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Doctor Sleep: A Novel (The Shining Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
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Book Description

Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2013: What ever happened to Danny Torrance? For the 36 years since The Shining was first published, the answer has been left to our imaginations. Finally we catch up with Dan as his creator envisions him: a flawed middle-aged man with a tragic past -- his special gift, "shining," dulled with age and alcohol. He's "Doctor Sleep" now, a hospice worker who eases the end of patients' lives. He also happens to be the only one who can help a little girl with her own special gift. This is not simply The Shining II. Not only does this story stand on its own, it manages to magnify the supernatural quality that first drew us to young Danny, expanding its mystery and its intensity in a way that might even reach beyond this book into the rest of the King-iverse... and beyond. (Easter egg alert: look for the nod to King's son Joe Hill's recent book N0S4A2.) --Robin A. Rothman

From Publishers Weekly

Iconic horror author King (Joyland) picks up the narrative threads of The Shining many years on. Young psychic Danny Torrance has become a middle-aged alcoholic (he now goes by Dan), bearing his powers and his guilt as equal burdens. A lucky break gets him a job in a hospice in a small New England town. Using his abilities to ease the passing of the terminally ill, he remains blissfully unaware of the actions of the True Knot, a caravan of human parasites crisscrossing the map in their RVs as they search for children with the shining (psychic abilities of the kind that Dan possesses), upon whom they feed. When a girl named Abra Stone is born with powers that dwarf Dan&'s, she attracts the attention of the True Knot&'s leader—the predatory Rose the Hat. Dan is forced to help Abra confront the Knot, and face his own lingering demons. Less terrifying than its famous predecessor, perhaps because of the author&'s obvious affection for even the most repellant characters, King&'s latest is still a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance&'s story. Agent: Chuck Verrill, Darhansoff & Verrill Literary Agents. (Oct.)

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  • File Size: 4119 KB
  • Print Length: 545 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6CCF0K
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310 of 359 people found the following review helpful
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The return-to-form King displayed with 11/22/63 and the novella JOYLAND continues for the most part with King's long-awaited 36-years-later sequel to 1977's THE SHINING.

Picking up only a few years after the conclusion of events in THE SHINING, the prologue features one of the most memorable apparitions from The Overlook making a welcome return "haunting". From there, the novel jumps ahead a couple of decades, picking up with Danny at his lowest point in his late twenties before coursing ahead several more years. The pacing is a little disjointed at times and I was disappointed that some of Dan's arguably more compelling years (his teenage years) - and characters such as Wendy and Dick Hallorann - are never really explored to the extent or depth I had hoped they would be. A little more detail and padding here would have been welcome. However, King has often been criticized for his meandering, overlong style so many readers may relish this slightly more concise style.

The constant references throughout to even minor events in THE SHINING will have most readers inevitably comparing it to the earlier book (throwbacks to "REDRUM" and many other references abound). While DOCTOR SLEEP does work as a stand-alone novel, it works best as a sequel. There are two main threads to this novel: the exploration and expansion of the character of the now adult 'Doc', as he battles with his demons (alcoholism, his past, and his shining ability); and the new story and characters such as Abra, Chetta, Lucy, Doctor John, Dave, and The True Knot. The new characters, especially Abra, are well drawn but the villains come across as a little hammy and the overall plot pales in comparison to Dan's inner ruminations.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh How I Wanted to Love This Book. November 15, 2013
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After reading an author for as many years as I've read King, I have become accustomed somewhat to the writer's habits and other signature moves to the point where I can almost predict them. And when those habits and signatures aren't there, when a writer you've read for years is off his or her game, it becomes as palpable on the brain as the lack of salt feels almost injurious to a gourmet's palate.

That's how I felt when I read Doctor Sleep, the sequel to King's masterpiece to The Shining. I'm almost at pains to call it a sequel, because it feels so utterly separate from the mind and world in which the first book was written that one could easily read this book without having read The Shining and not miss much of a beat, but there is some bridging there between the first two books for those who have read The Shining.

That being said, the book started off very strong. Dan Torrance, once known as Danny or "Doc," has grown up and he's wrestling with the alcohol demon, in much the same way his father did, only he has his childhood nightmare at The Overlook as well as his often torturous psychic ability still riding shotgun. He's a bit of a nomad, drifting from town to town after he's burned enough bridges (usually thanks to the antics he gets up to while on a liquor binge) but he tries to make the best of things working as an orderly at various hospice centers where he helps to usher dying patients gently into the afterlife. This whole side of Dan's life is not given a whole lot of gravity or dimension, however, and it left me wondering what exactly he does for these people that is so special. That was my first cue that King was not entirely on his game here, but I'll get to that in a minute.
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216 of 269 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts with fire then runs out of spirit-juice September 25, 2013
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Firstly - kudos to Mr King. As one of his early works The Shining has a mythical status of a classic from an era of horror that once was. Penning a sequel decades later is a challenge I don't envy.

So the inevitable comparison: Dr Sleep is much more modern than The Shining, a sort of supernatural adventure, coming of age, redemption tale mixed into one. Where The Shining was the quintessential insanity inducing haunted hotel story, Dr Sleep reads more like a superhero story rather than an out and out horror.

In common both tales are heavy on the gross style of scares (although that could be said about almost all Stephen King novels) and hinge strongly on the theme of violence caused by unnaturally induced insanity.

The beginning of Dr Sleep was by far the strongest part of the book. King initially brings us up to speed on Dan Torrance, then introduces Abra as a next generation 'Shiner.' While the first few chapters lack a sense of direction and tension, just the vivid experiences of Dan's recovery and Abra's struggling family are enough to carry the novel, and when the True Knot are introduced they are freaking creepy.

Somewhere about the middle of the book things started to stagnate, Dan's alcoholism becomes more of a token flaw as opposed to an important part of the story. Abra's difficulties with her psychic power are largely tamed, and the conclusion feels like the end of a lesser B grade action flick, it seems Mr King was too timid to hit us with a tragic or at least traumatizing finale and let things end without surprise or unfortunately any excitement.

In total Dr Sleep is a good book, but will likely be remembered as just another Stephen King book rather than an equally classic piece as its predecessor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This turned out to be a very good sequel to The Shining
This turned out to be a very good sequel to The Shining. Highly recommend. Stephen King never fails to move me.
Published 2 hours ago by Heather M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel. Ok
Great novel. Ok, good novel. Not as good as the first, when King was at his peak. But still fun and enjoyable.
Published 1 day ago by Mikeal Lowery
3.0 out of 5 stars A Comic Book in Novel Format
I read a lot of King in high school, and 20+ years later I started to pick his books up again. One book I had never read was The Shining. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Anthony Moreno
5.0 out of 5 stars had a book report due and didn’t feel like reading it
Doctor Sleep: The Novel is the long anticipated sequel to Stephen King’s 1977 novel, The Shining, and I couldn’t wait to get it in my hands. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kim Heniadis
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good 2nd book it is true to the first book
This is a very good 2nd book it is true to the first book , with a lot of new characters and plots , will there be a 3rd ?
Published 3 days ago by Joan HM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up! Terrific read. Recommended.
I am a big fan of SK, so it will not surprise anyone to know that I really liked this book. It is written in typical King fashion, with stories wrapped around stories, the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by D. Milnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite reads to date. A++++
Published 3 days ago by jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Very good book. I really didn't want to put it down. Kept me guessing the whole time. Good character development. Good story. I have already recommended this book to a friend. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bonnie MacCormack
5.0 out of 5 stars wow fantastic! i love the shinning and this is the ...
wow fantastic! i love the shinning and this is the second book to that. highly recommend to any stephen king fan! or anyone!
Published 3 days ago by Mary Jo Gessner
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but an episode of "Buffy" gets deeper than this
I enjoyed the book, loved spending time with the characters (the little boy from The Shining who grows up to be an alcoholic and a girl he meets who also has the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mark
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Can't Wait For This Shining Sequel!
G.A. Harper: Don't just rent the movie. Don't. You will miss most of the truly scary "shining" moments for Danny. The movie is nothing, nothing like the book. It's a fine movie, but there is simply no way a Stephen King novel can translate effectively to the screen because of his... Read More
Jul 22, 2013 by LisaSaysMaybe |  See all 28 posts
Got rid of useless one star review

Tired of "reviews" both in books and films, that are written by those who have never actually seen the film nor read the book.

Got mine on pre-order, can't wait to start into it and write a real review.
Sep 23, 2013 by Critic's Corner |  See all 4 posts
Dr Sleep - Last line of book
He always list the day he started writing the book and the day he finished it.
Oct 29, 2013 by 6138 |  See all 2 posts
Seeing Unhelpful votes on good reviews
The only unhelpful votes I've given so far are to all the single-sentence wonders who are either OMG!!!!1! Loved it!!! or OMG it suckz!1!!!!1!
Oct 2, 2013 by J. R Weaver |  See all 10 posts
What other sequels of King's novels would you like to read?
Someone asked King in a Q&A if he'd consider a sequel to IT and he said it was too scary for him LOL If you want a new take on IT check out the audiobook if you haven't already. Steven Weber's interpretation, while slightly over the top, embellishes everything that is great about the book.
Oct 27, 2013 by Steven Torres |  See all 7 posts
Anne Rice better horror writer than Stephen King Be the first to reply
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