All Sleep Along posts may contain spoilers for The Shining.
Today, Tif (Tif Talks Books) and I are kicking off our read-along of Stephen King’s latest release, Doctor Sleep. Our discussion schedule is as follows:
- Monday, October 7: Chapters 1-6
- Monday, October 14: Chapters 7-13
- Monday, October 21: Chapters 14-end
You’ll notice I call this a “discussion schedule” rather than a “reading schedule.” With a book as highly-anticipated as this one, we expect people will want to read at their own pace. Just be careful to avoid spoilers – I plan on making notes to myself when I hit the check-in points – or make sure they’re clearly marked. We don’t want to ruin the story before other readers get there!
Again, we have a few introductory questions:
Have you read The Shining? Was it recently or ages ago? Or is your knowledge of The Shining from the movie and mainstream pop culture?
I’ve now read The Shining twice, most recently as part of our read-along that ended last week.
In a few sentences, describe your feelings on The Shining. Did you like it? What thoughts or images stand out for you?
Overall I really enjoy it. For me the strongest part of the story is the characterization, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what Dan is like as an adult.
What do you expect from Doctor Sleep?
I’m hoping to find out what happened to the survivors of The Overlook – Dan, obviously, but also Wendy and Dick Hallorann. I’m also curious how the rest of Danny’s childhood went… not only did he live through a horrific experience, but he lost his father (whom he was extremely close with), not to mention he still has the shining to learn to deal with. Even though the book is primarily about Dan as an adult, I hope we find out how those events affected him as he was growing up.
(But I also know Doctor Sleep has its own story; it’s not just The Shining, Part II… so I don’t know how much of that we’ll actually get. However King balances it all, I’m hearing tons of good things about it so far.)
If you’re interested in joining us, answer the questions on your own blog (please keep them spoiler-free), and then head over to Tif’s to link up. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your answers in the comments on either of our blogs. And if you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #sleepalong to share your thoughts and connect with other readers along the way.
I’m looking forward to another great read-along!