Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

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By (author) Stephen King

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 197mm x 32mm | 346g
  • Publication date: 22 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444761188
  • ISBN 13: 9781444761184
  • Sales rank: 8,383

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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 riveting DOCTOR SLEEP picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, 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 tween 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 ...The first print run of DOCTOR SLEEP in paperback has two jacket styles. These are only available while stocks last and if you are ordering online we cannot guarantee which cover you will receive.

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Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel'. He has written over 50 books including the seminal masterpiece The Shining.

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By Ana Silva 24 Jun 2014 5

It doesn't compare to The Shining but it's as good as its sequel could be.

You can't help but be a little disappointed at the way Danny turned out and I personally could not sympathize with him as much as I did with his father Jack, but it is understandable because it was written in completely different times in the author's life.

In my opinion, it still deserves the 5 stars because you just can't put it down. Also, one very positive thing is that it can be read and enjoyed even if you have not read The Shining. It stands on its own and is quite enthralling.

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King is a very remarkable and singular writer. He can catch dialogue, throw away an observation or mint a simile, sometimes, brilliantly...Storytelling is everything - and by golly does he know how to carry the reader. Observer Doctor Sleep is King expertly returning to the milieu of his most beloved novels, combining not just elements from the original Shining but themes and imagery familiar from King's books, including Carrie, Salem's Lot, Firestarter and It. It also has a structure King has often utilised before, with a group of essentially good people having to band against a gang of baddies but within this structure King works masterful variations, showing just with a brilliant storyteller he is. When King is on form, as he is in Doctor Sleep, he has no rivals for sheer page-turning suspense. It is as addictive as anything he has written: a triumph from the world's finest horror novelist. Sunday Express It's a gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt. Financial Times King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beauty while avoiding spiritualist blather Guardian Doctor Sleep is a warm, entertaining novel by a man who is no longer the prisoner of his demons, but knows where to find them when he needs to call on them. Daily Telegraph Thirty-six years on from his horror classic, THE SHINING, Stephen King's sequel shows he still has plenty of creative steam. The Sunday Times King has written a sequel, the tale of what happened to little Danny when he grew up. Need one say more? It cannot fail...the best thing to emerge from King's glittering, warped imagination is of mundane, small-town America corrupted by hidden forces...you cannot but respect his ruthless expertise as a storyteller...even those of us who would never freely pick up a Stephen King must genuflect to a master. The Times Stephen King's frightscapes are among the most incredible in literature, yet one believes in them unquestioningly. Spectator Terrifying and, as always, brilliantly-crafted tale, you won't be left wanting. But you may be left scared. Sun A magnificent sequel to one of the finest horror yarns written...Brilliant. Daily Express highly anticipated sequel to his bestselling 1977 novel The Shining. Daily Express Saturday Mag the book remains hopeful and hugely humane. -- John Connolly Irish Times Doctor Sleep has a tightness, an economy, after some of the lengthier novels of recent years, but also a lightness of touch. It reads less like a horror novel than a thriller and ends on a scene of intimate and intense human contact, a gift of consolation at the moment of death. -- John Connolly Irish Times King is too skilled a storyteller for Doctor Sleep to be anything other than unputdownable. Mail On Sunday Both an excellent sequel to The Shining and a strong novel in its own right, this is one of King's best books in the last decade. SciFi Bulletin Suspenseful, thrilling and packed with twists...an incredibly sincere piece of writing. Time Out It still grips, just differently than the original. Shortlist King still remains the daddy of them all. Metro ...the novel's deepest shiverings depend on no made-up devils. Guardian For the truth is, there are few writers who have such a way with character (and that character delivered through authorial peeks into thought and feeling, is so important in his books)...Once his stories get their hooks into you, they're impossible to put down...The denouement of the novel takes place in autumn, and that's no coincidence. You can practically smell the leaf piles burning, their fragrant smoke mixed with that of funeral pyres. sfx.co.uk This brilliant sequel...King [is] a genius at transforming the ordinary into the utterly horrific... Evening Standard This is the master on top form, drawing his readers in with his amazing storytelling power - first with the tension, then with the richness and details of the scene-setting and characterisation. Daily Mail