While I am on a mission to read a million Kindle books, one genre I cannot fathom is Horror. As they say, everyone cannot do everything. Such is the case with me and this genre. I have no shame in admitting that I am absolutely terrified of being terrified! This means I will not choose to read books or stories with a supernatural, paranormal or reincarnation motif. And I take my hat off to someone who gets their thrills from this kind of stuff. Readers and Authors!
Not being keen on the horror genre however means that any readers who love reading these books will be left wanting. And I don’t want that. That is why I recently did a round up of the 21 top paranormal books for Halloween. I made it clear that it was just a roundup and not a review, per se. But I hope that I brought you some of the best books in the paranormal genre based on popularity, user reviews, Amazon rankings and the like. I have decided that I will continue doing such roundups so that you, the reader, always gets the skinny on the best news and deals out there even in these genres.
The Much Awaited Doctor Sleep
I only ever read one book by Stephen King. And I didn’t do too well with it. But even I cannot deny the fact that he has been a popular best selling author for decades. And Doctor Sleep is the much awaited sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining.
“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.
This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.”
Response to Doctor Sleep
In her review of Doctor Sleep, Margaret Atwood of the NY Times Sunday Book Review states that “horror is one of the most literary of all forms”. She believes that ” King is a well-trusted guide to the underworld. His readers will follow him through any door marked “Danger: Keep Out” (or, in more literary terms, “Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here”), because they know that not only will he give them a thorough tour of the inferno — no gore left unspilled, no shriek left unshrieked — he will also get them out alive.”
USA Today’s Brian Truitt says Stephen King ‘shines’ in Doctor Sleep and continues to nurse his penchant for turning Americana against us. Remember Cujo?
Roz Kaveney of The Independent thinks Doctor Sleep is ‘thoughtful’, melodramatic and also about family and friendship.
Sam Leith of The Guardian believes King is a singular writer.
If you are a horror lover, you probably read The Shining already or saw the movie or heard about it in several pop culture references. Remember Rachel being scared of Cujo and cuddling up to Joey? Enjoy your Halloween to the hilt by reading this scary sequel.
And BTW, the next time you see a smiling grandma in a fancy RV on the Interstate, think twice before smiling back!