BOOK REVIEW: Doctor Sleep – by Stephen King

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Title: Doctor Sleep
(The Shining Series #2)
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Paranormal
First published: 2013
Finished reading: February 26th 2015
Pages: 560
Rating 5

“I changed it. I had to. Do you know why?” She studied him, her eyes grave. “Because that was then and this is now. Because the past is gone, even though it defines the present.”

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I absolutely loved reading The Shining last August, so when I found I actually had a copy of the sequel that Stephen King had written many years later I just HAD to bump it to the top of my TBR list. Why I ended up waiting so long before reading it is still a mystery… Anyhow, I always enjoy the thriller/horror genre, especially when they are scary enough not to be read home alone and at night. So I had high hopes for Doctor Sleep after having experienced just that with The Shining. Now I’ve read the sequel, I cannot say anything else than that it definitely lived up to my expectations. Being able to see Danny, one of my favorite horror characters, all grown up was just as good as I thought it was (even though I didn’t like him in the beginning of the sequel). The new main character, Abra, is even more awesome than Danny in The Shining, and the True Knot bunch are definitely scary enough to be King-worthy. The fast pace, plot and prose just make you want to keep on reading and I couldn’t get enough of it. In short, this is definitely a must read if you enjoy reading thrillers or horror stories!

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Dan Torrance is now all grown up and his life after surviving the Overlook Hotel disaster hasn’t been easy. Living with his special gift, the shining, isn’t easy and against his will he ended up following his father’s footsteps… Alcoholism and violence slowly destroying him. When he decides to settle down in a New Hampshire town because it felt right, he slowly starts to rebuild his life. His new boss introduces him to the AA community, and his shining helps the people at his job in a nursing home find peace when they are dying. Aided by a very special cat who tells the other employees the end of a patient is near, they soon start to call him Doctor Sleep

Trouble is waiting around the corner as the True Knot tribe is slowly killing off children with the shining…They live on the steam that those children produce when they are slowly tortured to death, and they are always hunting for more. Dan always knew at some point he would be guiding someone else with the shining, and that someone turns out to be Abra Stone. She is more powerful than he ever was and has been able to reach him for years without Dan knowing her true identity. When they finally meet and find out her life is in danger, they are determined to join their powers and fight those monsters… But Dan has his own demons to fight as well. Will they be able to stop the True Knot before it’s too late?

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This is a typical story where the good guys have to fight against evil, but Doctor Sleep doesn’t get cliche. The kick ass main characters, fast pace, brilliant plot and healthy dose of horror makes this book turn into one of my favorite reads this year and one of my favorite King novels so far. I’ll stop fangirling now, but not before repeating that this sequel is definitely a must read for those who enjoy the genre! I guess Doctor Sleep can be read without reading The Shining first, but since both are really good my suggestion would be to read them in order. You won’t regret it.

BOOK REVIEW: The Shining – by Stephen King

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Title: The Shining
(The Shining Series #1)
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Classics, Paranormal
First published: 1977
Finished reading: August 4th 2014
Pages: 512
Rating 5qqq

“Soft and sweet and mellow, the song came back and lingered, following her down into a deeper sleep where thought ceased and the faces that came in dreams went unremembered.”

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The Shining has been on my TBR list for ages, but somehow I never came around reading it. And boy do I regret ignoring this book before! Stephen King wrote with The Shining without doubt one of the best and creepiest horror books I’ve read until now. While I was reading I noticed I was both chewing my fingernails and keeping my fingers crossed at the same time (which is quite a hard thing to do simultaneously); hoping nothing would happen to the main characters. Definitely recommended!

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The Overlook Hotel is closing down for winter and the manager hires Jack to take care of the hotel, even though he had a history with alcoholism and violence. Jack has to move into the hotel with his family, and they are facing a cold winter full of snow. But that is not the only trouble they will find during those cold isolated months… Danny is five years old and has a special gift: he has visions and can hear the thoughts of others close to him. He has what the hotel cook calls ‘the shine‘, and during his presence at the Overlook Hotel his powers are growing out of control. What starts as a pleasant change of scenery, grows out into a nightmare…

The hotel is an old building, and as every building with a history it has its own ghosts of the past. But in The Overlook memories start to develop a life of its own and Jack and his family soon realize the ghosts have become way too real. A murdered lady in room 217 leaving physical wounds, animal-shaped hedges coming to life to attack the caretaker and his family… Danny and his mother Wendy want to leave The Overlook as soon as possible. They are afraid of the developing powers of the evil forces residing at the hotel, but they already have Jack under their spell. The last caretaker had been droven to madness and was convinced to murder his family; will the hotel succeed again?

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The Shining was creepy enough for me to freak out while I was trying to read it home alone and with the lights out… Although I admit that was kind of a stupid thing to do while reading a horror book anyway. The scary factor is more psychological than physical, and works perfectly without grossing you out. A definite must read for anyone who enjoys reading the horror genre! And don’t forget to leave the lights on. 😉

Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon: Day 4,5 & 6

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Emily at Books & Cleverness is hosting a Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon in which I’m participating!. It’s all about finally reading those poor neglected books that have been collecting dust for six months or more…Below you can find my progress during days four, five and six.

  • DAY 4: MONDAY AUGUST 4TH
    # Book finished: Stephen King – The Shining
    # Pages read: 91 (512/512; DONE!)
    flies# Book started: William Golding – Lord Of The Flies
    # Pages read: 40 (on page 40 out of 272)
    (Total pages read on Monday: 131)
    I was finally able to finish The Shining, yay! I ended up loving it, even though it is a very creepy story, and I definitely recommend it to horror fans. Very scary final scene at the Overlook!
  • DAY 5: TUESDAY AUGUST 5TH
    # Book continued: William Golding – Lord Of The Flies
    # Pages read: 182 (on page out 222 of 272)
    Oh dear, that’s a bunch of seriously messed up kids! Am I the only one having terrible Lost flashbacks when reading Lord Of The Flies? Jack and his crew are seriously disturbed! I cannot wait to see how it ends though…
  • DAY 6: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 6TH
    # Book finished: William Golding – Lord Of The Flies
    # Pages read: 50 (272/272; DONE!)
    theknownworld# Book started: Edward P. Jones – The Known World
    # Pages read: 64 (on page 64 out of 388)
    (Total pages read on Wednesday: 114)
    I finally decided to take some time to update It’s All About Books and write some reviews that were due, so I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have wanted… But at least I’m now reading my third book (and with this one I will be completing the three challenges, yay!)

WWW Wednesdays #7 – August 6th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

theknownworldI just started The Known World by Edward P. Jones as part of the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon… This one will fulfull the challenge of reading a book set in the past; it’s about a black farmer and former slave in the US. I cannot say much of it yet besides that it is nice to have a little time out of the horror genre.

 

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

fliesI was able to finish Lord Of The Flies by William Golding today, and boy those were some screwed up kids! Definitely not what I was expecting of this classic… I’ve also finished The Shining by Stephen King, and both are part of the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon. Reviews will be up before the weekend! (As well as the review of The Middle Passage by V.S. Naipaul I finished last week…)

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

mountainsIt’s probably going to be either And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini or The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss… It depends on my mood when I finish the book I’m currently reading. For now I cannot decide between the magical world of the Kingkiller chronicle and another surely mindblowing tale written by Hosseini… Any suggestions which I should read first?

Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon: Day 1,2 & 3

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Emily at Books & Cleverness is hosting a Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon in which I’m participating!. It’s all about finally reading those poor neglected books that have been collecting dust for six months or more…Below you can find my progress during days one, two and three.

  • shiningDAY 1: FRIDAY AUGUST 1ST
    # Book started: The Shining by Stephen King
    # Pages read: 200 (on page 200 out of 512)
    I was able to read quite a few pages the first day! I’m not sure why I left this one so long without reading, because until now it’s wonderfully creepy and very Stephen King.
  • DAY 2: SATURDAY AUGUST 2ND
    # Book continued: The Shining by Stephen King
    # Pages read: 130 (on page 330 out of 512)
    Weekends are always more complicated for reading, but the story is interesting (and scary) enough to want to keep reading. Although I do not recommend reading it alone at night with the lights out…
  • DAY 3: SUNDAY AUGUST 3RD
    # Book continued: The Shining by Stephen King
    # Pages read: 91 (on page 421 out of 512)
    Not a lot of reading on Sunday, but I hope to be finishing The Shining tomorrow!

Top Ten Tuesday #1 – June 17th: Winter TBR

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Originally featured at The Broke And The Bookish, every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday I will post my Top Ten Books On My Summer Winter TBR list! I know that officially it’s suppost to be the Summer TBR list, but since I’m living in Argentina and will be facing winter instead of summer, I made this little adaption. During winter I love to curl up somewhere warm, with a good book in my hands and a cup of steaming tea/hot chocolate nearby. These ten books below I think would be perfect to help me survive those cold and dark winter nights. In no particular order and with short descriptions copied from Goodreads:

  • The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: “…the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.”

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  • The Shining by Stephen King: “Danny … was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.” 

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  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: “…novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.”

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  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: “Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.”

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  • The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: “…Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.”

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  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: “Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal.”

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  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith: “A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.”

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  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: “After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.”

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  • Black Roses by Jane Thynne: “Clara Vine is young and ambitious, and determined to succeed as an actress. A chance meeting at a party in London leads her to Berlin…into an uneasy circle of Nazi wives…Then Clara meets Leo Quinn who is undercover, working for British intelligence. Leo sees in Clara the perfect recruit..”

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  • Winter In Madrid by C.J. Sansom: “…this tale follows the fortunes of three young men, navigating the tumultous world of 1940s Spain. As the Second World war begins, one is sent to spy on another and the ramifications of a tragic love story will haunt them all.”

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