I think Doctor Sleep is worth prevailing with personally. I found the very start the hardest part to read (the toddler and the coke) and thought I might have to stop reading right there and then when the main character did not do the right thing. It was necessary for the story though, and all kind of adds to the depth in the end. The Baseball Boy bit was hard - but I think that is the last hard part before the vengeance begins.
I liked Joyland, as an easy read. It was meant to be a pulp fiction kind of book wasn't it?
It's not his best, but I found it perfectly readable and quite enjoyed it. Baseball Boy thing was horrible, yes, but no more than stuff in other of his books. I think that was the worst bit in terms of nastiness iirc, and the pace does pick up in the second half.
I've started reading Doctor Sleep, I've been really looking forward to it and re-read The Shining so I'd be up to speed
I'm just under halfway through, at the bit where the True Knot kill Baseball Boy. I found it really difficult to read (mind you, I am massively hormonal pregnant so I'm really taking things to heart at the minute) and I know he's not a real person, just a character, but that poor boy
Did anyone else find certain bits of the book hard-going? Is it worth persisting with it? I do like Stephen King books usually.