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Doctor Sleep: Shining Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
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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)

Book Description

STEPHEN KING returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1084 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444761161
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (24 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LOJK1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (714 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Overlook 9 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
The Shining was the most scared I have ever been reading a book. This book didn't repeat that level of terror for me. However, I was seven years old when I read the original and the magic and terror of childhood can't ever be completely recaptured. This book was as great a sequel as could ever have been expected to follow up a story that holds that important of a position in our collective pasts.

Don't read this book if all you want is to return to The Overlook Hotel and crazy JackTorrence. Neither are revived except as a reference and recap of Danny Torrence's history. The Overlook Hotel blew up and Jack Torrence died. There are echoes from that past, redrum and others, but this isn't as much of a sequel as it is a new story starring old characters.

King briefly updates us on what happened to little Danny and his mother Wendy, as well as the old cook who shared the shine with Danny. That update was pretty d--- scary in and of itself. I won't give it away, but some re-visitations were made.

In Danny's adulthood the story becomes less insanely crazy/scary than the first book. However, King's storytelling and ability to scare are still powerfully strong. This is a different tale completely than The Shining, with only a little overlap. Don't expect to experience that same level of terror and you won't be disappointed.

There was also a very human side of this story. Death and dying, the fight for sobriety, basically the life of an adult child of an abusive alcoholic -- who also happens to be able to read minds, see the future and communicate telepathically.

I listened to this book on Audible. The narrator did an excellent job although he was a tiny bit breathy. The reader, who in this case you must know for 18.5 hours, in an audio version is almost as important as the story. This narrator did a fairly good job of adding to the suspense of this book. The audio version won't disappoint.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Sleep 11 Nov 2013
By Jaycey
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I give this book 3.5 stars.

When I was younger I was addicted to Stephen King books, and devoured 'The Shining', loving every page of it.

Before reading 'Doctor Sleep' I decided to re-read 'The Shining'. One, to recap on what happened, and two, to make sure my memories of it were realistic (I've found over time my thoughts on books change). It was still fantastic.

So, 'Doctor Sleep' had a lot to live up to. And for me it didn't quite make it.

'The Shining' is a horror story, and it was terrifying. 'Doctor Sleep' isn't scary in the slightest.

I really wanted to find out what had happened to Danny as he grew up, and this story was exactly what I wanted. Many have complained, but I thought it was a great idea to have Danny struggle with alcoholism. I very much enjoyed King's writing of Danny's story, it definitely filled the hole I had.

I also loved finding out about the other characters from 'The Shining', seeing where they are, and if they're still around. The references to Joe Hill's NOS4R2 was great too.

My problems with this story started with the True Knot. To me they were boring. I had absolutely no interest in them, and just wanted them to be destroyed. Which was a shame, I should have an interest in the bad guy. I need to hate them, want them to suffer. The description of Rose's 'true face' was more funny than scary. For some reason I had an image of Ziltoid the Omniscient in my head, with his snaggletooth. Not scary at all.

So, the whole idea of this being a horror story was lost on me.

I enjoyed Abra's story, and was very interested and invested in her. My problem was that she was just too powerful. There was no way she was going to lose. Danny was a scared, innocent child in 'The Shining'.
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy for any 'constant reader' 3 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't tend to review every single book I read otherwise Amazon would probably ban me for over-use, however when I come across a really bad or a really good book, I like to have my say about it and this book most definitely falls into the latter category.

I should start by explaining that I adore The Shining, it wasn't the first King book I read as a teenager but it was the one that stuck with me, so much so, that I make it a point to re-read my battered paperback copy of it at least once a year, it's hard to pick a favourite King book but this one would be in my top three for sure. So when I heard the news that a sequel was to be written I awaited its release with much anticipation but also quite a mix of nerves too......what if it was an awful book? what if (god forbid) it completely ruined The Shining for me? So, I pre-ordered Dr Sleep with much trepidation, but I was also very excited by the thought of an update on Danny, Dick and Wendy.

And so onto the book itself, I remember reading a critics review of the book who said that it was an 'emotional roller-coaster ride' and boy they weren't wrong. The first section of the book deals with getting us back up to speed with Danny, Dick and Wendy and that part of the book was like putting on an old pair of comfy slippers for me, I loved it, one of my favourite parts of The Shining is the relationship between Danny and Dick and to revisit that was quite lovely.

Shortly after that, we start to read about Dan (as he is now known) as an adult and without spoiling it, this part was a very difficult read not because it was badly written but just because of how much I love Danny Torrance as a character, to see him go through something so difficult was hard to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical King
The Shining was one of the only books I have read where there were points I was afraid to turn the page. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Kris Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars never disappointed
Fantastic story, well thought out and manages to keep true to Danny. A must read for anyone who has read The Shining, a brilliant close to the story if you've seen the film. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Charlie B
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing follow up to the shining
Gripped from the first page to the last. Dan Torrence is a fallible hero. And I always knew there was something funny about Winnebagos !
Published 2 days ago by Debs
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Good to know what happened to dan after the overlook. Will make a great film, will be watching from behind the sofa!
Published 2 days ago by jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Sleep
Excellent book, Stephen King at his best. It's a very difficult book to put down and a worthy follow up to The Shining.
Published 4 days ago by John Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars The King Is Back
Love it. What happened to the kid from The Shining. Well he is here he can still Shine and he is in a whole lot of trouble.
Published 5 days ago by Ilpyondanshim
5.0 out of 5 stars great follow on
after reading this book, I feel it really explains some of the "shining" and closes the story of dan and the overlook hotel. a very good read and a must buy
Published 6 days ago by kearsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Sleep
typical Stephen king kept you guessing to the end ,though a bit long winded at times not as good as the shining
Published 7 days ago by David Zigler
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny as a grown up
King has done it again. This is The follow up on The Shining...
Some 20 years later Danny get's involved in a superb told story. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Anderz Terkelsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sequel
Loved it - kept me interested til the end characters and twists are brilliant, one proper nice touch at the end of the book made it feel very human. Great read
Published 11 days ago by Kristina Ohalloran
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