A Wacky One, For Sure

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The Walkin' Dude

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Hey everyone, long time no post, but I'm back. My fiance has been begging me to read Dreamcatcher for a long time now and I finally got around to it. It completely makes sense to me that SK was on some good pain meds during the creation of this one. The whole first half reads like some trippy, delirious dream. But I don't mean that in a negative way at all. I liked it and think that first half is very unique for even a King book. Aliens are definitely one of my favorite subjects when it comes to fiction, so I sure do enjoy seeing King's takes on them. I LOVE the premise behind the alien visitors in this book, I thought it was pretty original and fascinating. There are a lot of really laugh out loud moments in this story as well as Mr. Gray makes his way through his journey. I wasn't expecting so much humor in what's honestly a kind of bleak story. I like the first half much more than the second half, which is really just one big chase. It was very nice to be back in Derry again for a little bit as well. Not a favorite, but I definitely don't dislike this one in the slightest. What are your guys' thoughts on Dreamcatcher?
 

Walter Oobleck

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2nd story from king, the first was it, and i've read both five or six times plus and yeah, some fun times. "i wasn't talking about meg ryan's armpits. yeah, him." and that army guy, what a hoot...don't think he was described with caterpillar eyebrows, like that gunny sergeant on tee-vee? gunny? mail call? or whatever it is, a real marine? he has that one line that floors me, can't remember if it is thought or spoken, "the computer-savvy, evian-drinking, salad-eating goths had taken their objective." lol! and that wino! like in insomnia..."the wino looking for returnables over by the trash barrels." and what was it, the hop-scotch grid? isn't that a dt connection? low men, that obviously is, from cain was it, the land of nod, east of eden? "that's right, rabbit." or how about, "i come in peace for all mandkind...who wants a hot dog?" i hunt using a tree-stand from time-to-time, so there was that connection for me. i even read in my stand. did see some wolves this once, that was pretty cool, three of them in a line-abreast heading west to east...five ten minutes later i see them again, further out, heading west again. i rattled a shed i carried, long than i normally would, and five ten minutes later i hear something coming through the leaves...one of the wolves, down at ground level 40 yards away, eyes locked in the direction of my tree. i musta moved 'cause he/she looked up, saw me, and booked. didn't see the other two but they must have been close. one year a group of turkeys walked in, deer were down below and they spooked...'til a month or so later when the game camera had them feeding side-by-side. i liked duddits. "older boys don't hear him the same way...i hope you never understand." i loved the story.
 

The Nameless

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Pretty much what you said Walkin Dude. I found it quite enjoyable, especially early on and the parts about their childhood. I felt it was a bit too long winded, and yeah, it trailled off a bit towards the end - from when they broke out of the base. At the end of it though I was growing really tired of the kurtz character - ruthless, paranoid, back stabbing, guilt free, he wasn't King's most unique baddy.
 

The Walkin' Dude

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Funny: I was just reading your post on Christine and that book was one of my favourites as a teenager. I didn't like Dreamcatcher at all. Sci-fi is not SK's strong point. Also, those weasels. YUCK. I guess I feel the same way about this as you did with Christine.
That's funny haha. I totally get why people dislike this one, just as I see why people love Christine, whereas I'm of the opposite mind. To each their own! I love those nasty little weasels.
 

The Nameless

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I liked it as well.

And the movie was for a fun night of watching. after you got over the eyebrows.
The eyebrows, the ending and the jonesy / Mr grey English accent acting aside, I thought the film was nowhere near as bad as it is made out to be.
 

recitador

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I liked the book Dreamcatcher better than I liked The Tommyknockers. As for the movie- first half was good but after ol' 'caterpillar eyebrows' was introduced it lost me. I just couldn't get over those brows, man. They could have been an alien species, too!
funny, i'm the opposite. and i know a lot of people compare the two, for the vague reason of aliens, but for me, they couldn't be more different. i think the ending sucked for me as well (if i'm remembering it right)
 
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