I was out shopping with my mom and sister the other day and we wandered into BAM, and it was my lucky day because mom was feeling generous and bought me Doctor Sleep.
Fun fact: When I was a kid, all I wanted was books. I would never get beggy or greedy in stores when we went shopping for anything at all, but I couldn’t pass a bookstore or book aisle, and the great thing about wanting books was, my mom wanted to buy them for me. I guess unlike clothes and electronics and crap plastic toys, books are actually a great thing to buy for your child. Even in my old age my mom is still buying me books because she supports the good, wholesome fun of them.
Anyway, I wasn’t in a big hurry to read this because it’s sort of a sequel to The Shining and that is definitely not one of my favorite King books. I thought the beginning was incredibly slow and it didn’t really get into any action at all until like the last third of the book.
But, I have really enjoyed some of the new king, like 11/22/63, Under the Dome, and Cell, and I will read anything Stephen King has written, to be honest, he’s my favorite writer.
I was totally shocked by how much I LOVED this book. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
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 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 the territory of this icon in the King canon.
There’s just something about the way Stephen King writes that I am drawn to – I devour his books when I read them, and then I am always sad when they are finished. It was like this with Doctor Sleep. The only complaint I have was that it was only 500 something pages long. The end, the final battle as it were, could have been more drawn out, too, I think. Not often do you hear someone complaining that there wasn’t enough of a Stephen King book, do you? I just can’t get enough. I’m even thinking of reading Under the Dome again soon – I read it when it first came out and I remember it being one of my favorites.
Do you like Stephen King? If so, what is your favorite book of his?