Doctor Sleep: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 24, 2013 - Fiction - 531 pages
6 Reviews
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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User Review  - maryoverton - LibraryThing

Every Stephen King cliche & plot line bundled into an awkward Halloween-y story that's more dime-store molded plastic mask than horror. Oh, well. Nobody bats a thousand, and King is still the master story-teller (if not the best writer) of our time. Read full review

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User Review  - ARBraun7 - LibraryThing

I didn't think King still had it in him to write a book this great. The biggest draw is that we're reunited with Dan Torrance and, more intriguing, he's inherited his father's disease. Being original by using psychic vampires as the protagonists didn't hurt, either. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
21
Section 3
35
Section 4
53
Section 5
87
Section 6
101
Section 7
131
Section 8
147
Section 15
317
Section 16
339
Section 17
365
Section 18
389
Section 19
417
Section 20
443
Section 21
455
Section 22
475

Section 9
169
Section 10
197
Section 11
223
Section 12
247
Section 13
261
Section 14
287
Section 23
497
Section 24
513
Section 25
519
Section 26
529
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About the author (2013)

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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