Doctor Sleep: A Novel by Stephen KingDoctor Sleep: A Novel by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

byStephen King

Hardcover | September 24, 2013

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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.
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 firs...
Title:Doctor Sleep: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.7 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476727651

ISBN - 13:9781476727653


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I wasn't sure about this one when I started. It was hard reading about Danny hitting rock bottom. The story had a supernatural element that I enjoyed and I ended up not being able to put the book down. Not the sequel that was expected to the shining but very King.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can't even finish it I loved The Shining, and I'm a huge Stephen King fan, but I just feel that this one is a disappointment. I don't think that The Shining needed a sequel, it was just that good. Sometimes it's okay to leave everything on a cliff. We don't always have to know what comes next, and I think that some times that is effective enough. I'm not even that far into it, but I can already tell I've put it down for good. I love his classic novels with all his scary, otherworldly monsters, and this one does not fit into that box for me.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the Shining I could not wait to see where Danny was now. Who he had become, how he had developed as a character. For me, this novel was too far removed from The Shining to be a successful sequel. On its own it stands as a good book, as a sequel, it just did not live up to the mastery of The Shining.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Had a hard time putting the book down
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent "sequel" story I found that Doctor Sleep provides a perfect extension to Danny's character from The Shining. It certainly answers the question of what happens to the Torrance family after the winter they spent at the Overlook. Although the book has an all too predictable conclusion, the last chapter (including the author's note) really wraps up all possible loose ends. Overall, I was happy with the way that this book ended, and in my opinion it has improved the whole story that began with The Shining.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Danny I loved The Shining and I thought this was a great sequel to it. It was great coughing up with Danny and seeing the man he turned out to be.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For fans of Stephen King If you're a Stephen King fan, then this novel is for you. It's the sequel to The Shining and it doesn't disappoint. Not as nail-biting as The Shining but still a good read.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh This one was alright, but didn't hold a candle to it's predecessor.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doctor Sleep A worthy sequel to The Shining, much faster paced, and very interesting.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable I read "The Shining" when it was first published, and was pleased to discover this book and find out how the story continues. It was creepy, scary, and beautifully uplifting.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel I really enjoyed the Shining it was my first ever horror book and was definitely worth the read. This sequel was a good follow up since you get to find out what happens to Danny and how his "Shining" has effected him into adulthood. I also like that you didn't need to read the Shining to be able to follow this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great sequel and stand alone I was apprehensive about a sequel to such a great book but Stephen King delivers again with style. Such a great read with all the depth and intrigue we have come to expect from this great writer. I read it even though I haven't read The Shining for quite a few years and didn't feel like I was missing anything. You could read this book without ever having read The Shining and still get the same great read.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A great continuation of the life of Dan Torrance!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read That was a good read. Nice to know what's happened to Danny Torrence. Not as creepy as The Shining, but good nonetheless.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Didn't read the Shining but didn't need to to be able to follow this one. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I thought this was a great follow up to The Shining and I really enjoyed it. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10 out of 10 A gripping page turner. Couldnt wait to find out what happened, but didnt want it to end
Date published: 2016-11-08
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