Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.
First and foremost. I LOVE Stephen King.
I have read nearly every word the man has written, and I started when I was 11. And I didn’t go easy, Firestarter was my first book and I devoured everything I could get my hands on after that. Most of them more than once. (Yes, I reread books, it’s like visiting with old friends to me) I’ve seen a lot of the movies based on them, and most of them are okay. Some, well, to be honest, I don’t think the people that made the movie read much beyond the book jacket and a few reviews.
But, this is a book review, and specifically, about Doctor Sleep.
When I heard about this one coming out, I was SO excited. I don’t like to read much about the books before I read them. I prefer to form my own opinions. Only thing I knew before cracking, (well, since I read on my iPad, I guess you don’t really crack books like that open but, you know what I mean), was that this was a continuation of The Shining, sort of.
Now, SPOILER ALERT. If you haven’t read, and plan to, stop here.
Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrence through his life, mostly starting about 20 or so years after the destruction of the Overlook Hotel. His recovery from alcoholism (just like his dad), from dealing with his “shining” without the numbing effects of the alcohol, and finding out he has a half sister, and a niece, Abra, who shines just as bright as Danny did as a boy, if not brighter. Abra finds Danny, even when she’s still a baby, and leaves him messages on his chalkboard, and eventually gets his help with the True Knot, a band of vagabond “shine vampires” that roam the US. In typical King fashion, we jump back and forth from “present” time to the past (flashbacks), and back and forth between the three main “sets” of characters. Danny, his AA sponsor, his friend, and his work. Abra, her parents, great-grandmother, and friends. Rose, the leader of the True Knot, the rest of the True Knot and their travels. Which of course all three sets eventually meet and battle things out with the “good guys” winning in the end. Sort of. We learn with our “epilogue” (OK not REALLY, but if you’re a King fan you know what I mean) that there are still plenty of demons being fought. And, although doubtful he would, an opening to more adventures with those that Shine.
5 out of 5 starts for this one folks. Yes, I’m probably biased because I am such a huge King fan, but really, if you liked The Shining you will enjoy getting the answers to the “what happened to Danny?” questions.