Doctor Sleep (Hardcover)

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Kim's November 2013 Staff Pick: King revisits The Shining’s primary victim, young Danny Torrance, with gleeful, assured mastery in the sequel, Doctor Sleep. It’s not just as good as The Shining; it’s far better. The Shining was a young writer’s work, written when King spent a lot of his time in an alcoholic haze (not unlike Danny’s dad, the book’s protagonist-villain). It was fraught with youthful energy and sailed from King’s imagination on a bright, boiling ocean of blood. King has been sober since the late 1980s, and like its writer and its protagonist, a grown-up Dan Torrance, Doctor Sleep displays grounding and maturity. It also goes to a deeper level of horror that, if not quite as gory and jump-out-at-you scary, carries the far more disturbing notion that the world’s most terrifying things aren’t in Room 217 or a bloody elevator — they’re traveling beside you on the turnpike.

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Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance 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 spunky twelve-year-old 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. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781476727653
ISBN-10: 1476727651
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Pages: 531
Language: English