All I will say is that it wasn't what I expected story-wise. That said, it IS another good King book!
At first I thought the same thing about Dan's recollections of his father, but after thinking about it a bit I came around to that view. Basically, IMHO, the Overlook only boosted the qualities that were already present in Jack Torrance. Thus the backstory of Jack's father and his abusive nature. When Jack drank, he became his father, and capable of significant violence (Danny's arm, the kid at the school). When the Overlook got a hold of him, it took those tendencies and multiplied them, but they were still Jack Torrance qualities, just amped up.I'm not sure if it's just me or not, but I felt Dan's memory of his Dad was a bit inaccurate. Yes, his father was a drunk and had a temper, but the Overlook possessing him is what made him into a homicidal madman hunting down his wife and son. Jack Torrance may have lost himself in a fit of drunken anger, but not to the point where he would violently pursue his wife and son - that was the Overlook. I just think Dan, especially as a wiser Shiner who has overpowered the Overlook ghosts in his mind-traps, would be able to understand the Overlook tried to kill (or collect) him, not his father.
I really liked how the nick-name Doctor Sleep was shortened to Doc at the end of the book, bringing it back to what his parents called him before the Overlook happened. Dan getting a glimpse of his dad was touching too. I also loved to see how powerful the Shining actually was, especially between Dan and Abra (the body switching was awesome). I don't think I'll ever be able to look at a top hat again without thinking of Rose the Hatless - very creepy monster.
I'd say that qualifies as a spoiler. I enjoyed reading that part and slowly seeing where it was going. Wish there were more moments like that in the book.Not sure if this is a spoiler, but I'll mark it that way to be safe . . . one of my favorite moments of Doctor Sleep . . .
Awesome moment in Doctor Sleep, when Dan is interviewing for the maintenance job and equates it to his father interviewing at the Overlook . . . and without knowing it, he thinks Kingsley is an officious prick, just like his father did of Ullman.
Shasta! Haven't seen you in a quite some time! Good to know that one again, we're on the "same page."As usual, Carrie's, we agree again. I didn't love it as much as I had hoped but I was prepared for that. Mr. King has a very different voice these days. I'm just happy I had a new SK to read. 2013 really has been a fantastic year for books.
Agreed and agreed, of course!!!Shasta! Haven't seen you in a quite some time! Good to know that one again, we're on the "same page."
I think if I had not read Joyland and loved it so much that I would have liked Doctor Sleep much more. It's just that I think the "good guys" in Joyland are much better drawn and much more likeable. I could not stand Abra's mother or grandmother in DS. Upon hearing of its eventual publication I thought Joyland would be a "throw away" book that I would read and soon forget. Turns out it's now in my top 10.
Have you read NOS4A2 by Joe Hill? I think it kind of ties back to that type of vampire, which I actually think, while not traditional, is an interesting concept.I think some of the aspects of the book were amazing.I did have a hard time wrapping my mind around them as vampires. To me, vampires represent something different. Not a big deal, but leaving that word out of the book, would have been fine. The way he describes stuff. They didn't really need a name put to them. If that's a spoiler, let me know. I thought he mentioned they were vamps in interviews.
I agree. SK has been both liberal and conservative on the vampire front, as Pennywise/Dandelo have also been called vampires of a sort. You have your traditional, Barlow and the grandfather-type vampires on one front, and the True Knot/Pennywise/Dandelo on the other. What they have in common is that they all feed off of the living, just some take blood, some take emotions, and others take "steam". To get technical, they are really all forms of parasites.Have you read NOS4A2 by Joe Hill? I think it kind of ties back to that type of vampire, which I actually think, while not traditional, is an interesting concept.
You hit the nail on the head!Agreed and agreed, of course!!!
It's interesting because I felt a lot of angst in Joyland that I kind of expected to see in Sleep and it wasn't there.
I actually liked the characters in Sleep just fine, I just thought they weren't as full-bodied (if you will) as I would have liked them to be. They seemed a bit flat.
Not yet. I am stuck on his father for now. I should read it. His dad just puts out too much I haven't read yet! Now I am working on Dark Tower, don't want to switch. I liked the steam concept too. Breathing in someone's soul or energy as it's sometimes called.Have you read NOS4A2 by Joe Hill? I think it kind of ties back to that type of vampire, which I actually think, while not traditional, is an interesting concept.