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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  

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Stephen King believes it is still possible to scare readers today if he can get them to care enough about the characters and therefore what happens to them. So in Dr Sleep we get a large amount of background detail and development, splendid stuff. Danny (from The Shining), now Dan, is grown-up, a reformed alcoholic and spends his time helping dying people in a hospice to ‘go to sleep’, a gentle, quiet man still with his powers and still very traumatised by his past. Alongside him we have Abra, a little girl whose own powers are slowly developing as she grows into her early teens and a bunch of sinister travellers called the True Knot, all tremendous bloodthirsty characters. It is very much a sequel to The Shining but does stand-alone. It is also very special, a sequel after 36 years! Absolutely stunning.

If you like Stephen King you might also like to read books by Peter Straub, Ray Bradbury and Dan Simmons.

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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon. King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, 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 tween 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 ...

Reviews

'Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years.' -- Peter Straub on The Shining

'The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature.' -- Mark Lawson, Guardian

About the Author

Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 40 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

Stephen King received the National Medal of Arts from US President Barack Obama on 10th September 2015. This is the highest award for artists given by the US government. Ahead of the ceremony Stephen King said, “I’m amazed and grateful.” Previous recipients of the National Medal of Arts include Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Philip Roth, Maurice Sendak, Harper Lee and Maya Angelou.

Stephen King photo © Shane Leonard

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Stephen King

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Hardback

Categories

Horror - Fantasy - SF
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9781444761160

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