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the Dark Tower ref. :
Nineteen (19)

First line :
It became their motto, and Jonesy couldn't for the life of him remember which of them started saying it first.

Notes :
Dreamcatcher takes us once again back to Derry, Maine.

Although propably just a coincidence or play on words [Gary/Gray] rather then an xref, it is noteworthy, that It also went by the name of Bob Gray.

Mr. Gray's first attempt to spread the byrus is using the Derry Standpipe, which is known from IT and was destroyed on the storm of 1985.

Direct reference to IT is made, when Mr. Gray finds a plaque mentioning the Losers Club, namely Bill, Ben, Bev, Eddie, Richie, Stan, Mike at the remains of the Standpipe. This is completed by a sprey-painted note "Pennywise lives".

Shawshank State Prison is mentioned.

Duddits lives on Dearborn Street. Will Dearborn is the alias Roland uses in Wizard and Glass.

The Beav liked to write with Black Beauty pencils. These were also a favorite of George Stark.

The DJ on WWVE mentions the Dead Zone.

The town of 'Salem, know from 'Salem's Lot and One for the Road, is mentioned.

Places :
Derry, Maine
Take a look at the towns for more info...

Quotes :
  • “Same shit, different day.”
  • “Dreams age faster than dreamers.”
  • “You grew up, became a man, had to adjust to taking less than you hoped for; you discovered the dream-machine had a big OUT OF ORDER sign on it.”
  • “Wanting more is just a recipe for heartache. Dreams are for kids.”
  • “The darkness is coming.”
  • “We don’t know the days that will change our lives.”
  • “Some things you didn’t feel safe telling even your closest friends. And sometimes your closest friends knew, anyway.”
  • “Things changed, but only a fool believed they only changed for the worse. That was what he thought then."
  • "Oh man, why was the world so hard?"
  • "For the love of God, we're helpless!"
  • "Carelessness gets you killed."
  • "Some dreams die and fall free, that is another of the world's bitter truths. How many bitter truths there are."

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    DESCRIPTION
  • Written : November 19, 1999 – May 29, 2000
  • Intended original title : Cancer
  • The first novel King's written since his near-fatal accident.
  • Synopsis :
    Four lifelong friends gather in the woods of western Maine for their annual hunting trip. When they were young, they were bound together forever by an act of bravery involving a fifth friend, whose influence has given these men special powers. Their trip is disrupted when a stranger, disoriented and delirious, wanders into camp, muttering about light in the sky. Before long, the friends find themselves pitted against an alien invasion and must draw on their old friend's strength once again to fight for their lives.


  • REVIEW
    The bodysnatching-aliens tale Dreamcatcher is his first book in years that slakes our hunger for horror the way he used to. A throwback to It, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers, Dreamcatcher is also an interesting new wrinkle in his fiction.

    Four boyhood pals in Derry, Maine, get together for a pilgrimage to their favorite deep-woods cabin, Hole in the Wall. The four have been telepathically linked since childhood, thanks to a searing experience involving a Down syndrome neighbor--a human dreamcatcher. They've all got midlife crises: clownish Beav has love problems; the intellectual shrink, Henry, is slowly succumbing to the siren song of suicide; Pete is losing a war with beer; Jonesy has had weird premonitions ever since he got hit by a car.

    Then comes worse trouble: an old man named McCarthy (a nod to the star of the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers) turns up at Hole in the Wall. His body is erupting with space aliens resembling furry moray eels: their mouths open to reveal nests of hatpin-like teeth. Poor Pete tries to remove one that just bit his ankle: "Blood flew in splattery fans as Pete tried to shake it off, stippling the snow and the sawdusty tarp and the dead woman's parka. Droplets flew into the fire and hissed like fat in a hot skillet."

    For all its nicely described mayhem, Dreamcatcher is mostly a psychological drama. Typically, body snatchers turn humans into zombies, but these aliens must share their host's mind, fighting for control. Jonesy is especially vulnerable to invasion, thanks to his hospital bed near-death transformation, but he's also great at messing with the alien's head. While his invading alien, Mr. Gray, is distracted by puppeteering Jonesy's body as he's driving an Arctic Cat through a Maine snowstorm, Jonesy constructs a mental warehouse along the lines of The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. Jonesy physically feels as if he's inside a warehouse, locked behind a door with the alien rattling the doorknob and trying to trick him into letting him in. It's creepy from the alien's view, too. As he infiltrates Jonesy, experiencing sugar buzz, endorphins, and emotions for the first time, Jonesy's influence is seeping into the alien: "A terrible thought occurred to Mr. Gray: what if it was his concepts that had no meaning?"

    King renders the mental fight marvelously, and telepathy is a handy way to make cutting back and forth between the campers' various alien battlefronts crisp and cinematic. The physical naturalism of the Maine setting is matched by the psychological realism of the interior struggle. Deftly, King incorporates the real-life mental horrors of his own near-fatal accident and dramatizes the way drugs tug at your consciousness. Like the Tommyknockers, the aliens are partly symbols of King's (vanquished) cocaine and alcohol addiction. Mainly, though, they're just plain scary. Dreamcatcher is a comeback and an infusion of rich new blood into King's body of work.


    EDITIONS
    FIRST EDITION
    Scribner 2001.

    "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.

    Dust Jacket price: $28.00

    MY EDITIONS

    Hodder & Stoughton 2001.
    Hardcover.

    "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.
    599 pages.
    ISBN 0 340 77071 6.

    Copyright © Stephen King, 2001.
    Fiction: Horror



    Scribner.
    ereader pro book

    ISBN 0 7432 2188 5.
    817 pages.

    (in full-screen: 1024x768, Tahoma size 10)
     


    DEDICATION


    This is for Susan Moldow and Nan Graham.

    BOOK BREAKDOWN


    First, the News

    SSDD

    1988: Even Beaver Gets the Blues

    1993: Pete Helps a Lady in Distress

    1998: Henry Treats a Couch Man

    2001: Jonesy's Student-Teacher Conference

    PART 1
    CANCER

    CHAPTER ONE
    McCARTHY

    CHAPTER TWO
    THE BEAV

    CHAPTER THREE
    HENRY'S SCOUT

    CHAPTER FOUR
    McCARTHY GOES TO THE JOHN

    CHAPTER FIVE
    DUDDITS, PART ONE

    CHAPTER SIX
    DUDDITS, PART TWO

    CHAPTER SEVEN
    JONESY AND THE BEAV

    CHAPTER EIGHT
    ROBERTA

    CHAPTER NINE
    PETE AND BECKY


    PART 2
    GRAYBOYS

    CHAPTER TEN
    KURTZ AND UNDERHILL

    CHAPTER ELEVEN
    THE EGGMAN'S JOURNEY

    CHAPTER TWELVE
    JONESY IN THE HOSPITAL

    CHAPTER THIRTEEN
    AT GOSSELIN'S

    CHAPTER FOURTEEN
    GOING SOUTH

    CHAPTER FIFTEEN
    HENRY AND OWEN

    CHAPTER SIXTEEN
    DERRY

    CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
    HEROES


    PART THREE
    QUABBIN

    CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
    THE CHASE BEGINS

    CHAPTER NINETEEN
    THE CHASE CONTINUES

    CHAPTER TWENTY
    THE CHASE ENDS

    CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE
    SHAFT 12

    EPILOGUE
    LABOR DAY

    INNER SLEEVE


    Duddits was our finest hour, man. Duddits was how we defined ourselves.

    In Derry, Maine, four young boys once stood together and did a brave thing. Something that changed them in ways they hardly understand.

    A quarter of a century later, the boys are men who have gone their seperate ways. Though they still get together once a year, to go hunting in the north woods of Maine. But this time is different. This time a man comes stumbling into their camp, lost, disoriented and muttering about lights in the sky.

    Before long, these old friends will be plunged into the most remarkable events of their lives as they struggle with a terrible creature from another world. Their only chance of survival is locked in their shared past - and in the Dreamcatcher.

    Suspenseful, frightening, and sometimes howlingly funny, Dreamcatcher is a story of invasion and battle, survival and heroism. It is a story of how men remember ... and how they love.

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