In the Books featuring Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Dreamcatcher by Stephen King.

Dreamcatcher

About the book: Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry (site of the classics It and Insomnia), four boys stood together and did a brave thing. Certainly a good thing, perhaps even a great thing. Something that changed them in ways they could never begin to understand.

Twenty-five years later, the boys are now men with separate lives and separate troubles. But the ties endure. Each hunting season the foursome reunite in the woods of Maine. This year, a stranger stumbles into their camp, disoriented, mumbling something about lights in the sky. His incoherent ravings prove to be disturbingly prescient. Before long, these men will be 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.

Stephen King’s first full-length novel since Bag of Bones is, more than anything, a story of how men remember, and how they find their courage. Not since The Stand has King crafted a story of such astonishing range — and never before has he contended so frankly with the heart of darkness.

My review: As most of you know, I’m a huge Stephen King fan. He’s one of my idols, so I tend to like anything of his I read. This was one that was a little hard for me at first, mainly because of the style. I’m not a big fan of First Person Present Tense, and this took a couple of chapters to get used to the style. Once I accepted it, I dove right in.

The story, as most of Mr. King’s are, was a coming of age story where four friends found another that needed their help, but it also asked the question whether they needed Dubbits more. The different perspectives and mentalities of the characters gave the story a diverse feel, especially when considering there were times I wondered how the main four stayed friends.

We’ve all had friends others have asked the same thing about at some point, but I never had an answer for them. It was always a, “He’s cool”, and that’s how the foursome struck me. My favorite was Beaver just because of the entertaining phrases he said. I’ve had friends like him, and they’re always some of the best ones.

What I found interesting in the story, and this is something Mr. King’s books often don’t have, was how the army was correct in attacking and destroying the alien ship to prevent the contamination from spreading. Yes, they were led by a sociopathic commander, but the underlying reasoning proved correct, and that’s not something I’m used to reading in these books. For me, that kinda made the story. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of expectation when reading an author’s work, and that little tidbit was unexpected and was a highlight for me. I just love when curveballs like that are thrown my way.

For many reasons, this quickly became one of my favorite Stephen King books, and one I intend to reread several times in the future.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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4 Responses to In the Books featuring Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

  1. The movie was excellent too. :o)

  2. This is also one that I like very much. Thanks for sharing your review.

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