Linda G. Hill

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Doctor Sleep – A Review

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Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved Doctor Sleep. It seemed to me a coming of age not only for the main character, Danny Torrance, but for Stephen King as well. Going into this story with the expectation that it goes on where The Shining leaves off will only leave you disappointed, as many of the reviews I’ve read state. The author does his character justice by lending him new struggles, forcing him to put the past behind him. For what I remember of The Shining having read it last more than twenty years ago, I would say that Doctor Sleep can stand alone as an epic.

As a well-told and plausible continuation to the story of a little boy with the shining from the book of the same name, this novel not only exceeded my expectations, it left me wanting more.

I sincerely hope there is a third book, Mr. King.

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21 thoughts on “Doctor Sleep – A Review

  1. I never read The Shining, but did see the movie a million years ago. Would you recommend reading The Shining first?

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    • I dunno… the two books are nothing alike, and I think he explains everything well enough in Doctor Sleep that you’d get the gist of what The Shining is all about. Then again, if you’ve seen the movie, you have an idea already.
      What I would actually suggest is read Doctor Sleep first and then go back and read The Shining if you feel like it.
      Thanks for your comment, Rachel! 🙂

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  2. Well that’s good, I’ve just been given this, although it is at the bottom of my towering “to read” pile, so goodness knows when I’ll get round to it.

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  3. That book had received some lukewarm reviews on Amazon, but I still bought it because I had enjoyed The Shining. I do not regret the purchaser – I thought Stephen King did a great job tying Doctor Sleep in with The Shining and maintaining an interesting story line.

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  4. You know, I used to love Stephen King. And then I read “Under The Dome” and it ruined Mr. King for me. But just a tiny little itsy bit.

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  5. I enjoyed it too. It didn’t scare me, but then again, neither did “The Shining” when I reread it before reading “Doctor Sleep.” But it sure did when I was 13!

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    • Oh tell me about it! I couldn’t read it all the way through until I was well into my twenties. (I guess it was more than 20 years ago that I last read it. 😛 ) But yeah, I tried reading it when I was twelve. No go.

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  6. You are the second person in one day that has mentioned this book to me. I love the old Stephen King…The Shining, The Stand, etc. I’ll have to give this a whirl!

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    • There was a time in his career that, in my opinion, he went into a slump. I stopped reading him for a while. But since 11/22/63 he seems to be back with a bang and better. I’d definitely recommend Doctor Sleep. 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Laura!

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      • I agree about the slump Linda. I stopped reading him as well. Didn’t he have some kind of accident or brain thing going on? I remember thinking he wouldn’t be around much longer. Maybe it affected his writing and now he’s better. Or maybe I’m imagining all of this! LOL. I’m going to download that now so I don’t forget. I’m excited to read another of his novels. Thank you!

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