- Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date:
- 29 March 2001
- Modern & Contemporary
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Great book about four men who find people in the woods who seem to have been lost for a couple of days. One pair of men find and man and the other pair found a woman. Both man and woman seem to have a very serious case of the gas. Only when things start to get out of hand do the men know there is something not right here. Read the book to find out what happens to the men and the strangers.
There's a good chance that readers finally catching up with this large tome have already seen the film adaptation and so to summarize their relationship - very different indeed. The first page of Dreamcatcher concerns aliens, little grey ones, Area 51, etc. so there's no big reveal there (or is there?). King's epic novel is as more concerned with people than action, with relationships than little grey men and it never misses its mark. Not once. The tale is packed with energy and emotion, with a 'Stand By Me' feel, injected with the horror of King at his mightiest. King develops realistic and likeable characters as well as entertaining villains, playing them out with both humour and malevolence.Where King occasionally stumbles in his finale, Dreamcatcher has it right with a final fifth that is a Koontz book all in its own (the chase, always the chase) and it's bitter-sweet, pulling on heartstrings momentarily before punching you in the face. Written and executed by a true talent this is one not to be missed.
We're not going to forget this one soon! Nor the little retarded boy who is the center of the human dreamcatcher, and who gives his gifts to his friends. The movie put what SK painted in wisps of smoke into reality, but I'm not sure that was doing anyone a service. I like wisps of smoke that float randomly and can be construed as anything my mind dreams up.
A long-time fan of King, this is a fun combination of Stand By Me with some horror and science fiction thrown in.
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