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Doctor Sleep: A Novel Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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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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Three days after starting this honey by King, I am sadly through the adventures of Doc and back into dull reality. The last ten percent of the book was read while standing up in the kitchen with the Kindle on the bar so false moves would not endanger the process.
Its that good. King as usual does not forget a detail from The Shining and intersects the old and new tales seamlessly. A last farewell from an earlier character was the perfect touch. King never wallows in sentimentality or plays the old cards too often. He spices the new work with a bit of the past but precisely and artfully. Reading King here is putting yourself in the hands of a master again. Its familiar, its expected and one is ever disappointed. The remarkable talent which makes this book float and soar through ones mind is one of our gifts for living at this time. Other problems and current events melt away as one volunteers to be part of the book and struggle until the end.
As one who has attended some meetings and read the Big Book there was even more for me to recognize and appreciate in this work.
King has empathy for folks with addictions but also knows that nothing but hard work, prayer and strength changes this situation. In addition to suggesting this book to a general readership, I also highly recommend it to our friends in AA and similar groups. If one is successful in this realm, the book is celebratory and if one needs more work, this book could help. Praise to King can never be overstated no matter what subject catches his fancy.
In terms of scare factor, some of the images from this book will be with me for a long while to come. A must for King fans, but I recommend it for any reader.
Going into this book, I did have a bit of trouble following the story line until I got to Abra. After that, everything clicked and I couldn’t wait to read more. I didn’t read The Shinning. Didn’t watch the movie but that was ok. Stephen King gave enough history for me to understand. At over 500 pages, the book is daunting and made me shy away but not anymore. Now, I need to figure out which of his books to read next.
The last 175 pages or so make up for a lot of the filler but still, it just fell a little flat. I think people get affected when they see the name "Stephen King" Well even he makes some not so great titles every now and then.
Again, It was just ok, not terrible by any means but you kind of get the feeling that he was trying to make another "IT" with this one then realized he had nowhere near enough material and that it would be pointless to flesh out in disposable characters.
This is going to be made into a movie soon - I think they should reconsider.