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Sequel to The Shining

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Editat: abr. 1, 2010, 5:13am

A short while ago there was a survey on the Stephen king site asking people to vote for what they would like as a possible next novel. The two choices were either a Dark Tower book with the working title: The Wind Through The Keyhole, and a sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep. How do you choose?? It was a very close battle but in the end Doctor Sleep just barely came out on top. I don't know if everyone thinks a sequel is a good idea or bad, I personally cannot wait for it! No other news has been heard about Doctor Sleep since then but i'm assuming there should be in the very near future.

The summary is this:
“Danny is now 40 years old and living in upstate New York, where he works as the equivalent of an orderly at a hospice for the terminally ill,” says King. “Danny’s real job is to visit with patients who are just about to pass on to the other side, and to help them make that journey with the aid of his mysterious powers. Danny also has a sideline in betting on the horses, a trick he learned from his buddy Dick Hallorann.”

abr. 1, 2010, 5:18am

Well, that just goes to show that "I know nothing" (like Sgt. Schultz in Hogan's Heroes). I thought the Dark Tower series was finished after the release of the 7th volume... had no idea he was even considering sequels to anything previously published.

My suspicion is he'll probably write both - eventually. The survey on his website was probably more to help determine the order in which they will be written than to exclude either option. In the end though, assuming they're not strictly LE's, and not graphic novels, I'd buy either one... or both.

I suppose my having missed the survey entirely means I don't spend enough time on his website.

abr. 1, 2010, 7:34am

Well, I agree they both sound very appealing but The Dark Tower was a heptalogy, a series of seven, which is a very popular amount of book to have in a series these days as seven is considered a lucky number. So I agree with 1dragones, The Dark Tower finished at the Dark Tower and has no need to carry on.
I've heard that The Wind Through the Keyhole is set between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla so it isn't really a continuation but sort of an inbetweeny. Stephen King did say that The Wind Through the Keyhole was originally just several short stories based in the mid-world and he decided to squidge 'em all together into a novel . . . it might be a bit like the way Hearts in Atlantis was done then . . .

The Shining is one of King's most memorable pieces of all time . . . but I haven't read it. I've seen the film but I've heard the book is a lot different so I'm really excited to read it when I get it. I'm even excited about the possible sequel, even though it isn't even sure that it's being done yet. So yano Doctor Sleep FTW woo!!!

Editat: abr. 7, 2010, 9:08am


Editat: abr. 1, 2010, 9:40am

There's actually two films based on The Shining. One released in 1980 with Jack Nicholson (very good, IMHO) but does not match up to the book, and another released in 1997, which I have not seen, nor do I wish to see.

Side stories can be good too. I guess King had some material left when he finished the series and wanted to do something with it. The Little Sisters of Eluria was like that too, I guess... something he didn't use in the main series, but a tie-in of sorts.

Editat: abr. 1, 2010, 10:08am

I liked The Little Sisters of Eluria. I thought it was a good side story. Wizard and Glass was my favorite of the Dark Tower series so that went along nicely with it.

abr. 18, 2010, 3:38pm

I'm concerned.

I always came down on Kubrick's side during 'the Shining wars', and thought Danny's character had far less interest than the location's character did.

The novel of The Shining was about a friggin wasp spirit at the end of the day - what made it good wasn't SK, IMO. What made it good was freaky@$$ shots of costumed ghost characters up to something twisted and lascivious while the wind howled outside and a father lost his mind with a hatchet.

In a bizarre way - I don't think of The Shining as Stephen King's work. I have a hard time imagining him handling it well so many years later - - but I'll take a look anyway :) I know this may not be a popular POV, and I won't defend it very much - I just have a weird relationship with the book vs. movie(s).

Can't say I'd have been *more* interested in a Dark Tower sequel - although I love me some low men in yellow coats, and I've still got the last two novels to read.

ag. 6, 2010, 6:25pm

I'm torn. Not between another dark tower book and a sequel to the shining, but between whether there should be a sequel or not. I think the shining is a standalone novel. But at the same time i think that i'd love to read another, and to see little Danny again, even if he is now a 40 year old man. And i suppose it will be a different book in it's own right, as it's not about the overlook again.
So i guess i'd prefer Doctor Sleep of the two, but i'm a little sceptical.

ag. 7, 2010, 12:32pm

Recently watched the 1997 version of The Shining directed by Mick Garris and written by Stephen King. I have to say I really enjoyed it. It really sticks closely to the Novel, I would recommend watching it.

ag. 7, 2010, 4:28pm

I didn't know there was a 1997 version. I'm definitely gonna watch as soon as i can.