Doctor Sleep is one of the finest, most gratifying novels of Steve's prolific career. The storytelling grips the reader from the word "go", and doesn't let loose, even grasping you with telekinetic hands from halfway across the country as King conveys the events into the core of your mind. As he writes, King sees every little detail in his tales with such clarity that he is able to bring across a story with daunting richness, populated by earnest, realistic copies of human beings that the reader can recognize, and rarely has his third eye been so sharp as on Doctor Sleep. As a sequel, Doctor Sleep blooms from its roots like a wild rose, predominated by delicate layers of tenderness, and armed with thorns that prick the reader and the memory thereof stays long after you've turned out the lights and are alone with the dark. Yet the roots of The Shining are there and so organically woven that the two begin to enrich the other, making both books shine out more brightly with a blinding ferocity. The past decade of King's work has been rich with grand tales that still continue to boggle, delight, touch, and terrify, but Doctor Sleep immediately leaps out as one of King's best stories, possibly outshining some of the greater titles King's best known for. If The Stand can be said to be King's crown, beset with dazzling jewels of many types such as; The Dark Tower, 11/22/63, It, Misery, and yes, The Shining, then Doctor Sleep is yet another jewel in his crown. --Andrew Bourne
Now that you've answered the old question of "what happened to the boy from The Shining", Steve, I wonder, will you tell us what happened to the girl from "Doctor Sleep"?
Steven Weber treats King's myriad characters with such delicate humanity, giving each their believably distinctive characterization without making any of them a stereotyped characeture.
The characters are what makes the heart of the story, and the heart is huge. As Stephen says, he's more interested in the humans than the monsters.
This is classic Stephen King, at his Dickens-esque best, and a gem of a reading by Steven Weber.
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