AP; I have to agree with you. I finished Dreamcatcher some time ago, and there were parts I enjoyed that I felt could have been developed further and other parts that made absolutely no sense to the story line. Also, the book did one of the things I hate the most; what I call the "hurry up and end this" technique. It is as if King says to himself, "What the this baby is over 500 pages and it ain't gonna be another Stand; so I may as well wrap it, slap it, and profit from it. I agree with Hissy it is NOT vintage King nor is it any inkling of a "new direction of his writing". It is , for the most part, rambling and inconsistent. Some would argue that this is supposed to be "stream of conscious" writing, but even in "stream of conscious" style there has to be a main frame strong enough to tie all the threads together. In this book King seemed to loose track of what he was trying to achieve. I do not think it was a waste of time to read it, but I skimmed a whole lot of it from midway on and it definitely will not be a book I will bother to re-read. They will probably make a "chintzy" attempt at turning it into a movie which will be even less valid than the book.