of Derry for boy stood together. They did something that changes them. Twenty -five years later they live separate lives and have separate troubles. Each hunting season the foursome reunites. The theme of the book is Man vs. thing, and it holds my attention throughout the story. The book was good, and I really like this book. I recommend this book for young readers; people will really enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was way better then the movie.
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