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I appreciate how different it is from The Shining

Discussion in 'Doctor Sleep' started by The Walkin' Dude, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. The Walkin' Dude

    The Walkin' Dude Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I guess as he has learned and 'evolved' over the years his writing has changed (naturally) - I really enjoyed Doctor Sleep too
  3. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I kinda wanted The Shining Part 2, and hoped written in the same style.
  4. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    I didn't want The Shining II . But that's what I got. Not one of my faves.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...awwww, I never looked at it as a sequel novel....more a companion piece....he's never going to get the same "voice" back he had then......for one thing he has matured, and secondly he ain't suckin' down barrels of suds and funny lil pills anymore....
  6. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    Scatman Cruthers woulda been insulted.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...well he always had garbage to haul Chico.....
  9. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I'm actually glad it wasn't Shining II. We got to see how things affected Danny and how he had to accept and deal with the legacy he grew up with. And still a cracking story of it'd own merit.
  10. Brian's Twinner

    Brian's Twinner Pennywisenheimer

    I'm 100 pages in...and it's light years beyond The Shining (which was also excellent in its own right).
  11. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    It was an okay novel that was marred by a lame ending.
    Spideyman and GNTLGNT like this.

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