Doctor Sleep

A Novel
King, Stephen (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Doctor Sleep

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The now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) must save a very special twelve-year-old girl from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
Authors: King, Stephen, 1947-
Title: Doctor Sleep
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2013.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Characteristics: 531 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: The now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) must save a very special twelve-year-old girl from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
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ISBN: 9781476727653
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Report This Feb 11, 2014
  • wolfsonian rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

“The Shining” and “Salem's Lot” were fun books because they were scary. “Doctor Sleep” is not fun; it is scary because it is horrifically violent. The graphic torture and murder of a helpless child ruined it for me. This could have been handled much better “off stage” as was done in “'Salem's Lot”. In the “Author's Note” at the end of the book, Mr. King says: “The man who wrote 'Doctor Sleep' is very different from the well-meaning alcoholic who wrote 'The Shining'...” but that both want to tell a good story (King uses a different word). King, the author of “Doctor Sleep” is different from the author of “The Shining” and “'Salem's Lot”, and “The Stand” and my personal favorite: “Lesey's Story”, that's for sure. Perhaps sobriety has changed King's view of the world... but the view he presents of what happens to “the baseball boy” is not a view anyone would want. Instead, I recommend “The Taking” by Dean Koontz.

Report This Feb 10, 2014
  • tlmill26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this story line but wished I would have read The Shining 1st. Very good book as I read I played this book in my head like a movie. A movie should be made!

Report This Feb 01, 2014
  • falconroom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't know whether I really read or rather "inhaled" this 500+ page book in 100 page gulps. Finished it in less than 2 days (bad weather--nothing to do but read anyway). I must admit I approached it with wariness, both because I thought from the title it might be about sleep & dreams, both with big problems for me. When I discovered it was a sequel, of sorts, to "The Shining," which was one of the most terrifying reads of my younger life--that Boiler!--to find out what happens to a grown-up Danny Torrance. Okay, yes I agree the book has its flaws--what book doesn't and I had the same musings at the end as folks have pointed out, but all in all, it was one of the more satisying, enjoyable, infectious reads I have had in many a moon (and I have read some great books in the last year or two). i give it a 2 big thumbs up! Go, Stephen, you're back on your game!

Report This Jan 23, 2014
  • RheaDee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I first read The Shining when I was 18. It was one of the first Stephen King books I read, and it was the first book that actually frightened me while reading it (having been raised on horror movies, I was much more of a visual scare kind of girl). I remember always wondering what Danny would be like when he was all grown up, especially given the end of the novel reveal in The Shining as to who Tony REALLY was. In the Author's Note at the end, Stephen King poses a simple question: what if Jack had went to AA instead of trying the "white knuckle sobriety" method? Except, in Doctor Sleep, it's not Jack struggling with alcoholism, it's Danny, who uses booze to drown out his powerful shining gift, which plagues him, given his memories of his experiences at the wonderful Overlook Hotel. If The Shining is a book about ghosties in a place haunting you, then Doctor Sleep is a book about the ghosties in your head haunting you. This book also digs deeper into the actual shining gift, which I liked a lot. All in all, this book had everything I wanted in a sequel to one of my favorite books of all time.

It's well written, well of course it is, he is Stephen King after all...but the whole vampire sucking thing didn't really do it for me. It reminded me of the whole neo-vampire genre like Twilight.

I'm a Stephen King fan, but this one is substandard in most respects that count with me. It can be seen as crypto-vampire, with King's favorite RV (not Remote Viewing, but Reck Vehicle) group as the vampire clutch, and their endless need of young, somewhat psychic people whose essence they must inhale (instead of neck biting) and the story is a play on these elements. His main character, who is a resurrection of Danny from The Shining (bringing the Torrances etc along for a update is a noble idea, the execution of it is disappointing to say the less..) begins as a man who is uncertain....but then ends up laying down the law to seasoned psychic veterans is tough to swallow. He invokes The Shining characters, but his black shiner is dead and has nothing to say of any use, his mom is dead and has nothing to say period. His dad, still dead too, comes in for a kind of sympathy vote and shows better than in the original novel, but the one who is most intriguing, Tony, the invisible boy who lives in Danny's mouth is barely mentioned. And when in the last phase of badguys vs goodguys, the men talk like women (subjects they discuss and the way they express them) and women like men. Does anyone other than I ever get the notion that well-loved American male writhers simply can't write female dialog without making the female sound like a guy? Tom Robbins is the WORST at this, and he is the guy that most and best appreciate women. In other words, in order to elevate The Female to bring her up equal to the male, he must make her talk like one too. Hubert Frick, and I'm always write.....

Report This Jan 10, 2014
  • thowel01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After three days of endless reading, I have finally finished my first Stephen King novel. I'm not quite sure what to say. The beginning started off a bit jarringly for me; I didn't quite gel with Danny the drunk and I thought it could have been put together a bit more cohesively. Though, after about 50 pages or so I started to really get into the mix of things. The premise of the book is super interesting and Abra was one of the most enjoyable characters of the book. HOWEVER, I am so dissatisfied with how things wrapped up!!!! Page 505 was so disappointing - I would think it would be a bit more climatic given the circumstances. And I feel like the thing with the hat was never fully explained/introduced/made more of a big deal. And [spoilers below] how about the other TK members who escaped before the final showdown? Should I just assume they all died from the measles and aren't out there killing more children? Overall, it was a pleasurable, easy read.

Report This Jan 09, 2014
  • celia99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Aaahhh...a satisfying story by a master story teller! Started not to like his work so haven't ready him for many years. But this book has a good story and characters that, like the early books, make you believe it is all possible.

Report This Dec 29, 2013
  • CLLinda rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic book by Stephen King. I think it's his best book ever. Had me on the edge most of the time. Well worth the wait!

Report This Dec 24, 2013
  • bayougal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Was totally, absolutely worth the wait! Great to catch up with Danny Torrance, and the characters are some of Mr. King's most memorable. Creepy and wonderful, I'm thinking of re-reading it already.

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