All Sleep Along posts may contain spoilers for The Shining.
Welcome to our first Sleep Along check-in! This week we’re covering through Chapter Six, or the end of Part One.
(This discussion will contain spoilers through Chapter Six of Doctor Sleep.)
Part One pretty much lays out everything we expect from reading the summary – the introduction of the True Knot and what they do, Dan’s transition from alcoholic at rock bottom to ten years sober and working at a hospice, and the impressive Abra. The following are Tif’s questions for the week:
Doctor Sleep picks up not long after the closing of The Shining. For those who have recently read The Shining, do you think it proves to be helpful in diving into the sequel? If you have not recently read The Shining, do you feel you are missing out on some of the details?
Honestly – and I’ll reserve judgment until I finish the book, but for right now – I really don’t think this section was necessary. It was kind of interesting to see as more of a direct continuation of The Shining, but I don’t think the story of Dan necessarily needed to start with a post-Overlook Danny. Though maybe once Dan develops more of a relationship with Abra, the scenes with Danny and Dick Hallorann will have more of a connection to the rest of the story.
Danny has now become Dan. In Part One, we watch his transformations from learning to live with the horrors of The Overlook to succumbing to the drink (like his father) to his road to sobriety and earning the title of Doctor Sleep. What do you think about the journey King has taken Dan on thus far?
Though I’m not fully convinced on opening with Danny still as a child, I think Dan’s story started at the perfect point. Seeing Dan come from his lowest point to the mostly satisfying life he leads at the hospice.
We are also introduced to the True Knot in this first section. What do you think about this group?
The True Knot is my least favorite part of the book so far. They play an essential role, obviously… and the part of me that wants a good story wants to learn more about them. But there’s definitely another part of me that wants nothing to do with them.
Overall, what do you think so far? Have you completely fallen into the story? Or, has it taken a bit longer to get back into the life of little Danny Torrance?
It’s definitely taking its time pulling me in. I’ve enjoyed the book so far, but I feel like I’m just waiting for things to start happening. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.
If you’re reading along with us, don’t forget to head over to Tif’s blog to link up or to join the discussion in the comments. Next week we’ll be covering through Chapter Thirteen (one chapter into Part Three). And until then, check the Twitter hashtag #sleepalong to connect with other readers throughout the week.
What are your thoughts on Doctor Sleep so far?