I had no idea what Doctor Sleep would hold. I knew it would involve characters from King's The Shining and interesting powers but I didn't exactly kn I had no idea what Doctor Sleep would hold. I knew it would involve characters from King's The Shining and interesting powers but I didn't exactly know what they would combine and create. In all honesty, The Shining isn't my favorite book. (Sorry, Mr. King) I have always judged his works on how long they stay in my head.
Sure, it's creepy but it never held the same sort of scare-factor his other works did. I have and always will be fan of his short story collections. Chattery Teeth, The Raft and the Road Virus heads North - all of them managed to make my shiver, kept me up at night when I tried to sleep. When people ask me what my favorite story is, I always mention 'Popsy'. By far, my favorite story - the one I always go back to, the one I constantly make connections to. I don't know why, it's probably only ten pages long. If 'Popsy' is my favorite, Doctor Sleep rides a close second or maybe third.
I enjoyed the character growth of Dan - struggling alcoholic and his friends within the town. I loved Azzie and Abra. No, this book wasn't creepy or horrific, but it holds the similar factors that attracted me to stories like The Raft. It was mysterious and it had me gripping the book tightly. It took awhile to get off, yet when the story started to move, it fuckin' moved - swallowing me whole.
The relationship Dan had with Abra was adorable as Dan stood up, walking out of his dad's footsteps and eventually becoming a sort of role-model was great. The antagonists were good as well. Rose the Hat blew my mind and despite the overwhelming love I felt for Abra and Dan, I was still cheering for Rose's victory by the end of the book.
I feel like I missed so much reading this the first time - I'll read it again, maybe come back and try to give it a more through review.
Long review short - I drank this book up like it was steam and I was a hungry True Knot member....more
Oh I love Libba Bray. So some may find this a little biast, YET ONWARDS WE GO!
I originally picked up her book, 'Going Bovine' and loving it, when I saOh I love Libba Bray. So some may find this a little biast, YET ONWARDS WE GO!
I originally picked up her book, 'Going Bovine' and loving it, when I saw she had written another book with good humor I was ecstatic! I picked up and at first, I will admit it was a little slow. I was completely flabbergasted over the very idea of continuing a pageant when Jesus obviously did not take the wheel of their plane and crashed it.
As the book went on, the humour escalated along with pace, action and bam! SATISFACTION!
Now I know some complained about the commercials and the obviously stereotypical charecters so let me clear that up for you. The commercials represent everything crazy in the media. The animal-shaped tampons, the jerky mom and hot girl with peach fuzz? The book, in my belief, is to open our eyes for us to stop listening to everything that comes on tv. Like those colored tampons that WE HAVE ALL SEEN. As great comedian Adam Hills said once, "Woman aren't going to a club and complain to their girlfriends that their tampons don't match their shoes"
And I hate to break it to you... But this world is full of stereotypes. I should know, My entire school is filled with blonde mean girls, incredibly beautiful idiots, and jerks with three different layers of pants. Stereotypical people run the media, the way we buy things, sell things to.
So I like this novel. Its full of richness and good romance that doesn't end in tragedy and sparkly vampires that have yet to meet Van Hellsing. It need more stars because in a world where werewolves and fallen angels that need a slap in the face and Nicolas-Sparks-is-my-hero girls that will ALWAYS follow the circa we need books like this to wake us up, smell the Starbucks and make our decision, even if it goes against everything Prada....more