But then again, you know how sequels can fail—and how they can grossly disappoint. I can think of dozens of sequels (okay, mostly films, but many books, too) that I wish simply had not existed (or I pretend to not exist, in order to maintain my perfect canon plots and relationships). And with the inklings of the book that King’s giving us, I have some mixed feelings about Dr. Sleep, the follow-up to his classic The Shining.
He recently read a passage from Dr. Sleep at George Mason University (click here if you want to hear it; I’m refusing to, as I want to taste the whole book on its own and I only do spoilers with movies!) and though the mere mention of the fact that he, in fact, has a passage to share gives me butterflies, I must admit that the plot bunnies running around this manuscript—which King is fully working on!—still give me pause. The novel is supposed to be about Danny using his gifts as a hospice worker, helping patients pass away without pain. I absolutely love this idea; having volunteered with a hospice and having known hospice workers when my grandmother was dying, I have a great respect for that line of work and I know it would be an incredible subject matter to dip into.
That said… The rest of the plot makes me scratch my brain. It involves psychic vampires. Yes, you read that correctly—psychic vampires, the kind that you would expect in a teen supernatural romance (and not one of those gripping, lesser-known ones that I love, either, but the kind of mass-appeal awfully-written ones that make teen girls believe that stalking is romantic) and not the kind of amazing ones you’d find in a typical King piece, like ‘Salem’s Lot or Nightmares and Dreamscapes. But hey, if someone can pull it off—and change something mildly annoying to something sinister and memorable—it’s Steve, right?
I will remain stoked about it until I read it, naturally, which hopefully be soon; Amazon.com has yet to list it for preorder, so no telling when it will be available. If you hear any news about the novel, feel free to share it.