Doctor Sleep

doctor-sleepStephen King

First Sentence:     On the second day of December in a year when a Georgia peanut farmer was doing business in the White House, one of Colorado’s great resort hotels burned to the ground.

Back of the book:

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 tween 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.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.’

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival . . .

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Joyland

Joyland

Stephen King

First Sentence:     I had a car, but on most days in that fall of 1973 I walked to Joyland from Mrs. Shoplaw’s Beachside Accommodations in the town of Heaven’s Bay.

Back of the book: 

College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life–and what comes after–that would change his world forever.

Life is Not Always a Butcher’s Game.

Sometimes the Prizes Are Real.

Sometimes They’re Precious.

A riveting story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old–and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time–JOYLAND is Stephen King at the peak of his storytelling powers. With all the emotional impact of King masterpieces such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption,  JOYLAND is at once a mystery, a horror story, and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, one that will leave even the most hard-boiled reader profoundly moved.

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Night Shift

Night Shift

Stephen King

First Sentence:     “Go on,” Cressner said again.

Back of the book:

From the depths of darkness where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights where a beautiful girl hangs by a hair above a hellish fate, Night Shift will plunge you into the subterranean labyrinth of the most spine-tingling, eerie imaginations of our time.

Quote from the book:  (Story The Ledge)

It was 10:48, but it seemed that I had spent my whole life on those five inches of ledge.

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Under The Dome

Stephen King

First Sentence: From two thousand feet, where Claudette Sanders was taking a flying lesson, the town of Chester’s Mill gleamed in the morning light like something freshly made and just set down.

Years ago I read a lot of Stephen King but I haven’t read anything of his in a loooong time. I really enjoyed this though. King is, when all’s said and done, a great storyteller and that’s just what this is. A great story. It had me gripped form the get-go and just didn’t let up. It kind of reminded me of Lost [which maybe King realised himself as he references a fictional sequel to Lost in the middle of the book]. I can imagine this making a great TV series one day. There’s really no need to summarise the plot as the title does that for me. How can I possibly fault a book which taught me ‘Crack Snackin’ [Cunnilingus] ‘Cock Gobblin’ [Fellatio] and Horripilation [Goosebumps]? I can’t and I won’t, a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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