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First experience may be last
Since I'd never read a Stephen King book before, and motivated by how much I liked the movie, "Misery," I bought Dreamcatcher. I was really captivated by the interplay of the friends, including Duddits. The characters rang true, and the concept of "seeing the line" is eerily familiar to me.
As the story moved on, into murkier waters (or snows?) of terror and suffering, I hung in there. When the plot reached the point of the grand conspiracy, everything began to sound like the people who call up Art Bell's late-night radio program.
I had gotten halfway through the book when I was interrupted by business matters, and when I picked it up again, I suddenly realized that I didn't care anymore. I didn't care to know who was inside whose brain, I didn't want to see another innocent person's blood turning to ice on a winter field, and the whole complicated plot had spun way higher off the ground of reality than I wanted to fly.
I have great admiration for Mr. King's imagination and writing ability, and certainly a piece this long and complex should fairly be called a masterpiece. I think. I never finished it.
I'm not sure I will try him again.
Back To The Old Formula
Like quite a few other Stephen King books, (e.g. "Christine", "Needful Things", "The Tommyknockers", "Desperation" and even "Misery"), the story starts off with life going on as normal. We go from there to an uneasy feeling that not everything's as it should be. Then things start to get slightly skewed with the protagonists feeling just a little nervous. They don't know exactly what's wrong, but something's not right. Finally, all hell breaks loose and you are left with no doubt that you have just passed into Stephen King's realm, and through all the unreality, you still get the faint glimmer that this impossible situation just could be possible. We're faced with aliens in the woods, a possible threat to humanity and average guys who, on the surface, aren't really equipped for the fight.
You will probably want to read this book if: - You're a Stephen King fan who really enjoyed The Tommyknockers. - You want to read a new explanation for all of those supposed UFO sightings over the years. -You enjoy epic, save-the-world stories that, let's face it, could never happen - could they?
You probably won't want to read this book if: - You didn't enjoy The Tommyknockers. - You like the action at a sustained fast-pace. The book does tend to lose momentum mid-way through. - You have a thing about profanity.
Although the story is rather formulaic, this formula is the reason I read Stephen King books.
Sweet Dreams cause this one will put you to sleep
Mr. King's "Dreamcatcher" starts off in dank, dark bar in New England whare Beaver is going throu a mid-life crisis. He goes on hunting trip with his buds Peat, Henry, and car acident vitim (art imitating life for mr. King) Jonesy. They find a man with an alien inside of him. (or s*** weasel as they are called in the book) Before long (achully is it preety long this book drags on like you would not believe) they are in a stuggle to save the planent from aliens that occupy one's body. This plot has never been used before has it? Don't get me wrong King is a great writer. His use of lanuge is only thing that made me continue to read this book. His charecters are very well-drawn aswell. You really get inside thier lives. There is some mysisism in here dealing with a down syndrome kid "seeing the line" and being able to see things others can't. His powers rub off on his friends. Peat has a great sense of direction, Henry can really real with his phsco patants. This book drags on and cantains alot of things and we don't need. What's up with the Rolling Stones song bit. The thing I really did not like about this peice of literature was that it skiped around. It was hard to follow. Not one of King's best. I have no desire to see the movie.
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