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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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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.

My Review

Does the word Redrum mean anything to you or the phrase The Shining?
If you have no knowledge of these matters i implore you to read The Shining, it has the first appearance of the main character of this novel Danny Torrance.
I revisited The Shining and The Overlook Hotel to be in-check with the ways of Danny and i reviewed it again here.
Reading that would be good for the newbies but as a re-read it may actually have you expect more of the same thing present in that tale.
In the first novel he was a five year old boy born with a caul and second sight.
In this tale his much older an adult battling with some of his own fathers old vices, alcohol.
Danny does have a visit from that great character from the first novel Mr Hallorann, whom fills him in on a few things and advises him on some things that will come his way.
The concept of Danny having a young recruit to that Shining world of his was an interesting and good move.
There appears a band, a motley crew off undesirables called The True Knot and that was a healthy addition to the tale and so the battle ensues between good and evil.
The elements were here for that great story and sequel but there was a lapse in delivering it the way i wanted.
This is new ground for him he has not written a sequel before, he has had a few great novels recently including Joyland and 11/22/63, i loved them and have them as must reads of the year.

Put it out if your head when starting this novel that you will experience what The shinning had you feel, yes there is Danny Torrance and his Shining and all comes with it but there is no Overlook Hotel or PR smiling father turning psychotic.

I had to remind myself that I was reading a novel penned by Stephen King I have never before struggled with a work of his this tale seems to come away from the straight and narrow from the real meat of the story, the hook concept seemed to have been out on the back burner.
There are some places you get hooked in and then some other details and non specifics necessary drum you down with the dense, complicated, and the unnecessary for a period of time.
There needed to be a reduction of page count and more focused and a real-time story time experience more visible.

The experience more cerebral rather than visceral.
The cast is there but the way he told it didn’t win for me and that’s a first for such a great writer as Stephen King.

This novel is published by Scribner an imprint of Simon and Schuster.
The whole Simon and Schuster Publishing house has been doing a great job lately with releasing great tales, great debuts including novels from: Stephen King, James Lee Burke, Don Winslow, M.L Stedman, Matt Haig, Owen King, William Kent, John Hornor Jacobs, Michael Hainey, Adam McOmber, Michael Farris Smith, Paul Yoon, Adigail Tarttelin, Julie Sarkissian and Jennie Shortridge,
i thank them greatly for having this novel available to me to review.
Watch this space for other Stephen King novels i will be reviewing soon, in the coming weeks, starting with Under The Dome (before i watch the series) and Bag of Bones (before i watch the series) and then moving to IT and a re-read of that great novel The Stand.

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 23 September 2013