Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Now a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor!

From master storyteller Stephen King, his unforgettable and terrifying sequel to The Shining --an instant #1 New York Times bestseller that is "[a] vivid frightscape" ( The New York Times ).

Years ago, the haunting of the Overlook Hotel nearly broke young Dan Torrance's sanity, as his paranormal gift known as "the shining" opened a door straight into hell. And even though Dan is all grown up, the ghosts of the Overlook--and his father's legacy of alcoholism and violence--kept him drifting aimlessly for most of his life. Now, Dan has finally found some order in the chaos by working in a local hospice, earning the nickname "Doctor Sleep" by secretly using his special abilities to comfort the dying and prepare them for the afterlife. But when he unexpectedly meets twelve-year-old Abra Stone--who possesses an even more powerful manifestation of the shining--the two find their lives in sudden jeopardy at the hands of the ageless and murderous nomadic tribe known as the True Knot, reigniting Dan's own demons and summoning him to battle for this young girl's soul and survival...
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476727653
Branch Call Number: HORROR KING S
Characteristics: 531 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 07, 2020

Of course even in trashy horror sequels Shakespeare and the Bible get referenced often. King's an old windbag, he knows it. It was fun, seemed long but wasn't that bad. Two and a half weeks to finish while reading and finishing other novels as well.

Jun 13, 2020

Didn't think it was as good as The Shining. Seems like King lost his touch-- believable characters in unbelievable situations-- after Pet Sematary but that's just me. The novel does have its high points-- especially what it must be like for people afflicted with chemical dependency. As a horror story though-- good just not great.

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 08, 2020

I gave it all the stars, because it takes a good book for me to plow through something that thick in a week. Really, it was an excellent book. Stephen King's bad habits showed up at the beginning of this one, rather than at the end, and once you are past the early bumps it's a crazy, exciting ride. In a way, it's a story that shares a lot with Joe Hill's NOS4A2, and if you liked one you will like the other. Also, it's a very worthy follow-up to The Shinning, and spins its wheels on the damage the past can do to our future. It follows the book's version of events, so reading The Shining beforehand is a must. It builds on its own lore very well, maybe even a little forcibly in some ways.

Great storytelling with few of the major drawbacks King is known for. One his better books that I really enjoyed.

JCLCristaA Mar 23, 2020

The tone of this sequel dances nicely around The Shining, and would stand well on its own even if you hadn't read the first novel. King's usual grit, extensive self-talk, and boogieman under the bed style of horror is shifted a bit by seeing how the bad guy(girl) is going to catch their ultimate prey. It's a little like seeing into the mind of Randall Flagg in The Stand, except Rose the Hat knows exactly who she is and where she's headed.
The ending is surprisingly satisfying!

Dec 12, 2019

A worthy sequel to the Shining. I get the impression that Stephen King never intended to write a sequel, but at a certain point he thought you know, I think the time is right. What would Danny Torrance be like now as an adult, still dealing with his shining, both as a blessing and a curse? And what happens when he meets a young person with the same abilities as him, maybe even more powerful? Will he be a mentor like Dick Halloran was to him as a child? Added to this mix is a fresh angle to the story, wanderers who seek out those who shine for their own purposes. An entertaining read and wonderful to revisit some of these characters from one of the all-time classic horror stories! By the way the movie was very good too!

Nov 28, 2019

I really loved this story! Now I'm sad because its over :'(
Really good sequel to The Shining, perhaps not as scary, (though some of our favourite 'ghostie people' make a reprise) but pretty brutal. Now I'm ready to critique the film...

Oct 30, 2019

King is a very limited writer in terms of expression. Kubrick's exceptional "Shinning" is a complete remake of the story, King's writing, as illustrated once more by the pitiful "Dr. Sleep", can't hold a candle to Kubrick's work. It is even more galling to see King taking yet another lame potshot at Kybrick's work in the epilogue. Don't waste your money, the movie is not much better than the book (despite the book being truly awful)

ArapahoeSarahH Sep 18, 2019

Finished this in three sittings, and definitely stayed up too late to see how the story ended. This novel picks up after the events of The Shining with adult Dan Torrance dealing with demons of many kinds. Perfect for a "not-too-scary" Stephen King read, with laugh out loud and heartfelt moments!

caleherreman Jul 07, 2019

The Shining has a sequel?! This book follows the psychic kid, Danny, into adulthood. It's no surprise, after what he's been through, that he's pretty messed up. This book builds slowly, showing Dan's path to sobriety, a girl with powerful 'shining' grow through childhood, and a band of roving RV-dwelling child-predatory seniors crisscrossing the country. Plenty of scares on the way through this book, and plenty of dread.

I liked the book, BUT the ending didn't match all that came before; it was a letdown. That said, though, I'm looking forward to the movie this November!

Jul 02, 2019

Don't think it needed to be connected to the Shining, but a decent King read.

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"... when you were down, some guys just seemed to feel an urge to walk up your back and plant a foot on your neck instead of helping you to stand. It was lousy, but so much of human nature was."


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