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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.

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"King's inventiveness and skill show no signs of slacking: Doctor Sleep has all the virtues of his best work." Margaret Atwood, The New York Times Book Review

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"Mr. King's earlier books were full of phantasms and demons, but he grows ever more adept at rooting his dark thoughts and toughest struggles in reality....He remains amazingly resourceful. He's so good at scaring that he can even raise goose bumps when he writes about the measles." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"Satisfying at every level. King even leaves room for a follow-up, should he choose to write one — and with luck, sooner than three decades hence." Kirkus Reviews

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"This is vintage King, a classic good-vs.-evil tale that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. His many fans won't be disappointed." Library Journal

About the Author

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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kseverous, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by kseverous)
This book was a fun ride. I had never read The Shining until last year and I luckily got to read this book right after reading that for the first time. The most interesting thing to me was how different the two books seemed to be in writing/editing style. I am in love with Rose the Hat and that "Beautiful Wreck" song by Shawn Mullins was the perfect song for her!
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MeganC, October 16, 2014 (view all comments by MeganC)
I thought this sequel to "The Shining" would be an excellent pre-Halloween October read--and I was not disappointed. Having read "The Shining" this time last year, I was glad to note that I had no problem jumping right into the story, which begins a few years after the burning of the Overlook Hotel. I find that some sequels have a tendency to disappoint, especially ones that introduce new characters and new points in time, but I think Stephen King did a fine job of bringing the reader up to speed on the new Dan Torrance. I had no problem confusing Dan Torrance with Danny (or "Doc") and I found his adult life believable, and appreciated the flashbacks to points in his life. This book is nowhere near as terrifying as "The Shining" (I had no problem going to sleep after reading it, unlike my experiences with those hedge animals) but it is interesting and at some points, very exciting. I would suggest reading "The Shining" before picking up "Doctor Sleep"--the movie just does not do the book justice and some might get confused over certain plot points. As King states in his Author's Note, "Doctor Sleep" is a sequel to the novel, which is the true history of the Torrance family.
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ISBN:
9781451698855
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Occult
Subject:
Horror - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
560
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212.725 x 139.7 mm

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"Review" by , "King's inventiveness and skill show no signs of slacking: Doctor Sleep has all the virtues of his best work."
"Review" by , "Mr. King's earlier books were full of phantasms and demons, but he grows ever more adept at rooting his dark thoughts and toughest struggles in reality....He remains amazingly resourceful. He's so good at scaring that he can even raise goose bumps when he writes about the measles."
"Review" by , "Satisfying at every level. King even leaves room for a follow-up, should he choose to write one — and with luck, sooner than three decades hence."
"Review" by , "This is vintage King, a classic good-vs.-evil tale that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. His many fans won't be disappointed."
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