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Doctor Sleep : The Shining : Book 2 - Stephen King

Doctor Sleep

The Shining : Book 2

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An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, 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 tween 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...

About the Author

Stephen King has written some forty books and novellas, including Carrie, The Stand And Rita Hayworth And Shawshank Redemption (from the collection Different Seasons), Bag Of Bones, On Writing and most recently Cell, Lisey's Story And Duma Key. He wrote several novels under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman, including BLAZE (June 2007). He won America's prestigious National Book Award and was voted Grand Master in the 2007 Edgar Allen Poe awards. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.

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  • Engaging characters (9)
  • Page-turner (9)
  • Well written (9)
  • Deserves multiple readings (7)

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Closure at Last

Okay, for those who were terrified when reading The Shining, as Stephen King acknowledges: we're older, wiser, and a lot more desensitised than we were when The Shining was released. This book...Read complete review

Okay, for those who were terrified when reading The Shining, as Stephen King acknowledges: we're older, wiser, and a lot more desensitised than we were when The Shining was released. This book brings closure, and presents Danny [now Dan] as the flawed and damaged man it was inevitable he'd become. It's King at his best, also older and wiser and maturing along with the rest of us.

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Dr Sleep

Although not in the same class as The Shining it's nice to know what happened to Dan Torrance after the Overlook hotel. I found the villains of the piece a little week but apart...Read complete review

Although not in the same class as The Shining it's nice to know what happened to Dan Torrance after the Overlook hotel. I found the villains of the piece a little week but apart from that the characters are written well. Especially Dan and Abra. This is one of the better books I've read from King in a while but still a long shot from his best work.

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5.0

A great read

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  • Easy To Read
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A great read!

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    Comments about Doctor Sleep:

    Great Read

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    4.0

    Good sequel

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    from Sydney

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      Comments about Doctor Sleep:

      Good follow up - classic King

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      from Central Coast NSW

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      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Well Written

      Cons

      • Not What I Expected

      Best Uses

      • Travel Reading

      Comments about Doctor Sleep:

      Although not in the same class as The Shining it's nice to know what happened to Dan Torrance after the Overlook hotel. I found the villains of the piece a little week but apart from that the characters are written well. Especially Dan and Abra. This is one of the better books I've read from King in a while but still a long shot from his best work.

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      5.0

      great for Stephen Kings fans

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      from north coast nsw Grafton

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Page-Turner
      • Well Written

      Cons

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        • Older Readers
        • Travel Reading

        Comments about Doctor Sleep:

        Being a Stephen King fan, I waited patiently for this sequel to The Shining. If you haven't read The Shining it may not be your thing.

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        4.0

        A Shining Example

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        from Coffs Harbour NSW

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        • Engaging characters
        • Informative
        • Inspiring
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          Comments about Doctor Sleep:

          I enjoyed this book so much I am re-reading it, and also looked up my old copy of The Shining, It is an absorbing read, and I found it gave me some insights into alcohol addiction.

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          At Last

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            Comments about Doctor Sleep:

            It was great ot explore the characters after so long and the way King reintroduced and tied the events of the past and the present together were magic.

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            Dr Sleep by Stephen King

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                Great plot, King's still got it.

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                4.0

                Closure at Last

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                from Wollongong, AU

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                • Easy To Read
                • Engaging characters
                • Page-Turner

                Cons

                • Not What I Expected

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers

                Comments about Doctor Sleep:

                Okay, for those who were terrified when reading The Shining, as Stephen King acknowledges: we're older, wiser, and a lot more desensitised than we were when The Shining was released. This book brings closure, and presents Danny [now Dan] as the flawed and damaged man it was inevitable he'd become. It's King at his best, also older and wiser and maturing along with the rest of us.

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                4.0

                a good read

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                from sydney

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                  Comments about Doctor Sleep:

                  very good follow up to the shining

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                  Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years. Peter Straub on The Shining The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature. Mark Lawson, Guardian Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years. Peter Straub on The Shining The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature. Mark Lawson, Guardian

                  Stephen King

                  Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

                  Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

                  Visit Stephen King's Booktopia Author Page


                  ISBN: 9781444761177
                  ISBN-10: 144476117X
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 500
                  Published: 24th September 2013
                  Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
                  Country of Publication: GB
                  Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.3  x 3.7
                  Weight (kg): 0.66
                  Edition Number: 1