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Doctor Sleep: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,001 customer reviews)

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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: 4116 KB
  • Print Length: 545 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (September 24, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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235 of 267 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Overlook September 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Shining was the most scared I have ever been reading a book. This book didn't repeat that level of terror for me. However, I was seven years old when I read the original and the magic and terror of childhood can't ever be completely recaptured. This book was as great a sequel as could ever have been expected to follow up a story that holds that important of a position in our collective pasts.

Don't read this book if all you want is to return to The Overlook Hotel and crazy JackTorrence. Neither are revived except as a reference and recap of Danny Torrence's history. The Overlook Hotel blew up and Jack Torrence died. There are echoes from that past, redrum and others, but this isn't as much of a sequel as it is a new story starring old characters.

King briefly updates us on what happened to little Danny and his mother Wendy, as well as the old cook who shared the shine with Danny. That update was pretty d--- scary in and of itself. I won't give it away, but some re-visitations were made.

In Danny's adulthood the story becomes less insanely crazy/scary than the first book. However, King's storytelling and ability to scare are still powerfully strong. This is a different tale completely than The Shining, with only a little overlap. Don't expect to experience that same level of terror and you won't be disappointed.

There was also a very human side of this story. Death and dying, the fight for sobriety, basically the life of an adult child of an abusive alcoholic -- who also happens to be able to read minds, see the future and communicate telepathically.

I listened to this book on Audible. The narrator did an excellent job although he was a tiny bit breathy. The reader, who in this case you must know for 18.5 hours, in an audio version is almost as important as the story. This narrator did a fairly good job of adding to the suspense of this book. The audio version won't disappoint.
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265 of 306 people found the following review helpful
By Jonah
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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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180 of 231 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts with fire then runs out of spirit-juice September 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
As a Constant Reader, King never disappoints. Much appreciated follow up to The Shining. Couldn't put it down. Read it in two sittings.
Published 1 hour ago by Kristi Bray-Dragt
5.0 out of 5 stars don't recreate rather explore a life's story
When I sat down to read this book I was expecting (and wanting) the shining part II. So I was a little disappointed the story meandered with very little of the original shining but... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by eljefe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "The Shining" extension
Doctor Sleep is a great book that continues the life of Danny Torrance with new and different twists at every corner. A real must read for Stephen King fans everywhere!
Published 6 hours ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I'd hoped
Hadn't read any of this author for a long time but decided to take a shot at this one. So glad I did!
Published 9 hours ago by Kathy Kobliski
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
Loved the story. Thought the beginning was a bit slow. I loved the connections to The Shining. A must read.
Published 10 hours ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master
As always Uncle Stevie is the master of his genre. When he announced he was contuining the Shining I had my doubts but he made it happen perfectly
Published 15 hours ago by SAMUEL CIMINO
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Sleep
Always been a fan of Stephen King's writing however over the last decade have only thought a few of his works still represent his full writing ability. Dr. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Jason Stritter
5.0 out of 5 stars King is the King of Horror
Well, I am sure that line has been used before, but the truth needs repeating. I just finished this yesterday and I loved every minute of it. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by CoyKen
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Stephen King
I was skeptical about this book having read some Stephen King lately that I wasn't very thrilled about like I have been in the past. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by L. Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read it but not one of his greatest hits
Was it a page turner? Yes. Was I interested in the characters? Yes. Glad to revisit Danny Torrance after all these years? Sure. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by citypsyche
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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
Agreed!

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 Scotman's Reviews |  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.
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