Very good sequel, but the

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Apr 5, 2008
120 miles S of the Pancake/Waffle line
It was Owen- I had to go back and look
his insistence that we see Dan each what recovering alcoholics call "the bottom."
Owen did good with that one. I think you're right about Joe and 11-22-63.

It's not unusual for Steve to get input from others but I got the impression that Dr Sleep was not one of Steve's easiest books to finish. I'm not sure where I read that (or if I even read that ;-D).


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Mar 9, 2018
I finished it about 6 months ago and liked it very much. I had read the Shining years earlier so my memory and expectations were at baseline. I thought it revisited enough of the Shining while still being its own story and having the ability to continue on with Abra.
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Sep 26, 2006
I want to go back and re-read this one. My initial reaction when it came out was being a bit disappointed. Which I expected since The Shining is an iconic King book. Almost any sequel is going to be found wanting by that standard. In particular, some things that disappointed were:
1) Really lame bad guys/girls. I liked the concept of evil doers roaming the country in RVs but they turn out to be paper tigers. 2) Danny and Abra being related. Ugh. My worst nightmare is that this book impacts the story in The Shining. 3) The endless AA stuff. I understand the importance of the father/son connection and battle with addiction but I needed a drink. It felt like there was too much of that. Liked the cat though.
I put this one in the middle group of King's books. Not his best and not his worst.
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