Doctor Sleep: A Novel Hardcover – Sep 24 2013
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King's own supplies of creative steam show little sign of being depleted. The Sunday Times King is a very remarkable and singular writer. He can catch dialogue, throw away an observation or mint a simile, sometimes, brilliantly ... Storytelling is everything - and by golly does he know how to carry the reader. Observer DOCTOR SLEEP is King expertly returning to the milieu of his most beloved novels, combining not just elements from the original THE SHINING but themes and imagery familiar from King's books, including CARRIE, SALEM'S LOT, FIRESTARTER and IT. It also has a structure King has often utilised before, with a group of essentially good people having to band against a gang of baddies but within this structure King works masterful variations, showing just with a brilliant storyteller he is. When King is on form, as he is in DOCTOR SLEEP, he has no rivals for sheer page-turning suspense. It is as addictive as anything he has written: a triumph from the world's finest horror novelist. Sunday Express It's a gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt. Financial Times DOCTOR SLEEP is a warm, entertaining novel by a man who is no longer the prisoner of his demons, but knows where to find them when he needs to call on them. Daily Telegraph Thirty-six years on from his horror classic, THE SHINING, Stephen King's sequel shows he still has plenty of creative steam. The Sunday Times King has written a sequel, the tale of what happened to little Danny when he grew up. Need one say more? It cannot fail ... the best thing to emerge from King's glittering, warped imagination is of mundane, small-town America corrupted by hidden forces ... you cannot but respect his ruthless expertise as a storyteller ... even those of us who would never freely pick up a Stephen King must genuflect to a master. The Times Stephen King's frightscapes are among the most incredible in literature, yet one believes in them unquestioningly. Spectator Terrifying and, as always, brilliantly-crafted tale, you won't be left wanting. But you may be left scared. Sun A magnificent sequel to one of the finest horror yarns written ... Brilliant. Daily Express Highly anticipated sequel to his bestselling 1977 novel THE SHINING. Daily Express Saturday Mag Hopeful and hugely humane. -- John Connolly Irish Times DOCTOR SLEEP has a tightness, an economy, after some of the lengthier novels of recent years, but also a lightness of touch. It reads less like a horror novel than a thriller and ends on a scene of intimate and intense human contact, a gift of consolation at the moment of death. -- John Connolly Irish Times King is too skilled a storyteller for DOCTOR SLEEP to be anything other than unputdownable. Mail On Sunday Both an excellent sequel to THE SHINING and a strong novel in its own right, this is one of King's best books in the last decade. SciFi Bulletin Suspenseful, thrilling and packed with twists ... an incredibly sincere piece of writing. Time Out It still grips, just differently than the original Shortlist King still remains the daddy of them all Metro The novel's deepest shiverings depend on no made-up devils. Guardian For the truth is, there are few writers who have such a way with character (and that character delivered through authorial peeks into thought and feeling, is so important in his books) ... Once his stories get their hooks into you, they're impossible to put down ... The denouement of the novel takes place in autumn, and that's no coincidence. You can practically smell the leaf piles burning, their fragrant smoke mixed with that of funeral pyres. Sfx.co.uk King [is] a genius at transforming the ordinary into the utterly horrific. Evening Standard This is the master on top form, drawing his readers in with his amazing storytelling power - first with the tension, then with the richness and details of the scene-setting and characterisation. Daily Mail Book of the Week: King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beauty while avoiding spiritualist blather Guardian [King] writes people and communities with searing acuity, and often touching compassion, coupled with tough and authentic understanding. The difference is, he also steps back, or sideways, through the gaps to hook out the slithery things and the creeping, gut-churning things at the corner of our vision. British Fantasy Society Review --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Drunken Fireworks, Finders Keepers, Revival, Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63, adapted as a 2016 series on Hulu starring James Franco, 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. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.See all Product Description
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In those 35 years both Stephen King and (most of) his audience have matured. This is not the tense, claustrophobic horror-thriller that The Shining was. In fact, I actually don't think it's as scary. But it's just as good. King's writing is just spot on. Danny, as a character, is really captivating. The rest of the support cast is spot on and the plot really is gripping. I can't say too much without giving away important plot elements, but I can say that it involves a few King staples: an alcoholic with special abilities, a child with even better abilities, and a story of redemption.
Is there horror in it? Yes. Some of the nasty elements are nasty, especially early on. Is there violence? Yes. Gore? Yes. But it's all presented in a masterful way so that it's not overwhelming. In fact, this book is almost an adventure story rather than a horror story. More Robert E Howard than HP Lovecraft. And this book, like Joyland, draws primarily on its characters. The setting is a combination of the usual NE US and the old Overlook hotel, but as always King paints each scene with such vivid words that it almost feels like you're walking beside the characters in the story.
So why five stars? Well first, I couldn't put the book down and had to read it in a day. That's always a very good sign.Read more ›
In most respects, I think King has succeeded in writing a superior story to the original. I want to make my case for the plot, characters, and resolutions he gives in 'Doctor Sleep'.
First, the plot. We follow Dan Torrance as he picks himself up from a life centered around alcohol and self-destruction. He takes a job as an orderly at a home, earning the name "Doctor Sleep" because he helps terminal patients pass on to the after-life with his psychic powers. Along the way, he ends up meeting a young girl named Abra who also has "the shining," the only difference being that Abra is far more powerful than Dan. They meet in person after Abra's life is threatened by a group of wandering vampires who siphon energy from individuals with telekinetic powers. The novel centers around this conflict, and King really throws some great tension into key parts of the novel. The climax is tearfully resonant with readers of 'The Shining', as Dan Torrance receives some help from an old friend who he loved dearly. The plot is executed quite well, which has always been a strength of King's.
Next, the characters. In the older Dan Torrance, Stephen King has created someone who I was able to identify with deeply.Read more ›
Embrace it all, while you can still get your arms around it.
It's a big, long read but like all King books it will drag you along. There's no need to mention the link between the good doctor and the shine suffice to say it's here. If I could make a bold statement with anecdotal evidence only, I'd say no one who ever starts reading a Steven King book stops before the end. He just has that way that keeps you interested and intrigued.
A lot of Dr Sleep actually takes place in an amusement park and has some echoes of a little sleeper he released just prior to this called Joyland. It's a mystery ghost story set in a theme park and works great. So if you want a bit of a King thriller to read in a night or two pick this up. As for a truly horrifying slice of recent Steven Kingery try the Ghost Brothers musical he wrote with John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. It comes with a CD of the music and a DVD of some of the excellent gothic songs and interviews, plus a glossy oversize book of the entire spooky, downright evil story. This is a true horror story that may escape fans because of its packaging, etc. Don't pass it up though, after all Elvis Costello plays the devil. It is a near masterpiece, guaranteed to keep you awake, day and night.
With apologies to Mr Bad Example for the title. Someone much admired by Mr King.
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Huge SK fan. This book, however, was sub par and felt forced. Sorry...Published 4 days ago by Gerhard Jason Geick
Bought has a Christmas present. Told it was a very good read.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Stephen King - Doctor Sleep - This takes place a number of years after the events in The Shining. Continuing the story during current day events. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joel Andrews
I don’t scare easily, and Doctor Sleep didn’t scare me. However, I did find it suspenseful, engaging, and a great read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peter Scottsdale, author
Entertaining and well written. It is what I expected from a master story teller like Stephen King. I have lent it to my son's girlfriend Becca and she is loving it.Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Booth