Doctor Sleep: A Novel

by Stephen King

Scribner | September 24, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Doctor Sleep: A Novel is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
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: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 147672766X

ISBN - 13: 9781476727660

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book! Even the nights that I would usually fall asleep reading, I stayed awake and kept reading. I'm not a fast reader, but with this book, I couldn't wait to get back to my book and read it pretty fast for me. Even if you haven't heard, seen or read the shinning(because you've been under a rock somewhere. Lol), you will still like and understand the book. Knowing the shinning just helps with a few references.
Date published: 2015-01-08
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

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Kobo eBookDoctor Sleep: A Novel

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

by Stephen King

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 147672766X

ISBN - 13: 9781476727660

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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.