alfijahchild, December 27, 2013 (view all comments by alfijahchild)
Reading Doctor Sleep was very much like sitting down to eat and savor a sumptuous, abundant feast. It was so rich and delicious. Doctor Sleep is my foray into the books of Stephen King; I saw the Shining, and Doctor Sleep is the sequel to the Shining. However, this is my first experience of sitting down at a banquet prepared by the master, Stephen King. I was told that King is one of the foremost writers on human psyche and human behavior and that he would be taken more seriously on these matters if he were not a horror writer, and it's absolutely true. He has incredible insight into human beings.
King is a masterful story teller weaving various strands into a plush, magical tapestry. This novel has substance abuse, recovery, relationships, compassion, connections, secrets, fear, monsters, murder, amazing character development, great voice, and magic. Whether you're new to King or familiar with his style and stories, you will be completely captivated with Doctor Sleep, and you will have 500 plus pages to feed your feening, book junky self.
The Lost Entwife, November 1, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
Stephen King is a hit-or-miss author for me. I enjoyed The Shining (but still haven't worked up the gumption to watch the movie), but It fell flat. I read Under the Dome and it infuriated me (stereotypes of any sort do that to me) but The Green Mile made me weep with sympathy. It was only because I enjoyed my time reading The Shining that I decided to pick up Doctor Sleep from the library. The result? Well.. keep reading!
One of the things I loved about The Shining was the slow burn. I kept expecting the horror to come out and smack me in the face, but the story just slowly built and built until I was so immersed that I was flipping pages without any thought to heedlessly running into the "scary bits." And scary bits they were. The same was true for me with Doctor Sleep. Once again, I was reminded of what it was like to read an unputdownable book, and that's saying something considering the bulky weight of Doctor Sleep. I was thoroughly entranced with young Abra, felt so much concern and pity for Dan, and was fascinated at the concept of the True Knots. I mean, think about it - those big RV's are sure to hide all sorts of secrets!
The other thing I completely appreciated was the growth of Dan. As a child, he faced demons that would have had me curled up in the corner of a room, refusing to go anywhere and it's obvious that, although it did not have that effect on Dan, he still was left with demons - both in the form of deathly creatures as well as addiction. The sub-story to Doctor Sleep is that of the journey of an alcoholic and it's a moving story. I was rooting for Dan with all of my might while at the same time so afraid of what it would do to him to get involved back in the situation that encouraged it in the first place.
There were no dull parts to this story. The guilt of Dan, the innocence of Abra, and the sheet evil of the True Knot group made each section of the story interesting as the focus switched from the first to the second to the third. As much as I enjoyed The Shining, it could not boast of holding my attention as closely as Doctor Sleep did and, for this on-and-off-again reader of Stephen King I'll just say that if he continues to put out work like this one, I'll be checking them out as soon as they are on the shelf.
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Pengi, October 26, 2013 (view all comments by Pengi)
As always, I was excited about a new Steven King book and couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. I was surprised when it didn't pull me in for the first 100 pages or so, but when we finally got settled into the main story and started to get to know the different characters, I couldn't put it down. I'm already waiting for King's next book. Recommended.
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Chris Martucci, October 21, 2013 (view all comments by Chris Martucci)
For more than 35 years Stephen King has been stealing my sleep. This latest effort is one of his finest, and I was not expecting it to be nearly as satisfying as it was. I am not overly fond of sequels, but Dr. Sleep is the exception to the rule. Like King, I had always wondered what long term effect the Overlook would have on little Danny Torrance. Turns out that the apple did not fall far from the tree.....but we all get a shot at redemption. Great read, I highly recommend it.
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karami, September 27, 2013 (view all comments by karami)
Get ready. If I can make just one recommendation: whether you're a longtime King fan or fairly new to his stuff, it wouldn't be the worst thing to read The Shining before you get your hands on Doctor Sleep. Seasoned fans know that the movie, while engrossing in its own right, is very different in many ways, and doesn't even begin to plumb the psychological depths that the book does. You could read and love Doctor Sleep without doing so, but I think people's experiences of this sequel will only be enriched by first checking out one of the mothers of all horror novels.
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Scribner Book Company -
by Doug C.,
In this exciting and frightening follow-up to The Shining, Stephen King brings back the gifted young Danny Torrance, now a troubled adult. His encounter with a young girl who has an even greater gift sends them both into battle against a powerful evil. King fans won't be disappointed.
by Doug C.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Iconic horror author King (Joyland) picks up the narrative threads of The Shining many years on. Young psychic Danny Torrance has become a middle-aged alcoholic (he now goes by 'Dan'), bearing his powers and his guilt as equal burdens. A lucky break gets him a job in a hospice in a small New England town. Using his abilities to ease the passing of the terminally ill, he remains blissfully unaware of the actions of the True Knot, a caravan of human parasites crisscrossing the map in their RVs as they search for children with 'the shining' (psychic abilities of the kind that Dan possesses), upon whom they feed. When a girl named Abra Stone is born with powers that dwarf Dan's, she attracts the attention of the True Knot's leader — the predatory Rose the Hat. Dan is forced to help Abra confront the Knot, and face his own lingering demons. Less terrifying than its famous predecessor, perhaps because of the author's obvious affection for even the most repellant characters, King's latest is still a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance's story. Agent: Chuck Verrill, Darhansoff & Verrill Literary Agents. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Margaret Atwood, The New York Times Book Review,
"King's inventiveness and skill show no signs of slacking: Doctor Sleep has all the virtues of his best work."
by Janet Maslin, The New York Times,
"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."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"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."
by Library Journal,
"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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