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Doctor Sleep : The long awaited sequel to The Shining - Stephen King

Doctor Sleep : The long awaited sequel to The Shining

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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 (8)
  • Page-turner (8)
  • Well written (8)
  • Deserves multiple readings (6)

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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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    4.0

    Its a Thinker

    By Nean Ja

    from Mildura Victoria

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      Great Read

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      4.0

      Good sequel

      By Green Rat

      from Sydney

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        Comments about Doctor Sleep : The long awaited sequel to The Shining:

        Good follow up - classic King

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        3.0

        Dr Sleep

        By zombiebrame

        from Central Coast NSW

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        • Engaging characters
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        • Not What I Expected

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        Comments about Doctor Sleep : The long awaited sequel to The Shining:

        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

        By cracker Jack

        from north coast nsw Grafton

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        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • Page-Turner
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          Comments about Doctor Sleep : The long awaited sequel to The Shining:

          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

          By Shirl

          from Coffs Harbour NSW

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          • Easy To Read
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            Comments about Doctor Sleep : The long awaited sequel to The Shining:

            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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            5.0

            At Last

            By Kaybebe

            from melbourne

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              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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              5.0

              Dr Sleep by Stephen King

              By ChrisKM

              from Ulladulla Australia

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                  Great plot, King's still got it.

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                  4.0

                  Closure at Last

                  By Choo

                  from Wollongong, AU

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                  • Easy To Read
                  • Engaging characters
                  • Page-Turner

                  Cons

                  • Not What I Expected

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                  • Older Readers

                  Comments about Doctor Sleep : The long awaited sequel to The Shining:

                  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

                  By aggie d

                  from sydney

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                    Comments about Doctor Sleep : The long awaited sequel to The Shining:

                    very good follow up to the shining

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                    LOVE LOVE LOVE

                    By Tygalili

                    from Perth, AU

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                      Engaging and hard to put down

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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

                      ISBN: 9781444761177
                      ISBN-10: 144476117X
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 500
                      Published: 24th September 2013
                      Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.3  x 3.7
                      Weight (kg): 0.66