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Doctor Sleep
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Doctor Sleep
Shining Series, Book 2

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.

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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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 12, 2013
    Iconic horror author King (Joyland) picks up the narrative threads of The Shining many years on. Young psychic Danny Torrance has become a middle-aged alcoholic (he now goes by “Dan”), bearing his powers and his guilt as equal burdens. A lucky break gets him a job in a hospice in a small New England town. Using his abilities to ease the passing of the terminally ill, he remains blissfully unaware of the actions of the True Knot, a caravan of human parasites crisscrossing the map in their RVs as they search for children with “the shining” (psychic abilities of the kind that Dan possesses), upon whom they feed. When a girl named Abra Stone is born with powers that dwarf Dan’s, she attracts the attention of the True Knot’s leader—the predatory Rose the Hat. Dan is forced to help Abra confront the Knot, and face his own lingering demons. Less terrifying than its famous predecessor, perhaps because of the author’s obvious affection for even the most repellant characters, King’s latest is still a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance’s story. Agent: Chuck Verrill, Darhansoff & Verrill Literary Agents.

  • AudioFile Magazine Will Patton's delivery enhances King's prose in ways that make King's work so much more enjoyable in audio than just reading it. This sequel to the THE SHINING finds Danny Torrence, now middle aged, returning to confront the inner demons left when his father came close to killing him one winter decades ago at the snowed-in Overlook Hotel. Now, Torrence must not only conquer his own demons but fight to protect another child who also has the shining, a supernatural power. Patton's narrative voice captures the rhythm of King's words. His character voices, filled with a variety of regional American accents, remain consistent. Most importantly, the sinister aspects that embody characters and moments of this novel are superbly executed and will certainly leave listeners on edge. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
  • Library Journal

    December 1, 2013

    As a young boy, Dan Torrance survived the terrifying events at the Overlook Hotel in King's classic The Shining, but he eventually became an alcoholic as he attempted to drown out his psychic abilities, his "shining." He is now on his last chance to climb out of the bottle and build a life for himself. As Dan joins AA and begins using his abilities to ease the suffering of hospice patients, he also meets a young girl, Abra, whose shining is even brighter than his own. She is being hunted by the True Knot, a group of immortal child murderers who feast on the suffering of those with the shining. They need Abra's shine, for they are finally dying--and desperate. Dan must protect her and face these demons and those of his past, in the last place to which he would ever want to return. Will Patton's voice is well suited to the work and even manages to be serviceable as the teen female lead. King uses this adventure to dwell on the inevitability of aging and death. The villains are interesting, appearing as harmless retirees, and are both fleshed out and menacing. VERDICT Highly recommended for King, horror, and urban fantasy fans. ["This is vintage King, a classic good-vs.-evil tale that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night," read the starred review of the Scribner hc, LJ 9/15/13; a Q&A with King's researcher Russell Dorr is on p. 56.]--Tristan M. Boyd, Westbank Community Lib., Austin, TX

    Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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