Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476727653
Branch Call Number: KING
Characteristics: 531 pages ; 25 cm


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AL_CASSIDY Feb 21, 2017

An interesting King book that picks back up with Danny from The Shining. Very cool concept; seeing where he has gone in life and what has become of him. I found it to be an easy and quick read.

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Sep 23, 2017

Very good story! It's an edge of your seat thriller that continues the adventure of Danny Torrence--the son of Jack Torrence--from where 'The Shining' left off. Great suspense and nice ghost story too. I really liked how the story explores the bond between Danny and Abra's shining ability. If you're up for a thrilling, suspenseful story, this should be an awesome book to read.

Jun 25, 2017

It's far from King's best work. The whole story is fairly predictable. However, I do like how he takes the kid from the Shining and shows the impact that traumatizing event had on his life, and how he continues to use his powers now. Also, the little girl protagonist is pretty cool.

Apr 16, 2017

Another requested book I did not finish - I had not realized that this book was a sequel to The Shining. Because the first part of the book was about Dan Torrance and his alcoholism, I simply could not stomach it. I lost patience with Torrance & his problems and returned the book before anything happened. Meh.

Feb 27, 2017

As a lifelong fan of The Shining, I expected a lot from this book. I wanted a sequel that had the same theme or ''feel' as the first book. This book, however; ties in with another book series he released many years ago. If you do not like The Dark Tower, don't bother with this book. I hated that series and I hated this book. I forced myself to read twelve chapters. I really wanted to like this book but I just could not get into it.

AL_CASSIDY Feb 21, 2017

An interesting King book that picks back up with Danny from The Shining. Very cool concept; seeing where he has gone in life and what has become of him. I found it to be an easy and quick read.

Jun 25, 2016

Dr. Sleep was a decent enough horror story once Danny (now Dan) Torrence of The Shining got his inner and outer demons under control. But getting there was a long, slow process and felt more like it was ghost written (ha-ha) by someone other than King. His thanks in the Author's Notes to son Owen for suggesting 'valuable changes' in that part of the story line strengthened my suspicions, but who knows? At any rate the second half was classic King but, as a whole, this book is not among his best.

Jun 03, 2016

A great book, and the narration (audiobook version) is excellent, in fact the best I have heard so far.

Feb 18, 2016

Was thrilled to find out what had happened to Danny and Wendy (Everything except for the "like father like son" part). Other then that I enjoyed the plot but like @Chiv80 said the book felt like it dragged on and on. The only thing i didn't like was the ending.

Nov 19, 2015

Had high hopes for this book. But, it dragged on and on...

May 28, 2015

never read the shining but saw the movie. I thought this was a very good book. I'd give it a 8/10, the characters and events flow so smoothly and everything comes together impecibally. Not really scary but more interesting and paranormal. definitely worth reading.

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