Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. I definitely don’t have enough anticipated titles for a once a week post, but every couple months I like to spotlight some upcoming books I’m looking forward to.
There are two books coming out this fall that make my “Read ASAP” list. If you’ve been reading here for more than a day — literally — the first one should come as no surprise.
Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
sequel to The Shining
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.
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.
White Fire, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
#13 in the Pendergast series
Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protegee, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who — with brutal precision — begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear. Her finding is so astonishing that it, even more than the arsonist, threatens the resort’s very existence.
Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast uncovers a mysterious connection between the dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story — one that might just offer the key to the modern day killings as well.
Now, with the ski resort snowed in and under savage attack — and Corrie’s life suddenly in grave danger — Pendergast must solve the enigma of the past before the town of the present goes up in flames.
I wasn’t really blown away by the last couple Pendergast books. We’ll see how this one compares.
What upcoming releases are you looking forward to?