My desire to know what happened to my childhood hero, Danny from The Shining was satisfied. This story grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go till the end. I absolutely love the freaky deaky mind magic, the paranormal events King sweetly roled out in his maniacal fashion. Thanks for the ride Mr. King. You never disappoint!
Definitely exceeded my expectations! He novel was dark yet very redeeming as the characters like Dan find their own salvation in a small town and in the extra ordinary talents of a young girl with "the Shining". I definitely recommend!
The terrors of the shining are secondary compared to the powers at work in Doctor Sleep, who's journey leads him back to the past while also enduring a terrifying present.
On another note, I kind of wish King himself had read the story, like he did wind through the keyhole. I find that the storytelling is better when people simply read the words, rather than acting them out. Still worth the listen.
Keep in mind this is the sequel to King's novel, THE SHINING, and NOT the Kubrick film.
I read this right after reading the THE SHINING. It's really interesting to see where King takes the character of Danny Torrance.
PROS: I found Danny's story to be pretty believable and consistent. There are a lot of intense moments, and if you get attached to the heroes you'll start feeling really scared for them at various times. If you're a Stephen King fan, you'll notice he often includes some reference to telepathy in his stories. He's best known for it from THE SHINING, and here he goes all out.
CONS: I wasn't crazy about the antagonists in the story. I don't think they were fully developed, and I found them more annoying than scary. I think there has to be some measure of "likeability" among villains, so that there's a bigger emotional payoff when the final confrontation approaches. In my opinion, they also lacked complexity. I'm not saying they were lousy altogether. But for a followup to a classic such as the SHINING, I thought the baddies should have been more to the caliber of the Overlook Hotel.
But overall, I think it's a solid story and worthy sequel. King does a great job fleshing out Danny, moving him forward while constantly reminding us where he came from. And since it's been so long since THE SHINING came out, I think King did a pretty amazing job bringing the spirit his original classic into to the 21st Century.
I am familiar with some of the Stephen King titles but never read or saw The Shining. Interestingly enough I was able to enjoy this even though it was a sequel. It was written well enough to give you an understanding of what brought the characters to this point. I love the idea of someone who can help people pass on, those were my favorite parts. The struggle between good and evil and the empowerment it brings is well described. Some of the stuff that the "bad" people did was a bit weird but it's all part of creating the dramatic effect I suppose.
I must say that I agreed with those that liked the narration. Will Patton was awesome!
Great book. Had not read SK in a long time and had forgot how good he is. It was cool to see what became of Danny Torrance. Some good scared but some great drama. Will Patton was the choice to read. Really enhanced the whole story
best narrator ever! story was OK I would have lost interest in the story within the first 2 hours were it not for the narrative. don't bother with this book if you haven't read the shinning this is a sequel to the book not the movie!!
it's my new favorite book. Will Patton does a great performance. Following Dan's life after the overlook all the way to his fiftys. I can't say enough about the book. a must read.