Doctor Sleep : A Shining Novel

King, Stephen

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Doctor Sleep : A Shining Novel
The now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) must save a very special twelve-year-old girl from a tribe of murderous paranormals

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Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 1476727651
Branch Call Number: FICTION KING...S
Characteristics: 531 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 17, 2015
  • Blaisman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good thriller but nowhere near what King is capable of

Excellent read. Page turner to stay up late to finish. Not so impressed with Mr. Mercedes though.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This is a sequel to 'The Shining' but could be read on its own. It follows the little boy from The Shining who is now an adult who could possibly save a 12 year old girl. Pretty spooky in parts- great antagonist."

Jul 15, 2014
  • Ta2ati2d rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Classic King.

May 25, 2014
  • loudem rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not his best book. It seemed that Rose the Hat and her followers were going to fail from the get go. There is no real battle here, only some kind of execution. A bit disappointing. It's like King wanted to make a follow up to the Shining, but didn't have the guts to really produce a stuning sequel. I feel that the result is kind of mushy. Maybe because there were to much characters to take care of.

May 11, 2014
  • naw666 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good read, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and most of all I love the fact that we finally get a glimpse of what happened to Danny Torrance. :)

May 04, 2014
  • nishantanu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Suspenseful, funny, sad, and full of all the good stuff that I know King has to offer. There were many references to The Shining so it's important to remember some of the characters from Shining, as they come up again in this book (bathtub lady, Dewar, etc). I always wondered what happened to little Danny and this book answers that. Sure, it was horrific what the True Knot did to those kids... but I certainly did not feel that he elaborated on this too much. What about Gage in "Pet Sematary"?? That was horrific beyond belief to read. Anyway, I immensely enjoyed reading this book, and as a true Stephen King fan, I think this was one of the better ones I read lately. Koontz "The Taking"??? It was good but the ending was ridiculous!!

Feb 11, 2014
  • wolfsonian rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

“The Shining” and “Salem's Lot” were fun books because they were scary. “Doctor Sleep” is not fun; it is scary because it is horrifically violent. The graphic torture and murder of a helpless child ruined it for me. This could have been handled much better “off stage” as was done in “'Salem's Lot”. In the “Author's Note” at the end of the book, Mr. King says: “The man who wrote 'Doctor Sleep' is very different from the well-meaning alcoholic who wrote 'The Shining'...” but that both want to tell a good story (King uses a different word). King, the author of “Doctor Sleep” is different from the author of “The Shining” and “'Salem's Lot”, and “The Stand” and my personal favorite: “Lesey's Story”, that's for sure. Perhaps sobriety has changed King's view of the world... but the view he presents of what happens to “the baseball boy” is not a view anyone would want. Instead, I recommend “The Taking” by Dean Koontz.

Feb 10, 2014
  • tlmill26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this story line but wished I would have read The Shining 1st. Very good book as I read I played this book in my head like a movie. A movie should be made!

Feb 01, 2014
  • falconroom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't know whether I really read or rather "inhaled" this 500+ page book in 100 page gulps. Finished it in less than 2 days (bad weather--nothing to do but read anyway). I must admit I approached it with wariness, both because I thought from the title it might be about sleep & dreams, both with big problems for me. When I discovered it was a sequel, of sorts, to "The Shining," which was one of the most terrifying reads of my younger life--that Boiler!--to find out what happens to a grown-up Danny Torrance. Okay, yes I agree the book has its flaws--what book doesn't and I had the same musings at the end as folks have pointed out, but all in all, it was one of the more satisying, enjoyable, infectious reads I have had in many a moon (and I have read some great books in the last year or two). i give it a 2 big thumbs up! Go, Stephen, you're back on your game!

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Feb 11, 2014
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