The Shining (The Shining #1)
-- DELBERT GRADY OF THE OVERLOOK HOTEL
First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their
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"Rachel: Hmm. (she opens the freezer) Umm, why do you have a copy of The Shining in your freezer?
Joey: Oh, I was reading it last night, and I got scared, so.
Rachel: But ah, you’re safe from it if it’s in the freezer?
Joey: Well, safer. Y'know, I mean I never start reading The Shining, without making sure we’ve got plenty of room in the freezer, y'know.
Rachel: How often do you read it?
Joey: Haven’t you ever read the same book...more
Over a period of time, I have noticed certain standard "motifs" in horror stories. One of these I call "The Lost Child". Such stories will typically involve a child, who can see what the silly grownups cannot see (or, even if they do see, don't acknowledge because it goes against reason and logic): and who fights, however high the odds stacked against him/ her are. Danny Torrance is such a boy.
ANSWER: Who knows...I haven’t got the slightest wisp of the faintest fragment of a lingering shadow of a clue how to answer that manwich-sized question. However, I do think that in order to have a credible debate on the subject, you would need to include the Prince of the Prolific Page Turner in the argument. That says something to me and it got me thinking that there is a lot to like (and even love) about much of King’s wo...more
There is going to be Redrum and one young boy has a gift of shining.
You will love it 100%.
Now be a good little boy PLEASE!
Yes, I'm several decades late to the party in reading this but after reading Joe Hill's NOS4A2, I had to read my first non-Dark Tower Stephen King book in years to see how the old man did horror back in the day. I'm not sure this was such a good id...more
I expected to be blown away....I really really wasn't.
Always slightly unwilling to go against what everyone thinks but I can't help it. It leaves me confused thinking, really? This book? What's wrong with me.
I like some parts of it, the characters were great to read. I loved the spookiness of the hotel and the ghostly business going on.
Scary topiary? No
Scary fire hose things? No
These things are giggle worthy I'm afraid Mr. King
No matter how much freakiness you put into it,...more
Didn’t scare me, nah, not at all, didn’t even make me wince. And I am just 17 and finished this novel around midnight, in my bed, where I sleep alone, with windows in my room which makes strange creaking noises.
Now, if I mentally remove the horror tag from the novel, then I might give it a 3.5 star.
Reasons: Nice plot, nice insight into an alcoholic’s mind, Jack and Wendy’s back story, the chilling detail of Jack’s father (only...more
Look, I'm a YA girl. I read juvenile crap, and then I tear it apart afterwards, and that's good for me. But every so often, wading through a miasma of commercialized garbage gets a little tough on the ol' thinker, and you have to pick up a real book and do some real reading.
This book is a classic for me, more than Things Fall Apart or Wuthering Heights or other such poorly written, overpraised...more
Jack Torrence often loses his temper and while no one says, "Well...more
The characters were so vivid and I could tell that they were carefuly constructed. And I will never forget them. My favorite character(s) in the book would have to be Danny and Mr. Hallorann. Be...more
Fricken terrifying. Terrifying! The entire time I spent reading this I felt sick to my stomach with dread. I was jumpy, paranoid, the whole shamboozle. King really gets into your head with this... He takes you right into the character's subconscious, and as they are slowly driven bonkers, you are driven bonkers right along with them.
Is it sad that even though I knew it...more
1) I saw the movie prior to reading the book. I liked the movie. Contrary to King's comment that he did not like it (at first; later he recanted and said he liked it already), I enjoyed the movie compared to the book. But while reading, I just did not feel the same eagerness and fright as I knew who the main characters were, the plot, the conflict, the climax but the ending was fuzzy
The Shining is probably my favorite horror movie of all time. It takes a medium based on cheap pop-out scares and uses the horror in a way that gives legitimate depth to the characters. To me, it's a pr...more
This review is going to be for the audio edition, read by Campbell Scott, and will probably be pretty short. Overall, I loved his reading of this book. I thought that he gave the characters just the right amount of life without taking them over and making them something they weren't.
I LOVED the way that he read Dick Hallorann. He gave him such a lovely tone and Southern quality, a kind of musicality, to h...more
Laced throughout with an undercurrent of tension, the story moves us quickly on a roller-coaster ride of events that lead to an intense, action-packed conclusion.
The main story revolves around a man and his family who are trying to regroup their lives and take one last chanc...more
Mettiamola cosi, tu sei Danny Torrance, un bambino di cinque anni con strani poteri psichici, possiedi lo “Shine” grazie al quale riesci a vedere il passato e il futuro.
Arrivi in una giornata d’autunno all'Overlook Hotel,Colorado, un vecchio albergo che dovrai custodire con tua madre Wendy e tuo padre Jack per tutto l’inverno.
Hai a disposizione decine e decine di stanze, saloni, corridoi, giardini, tunnel bui, scantinati dove scorazzare libero senza pensieri. Se...more
This Inhuman Place Makes Human Monsters
(A Book Review of Stephen King’s The Shining)
Acclaimed by both readers and critics, Stephen King’s third novel, The Shining, published in 1977 on the heel of two previous runaway bestsellers Carrie and ‘Salem’s Lot, is regarded as one of the greatest contemporary haunted house stories written in the history of the genre and quickly became a literary benchmark in Stephen King’s early career. Adapted as a motion picture in 1980 by the legendary Stanley Kubric...more
I prefer books that entertain and uplift me. This book does not. But I felt relief with survival at the end. Watching alcoholism and its effects is a downer but also insightful. I know the author had a personal problem with alcoholism (for a while). The thoughts and feelings in this book may have been inspired by his own. I admire him for what he showed. The story is scary, but it’...more
************** The discussion below may contain some spoilers **********
(view spoiler)[This is in many ways a "proto" the place destroys the family book. Yes it's been done before, and yes the idea isn't really new. The haunted house that basically devours a character or characters and destroys the entire family or kills off the entire family isn't new with Mr. King...but he does it to the hilt
"Are you insane?" she said to me. "You cannot do that. I will spend the entire ceremony waiting for blood to start pouring out the elevators."
We got married down the road instead.
There is not one single detriment to this well-known tale of the disintegration of the American family within the realm of the undead. King here is as he has never been since: metaphoric and concise. He usually adds fact upon useless fact that converts a 400 pg work into something more gargantuan, and, therefore, less enthralling.
King is not a fan...more
"Whimpering with fear, she began to pull herself upwards again. Ten steps, a dozen, a baker's dozen."
Let me ask you, what the hell do a dozen and a baker's dozen have to do with stairs? Stephen King seems to be full of these little things, call them puns or quirks or flaws, they're everywhere, and they're totally stupid and distract from what otherwise might be passably int...more
The character development was fantastic. In fact, King himself has said that the movie did not live up to the esteemed billing that the book received because in Kubrick's interpretation, you never really feel anything for the characters. No attachment, no sympathy, no nothing.
In the novel, you develop a connection with even...more
Is it dark and horrifying? Why yes it is, indeed, I would add that anyone seriously interested in writing great suspense, should pay close attention. It is told by a Master.
The movie positively pales in comparison.
Read it! Everybody should.
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Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family...more