I appreciate how different it is from The Shining

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The Walkin' Dude

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I think Doctor Sleep is drastically different in almost every way from The Shining. Tone, pacing, overall feel, more characters, more locations, more action, ect.

I'm glad King didn't just try to make The Shining Part 2, you know? That first book has such a unique dreadful, creeping feeling surrounding all of it and I never got that from Doctor Sleep. And I liked it that way.

I still prefer The Shining over this, but this is still a great, solid book that's a worthy successor to one of the classics. I wish he would do more sequels for certain stories.
 

Neesy

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I think Doctor Sleep is drastically different in almost every way from The Shining. Tone, pacing, overall feel, more characters, more locations, more action, ect.

I'm glad King didn't just try to make The Shining Part 2, you know? That first book has such a unique dreadful, creeping feeling surrounding all of it and I never got that from Doctor Sleep. And I liked it that way.

I still prefer The Shining over this, but this is still a great, solid book that's a worthy successor to one of the classics. I wish he would do more sequels for certain stories.
I guess as he has learned and 'evolved' over the years his writing has changed (naturally) - I really enjoyed Doctor Sleep too
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not_nadine

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I think Doctor Sleep is drastically different in almost every way from The Shining. Tone, pacing, overall feel, more characters, more locations, more action, ect.

I'm glad King didn't just try to make The Shining Part 2, you know? That first book has such a unique dreadful, creeping feeling surrounding all of it and I never got that from Doctor Sleep. And I liked it that way.

I still prefer The Shining over this, but this is still a great, solid book that's a worthy successor to one of the classics. I wish he would do more sequels for certain stories.
I kinda wanted The Shining Part 2, and hoped written in the same style.
 

Doc Creed

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I kinda wanted The Shining Part 2, and hoped written in the same style.
I didn't want The Shining II . But that's what I got. Not one of my faves.
If I'm honest with myself I have to say I did want that 1977 magic rekindled, the whole shebang (trapped family in the hotel, ghosts around every corner, and the booming mallet) but simultaneously I knew I didn't want him to phone it in. It was a conundrum for me. In the end I actually liked Doctor Sleep. Not scary but I felt an emotional closure with the characters that I didn't necessarily get from The Shining.
 
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