Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King is a horror genre novel and a psychological thriller.The sequel of Doctor Sleep  is a sequel to The Shining and it talks about Dan Torrance when he is an adult .

Following the events of The Shining, after receiving a settlement from the owners of the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance remains psychologically traumatized as his mother Wendy slowly recovers from her injuries. Angry ghosts from the Overlook still want to consume Danny to inherit his phenomenal “shining” power and eventually find him, including the woman from Room 217. Dick Hallorann, the Overlook’s chef, teaches Danny to create lockboxes in his mind to contain the ghosts, including that of former Overlook owner Horace Derwent.

As an adult, Danny (now going by Dan) takes up his father’s legacy of anger and alcoholism. Dan spends years drifting across the country, but eventually makes his way to New Hampshire and decides to give up drinking. He settles in the small town of Frazier, working first at a tourist attraction and then at a hospice, and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. His psychic abilities, long suppressed by his drinking, re-emerge and allow him to provide comfort to dying patients. Aided by a cat who can sense when someone is about to die, Dan acquires the nickname Doctor Sleep.

In the meantime, Abra Stone, a baby girl born in 2001, begins to manifest psychic powers of her own when she seemingly predicts the September 11 terrorist attacks. She slowly and unintentionally establishes a telepathic bond with Dan; as she grows, the contact becomes more conscious and voluntary and her shining grows stronger than his. One night, Abra psychically witnesses the ritual torture and murder of a boy by the True Knot, a group of quasi-immortals (many of which possesses their own Shine abilities) who wander across America and periodically feed on steam, a psychic essence produced when the people who possess the shining die in pain. The True Knot’s leader, Rose the Hat, becomes aware of Abra’s existence and formulates a plan to kidnap Abra and keep her alive so she can produce a limitless supply of steam.

The True Knot begin to die off from measles contracted from their last victim; they believe that Abra’s steam can cure them. Abra asks for Dan’s help, and he reveals his connection with Abra to her father David and their family doctor, John Dalton. Angry and skeptical at first, David starts to believe Dan and agrees to go along with his plan to save Abra. With the help of Billy Freeman, one of Dan’s friends, they foil and kill a raiding party sent by Rose, led by Rose’s lover Crow Daddy; however, Dan realizes that Rose will relentlessly hunt Abra for revenge. He visits Abra’s great-grandmother Concetta, who is dying of cancer, and telepathically learns from her that he and Abra’s mother Lucy are half-siblings with the same father. As Concetta dies, Dan takes her diseased steam into himself. Meanwhile, dissention in the ranks of The True Knot, along with Rose’s obsession with Abra, leads to the group splitting up, leaving Rose with even fewer followers.

Following another kidnapping attempt that Abra foils with Dan’s telepathic help, she baits Rose into confronting her at the location where the Overlook Hotel once stood in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, now home to a campsite owned by the True Knot. Dan and Billy travel to the site, while Abra helps them by using her astral projection. Dan releases the steam collected from Concetta to the remaining group of True Knot members lying in wait, killing all of them. He frees the ghost of Horace Derwent to kill the last member, Silent Sarey, waiting to ambush him and Abra, and the two fight Rose in a long psychic struggle. With help from Billy and the ghost of Dan’s father, Jack Torrance, they push Rose off an observation platform to her death. Before leaving the campsite, Dan makes peace with his father.

In the epilogue, Dan celebrates fifteen years of sobriety and attends Abra’s fifteenth birthday party. He tells her about the patterns of alcoholism and violent behavior that run in his family, and warns her not to repeat them by starting to drink or submitting to rage. Abra agrees that she will behave, but before they can finish the conversation, Dan is called back to his hospice, where he comforts a dying colleague who had antagonized him in the past.

The Shining

The Shining  by Stephen King is about Jack Torrance and his family. Danny Torrance has what is called the shining because he has psychic abilities.The plot centers on Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy Torrance, and their 5-year-old son Danny Torrance, who move into the hotel after Jack accepts the position as winter caretaker. Jack is characterized as an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic with anger issues troubled by past binges that, prior to the story, had caused him to accidentally break Danny’s arm and lose his position as a teacher. Jack hopes that the hotel’s seclusion will help him reconnect with his family and give him the motivation needed to work on a play. Danny, unknown to his parents, possesses telepathic abilities referred to as “the shining” that enable him to read minds and experience premonitions. Dick Hallorann, the chef at the Overlook, also possesses similar abilities to Danny’s and helps to explain them to him, giving Hallorann and Danny a special connection.

The setting and characters are influenced by King’s personal experiences, including both his visit to The Stanley Hotel in 1974 and his recovery from alcoholism. The novel was followed by a sequel, Doctor Sleep, published in 2013.

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is about a young Spanish boy named Santiago who is  in search of a treasure .An old king, whose name was Melchizedek or the king of Salem, tells him to sell his sheep to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend. Your Personal Legend “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.”He adds that “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” This is the core theme of the book.

Along the way, the boy meets an Englishman who has come in search of an Alchemist and continues his travels with him. They travel through the Sahara desert and during his journey, Santiago meets and falls in love with a beautiful Arabian woman named Fatima, who resides with her clan near an oasis. He asks Fatima to marry him, but she says she will only marry him after he completes his journey and finds his treasures. He is perplexed by this, but later learns that true love will not stop nor plead to sacrifice one’s Personal Legend, and if it does, it is not true love.

The boy then encounters a wise alchemist who also teaches him about Personal Legends. He says that people want to find only the treasure of their Personal Legends but not the Personal Legend itself. The boy feels unsure about himself as he listens to the alchemist’s teachings. The alchemist states, “Those who don’t understand their Personal Legends will fail to comprehend their teachings”. It is also stated that treasure is more worthy than gold. The main theme recurs all through the novel, “When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”

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That life take 3- Be present . Dare to dream

Everyday you’re alive, you’re making it. Keep your mind sharp and busy. Depend on yourself, but know when to look for help. Your emotions tell you what is on your mind, but they should not dictate who you are. Who you are is entirely up to you. For a while finding yourself is hard. You have your parents telling you exactly who you should be and the more you experience life you will question how just what makes you,you. People will know where you are in life, but they won’t know where you came from.

The things you have are temporary so do not depend on them for happiness. There are a lot of variables in this life and the only person you should be able to count on is you. Try to keep calm at all times. A mind in distress isn’t much help .Ever try finding your keys when they’re right in front of you? Or looking for your phone when it’s in your hand? If you do not live in the now your mind will forget and will not observe the things that are present and happening.

Your mind can also play tricks on you. Research shows that you might not remember the past exactly as it happened.Your mind will try to fill in the blanks. And the future? Well that’s for the taking. However, your present determines how your future will play out.

Find happiness in the smallest but most significant details. Even when it’s hard to love, keep on loving. A smile can make someone’s day.

If you’re a talker , keep on talking, if you’re a writer, keep on writing. Dare to dream and believe it will happen. Make it happen.

That life take 2 – thoughts on the train

I feel like i’m on a free fall and there is no ground to hit. Sometimes you want to seem invisible knowing you’re not. There’s a whole world happening around you that sometimes you want to feel  like you’re on the outside looking in ; you’re aware but it doesn’t affect you.Sometimes you want to walk in a place and have the world’s attention on you.

People are observing you and drawing conclusions and trying to look into a life they do not know.With a million people around you , you can still be alone. Have you ever walked into a New York crowd? Life as an observer is lonely. The energy of the masses affect you little or not at all . Ever gone to a party and sat on the corner?

a minute might seem like it goes on forever and forever might seem like it went on for a minute.

Sometimes your mind wanders and at times it is extremely focused. At times thoughts flow effortlessly and at times we force ourselves to think.

That life take 1

You’re not always ready to face life challenges head on but is it really an option?
What if life takes all the things that makes you feel secure away?
What would you do then?
Is there a reset button on this thing we call life?Can’t I hit force quit?
Can I revert to an older version of this file and go back to being this clueless and senseless 14 year old even if life wasn’t that great?
But as a 14 year old i had already lived and seen too much .Things that I can’t take back,people I let have their way, people I hurt ,people that hurt me,If i could go back as far as 3 it would make a difference. I had lived 3 years worth of my life that i can’t recall.Happy moments and ugly moments ;it’s that life that feels like it didn’t even exist. And even if I could remember, would i want to?
If the only option you had to erase a timeline of bad decisions, of bad breakups, of bad people is to take away your first love, your first house, the memory of your family, would you do it?To live life in the moment and as soon as that a moment is gone, completely forget?
To look in the mirror and see the years have gone by and done their damage but not recollect how it went?
That is such a life of a person with Alzheimer’s. Even if my life feels terrible, i’m glad I know exactly why.
Even with all the angst I have and with a fire inside me that burns me, I do not let it consume me,
Even if i write my life in a piece of paper and i watch it burn , I am not that paper. And that part of life didn’t miraculous disappear .The actions I make in ,my life have consequences on those i have learned to love ,those i have yet to love, and those i will never love. My life is precious because my loved ones and those i will never know are just as precious. And if life is too much take a few minutes everyday to just imagine yourself floating in space or immersed in water in the middle of the ocean ;no one can get to you there.

The Beautiful and Damned

The Beautiful and Damned explores and portrays New York café society and the American Eastern elite during the Jazz Age before and after “the Great War” and in the early 1920s.As in his other novels, Fitzgerald’s characters in this novel are complex, especially with respect to marriage and intimacy. The work is generally considered to have drawn upon and be based on Fitzgerald’s relationship and marriage with his wife Zelda Fitzgerald.The Beautiful and Damned tells the story of Anthony Patch, a 1910s socialite and presumptive heir to a tycoon’s fortune, and his courtship and relationship with his wife Gloria Gilbert. It describes his brief service in the Army during World War I,his short affair that led to his mental illness, and the couple’s post-war partying life in New York, and his later alcoholism.Gloria and Anthony’s love story is much more than just a couple falling in love. Their story deals with the hardships of a relationship, especially when each character has a tendency to be selfish. Joanna Stolarek suggests, Fitzgerald draws on “Zelda, the object of the writer’s literary passion”.

A hundred years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude is the story of seven generations of the Buendía Family in the town of Macondo. The founding patriarch of Macondo, José Arcadio Buendía, and Úrsula Iguarán, his wife (and first cousin), leave Riohacha, Colombia, to find a better life and a new home. One night of their emigration journey, while camping on a riverbank, José Arcadio Buendía dreams of “Macondo”, a city of mirrors that reflected the world in and about it. Upon awakening, he decides to establish Macondo at the river side; after days of wandering the jungle, José Arcadio Buendía’s founding of Macondo is utopic.[3]

Founding patriarch José Arcadio Buendía believes Macondo to be surrounded by water, and from that island, he invents the world according to his perceptions.[3] Soon after its foundation, Macondo becomes a town frequented by unusual and extraordinary events that involve the generations of the Buendía family, who are unable or unwilling to escape their periodic (mostly self-inflicted) misfortunes. Ultimately, a hurricane destroys Macondo, the city of mirrors; just the cyclical turmoil inherent to Macondo. At the end of the story, a Buendía man deciphers an encryption that generations of Buendía family men had failed to decode. The secret message informed the recipient of every fortune and misfortune lived by the Buendía Family generations.[8]

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is about a handsome fellow who captures the interest of a painter called Basil Hallward. Through Basil,he meets Lord Henry Wotton who introduces Dorian into a hedonistic point of view:that fulfilling your deepest desires are the only things worth living for.

The paint that Basil paints of Dorian ages and records his sins rather than he himself.So he lives a life only seeking pleasures while never aging.

He meets Sybil Vane and engages in a romantic relationship with her.This is the beginning of his downfall.

This book will be an interesting read for anyone who is up for good discussions. It is a good book to reflect upon. How far should we go to fulfill our carnal desires?Should we live /establish a moral life?How much can art really talk? Whose point of view is it?The artist’s or the subject being painted?

American Gods

American Gods by Neil Gaiman is definitely a must read,specially for those that are into Eastern Europe mythology.The plot revolves around the main character Shadow that when he was released from prison discovered his wife cheated on him with his best friend and that she got into an accident and died. He starts working for Mr.Wednesday and shortly after, he discovered a world of gods living among humans. These gods were brought with people from different cultures and as their gods/things they worship such as alcohol,technology,drugs their powers diminish.

Shadow eventually finds out the men he was working for,Mr.Wednesday is a god himself and is his father.

American Gods describes the ancestry and beliefs of those that have migrated to America and describes how our culture and beliefs have changed.It is the story of America,the story of us.