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Doctor Sleep: A Novel [Hardcover]

Stephen King
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Book Description

Sept. 24 2013
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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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 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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel to The Shining 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. It really is beautifully written and very suspenseful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shining on Dr. Sleep 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Novel of Addiction Nov. 8 2013
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Sleep 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Continued brilliance Oct. 1 2013
By Fablexus TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Danny... all growed up... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol’ King Aug. 10 2014
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Wow! I am a huge fan of Stephen King, always have been. It’s hard to compete with the classics such as Carrie, It, The Dead Zone, Salem’s Lot, and of course, The Shining. Most books/movies that try to have success based on the original son;t have much success - BUT this book exceeded anything I could possibly hope for. King managed to take a very young character, Danny Torrence, that had a major part in serious story and give Danny his very own and amazing story.
I identified with all the characters - loved and rooted for the main protagonists, and I was terrified and hated the bad guys (well, bad girl!)
All I can say is: Get it. Just get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Very good
Published 12 days ago by Douglas Foley
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I am a huge Stephen King fan, and The Shining is my favorite book by him. When I heard there was going to be a sequel, I jumped at the chance to read it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I was in 'knot's' all the way thru.
Just finished it, and loved it. Highly recommend this book. I won't go any further because I would just be repeating what anyone else who has read the book and loved it has already... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pockets
5.0 out of 5 stars I was curious as to how Stephen King would raise ...
I was curious as to how Stephen King would raise the Danny Torrance Charactor. Very Fitting. Now lets see what that little fire-starter Charlie is up to these days.
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca C. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Stephen King
Have all his books since Carrie. My kids grew up terrified by my "library" and they always know what to get me as a gift
Published 3 months ago by Nancy Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to The Shining shines
A new, and massive, book from Stephen King is either a pre-Halloween treat or a nasty trick. That Doctor Sleep is billed as a sequel increases the trepidation but there is no need... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew C. Rowsome
5.0 out of 5 stars The story continues years later after "The Shining"
Another classic Stephen King read. It was great to catch up with Dan Torrance 30 years after The Shining. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dianne Laheurte
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, but didn't feel like Stephen King
I thorougly enjoyed Doctor Sleep however like the 1963 book it just felt a little safe or clean for Stephen King. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Burdon
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Sequel to the Shining.
I bought this as a gift for my wife. She is a big Stephen King fan and said that she enjoyed the book. She recommends it to anyone else who enjoys (SK).
Published 4 months ago by AlbertaRob
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I held a bit of trepidation with King writing a follow up after so many years - but I buried my trepidation by reaching page fifteen. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roxy
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