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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 24 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476727651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476727653
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years. Peter Straub on The Shining The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature. Mark Lawson, Guardian Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years. Peter Straub on The Shining The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature. Mark Lawson, Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Mr. Mercedes, 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on Sept. 27 2013
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The Shining stands as one of horror's masterpieces. Over 35 years later, we now get its sequel. Is it worth the wait? Well, to be fair I didn't quite wait 35 years, but I have waited a long time, and yes, it was definitely worth the wait!

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 8 2013
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Stephen King is a brave fellow. Not many authors would entertain a sequel for such a popular and renown effort like The Shining. In his afterward King admits the notion of returning the characters to life had been haunting him for years. By imagining Danny Halloran's later years he undertakes a cathartic experience and invites readers to join him.

The novel initially draws one in with an engaging chronological catchup and back story. The best part of the book covers Danny-now-Dan's troubled years. His struggles with alcoholism are scarier than any supernatural apparition. It is the ghost of his father that provides the most chilling scenarios. Dan picks up the pieces to the best of his ability with endearing and generous help from sound New England folk. King has taught us that if you are ever facing evil or malevolent spirits, it is best to have some hearty New Englanders on your side because invariably they win.

I did miss The Overlook hotel in this outing. Substituting is a group of travellers called The True Knot. They, at first, were entertaining and mysterious but then grew disappointing. I could not help but draw comparisons to John Connolly's Charlie Parker novels and the strange villains he encounters in the same part of America. The True Knot are actually ancients but act like retired folks traveling across the US in Winnebagos (they reminded me of Irish Travellers or the Black Dutch). They too have an addiction that drives all of their decision-making.

Doctor Sleep was interesting but lacked the scares and thrills one would expect. In fact, it was quite procedural. Laced throughout are lessons on family, facing adversity and the King constant of standing up to evil in all forms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WBMB on Oct. 14 2013
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One of the best sequels ever... My only regret is that Steve can't write as fast as I can read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Debra Walker on Sept. 29 2013
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I have never read a Stephen King novel before-I didn't know what I was missing.This book is so beautifully written,I cannot put it down.It is mesmerizing.I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the paranormal mixed with everyday life.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fablexus TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 1 2013
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There was a period of time following his accident that lovers of Stephen King held our collective breaths. It seemed to be difficult for him to get back into his former ease of writing. Over the past few years, he's calmed these fears with amazing works like Duma Key, or Under the Dome. While I don't think that Doctor Sleep meets these titles in their originality and just plain uniqueness - but it's definitely a solid offering by an author who knows his audience, his voice, and what he wants to say. I won't go into any of the story itself, but if you're a King fan, you'll enjoy it. As an added bonus, the back cover is some of the best cover art I've seen in a while. Very creepy indeed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Smith on Oct. 15 2013
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By one of the best. Didn't disappoint but then how could he? Answers questions I had left from reading the Shining such a long time ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Kivell on Oct. 7 2013
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Very excellent. Makes you wish you had some of The Shining.... Maybe you do.
Embrace it all, while you can still get your arms around it.
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By AP on Dec 5 2014
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I have gradually inched my way towards loving Stephen King. It started with youthful rejection of his status as a popular author, but I have changed, learned. 'Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption' was the first of his stories I loved, followed by 'Misery', and then...'The Shining'. This last one is one of his best and most famous novels, and rightfully so--it contains some of the most famous images, and one of the most famous plots of novels from the latter half of the 20th Century. So the question is this: how could a sequel top this?

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.
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