Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep❮Reading❯ ➳ Doctor Sleep ➬ Author Stephen King – Now a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor From master storyteller Stephen King his unforgettable and terrifying seuel to The Shining—an instant #1 New York Times bestseller that is “a vivi Now a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor From master storyteller Stephen King his unforgettable and terrifying seuel to The Shining—an instant New York Times bestseller that is “a vivid frightscape” The New York Times Years ago the haunting of the Overlook Hotel nearly broke young Dan Torrance’s sanity as his paranormal gift known as “the shining” opened a door straight into hell And even though Dan is all grown up the ghosts of the Overlook—and his father’s legacy of alcoholism and violence—kept him drifting aimlessly for most of his life Now Dan has finally found some order in the chaos by working in a local hospice earning the nickname “Doctor Sleep” by secretly using his special abilities to comfort the dying and prepare them for the afterlife But when he unexpectedly meets twelve year old Abra Stone—who possesses an even powerful manifestation of the shining—the two find their lives in sudden jeopardy at the hands of the ageless and murderous nomadic tribe known as the True Knot reigniting Dan’s own demons and summoning him to battle for this young girl’s soul and survival. 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 and love Doctor Sleep without doing so but I think people's experiences of this seuel will only be enriched by first checking out one of the mothers of all horror novels 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 from King’s site We will presume for the purposes of this review that you have read or at least seen one version of The Shining If you have not read no further as there are details here that would be considered spoilerish were they to appear in a review of that book And if you have not read The Shining you should probably do so before taking on Doctor Sleep a seuel Ok everyone here has read The Shining yes? All right but we are using the honor system here and do not want to ruin the fun of reading that one for anyone So as long as you’re sureAt the end of The Shining three people survive the carnage Danny Torrance a five year old with a special gift Wendy Torrance Danny’s mother and newly widowed wife of the late Jack Torrance and Dick Halloran an employee of The Overlook and possessor of a gift like Danny’s one that allowed him to hear Danny’s psychic 911 call and return from his home in Florida in time to do something about it What happened next? King does not typically do seuels if one does not count books that are part of a planned series but Every now and then somebody would ask ‘Whatever happened to Danny?’ I used to joke around and say ‘He married Charlie McGee from Firestarter and they had these amazing kids’ But I did sort of wonder about it – from EWOne of the central features of The Shining was Jack’s Torrance’s battle with alcoholism As with the real world King’s fictional realm notes that alcoholism runs in families And one of the criticisms of The Shining was that the possibility of Jack considering getting some help from AA is never even raised If King has ever considered that to have been an oversight I have not seen that interview But it is clear that he has given the matter some thought Jack Torrance never tries Alcoholics Anonymous That is never even mentioned in The Shining He has what they call white knuckle sobriety He's doing it all by himself So I wondered what it would be like to see Danny first as an alcoholic and then see him in AA from an NPR InterviewEwan McGregor as Danny Torrance in the filmIt gives nothing away to let you know that Danny is a true Torrance Not only does he self medicate to uiet the terrors that still haunt him he is far from the best person he can beI knew if I did this seuel I’d have to try to put together some of the same elements but at the same time I didn’t want to make it too similar I didn’t want to make Danny a grown up with kids of his own and try to replicate that whole losing your temper because you’re drunk thing But I did think to myself ‘Not only alcoholism can be a family disease but rage can be a family disease’ You find that the guys who abuse their children were abused themselves as kids That certainly fit Danny as I knew him – from EW All SK novels reuire a baddie or a set of them No disappointment here King has again succeeded in taking the ordinary and making it horrifyingDriving back and forth from Maine to Florida which I do twice a year I’m always seeing all these recreational vehicles — the bounders in the Winnebagos I always think to myself ‘Who is in those things?’ You pass them a thousand times at rest stops They’re always the ones wearing the shirts that say ‘God Does Not Deduct From a Lifespan Time Spent Fishing’ They’re always lined up at the McDonald’s slowing the whole line down And I always thought to myself ‘There’s something really sinister about those people because they’re so unobtrusive yet so pervasive’ I just wanted to use that It would be the perfect way to travel around America and be unobtrusive if you were really some sort of awful creature – from EW This wandering band call themselves The True Knot They feed on the essence of those gifted with the sort of talent people like Danny possess It provides them with extraordinary longevity but as with their Transylvanian counterparts the need is ongoing and the supply is limited Like right wing politicians they are than happy to gorge on the pain of others and are shown here feasting on the spirits set adrift on 911 The usual condiments for this substance they call steam will not do The taste and benefit is enhanced however if their victims endure extreme and prolonged torture Does Ted Cruz drive a Winnebago? King gives the members Damon Runyon esue names like Crow Daddy Steamboat Steve and Tommy the TruckBy the time you finish reading Doctor Sleep you might have a new image of the top hat to consider next time you are planning a formal night out We all have one probably this oneBut the baddie in Stephen King’s latest is likely to do for the top hat what this guydid for the derby Rose O’Hara the leader of a group called The True Knot won’t leave home without it It adds a nice visual element calling to mind a certain Caribbean Baron and making Rosie even riveting Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat from the filmAnd what of our young heroine? Abra is born with a shining of prodigious proportions btw the name Abra was inspired by Abra Bacon a character in East of Eden She manages to send out a signal even when she is newly arrived She’s a good kid despite scaring her parents on occasion with tricks like making all the silverware in the kitchen take to the air or causing the odd earthuake when she does a mental Bruce or if you prefer David Banner Don’t make her angry You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry Bad ass teen girl power fuh shoo uh But just as Danny needed Dick Hallorann and Tony Abra needs help as well That she and Danny will team up is a foregone conclusion As for Danny the shining never left him despite his attempts to wipe it out with spirits of a different sort But he finds the help he needs and manages to put his talent to good use He works in a hospice the Helen Rivington House in Frazier NH easing the transition for those near death with the assistance of a resident feline and earning himself the name Doctor Sleep which also serves to remind us of what his parents called himIt is this moment of transition that Doctor Sleep deals with and the idea like so many of King's came from an incidental story in a newspaper This one was about a cat in a hospice that knows when people are going to die He would go into that patient's room and curl up next to them And I thought that's a good advertisement for death for the emissary of death I thought 'I can make Dan the human euivalent of that cat and call him Doctor Sleep' There was the book – from an interview in The Guardian King has a bit of fun naming the cat Azzie short for Azreel the archangel of death Cute Azzie the real Doctor Sleep image from TheReelBitscomWhat else do you need really? Dark vs light colorful baddies vs our everyman and everygirl And that is indeed enough But it is not all that King uses He gives us a look at how people can really help people overcome or at least handle their problems When asked in the NPR interview whether his AA depictions were from personal experience King says that the second part of AA stands for Anonymous so he declined to offer a yes or no however You could say having read these two books and knowing that I was a very heavy drinker at the time that I wrote The Shining and I haven't had a drink in about 25 years now you could draw certain conclusions from thatI've done a lot of personal research in these subjects from NPR interview AA figures very large in this story is central really And the wisdom one can find in AA permeates the novel from the importance of recognizing that we need help from others to accepting our past and dealing with it a very strong serious element Kyleigh Curran as Abra Stone image from the gwwcomKing sets the time of the events by referring to external realities like who the president is calls on contemporary cultural references such as a mention of the Sons of Anarchy and a Hank Wiliams Jr song He also mentions a variety of other writers in his travels some approvingly John Sandford George Seferis Bernard Malamud Bill Wilson some not so much the authors of the Twilight and Hunger Games series and Dean Koontz and Lisa Gardner although he may merely be playing with the latter two He also drops in an Easter egg reference to Salem’s Lot and make two references that I caught anyway to his son Joe’s imagined world from Joe’s book NOS4A2 It has been my experience with reading Stephen King that his conclusions sometimes offer a poor partner to the journey one takes in reaching them That is much less the case here The ending is not an alien spider disguised as Tim Curry with bad fashion sense or alien young playing with humans in a ham fisted manner And the journey is indeed fun But I had some gripes King gives Dick Hallorann a cameo here which was fine and the strongest of those Tony returns for a look see but goes alarmingly uiet at crucial moments We could have used a lot about Tony other than the weak explanation that is offered near the end If the True Knot are so bad ass how come there are so few of them? There is an explanation offered of prey predator stability of numbers but I found that unpersuasive And why the hell introduce view spoilerJack if he is not going to be a part of the action? hide spoiler should’ve left this one in the drafts mr king112 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 themAbra Hi I'm a totally normal teen you can tell because of all my pop references Game of Thrones Fruit Ninja I'm also all heroic like totally I also have no imagination at all just like DanBoth Together we fight crimeRose Hi I'm Rose I'm super scary Did you notice how convenient it is that we can't fly in planes? I mean convenient for the heroes not for me We also are too good to use guns despite the fact that we're as easy to kill if not easier than an ordinary human Seriously how the hell did we survive in medieval Europe when getting around was a serious ordeal? Especially when me and my gang are hilariously incompetent Anyway I have a really cool hat A seuel 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 tryOh who am I kidding? 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 beLike 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 from town to town working menial jobs The early part of the book focuses on Dan hitting bottom and then trying to pull himself together with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous He winds up with a job as an orderly at a hospice where he earns the nickname of Doctor Sleep for his ability to provide an easier death for the patients Dan becomes aware of a little girl named Abra with a shining ability that dwarfs his own but unfortunately Abra has also come to the attention of group of vampire like creatures calling themselves the True Knot They pretend to be humans who roam the country as a harmless pack of tourists in RVs while they track down and feed on the psychic energy collected from torturing children with the shining and Abra would be like an all you can eat buffet to them This book is almost two separate stories One is about Dan Torrance struggling to come to terms with the legacy of his father his abilities and his alcoholism The other is about the battle to save a little girl from a pack of vicious monsters King does a decent job of trying to make these two tales intersect while revisiting some elements from The Shining but it ends up feeling like less than the sum of its parts Frankly I was far interested in Dan’s battle with the bottle than another Stephen King story about a child in danger from a supernatural threatIt’s not that Abra vs the True Knot is bad There’s a lot of genuinely creepy dread to be mined from a pack of psychic vampires roaming the country while posing as harmless middle aged farts and King knows how to milk every drop out of that concept And I liked the character of Abra a lot The idea of a powerfully psychic young girl with a bit of a mean streak was great Kinda like if Carrie White would have had decent parents and a happy childhoodIn fact Abra’s a little bit too powerful because she seems fully capable of kicking ass even during her first encounter with the True Knot So while there’s a lot of nice build up most of what happens seems anti climatic view spoiler Abra and Dan pretty much settle the True Knot’s hash with only minor injuries to a supporting character and no real lasting damage That just seems weird in a Stephen King novel which generally feature wholesale carnage and a lot collateral damage from the bad guys hide spoiler I don't even know how it's possible but I enjoyed this story even the second time I firmly believe this is the best duology ever penned I doff my cap to Sai King He is a MASTER Reread with For Love Of A Book with pretty badge I said I wanted this to be a movie after I read it now the movie is coming out I hope it’s good MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading ListTHIS BOOK IS FREAKING AWESOMEI love this is a seuel 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 sober What I found in reading the book is that not only did Dan inherit the alcoholism from his father he started drinking to stop the shining and the bad things it put in his head But from time to time his friend Dick's words would come back to him EXCERPTS It will never stop Danny thought The Overlook burned and the most terrible revenants went into the lockboxes but I can't lock away the shining because it isn't just inside me it is me Without booze to at least stun it these visions will go on until they drive me insaneThen like a flashlight beam in the dark Hallorann's voice Son you may see things but they're like pictures in a book You weren't helpless in the Overlook when you were a child and you're not helpless now Far from it Close your eyes and when you open them all this crap will be gone So Danny now Dan lives in the town of Frazier and is a groundskeeper for a little village called Teeny Town He works with a man that turns out to be a good friend and fellow shiner named Billy Freeman Billy doesn't have the shining as strong as Dan but it's still there He gets him the job and the man that runs most of the town gets Dan in AA and it's all going good Meanwhile down the way little Abra Stone is born and she is born with a powerful shining I just love her She starts contacting Dan when she gets a little older They are connected than they know at first but I'm not telling you what that is A little bit later Dan starts working at Rivington House it's an elderly home and he helps them when they are going to pass over He's so very kind to these people and I love this about him Then there are these evil bastards that call themselves the True Knot They have been around for years they pray on the deaths of kids with the shining They suck in their steam Yeah it's a little crazy but I like this story line I don't like these people and couldn't wait to see them strung up in their own knot They also go to major disasters and stand around sucking in the steam of what I'm guessing anyone with the shining in them that were in the disaster They have a leader that is the most evil of them all and she's coming after Abra Beware Rosie the Hat until she meets her match I loved this book so much Just to be taken back into the world of The Shining I know it's not the same but to have a book that continued The Shining was so wonderful It turned out that the True Knot owned a campground that was set up where the Overlook used to be that opened up a whole new can of worms There IS something that happened there that brought a tear to my eye I wish this one was a movie tooMel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 SEVEN THINGS FLASHING IN MY MIND when somebody asks me “ did you watch Shining?”One The car moves along the road and we see the humongous mountains and Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind’s eerie composition starts to play on the images as we whirl around the mountainsTWO Grady Twins’ spooky images as we see them stand up holding hands near open door They say in unison “Come play with us Danny” This year I told my husband their clothes could be best pair for our Halloween costumes And he blurted out his beer on my face What a jerk But he surprised me to buy tickets to Overlook Hotel for one night I imminently forgave him even he made the reservation for one and he bought me only one way ticket He really loves me so much JTHREE Little Danny Torrence’s screams as he keeps replying the same haunted words “REDRUM REDRUM REDRUM”FOUR At room 237Jack thinks he kisses a young sexy woman appears naked behind the shower curtains But he accidentally takes a look their kissing reflection in the mirror he finds out he’s kissing an old woman whose shaggy body is covered in scars He begins to run away Actually I laughed at this scene so much Cheater Jack couldn’t get away with his two minutes stand FIVE JACK’S NEW NOVEL COMING UP RELEASING SOON “All work no play” Revelation scene Wendy finds out Jack has written the same words over and over again and turned into “DULL BOY” was memorable and one of the creepier parts of the storySIX Here’s Jackkk He finally loses the rest of his marbles swinging an axe breaking a door and screaming Johnny Carson’s famous theme in versionAnd SEVEN We see Jack trapped in the maze froze to death scariest epic expression on his face scary and sarcastically awkward just a little bit I know I’m the weird one who is thrown away from the theaters for laughing too much at the horror moviesI know I didn’t talk about the book I talked about the epic scaring you shameless or shtless scenes of the movie But even MY KING says the movie was a Cadillac with no engine inside I liked to rewatch it over and over again in every Halloween But of course “Shining” is one of the masterpieces of MY KING and one of the ten best book of him Salem’s Lot and Dead Zone will be always my favoritesAnd now the story returns back to inform us what happened to the three survivors of Overlook Hotel Danny Torrance his mother Wendy and Dick Halloran We see older Danny suffers from alcoholism like father like son he is about to turn into a dull boy tooThis book is about Danny’s facing to his own devils and past traumatic experiences Danny burned the bridges help him reach to his childhood and dug the ashes to the deep But right now the past demons erupted out to threaten his future So he has to go to the place where this nightmare beginsHis AA group helps him earn his second chance from the life When he hits the rock bottom we learn about the secret he keeps eat him alive He still has his shining but as his path crosses with the gifted girl whose life in danger by summoning from a group of dangerous psychic vampires he is adamant to fight back Rose the Hat aka Cokehead or once upon a time Irish Rose from Northern Ireland is the leader of the vampire gang This disturbing thrilling awkward as hell group member give you enough creeps to close the book and surf around the comedy channels to recover from too much pressure and stress the book puts you in As a matter of fact I had some second thoughts when I heard my KING wrote the seuel after all those years later I always wish a happy ending for Danny Boy but I know after all those traumatic experiences they’ve endured with his mother it might have been impossible for them to live a regular and undamaged normal life They had too many invisible emotional scars to achieve thatBut I loved the last conclusion having another journey to the Overlook and villains of the book are perfectly developed to give you good nightmaresLET’S HAIL TO THE KING APPLAUSE HIM He is one of the greatest authors of the century and he did it again I never get disappointed after reading a long KING book I still use some of them as weights to strengthen my arms So mentally and psychically his books always help me a lot A very good Stephen King bookI went to see a concert last year featuring Joan Jett Cheap Trick and Heart Promoters called it the Hall of Fame tour because all three bands were in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame It was a great show we had a blast I got the impression that any of these talented professionals could put on a great show in their sleep They’ve been doing it so long that they knew their craft as well as how to win over a crowdStephen King is also a wily old master craftsman who knows how to grab a reader and hold him entranced for hundreds of pages Hell he’s practically a genre unto himself now leaving behind the Horror and Fantasy schools for a stage just for him And while I would agree that he like Joan Jett and Ann Wilson could put on a great show without trying very hard I think he did put some extra effort into Doctor Sleep his 2013 seuel to his 1980 masterpiece The ShiningWhile this takes off from where The Shining left off and then goes on to tell its own story this is in many ways an amalgam of many of his best stories and returns to many of the themes that have made him one of our most successful writers I noticed elements of Pet Sematary Firestarter and The Dead Zone Besides trying to scare the heeby jeebies out of us King explores themes of family life and death extra sensory perceptions and the demons that haunt us paranormal and mundaneKing a recovering alcoholic wrote The Shining as an alcoholic and Doctor Sleep speaks from this mature embattled perspective Sadly but fittingly little Danny Torrance becomes too much like his father and has succumbed to his inherited drinking problem King shares with us no doubt from much of his own experience how Alcoholics Anonymous helps Dan Torrance survive and thrive in sobriety but also shares Dan’s rock bottom and how this hidden secret gnaws at Torrance as much as the ghosts from the Overlook Hotel In this way King provides an allegory for secrets held and like so much of his writing finds the horrific without delving too far into fantasy We are our own worst enemies – and nightmaresYears after the tragedy at the Overlook Dan Torrance is making his way from childhood to alcoholic despondency to an edgy and fragile temperance Like most recovering alcoholics he takes his life one step at a time and one day at a time And his gift of shining remains Using his special abilities to help dying patients in a hospice he has come to the sobriuet of Doctor Sleep It is here that Dan discovers a young girl who makes his shining look dim by comparison; as his is a flashlight hers is a light house Dan also discovers an antagonistic group who feed on human suffering and the suffering of those with the shining is their most cherished delicacyRose the Hat Leading this group of psychic vampires is one of King’s most devilish and engaging characters From Northern Ireland centuries ago – drawing on the vampire parallel Rose was once Irish Rose but now in her leadership role she is Rose the Hat appearing with a cocked to one side old top hat King has made a good living on making bad guys scary and evil and in Rose he has given us one of his most dire giving old Barlow a run for his moneySo I raise my lighter to you Mr King great show

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  • 531 pages
  • Doctor Sleep
  • Stephen King
  • English
  • 07 February 2015
  • 9781476727660