A lot of characters in "Doctor Sleep"

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Aug 14, 2009
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It seemed this book was populated with a lot of characters for a 500-pager. I'm the kind of reader who usually puts a face to the names when I read a book, but my imagination had a hard time keeping up with all the names in a relatively short span of pages! There were many names introduced for the True Knot characters, the nursing home/hospice, Abra's family, the fellow AA members, Dan's co-workers, etc. Maybe I'm getting scatterbrained but I found it a little confusing sometimes. Don't get me wrong, I loved the book! I'll definitely be giving it a reread!

I didn't have any problems keeping track of the characters in The Stand, although for Under The Dome I was grateful for the character list at the beginning of the book!
 

Walter Oobleck

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I've been reading Pynchon's Bleeding Edge and came across something called Benford's Law, apparently a fraud examiner's tool. Pynchon's telling explained a bit about what the Law is/does...although I have not search-engined it to see if it is true--with Pynchon anything is possible--with any writer, really. But the way I understand it, it has to do with probability...of numbers. Not letters. Has to do with the probability of numbers appearing equally...I dunno...on a list or something. Thing is, I wondered if the same could be applied to stories...and the character list is why I wondered that...since if you think about it, the names/characters span the alphabet, a through z...with a few that occur more often, like Torrence, but that's a given all things considered. That's one of the things I like about King stories...there are so many that have names...and quite a few with no names at all. It would be interesting to compare the Doctor Sleep list to other long lists...and they do exist.
 
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