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Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)

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Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) 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
Hardcover, 531 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Scribner
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Danielle Yes, but you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not reading The Shining first because it is just so good.
Xepherus3 Please do not use the Shining movie as your reference to the story of the Torrances. The movie took extreme liberties with King's printed word. And…morePlease do not use the Shining movie as your reference to the story of the Torrances. The movie took extreme liberties with King's printed word. And after reading the book, I was disappointed with the film. Dick Hallorann is alive and well at the end of the Shining novel, and is a great part of Doctor Sleep. Kubrick's film is great on it's own, but the book crushes that screenplay into dust.(less)

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Dec 28, 2012 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclosure: I used to 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 an
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?

Sep 24, 2013 Kemper rated it liked it
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
Nov 13, 2013 Dave rated it did not like it
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 time and I for all I know, I killed people during a blackout. Anyhoo, nowadays I'm 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! Fru
Dan Schwent
Aug 14, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
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Will Byrnes
Sep 18, 2013 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it
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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
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 f
D. Hilliard
Sep 25, 2013 D. Hilliard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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*

Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Once upon a time, there was a girl. She liked to read, but was at a crossroads between being too old for childish books, and a bit too young for cheesy romance novels with Fabio on the cover. The girl loved scary movies and all things horror and wondered if maybe there were things written like that. She asked the librarian, who handed her a book. The girl ran home and closed herself up in her room. She sat down and started to read a book called Carrie, by an author named Stephen King. She devour ...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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jun 20, 2013 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it it was amazing
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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 reade
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I love this is a sequel to The Shining and in the beginning of the book it goes into some things from when Danny was young.


Even though Danny, his mom and Dick Halloram survived from the tragic and (scary-as-hell) events that happened at the Overlook Hotel, some of the ghosties come back to haunt Danny.


As an adult Dan is traveling around, he's an alcoholic, and he finally lands in a nice little town. He's also trying to get sob
Oct 17, 2013 Arah-Lynda rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-said
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
Dec 27, 2013 Madeline rated it liked it
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
Nov 22, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, favorites
Doctor Sleep is the sequel to The Shining, written almost forty years ago. In my opinion you MUST read The Shining before you read Doctor Sleep because there is so much in this book the correlates to the first - besides The Shining is an awesome book. If you want to cheat and watch the movie of The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson, before reading Doctor Sleep you will miss vital points. The movie really did not concentrate on a lot of the main ingredients of the book.

When I first saw Doctor Slee


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
Aug 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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May 20, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own, own-read
FEAR stands for fuck everything and run.

Was Doctor Sleep better than The Shining? No.
But it was still pretty damn close.

In The Shining Danny became one of the most interesting characters I’ve read about, so (at least in my opinion) if any character deserved a sequel, it would be him. But still, at the same time, I was afraid of not liking this book, and not liking the way King would continue Danny’s story. And now, that I’ve finished it, I can safely say that King couldn’t have done a better job
Sep 24, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Neal Shusterman
Oct 02, 2014 Neal Shusterman rated it liked it
The Shining was my favorite Stephen King book when I was a teenager. I listened to the audio version of Doctor Sleep, and really enjoyed it, but somehow it didn’t live up to the Shining. Granted, our memory of books from our youths is an extremely hard act to follow. I would have given Doctor Sleep four stars, but I felt that the climax was too easy. Stephen King is a master storyteller, so I don’t cut him any slack when it comes to the conclusion!
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King je više puta isticao da mu se s vremena na vreme dešavalo da računa koliko godina bi u datom trenutku imao Deni Torens (glavni junak popularnog romana "Isijavanje") ili bi se pitao šta bi Deni radio i kakav bi mu život bio posle dešavanja u Vidikovcu. Sigurno ste se i sami pitali nekoliko puta kada se neki film završi, šta se dešava sa glavnim junacima. Kao odgovor na ova i slična pitanja nastala je knjiga "Dr.Sleep".

Radnja se ukratko sastoji u sledećem: Deni Torens, 30tak godina nakon deša
Gregor Xane
Sep 13, 2013 Gregor Xane rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Sep 26, 2013 Perry rated it really liked it
"Fear gripped him. He was on thin ice. Again it was the old insidious insanity--that first drink." The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
*4.4 stars*

Stephen King has frequently acknowledged that The Shining, one of his first big hit novels, came out of his drinking days (and drinking problems); recall Mr. Torrance was working on a novel and hitting the bottle hard. King has been clean since shortly after he finished that novel and he's helped many writers (which he of course won't identify) for wh
Bill Khaemba
4.5 ★★★★
“FEAR stands for fuck everything and run.”

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“The good thing about being old, is you don’t have to worry about dying young.”

King Slays again!! I wasn't expecting that (I kinda was but still amazed) It was so different and the voices of the characters were so strong, I could feel them through the pages. Immediately I started this book I was like...

Bill: You are obviously gonna love this...

It was a mix of his old suspenseful writing style and his new strong style and I ate it all u
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
Wendy Darling
Holy shit. I had no idea there was a sequel!
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Ok so I think Stephen King is softening up as he ages, but so I am so we are in it together. This book is not the normal King mind screw that I have grown to love. (insert scary music here)

However, I read the Shining right before reading this and I just fell all kinds of in love with little Danny Torrance's character again. I did want to know where this book would lead him. Little Danny grew up to be an alcoholic. Sad huh? I think how this was handled and probably the best part of the book for
Oct 25, 2013 El rated it it was ok
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
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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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