Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2) by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-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 polyes...

Details Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

TitleDoctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)
Release DateSep 24th, 2013
GenreHorror, Fiction, Thriller, Fantasy

Reviews Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

  • Greg
    (Disclosure: I used to work at Stephen King's publisher and read Doctor Sleep in December 2012.) Get ready. If I can make just one recommendation: whether you're a longtime King fan or fairly new to his stuff, it wouldn't be the worst thing to read The Shining before you get your hands on Doctor Sleep. Seasoned fans know that the movie, while engrossing in its own right, is very different in many ways, and doesn't even begin to plumb the psycholo...
  • Will Byrnes
    There is a boy (now a man) a girl, a band of baddies with a charismatic leader, a coalition of the willing, battles to be fought, supernatural elements and magical powers. Stephen King was at this long before Harry Potter lived under the stairs. He has a preternatural (not to say supernatural) talent for writing kids, and can keep you turning pages, losing sleep, and getting back late to work from your lunch breaks.We will presume for the purpose...
  • Dave
    Dan: Hi, I was a total scumbag, meaning I once swiped a few bucks, a horrible horrible thing for which I'll never forgive myself, and, oh yeah, almost forgot, I used to get in bar fights all the time and I for all I know, I killed people during a blackout. Anyhoo, nowadays I'm heroic. Seriously, I'm pretty much a saint. I have magic powers and it never even crosses my mind to profit from them.Abra: Hi, I'm a totally normal teen, you can tell beca...
  • Kemper
    Remember that psychic little kid in The Shining? Have you ever wondered what he’d be like as an adult after surviving a haunted hotel that drove his drunken father crazy and gave him a case of the redrums? If so, you’re in luck because Stephen King has now told us what happened to Danny Torrance, and he’s just as screwed up from his experience as you’d expect him to be.Like his father, Dan has grown up to be a bad tempered drunk, and he u...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I said I wanted this to be a movie after I read it... now the movie is coming out! I hope it’s good! MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListTHIS BOOK IS FREAKING AWESOME!I love this is a sequel to The Shining and in the beginning of the book it goes into some things from when Danny was young. Even though Danny, his mom and Dick Halloram survived from the tragic and (scary-as-hell) events that happened at the Overlook Hotel, some of the ghosties ...
  • Dan Schwent
    Dan Torrance grew up to be an alcoholic, just like his father. But now he's in recovery and working in a hospice where he uses his Shine to comfort people when they die. But what is his connection to a young girl named Abra Stone? And what does The True Knot, a traveling group of RV people, want with her?After all the glimpses shown in NOS4A2, I knew I'd be reading this one hot off the presses. Was I disappointed? Well, I don't think it was a hom...
  • Lyn
    A very good Stephen King book.I went to see a concert last year featuring Joan Jett, Cheap Trick and Heart. Promoters called it the Hall of Fame tour because all three bands were in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was a great show, we had a blast. I got the impression that any of these talented professionals could put on a great show in their sleep. They’ve been doing it so long that they knew their craft as well as how to win over a crowd.S...
  • Delee
    I hesitated to read DOCTOR SLEEP for about a minute. I was worried that it wouldn't live up to The Shining, and everything would be ruined. RUINED! Luckily that was not the case at all. I should have had more faith in Stephen King's love and respect for these characters. I am sorry for ever doubting you Stephen.A tribe of people called The True Knot travel around the United States- by RV- in search of children with "The Shining". These children h...
  • megs_bookrack
    Enjoyed this even more the second time through! I firmly believe this is the best duology ever written. I doff my hat to Sai King. He is a master. Update, 9/14/19: Considering reading this for a third time next month. I already know I am obsessed with the story but have never read the audiobook. I'd love to check it out before the movie.
  • D. Hilliard
    Being a big fan of Stephen King, especially his early work, I waited with nervous anticipation for Dr. Sleep. I reread The Shining for the first time in years, just to reacquaint myself with the world of Danny Torrance and the Overlook Hotel. It was on my kindle within minutes of it being released, and I spent the past two afternoons ignoring housework in favor of diving into one of Kings rare sequels.So how does it measure up?The correct answer ...
  • Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
    Once upon a time, there was a girl. She liked to read, but was at a crossroads between being too old for childish books, and a bit too young for cheesy romance novels with Fabio on the cover. The girl loved scary movies and all things horror and wondered if maybe there were things written like that. She asked the librarian, who handed her a book. The girl ran home and closed herself up in her room. She sat down and started to read a book called C...
  • Matt
    Stephen King’s title of ‘great storyteller’ is firmly strengthened with this full-length novel, which reprises some of the key roles from The Shining. Picking up briefly after THE SHINING’s completion, Danny Torrance and his mom have moved on, away from the horrors of Colorado. Learning to control his ‘shines’ proves to be quite difficult for Danny, but becomes essential in order to survive. Fast-forwarding to the present day, Dan Tor...
  • Anne
    Actual rating: 4.75 🌟 This was a great book that was much more than a simple sequel. It's a book with its own story and doesn't just depend on the fame of The Shining. Of course there are references, and reading the first book before this one will help you understand the content much better, but it's clear that this book wasn't just written for the sole purpose of making more money and drawing out a story to an unnecessary length (like I have ...
  • Anish Kohli
    Hmmm… Lemme ask you this...Have you read SK? Have you, really? Have you lost yourself in his thoughts and characters and their problems? Have you FELT his stories take over you? If you have, as I have, then you know this review will say nothing you don’t already know.If you haven’t….. Wait, what? How can you not read SK? Do you not know what you are missing out on? Yeah, you probably don’t. OK, well then, listen up close as I explain wi...
  • Becky
    OMG THIS IS MY 2013 BIRTHDAY PRESENT! :D I LOVE YOU, STEPHEN KING!-------After Goodreads decided to unveil their new censorship policy regarding author behavior reviews and shelves (sorry, let me be accurate: NEGATIVE author behavior reviews and shelves...), I decided that I wasn't going to review on Goodreads anymore. I created a Booklikes account (Meh...) and already have a blog, and I decided that I would review there instead of on Goodreads. ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: StarsHave you ever caught yourself, maybe while reading a Stephen King book or maybe just at some random moment, wondering whatever happened to little Danny Torrance? Lucky for all of us Stephen King did too. Doctor Sleep picks up where The Shining left off. It briefly covers the aftermath of the experiences at the Overlook Hotel before fast-forwarding in increments of presidential...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    I wanted to love this book and I read it with eager enthusiasm. However, I found that the voice of this book, Danny Torrance, was all wrong. This didn't feel like Danny to me. I was scared in some parts--the enemies are formidable--but the story was not engaging. I was expecting more.
    Just finished the galley. A HUGE disappointment. (NO SPOILERS)Do you find Nan the hat, measles and shotguns scary?It’s well known that King postponed publication of DOCTOR SLEEP from January 2013 to fall 2013 since he admitted it needed some serious editing. Imagine Shirley Jackson writing a sequel to THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE without the house, or Richard Matheson’s HELL HOUSE sequel sans the Belasco mansion?That’s one of the many, many, ...
  • Barbara
    In this the sequel to 'The Shining', Danny Torrance - who had psychic visions as a child -is a very troubled adult.*****As the story opens Dan Torrance (Danny Torrance from "The Shining") has grown up to be a violent, itinerant alcoholic who suffers from blackouts. His difficulties connect back to the time young Danny's father was the caretaker of the 'Overlook Hotel' in Colorado. There Danny's psychic gift (called 'the shining') led to his meeti...
  • Sh3lly
    This is the story of what happened to this little boy:Danny Torrance is all grown up and an alcoholic just like his dad. Dan finally decides to join Alcoholics Anonymous and is in recovery, working at a hospice when he telepathically meets a girl named Abra Stone.She's got the Shining too and is incredibly powerful. We find out an evil group of people called the True Knot are after her. They want to drink her up, devour her "steam." They roam aro...
  • Madeline
    Although technically a sequel to The Shining (published in 1977 and probably Stephen King's scariest and best book - step to me, It fans), this book should not be approached as such, because in reality the two novels have very little in common besides the central characters. This isn't a bad thing - I just want to warn anyone going into this book to get rid of the "straightforward sequel" mindset. Doctor Sleep is a sequel to The Shining the way A...
  • Arah-Lynda
    There is just something about Stephen King’s writing that is like the feeling I get after having been out there, working in the real world, after a hard day, fighting deadlines and traffic, often snow, lots of that, then finally coming home. I get all toasty, feet warm, comfortable, with his voice in my head. I soon settled in and listened as he told me the story of Doctor Sleep.Having read The Shining for the first time just last year, it was ...
  • Neal Shusterman
    The Shining was my favorite Stephen King book when I was a teenager. I listened to the audio version of Doctor Sleep, and really enjoyed it, but somehow it didn’t live up to the Shining. Granted, our memory of books from our youths is an extremely hard act to follow. I would have given Doctor Sleep four stars, but I felt that the climax was too easy. Stephen King is a master storyteller, so I don’t cut him any slack when it comes to the concl...
  • Jennifer
    Although I have to admit to enjoying The Shining more than this sequel, it was pretty amazing to have a follow up on Danny, and one which shows his transition to helper for another shining child in need. With quite a time gap between The Shining and Doctor Sleep, Danny is now a full-grown man and the family dynamics of the Torrance family still linger as the cycle of addiction sadly makes it way down the generational pipeline. But the creepy/thri...
  • Carol
    GREAT sequel to The Shining bringing back some of the ghosties from The Overlook(view spoiler)[ to eliminate a few of the new evil creatures, and Dan seeing the flies to predict death was pretty creepy. (hide spoiler)] Would definitely recommend reading The Shining first as there are many important flashbacks that are relative in Doctor Sleep.While I loved the book, and was totally entertained from the first page, (view spoiler)[in the end, when ...
  • Trudi
    OCTOBER COUNTRY 2013 - #2Mr. King and I (or Uncle Stevie if I may) have a loooong history that stretches back decades now. His books have become the soundtrack to my life, the novels I reach for in times of stress and grief in search of comfort and solace. Some may find that weird, considering the man's reputation as America's Boogeyman, but it's never been weird to me. No one can spin a yarn quite like this man to keep you reading well past dark...
  • Mario
    FEAR stands for fuck everything and run.Was Doctor Sleep better than The Shining? No.But it was still pretty damn close.In The Shining Danny became one of the most interesting characters I’ve read about, so (at least in my opinion) if any character deserved a sequel, it would be him. But still, at the same time, I was afraid of not liking this book, and not liking the way King would continue Danny’s story. And now, that I’ve finished it, I ...
  • Dystopian
    Spoilers, whatever.The True Knot, as a whole, are some pretty unscary creatures. The main villianess, Rose, however, is seriously lacking in scare factor. She wears a top hat at an impossible angle! Oh, the horror! About halfway through the book, King seems to realize she lacks fright, and he gives her one tooth/tusk thing that comes and goes when she's eating "steam" or just when she's feeling a little salty. Otherwise, he describes her as extra...