Gaucho wrote:Stephen King wrote a sequel to The Shining?
I believe it's about little Danny boy all grown up, but I could be wrong.
I bet Shaf read it, if so could you please give me a brief overview of what's going on with it?
Doctor Sleep. Spoilerish short plot synopsis:
If you read The Shining and Doctor Sleep in sequence you can really see his development as a writer. The Shining had its flaws, rough around the edges but a great story. Doctor Sleep felt a little forced, more of a corporate effort.
PensFanInDC wrote:Finished Under The Dome. If you like King, you will like this book.
Currently reading 11/22/63. What is so great about this book is that if you like King you'll love it. If you don't like King, you will still love it. If you are a JFK history type you should pick this up.
UTD was a good read. I think we already talked about the TV adaptation so I'll let that go.
11/22/63 was one of the best books of his I've read in a while. I assumed you finished it so I'll add this:
nocera wrote:Just finishing up 1984. It was one of those books I should've read in high school but didn't because the English department in my high school wasn't so great.
Can I have some suggestions of more classics (that are good) that I should've read in high school?
I based these suggestions on premise that you liked 1984:
Animal Farm by Orwell - Obvious choice is obvious, but this short allegory should be mandatory anyway.
Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury - In the context of 1984, this reads as more of one mans struggle to carry out Big Brothers policy than the grand lecture 1984 shoots for.
Brave New World by Huxley - Similar in spirit to 1984, but more more psychological than political.
Lord of the Flies by Golding - Wonderful.
Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck - Just good, and a relatively short read. I also have it on audiobook and it's only 4 discs.
A Separate Peace by Knowles - I loathed this book but my wife adores it. Your mileage may vary.
The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald - Makes for great kindling, will keep you warm on a cold winter day if lit aflame. I wouldn't recommend looking between the covers for a single intelligent thought, though.
Honorable Mention: Out of This Furnace
by Bell. If you have ancestral ties to the old country that pass through Pittsburgh or any other coal/steel region, this is an absolute must read. It's required reading at many Pittsburgh area colleges, I first discovered it when I went to St. Vincent. My family story on my maternal grandfathers side follows the narrative of this book very closely and it's a very emotional read for me. If you have no interest in immigrant labor, eastern european migration, the birth of collective bargaining, or a tangential interest in Pittsburgh history I wouldn't bother with it.