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Doctor Sleep: A Novel

by Stephen King

Scribner | September 24, 2013 | Hardcover

Doctor Sleep: A Novel is rated 4.6364 out of 5 by 11.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 544 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.7 in

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476727651

ISBN - 13: 9781476727653

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't want the book to end! I enjoyed The Shining, but I loved this book!
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I've been a Stephen King fan since I was a teen (many moons ago lol). Awesome book, bought it for our son for Christmas, he hasn't put it down yet. He says it is an awesome book, can't wait to read it mself :)
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Amazing! When I first realized that Stephen King was writing a sequel to the Shining, I wasn't sure what to think. The Shining was the third (I think) King book I read, and I was about 9 when I read it the first time. Due to that, The Shining has always held a special place in my heart. Despite the fact that I consider Stephen King to be one of the masters of the written word, I was unsure if Doctor Sleep would live up to The Shining... but I am happy to report that it did more than that... it surpassed it! New characters are added seamlessly with ones you already love (Danny, Wendy and Dick), and ones your love to hate (Mrs. Massey and Horace Derwent), and you FINALLY get to know what happens to Danny! Doctor Sleep (without giving any spoilers) is not scary in the same way as The Shining, but is still just as frightening! King succeeds in making you love each of the characters, and thus, the situations they find themselves in are still scary! Doctor Sleep is an amazing continuation of The Shining, and an even better end to the story! I should have known better before questioning his ability... but Stephen King has outdone himself yet again!
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Excellent read! Not "gory" horror as most would expect from King; a thriller/suspense, most definitely. Great story line, wonderful characters, and some unexpected surprises. One could not ask for more. Best of all it was a treat to find out what had become of Dan Torrance. Once again Stephen King did not disappoint this fan!
Date published: 2013-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary Awesome! Fantastic followup to the Shining as we meet up with Danny Torrance as he helps a girl battle a truly terrifying group named the True Knot.  From the get-go, this book despite its 500 plus pages captures you and does not let go until the final page.  One of Stephen King's finest books and a worthy conclusion to the Shining.
Date published: 2013-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vintage King, and still the Master I have been waiting since April for this book. It did not disappoint. I was enthralled from the first page. Dan Torrence is like any other King character, flawed and beautiful and the True Knot has me taking second looks at the RV people. I love the style with which S.K. writes. If you are a fan of the King, you are not going to be disappointed!
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dr. Sleep - Super Read Welcome back Stephen King! I had long been a fan of Stephen's books way back when. Actually when he was writing the books like the Shining, Salem's Lot, etc. I kinda got away from him for a while as he seemed to being doing some different things and the books didn't quite appeal any longer. My son gave me 11/22/63. That book was absolutely wonderful a 5 star and I enjoyed every page of it. Then out came Dr. Sleep, how clever to return to the Shining's Danny Torrance. I read usually biographies, historical novels, etc. but mostly I read for the entertainment of getting lost in a book. Dr. Sleep did it for me! Stephen is back to his wonderful story telling and I for one thoroughly enjoy the fact he is.
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what happend after THE SHINNING First off THE SHINNING was never one of my favorite KING books so I hesitated at first to purchase DR SLEEP Well I read it in about a week [quick for me I read kinda slow] Right from the start KING had me looooooved it ! All the characters jumped out at me the story was great . Wasn't bored for a minute .Best SIEPHEN KING book in years and I have read them all . Hopes he writes more sequels of his older books [like SALEM'S LOT NEEDFUL THINGS IT ....etc] So MR. KING keep writing them and THIS constant reader will keep reading them.
Date published: 2013-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What Happened to Danny Torrence? Danny Torrence had a bit of a rough year living at the Overlook Hotel. Taking into account the encounters with ghosts, his father trying to kill him and his mother and finally, barely escaping before it was destroyed, one wouldn’t blame him if he had trouble dealing with things growing up. Especially, as it seems some of the ghosts have followed him home. Dan is now in his late twenties and has spent a considerable amount of his adult life drifting aimlessly and abusing some sort of substance or another. When he finds himself in a small town that “feels right” he makes a home, joins AA and begins working at a hospice. With the sobriety the “shining” is once again getting stronger, and he finds he has a special talent (with the aid of a physic cat) for helping people pass peacefully into death. Although, somehow not completely content, he has made a comfortable life for himself, until one day a mysterious message appears on his chalkboard, leading to his meeting Abra, a little girl whose “shining” is even stronger than Dan’s own. Joining their talents becomes a necessity when Abra’s life is threatened because a cult-ish group calling themselves The True Knot wants to “steal” Abra’s shining. At the risk of having rotten cyber-fruit hurled at me I must admit that The Shining was never one of my King favorites, so I went into the reading of Dr. Sleep with a little bit of apprehension. I was pleased that Mr. King did not feel the need to rehash the whole Shining story. Working on the assumption that readers of this book will have had read The Shining we get a little recap at the beginning to set the stage and then fall right into Danny’s story. Yes, there are a few references throughout the book, but only in the context of what is currently going on. Despite the fact that there were a few hazy spots I enjoyed this book. It had the requisite supernatural/paranormal/horror factor. I liked the character of Abra and even felt as though there was enough wiggle room for her to possibly have the lead in a third installment of “The Shining”. I don’t feel this could be called a “stand alone” book. A little bit of knowledge of what happened back in the original definitely helps. For “constant readers” like myself, this one hits the mark.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a winner It starts out slowly and gets better and better. Stephen King never lets me down.
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great writer, good sequel Stephen King's update on the Overlook Hotel is almost back to his classic great supernatural story-telling. This is not a rehash of the original Shining, more of a broader continuation. It brings in a whole new caravan of people seeking Danny and others like him to keep them going (careful around Winnebagos!). Dan must help young Abra, who has even more 'shining' than him, to avoid and eventually destroy old but beautiful Rose and her wandering Knot of killers. I could hardly put the book down, but thought King could have written an even more devastating final confrontation. Anybody else think that?
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated out of 5 by from hope its really creepy
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated out of 5 by from Looking foward to reading this!
Date published: 2013-05-05

– More About This Product –

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

by Stephen King

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 544 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.7 in

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476727651

ISBN - 13: 9781476727653

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year.
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