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Dreamcatcher Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2001
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The New York Times Book Review Fascinating...A frenzied, multilayered, ever-accelerating nightmare.
Chicago Tribune A tour de force -- has more passages of power and imagination than some writers produce in a lifetime...[An] entertaining must-read.
The Miami Herald Prime King at his most engrossing...[he] has lost none of his ability to mine terror from the ordinary.
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and 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 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. 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.
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I found the nitty gritty details of the plot to be confusing, but I think that's always the way with a King book. He reveals a lot, but generally not quite enough to really GIVE you the answer as to what just happened. That's part of writing true horror (not jump-out-of-your-seat horror, per se, but true to form horrifying storytelling), not always knowing all the who, what, where, why, and how.
All in all, King is a fantastic storyteller, and this book is another example of his well-honed craft.
People say that if you can sing well, you can sing anything and make it sound great. Well, I think the same goes for great storytelling. Even though there are some borrowed themes as others have pointed out (borrowed from other sources as well as from his own works), if you are a great storyteller, you will amp it up and make it your own. That's what King does here and I think it works extremely well. I never felt like I was reading a "remake" and never even got that funny "have I read this before?" feeling. The overall themes (alien invasion, body snatching, battling evil to save the world, etc.) are common, but the way King weaves his tale, you never really feel like they are.
But, it is neither King's intent to write literature, nor to create a unique plot in this case, but rather, to get a message across to millions of people through a masterful use of common language. His construction is such that his pictures are crystal clear mental images. And, behind all that imagery, is King's message.
That message is interwoven in the intricate explanation of the mental processes that King dissects within the book. In fact, I felt the book read a lot more like "Insomnia" than like "Desparation" or "The Regulators." On a very basic level, King tries to express the idea of emotional telepathy and even some actual verbal and image telepathy. Except, as a vehicle to increase its reality to the reader, he uses the device of the foreign invader and its infection to increase telepathic levels to way beyond normal human conditions.
In brief, most King fans will find the book enjoyable and rewarding. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of that genre, either by King or others.
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