Book Review: The Shining and Doctor Sleep by Stephen King


The Shining

Publisher: DoubleDay

Published: January 1977

Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Thriller

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Doctor Sleep

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: September 2013

Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Thriller

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The Shining

Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine.

Doctor Sleep

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 twelve-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 polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.


Stephen King is one of the famous horror author. I never read horror stories because I’m scared when I’m alone. But I’m curious of his works so I tried read it. The first book that I read is “The Shining”. The Shining is the first book in the series. The story revolves around the Torrance Family. When Jack was fired in his work, he brought his family to his new job as a caretaker in the Overlook Hotel. The story is in third person.

It’s not totally scary for me, but it’s good to read if you want to try Stephen King’s works. Danny is my favorite, he’s too young to see ghosts and I love his ability to know the feelings of others and especially to see what will happen. But it’s cliffhanger, thinking about what happened to Danny Torrance after the incident.

Doctor Sleep, is the sequel of “The Shining”. Dan is being like his father, an alcoholic person. And he has no family now, since her mother and father died. Doctor Sleep is better than The Shining. I love it, the paranormal , the characters all in all, especially when Abra stepped in.  Many revelations and it’s getting more intense. My favorite part here is when the abilities of Abra and Dan combined and they want to save Abra. It’s fantastic. Stephen King scares the shit out of you.

“Let me close with a word of caution: when you’re on the turnpikes and freeways of America, watch out for those Winnebagos and Bounders. You never know who might be inside. Or what.”

Rating for The Shining: 4/5

Rating for Doctor Sleep: 5/5


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