Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

The story draws on several well established sci-fi themes – I’ll not tell you what they are for risk of spoiling the book. Sure, every story is a variation on a theme these days, but this just seems to be a load of ideas tossed together to form a crazy soup. It’s the same problem I had with his Insomnia – everything is just too wacky, and you never quite know where the boundaries of the story’s universe lie.

Usually the best thing about a King novel is the characters, and sadly the book fails somewhat here too. They’re interesting enough, but I found some of the heroes to be too similar, and I ended up mixing them up at times.

The best thing about the book is the relationship that the four teenage protagonists form with a down syndrome kid. And this actually saves the book, turning from a trashy sci-fi yarn into something special.

I’ve been very critical, but this is still a good book, make no mistake. It’s just that maybe expecting greatness with every King novel is a bit too much.

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2 thoughts on “Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

  1. A.P. Fuchs says:

    I’m afraid I’ll have to disagree on your assessment here. I really liked Dreamcatcher. It’s one of my favorite King books, actually. And it was the characters that got to me. I really admired their friendship, how they related to one another, the teasing, the humor, etc.

    Too bad they blew it with the movie.

  2. Darryl Sloan says:

    The characters are definitely what make this book. I just took exception to alien greys that explode in a puff of red dust, and the like.

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