Doctor Sleep Read-a-long: The Wrap-up!
Reading Doctor Sleep has been exciting, creepy and a good time over-all! Thank you to Tif and Charlene for hosting a great read-a-long!
1. Before we started reading, we asked if you had any expectations for Doctor Sleep. Did you get what you were hoping for out of the book?
Doctor Sleep met and exceeded my expectations. I thought it would be a good story that I would enjoy reading. But it was more than that, it really was an excellent story with so many different layers, great characters and human, poignant moments, violent happenings and wonderful, bizarre magic & fantasy. And it all worked together. King did an excellent job of explaining Danny’s life after The Shining
2. Having finished the book, do you think having read The Shining is important for enjoying this one?
I don’t think it’s t all necessary to have read The Shining to understand or enjoy Doctor Sleep. The first chapter here explains anything that needs explanation for readers unfamiliar with The Shining and gives new information for all readers, setting up the rest of the story. King’s imagination boggles my mind. The ideas and occurrences he comes up with are amazing.
3. In one word, one phrase, one sentence ... describe Doctor Sleep.
I think Doctor Sleep is all about Friendship and Trust. Danny is able to get his life back on track when he meets Billy who introduces him to the boss who helps him out. And then there’s Dr. John who agrees to help. Danny’s relationship with Abra is fantastic and it’s their connection and their trust in each other that assures they work well together. We even see friendship and trust in the True Knot until it becomes too crazy for many of them.
4. Anything else you feel like discussing about the end of the book? Or, about the book as a whole?
One thing that took me by surprise, but I realized made perfect sense and worked within the story, was the blood connection between Danny and Abra.
I appreciated King not ending Doctor Sleep with Rose’s death but showing Abra a little older struggling to cope with her powers and her anger. So often books just end suddenly and I feel I’m left hanging with a zillion questions. Doctor Sleep was better than that.
I’m also curious about the True Knot members who went off on their own. Will they just die off like regular humans now. I can’t imagine they’ll be able to get any steam. I also wonder how they’ll support themselves.