I thoroughly enjoyed Sycamore Row. It had a crackling energy that had been somewhat lacking Grisham's work of late, perhaps because he was going back to a highly popular character. Unlike A Time to Kill however, I don't see them adapting this one into a film, even if Matthew McConaughey wanted to reprise the role. The book doesn't lend itself to a film the way some of Grisham's earlier works did. That doesn't mean it's not a good read, because it is, it just doesn't have as many thrills or the life and death stakes of some of his other works.
Continue after the jump for the review of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep -->
Stephen King went back even further into his deep history of novels than Grisham did, writing a sequel to his extremely popular The Shining from 1977. Doctor Sleep continues the story of Dan Torrence, now an adult alcoholic, drowning out the demons from his childhood at the Overlook Hotel. He finds himself in New Hampshire, and in AA, after a lifetime of drinking and nomadic wandering around the country. Once sober, he finds employment at a hospice, and his Shining power helps him to help the dying as they transition to the afterlife, earning him the nickname Doctor Sleep. But little does Dan Torrence know, he's about to be drawn into another battle between good and evil.
Like a lot of King's work of late, Doctor Sleep gets bogged down a bit in slow narrative building and lots of flowing description, without a whole lot of action taking place. A good majority of the first half of the book is world building, showing us just how much his experiences at the Overlook Hotel have damaged and haunted Torrence in his life. This doesn't mean the book is not enjoyable, because it is, but what it does mean is that Doctor Sleep lacks many of the horrifying scares that King's earlier work was known for. I'd much rather re-read The Shining several more times than read Doctor Sleep again. Let's hope that the next time Stephen King makes a direct sequel to one of his earlier novels that he does a much better job of it. If you like King though, you'll like Doctor Sleep, if nothing else but to settle the question of "what happened to the little kid from The Shining?"
Alright, that's all for today over here at CRAPOLA. I hope you had a safe and fun New Years, and I hope your 2014 is better than your 2013! Thanks for dropping by!