Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)
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Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)

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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 rive...more
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Published September 24th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published January 1st 2013)
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(Disclosure: I work at Stephen King's publisher and read Doctor Sleep in December 2012.)

Get ready. If I can make just one recommendation: whether you're a longtime King fan or fairly new to his stuff, it wouldn't be the worst thing to read The Shining before you get your hands on Doctor Sleep. Seasoned fans know that the movie, while engrossing in its own right, is very different in many ways, and doesn't even begin to plumb the psychological depths that the book does. You could read and love D...more
Tiya Rosa
A sequel, huh? I didn't feel much for Danny when I was going through The Shining since Jack Torrance pretty much had me by the balls, but I guess - this being a Stephen King book - I can give it a try.

Oh, who am I kidding?

Remember that psychic little kid in The Shining? Have you ever wondered what he’d be like as an adult after surviving a haunted hotel that drove his drunken father crazy and gave him a case of the redrums? If so, you’re in luck because Stephen King has now told us what happened to Danny Torrance, and he’s just as screwed up from his experience as you’d expect him to be.

Like his father, Dan has grown up to be a bad tempered drunk, and he uses the booze to blot out his psychic powers as he drifts...more
Will Byrnes
There is a boy (now a man) a girl, a band of baddies with a charismatic leader, a coalition of the willing, battles to be fought, supernatural elements and magical powers. Stephen King was at this long before Harry Potter lived under the stairs. He has a preternatural (not to say supernatural) talent for writing kids, and can keep you turning pages, losing sleep, and getting back late to work from your lunch breaks.

We will presume for the purposes of this review that you have read, or at least s...more
That cover is the epitome of perfection.

So perfect that is should be on my shelves.

Like, right now.

I'm waiting.

*stares at bookshelves*

Dan Schwent
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D. Hilliard
Being a big fan of Stephen King, especially his early work, I waited with nervous anticipation for Dr. Sleep. I reread The Shining for the first time in years, just to reacquaint myself with the world of Danny Torrance and the Overlook Hotel. It was on my kindle within minutes of it being released, and I spent the past two afternoons ignoring housework in favor of diving into one of Kings rare sequels.

So how does it measure up?

The correct answer to that is “it depends.”

If you are looking for a d...more
I hesitated to read DOCTOR SLEEP for about a minute. I was worried that it wouldn't live up to The Shining, and everything would be ruined. RUINED!

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Luckily that was not the case at all. I should have had more faith in Stephen King's love and respect for these characters. I am sorry for ever doubting you Stephen.

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A tribe of people called The True Knot travel around the United States- by RV- in search of children with "The Shining". These children have what The True Knot feeds off, something they c...more


After Goodreads decided to unveil their new censorship policy regarding author behavior reviews and shelves (sorry, let me be accurate: NEGATIVE author behavior reviews and shelves...), I decided that I wasn't going to review on Goodreads anymore. I created a Booklikes account (Meh...) and already have a blog, and I decided that I would review there instead of on Goodreads.

But then this past week happened. Stephen King rel...more
Daniel Gonçalves
This book was so horrible I couldn't even finish it. Did king wrote this while in a toilet? I mean, the prose is unvelieably lazy and amateurish. It's as if he forced himself to write the book.

The plot was all over the place, the characters had no depth whatsoever. Dan was as blank as a piece of paper... Nice waste of 14 bucks NEVER!! If it had not been for the book's cover, I would have never guessed this was written by King. And, if I had not known it was King, I would never have wasted my tim...more


Mr. King and I (or Uncle Stevie if I may) have a loooong history that stretches back decades now. His books have become the soundtrack to my life, the novels I reach for in times of stress and grief in search of comfort and solace. Some may find that weird, considering the man's reputation as America's Boogeyman, but it's never been weird to me.

No one can spin a yarn quite like this man to keep you reading well past dark and into the wee hours of the morning. No one is...more
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Although technically a sequel to The Shining (published in 1977 and probably Stephen King's scariest and best book - step to me, It fans), this book should not be approached as such, because in reality the two novels have very little in common besides the central characters. This isn't a bad thing - I just want to warn anyone going into this book to get rid of the "straightforward sequel" mindset. Doctor Sleep is a sequel to The Shining the way American Gods is a sequel to Anansi Boys. (that's n...more
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I'm always filled with anticipation when Stephen King releases a new book. I saw him in person 2 years ago and he did a reading from Doctor Sleep and I've been impatiently waiting for it to be published ever since. Once it released, I totally immersed myself in it for 2 days, both reading the Kindle version and listening to the Audible version at the same time. I devoured it.

I can see such a change in King's works over the years. In 11/22/63 I think we saw a softer, gentler side of him. He was q...more
Gregor Xane
Is Doctor Sleep as good as The Shining? No. Did I go in expecting it to recreate that experience? No. That would be silly. When you order thin crust pepperoni pizzas from Pizza Hut you expect the same thin crust pepperoni pizza every time. Books ain’t pizza. I would have been majorly disappointed if, in Doctor Sleep, Dan Torrance returned to a newly rebuilt Overlook Hotel with his own family just to find out that he’s his father’s son, then go nuts and try to smash everyone to pieces with a blun...more
Dan: Hi, I was a total scumbag, meaning I once swiped a few bucks, a horrible horrible thing for which I'll never forgive myself, and, oh yeah, almost forgot, I used to get in bar fights all the and I might have killed people. Anyway, now I'm all heroic. Seriously, I'm pretty much a saint. I have magic powers and it never even crosses my mind to profit from them.

Abra: Hi, I'm a totally normal teen, you can tell because of all my pop references! Game of Thrones! Fruit Ninja! I'm also all heroic,...more
I’d like to thank Kemper and Will and Dan and Delee and Trudi for pretty much doing my job for me and writing such excellent reviews that I don’t even have to offer up one of my own. Ha, you crazy bastards, who would I be if I let you off that easily?

King might just be one crazy son of a bitch for calling this a sequel to THE SHINING (I should probably add here that I have never read said novel) when it’s about as much of a sequel as the James Bond films are to one another (especially the Pierce...more
Amy (SpedBug)
I'm going to keep this short and try not to gush over or cry during my review of this book.

As an avid reader - one of those people who connect better to fictional characters than real people - Stephen King is like an old friend. Or a benevolent dealer. Or both. He feels like a member of the family - maybe the kind of older brother who chases you around with a spider until you cry, but then lets you have half his candy bar when you do. I stopped at about a third of the way in, gazed off into the...more
Mike Thorn
I want to preface this review with unabashed adulation for Stephen King, since he has probably informed and encouraged me more than any other writer has. When I was first suspended in junior high school, Pet Sematary transported me away from all those bland and shameful afternoons. King made me care about books and, more importantly, he got me excited about books. I think he is one of the great American authors of his time, and one of the greatest authors in his genre... period. I'm always grate...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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4.5 Stars

Have you ever caught yourself, maybe while reading a Stephen King book or maybe just at some random moment, wondering whatever happened to little Danny Torrance? Lucky for all of us Stephen King did too. “Doctor Sleep” picks up where “The Shining” left off. It briefly covers the aftermath of the experiences at the Overlook Hotel before fast-forwarding in increments of presidential terms through Dan’s life.

If you have been a re...more
Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new books ☆
I loved every minute of it. I love how he tied the Overlook and all that in. Especially the "ghostie" people. It was great.

When I started this, I sort of try to distance myself from The Shining. I really hate sequels. Hell, I hate series too, in general. The only reason why I read series these days is because UF is my favorite genre and non-series books are rarer than a Republican politician being honest. They frustrate me. The characters all tend to be paper thin and the whole series ends up a...more
Christina Wilder
This is a sequel to The Shining.

I'm going to go ahead and repeat that: This is a sequel to THE SHINING.


It will be epic, either as a success or a failure. I'm pulling for success, of course. Stephen King is the man.
Wendy Darling
Nov 04, 2012 Wendy Darling marked it as to-read
Holy shit. I had no idea there was a sequel!
There is just something about Stephen King’s writing that is like the feeling I get after having been out there, working in the real world, after a hard day, fighting deadlines and traffic, often snow, lots of that, then finally coming home. I get all toasty, feet warm, comfortable, with his voice in my head.

I soon settled in and listened as he told me the story of Doctor Sleep.

Having read The Shining for the first time just last year, it was still fresh in my mind, so where King took Danny Tor...more
Josephine Nolan
Revised Full Review (I originally posted a short preview review (which is now below the main review. Full review appears in the zine I edit Films and Books:

If the synopsis for Doctor Sleep convinced you it was simply a scary novel about "psychic vampires who prey on children, and an alcoholic psychic hero who tries to stop them" you would not be entirely mistaken, but you'd have missed the real story. Doctor Sleep is a masterful work of fiction that focuses on the theme of family.

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Samantha Ace

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Does the word Redrum mean anything to you or the phrase The Shining?
If you have no knowledge of these matters i implore you to read The Shining, it has the first appearance of the main character of this novel Danny Torrance.
I revisited The Shining and The Overlook Hotel to be in-check with the ways of Danny and i reviewed it again here.
Reading that would be good for the newbies but as a re-read it may actually have you expect more of the same thing present in that tale.
In the first novel he was...more
This is hard for me. It's like reading something by a family member that I don't think is very good, and being asked to give an honest opinion. I'm an honest person, but I still struggle on how to phrase some certain honest answers.

It's partly my fault because I re-read my beloved The Shining just last week, in anticipation of reading this, its sequel. Anyone who tells you that there's no reason to compare the two is out of their mind - tell me what other sequel, trilogy, whatever hasn't had the...more
My first experience with The Shining was in the latter half of 2012. The story and the writing were top-notch King, and it quickly became my favorite King novel. It actually really frightened me.

When I heard there was going to be a sequel to The Shining, I admit, I was both apprehensive and excited. I was excited because I wanted to know what happened to Danny, what type of person he grew up to be, and ultimately what horrors would await us. I was apprehensive because I was afraid the sequel wo...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M...more
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