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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Doctor Sleep (Stephen King)

In this sequel to 'The Shining', the now middle-aged Dan Torrance meets 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, with lots of polyester, and mostly married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and 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 attending AA meetings that sustain him, and finds a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. With the aid of a 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 in an epic war between good and evil.

Quote: "There was no horror in this thought when it reached Dan. Nor even an ounce of compassion. Only satisfaction. Abra Stone might look like an ordinary American girl, prettier than some and brighter than most, but when you got below the surface - and not that far below, either - there was a young Viking woman with a fierce and bloodthirsty soul. Dan thought it was a shame that she'd never had brothers and sisters. She would have protected them with her life."

Why this book speaks to me: I must say that I have never read 'The Shining' and I was actually beginning to go off Stephen King books because the ones I consider worth reading have already been turned into movies.
Having said this, 'Doctor Sleep' has brought all the ingredients I look for when reading a book: surprise, excitement, suspense, and a spoon full of breath-taking moments.
It started a little slow, catching up with Dan after all these years, but it did not take long to have me 'by the throat' wanting to know what happened next!
I will not say a lot more, since I do not wish to spoil it for anyone who has not read the book yet, but it was overall pretty good! Not five-star good, but quite close!

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