One good thing that has come out of choosing the theme "Dangerous Reads" for this month, is that everything I've read has been fantastic.
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2), Stephen King
Published: Sept. 2013
Pages: 531 (hardcover)
Source: Own eBook
Notes: My discussion of The Shining #1
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless--mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
For the past few weeks, I've been participating in a read-a-long of Doctor Sleep hosted by Tif Talks Books. So already, I've noted my thoughts on the first 6 chapters, and then the next 7. I'll tell you the truth - I couldn't stop reading ahead for the readathon because this book was just so ... so Stephen King!!!
It was amazing - King knows how to build up a story, and make you fall in love with his characters. There was a twist I didn't see coming with Abra's grandma - well played King! Doctor Sleep was all about growth to me. We saw Danny grow from when he was a kid in The Shining, to being a flawed adult here in this book, to getting used to his abilities and finding a way to use them to help people in a discreet way. And what I probably loved the most about Danny's journey, is that he's no longer alone. He has a community, and people he can call on if/ when he needs help.
We saw Abra who had even more power than Danny had as a kid, grow from an infant who knew she was different, to a teenager who luckily had Danny around to help her with her "shining".
And then there's the villains, The True Knot. Probably the only thing I didn't like in Doctor Sleep, is that name, but I'm assuming that this is a reference to something that I don't know about. But this group of vampire like baddies that feed off the shining got what they deserve - and in a spectacularly, fitting fashion.
Joyland, Stephen King
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published. (Goodreads | Amazon)
I'm having a Stephen King reading binge at the moment. First The Shining, then Doctor Sleep, and now Joyland. I also still haven't finished The Wind Through the Keyhole, which I've had to return to the library, but I'm re-requesting.
Have you had a reading binge recently? A certain author ... genre ... or series?