Stephen King's New Shining Sequel: Doctor Sleep

by Rachel Baker on September 19, 2013

Janet Maslin, at The New York Times, offers a review on “Doctor Sleep,” Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining.

“Doctor Sleep” draws heavily on the writings and slogans of Alcoholics Anonymous as it presents Dan and his troubling legacy. Dan has also been sexually abused (with a nod to “N0S4A2,” the novel by Mr. King’s son Joe Hill) and receives brief but creepy visits from the last of the Overlook ghosts. This history, combined with a vague sense that he still has the Shining (i.e., psychic powers to detect the energy of other psychics and even meet them in some vaporous form), is more than Dan, now a young man, can bear. The book describes what happens when he hits bottom, inadvertently contributing to the death of a toddler because he’s too drunk to intervene. Dan then wanders his way into a New England town — and lands a hospice job that makes him the Doctor Sleep of the title. Dan’s powers can help ease dying patients as they “cycle” (the book’s word) out of this world.

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