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Dr. Sleep or The Sequel to The Shining by Stephen King

Updated on April 29, 2014

My Review of the long awaited sequel to one of the best King books

Being an avid book reader and a book tuber means that I read a lot of books. I used to be a huge fan of King when I was a teen, and I have until recently started reading his books again. So of course it has been many years since I had read the The Shining. I did not even know that this was a sequel in the works until it's recent release. I really liked the first book, and so I really wanted to see what happened to the main characters from it. This is my review of this sequel.

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My thoughts on Dr. Sleep...

If you didn't already know, and as I already mentioned that this is a sequel to The Shining. So of course it starts soon after the ending of that book. We discover how Wendy, and Danny Torrence are trying to start a new life, and struggle to survive. Young Danny is still being mentored by Dick in the ways of the shining, and the Overlook surprisingly is not done with him. But don't worry no spoilers....

Fast forward, and Dan is now grown up, and he has become like his father. He is an alcoholic, and bounces from job to job with nothing tying him down. All of this changes after a one night stand with a young single mom, that really makes him consider changing his life. He travels to a New Hampshire town where his imaginary friend "Tony" tells him this is where he will stay. He finds work, and AA, which makes me wonder if Mr. King once had troubles with alcohol himself.

After being settled for a few years he soon discovers another child who has the shining like him, but much stronger. Also around this time the reader is introduced to the main villains of the story, called the True Knot. The Knot, are a little like vampires in that they feed off of others. They are ordinary seeming people who travel state to state in RV's, and they also have abilities like the shining children that they feed off of. They feed by slowly torturing shining children until they release the essense of their power called "steam". Soon this extraordinary child is threatened by this group of monsters, and Dan must help her to confront, and finally deal with them.

Overall I gave this book a 5 star rating on goodreads, as I thought that it was one of the best that I had read from King in a very long time. It is a very good ending to The Shining, and kept me in suspense so that I did not want to put it down. The story flowed perfectly, and all of the characters were believable. If you are a fan of classic King then this is one book that you should not miss.

“FEAR stands for fuck everything and run.”

— Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

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    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I read the Shining long ago--what a good book! This new one is on my list. You might enjoy King's book 'On Writing.' In it he does indeed talk about his issues with alcoholism. It's a great read too. Enjoyed your lens.

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      BrownEyedGirl69 4 years ago

      I read "The Shining" years ago. I also saw the movie. After your review I am going to have to read "Doctor Sleep". You gave away just enough to make it interesting but not enough to spoil it. Thanks for the Great Lens!

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      Joebeducci 4 years ago

      Looks very interesting! Good lens, Greets, Joebeducci