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Stephen King – Doctor Sleep | Review

Title: Doctor Sleep

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 488

Rating: 5*/5

 

Stephen King - Doctor Sleep

Stephen King – Doctor Sleep

 

I’m a little bit confused about this one, because I remember reading the book and I was pretty sure that I’d written a review to go with it. But then when I finally got round to sorting through Goodreads, I realised that I’d never posted it. And then when I looked into it, I discovered that it was missing – I forgot to do it!

Luckily, I found Doctor Sleep to be pretty memorable, and not least because I read a good chunk of it while waiting out in London all night after a radio interview. I had three hours to kill between 3 AM and the first train, so I sat on a bench in the middle of the night and read this book. And let me tell you, it was the perfect book for it.

Basically, the plot of this novel takes place after The Shining and follows the exploits of a grown-up Danny. He still has a touch of the shining about him, which comes in useful at work – he’s earned the nickname ‘Doctor Sleep’ because he helps the old folks to pass over from life into death. Unfortunately, something strange is happening, King’s equivalent of a disturbance in the force, and you’re in for a wild ride along the way.

 

Stephen King

Stephen King

 

Now, because I read it so long ago, I can’t remember all of the details. I do, however, remember that there was the equivalent of a ‘dark side‘, and that they were driving around the country in the back of a camper van. In my memory, it was one of those rare stories where you feel some sympathy for the bad guys, which is typical of King. He likes to subvert his readers’ expectations, and in this instance, he’s taken the seeds that were sown in The Shining and used them to create a work of equal artistic merit.

And that brings me on to something that’s always confused me a little. I enjoyed this book much, much more than The Shining, and I’m not really sure why. It could be that it’s simply easier to read, which made it easier for me to become addicted to it, or it could be that The Shining was the first Stephen King book that I read and so I wasn’t quite used to his style. Regardless, I still stand by my opinion, and I really do believe that this is the better of the two books.

Despite that, I’d still recommend reading The Shining first, because it’s one of the ‘bigbooks in King’s repertoire to begin with and because it will bring you into his world. But once you’ve read The Shining, you can move on to this one, and you’ll enjoy it so much more. It’s like having to eat your dinner before you start on dessert.

 

Stephen King Quote

Stephen King Quote

 

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Tao Lin – Eeeee Eee Eeee | Review

Title: Eeeee Eee Eeee

Author: Tao Lin

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 216

Rating: 5*/5

 

Tao Lin - Eeeee Eee Eeee

Tao Lin – Eeeee Eee Eeee

 

This book was a little bit like an acid trip. All sorts of crazy stuff is happening but, a bit like Alice in Wonderland, no matter how tenuous the links are between different parts of the narrative, it still has this sort of unshakeable force that permeates throughout it and keeps you reading. It doesn’t take long to finish it, and you could easily power through in a single sitting. It’s that sort of book.

Now, I would talk about the plot, but there isn’t one. Well, there is, but there also isn’t. Here’s where I refer you to the blurb: Confused yet intelligent animal attempt to interact with confused yet intelligent humans, resulting in the death of Elijah Wood, Salman Rushdie and Wong Kar-Wai… and a vegan dinner at a sushi restaurant in Manhattan attended by a dolphin, a bear… and the President of the United States of America, who lectures on the arbitrary nature of consciousness, truth, and the universe before getting drunk and playing poker.”

It’s like Burroughs meets Dali in a dream and they write a book together. If you have any interest in experimental literature, you need to read it.

 

Tao Lin

Tao Lin

 

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