Doctor Sleep

A Novel

King, Stephen

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Doctor Sleep
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
Characteristics: 531 pages ;,25 cm


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Jan 17, 2015
  • Blaisman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good thriller but nowhere near what King is capable of

Really enjoyed reading about what happened to Danny from the Shining.

Excellent read. Page turner to stay up late to finish. Not so impressed with Mr. Mercedes though.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This is a sequel to 'The Shining' but could be read on its own. It follows the little boy from The Shining who is now an adult who could possibly save a 12 year old girl. Pretty spooky in parts- great antagonist."

Jul 15, 2014
  • Ta2ati2d rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Classic King.

May 25, 2014
  • loudem rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not his best book. It seemed that Rose the Hat and her followers were going to fail from the get go. There is no real battle here, only some kind of execution. A bit disappointing. It's like King wanted to make a follow up to the Shining, but didn't have the guts to really produce a stuning sequel. I feel that the result is kind of mushy. Maybe because there were to much characters to take care of.

May 11, 2014
  • naw666 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good read, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and most of all I love the fact that we finally get a glimpse of what happened to Danny Torrance. :)

May 04, 2014
  • nishantanu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Suspenseful, funny, sad, and full of all the good stuff that I know King has to offer. There were many references to The Shining so it's important to remember some of the characters from Shining, as they come up again in this book (bathtub lady, Dewar, etc). I always wondered what happened to little Danny and this book answers that. Sure, it was horrific what the True Knot did to those kids... but I certainly did not feel that he elaborated on this too much. What about Gage in "Pet Sematary"?? That was horrific beyond belief to read. Anyway, I immensely enjoyed reading this book, and as a true Stephen King fan, I think this was one of the better ones I read lately. Koontz "The Taking"??? It was good but the ending was ridiculous!!

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.

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!

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