The Shining (The Shining #1)
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 uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed, and the hotel itself...more
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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.
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Are you on fire,While reading “The Shining,” I revisited my kid fears-- as if walking through a bell-bottomed-shaped portal into the s...more
From the years?
What would you give for your
-- “Kid Fears,” Indigo Girls.
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
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.
Considering Uncle Stevie’s longstanding grudge about it, I w...more
1st Edition cover – Published January 28, 1977 – 447 pps
It has been a lifetime since I read The Shining for the first time, over thirty years ago. I enjoyed it then for its effectiveness in t...more
Have you heard the tale of the Seven Wives of Bluebeard?
Once upon a time there was this powerful noble immensely wealthy.Everyone called him Bluebeard because of his large, ugly blue beard.He had married several times but time and again all of his wives died.No one really knew how.
And then one day he married again.A lovely, young girl.Whenever Bluebeard had to go away, he would give her all the keys of his home.He told her she could use any key to go inside which ever room she des...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
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
The hotel is getting stronger. It wants to hurt all of us.
3.5 stars. I have to admit to having an interest in The Shining because of the setting being positioned on the outskirts of Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a place near and dear to me, one which I've visited many times.
The world famous Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King drew inspiration to write The Shining, and was later used on film for the lesser-known mini-series (not the movie).
I took that picture on my last visit to Estes Pa...more
Do you feel bad?
No Danny, I just really hated your performance in the movie version of THE SHINING.
Yes Danny, I hated it more than anything else in the whooole wiiiiide woooorld.
I know this is supposed to be a review of the novel THE SHINING, and not the movie...but I can't review the book on its own. I tried...I really did.
I first read THE SHINING just before the movie came out in 1980- because usually if I watch the movie first, it is very rare that I go back and...more
"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.
The Shining is about...oh come on...If you don't know what The Shining is about by now it's because you've been living under a rock in the back of a cave for the last few decades, and frankly, you've got more important things to catch up on. Here, let me get you started: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFSyBB...
The first third of the book provides a great set up to the horror that awaits, eve...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
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
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
Jack Torrence thought: officious little prick ~The Shining (1977)**Note: I chose not to put this review behind a spoiler tag. Below I discuss both the book and the movie assuming if you're reading this, you're familiar with both.
Even though Stephen King's primary reputation has been 'America's boogeyman', I can count on one hand the number of pure horror novels I feel he's published (and they all come early in his career) -- 'Salem's Lot, Pet Sematary, It, Misery and of course, The Shining. King...more
This is one of the best psychological horrors I’ve ever read. It definitely goes into more detail than the movie, so much so that I actually had more sympathy for Jack. I could also understand Wendy’s pain better and I became quite the fan of Danny...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, a...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.
The Shining brings the reader to the supernatural and the psychotic, it displays Stephen Kings skill and masterful in the conjuring of a tale with everyday people, everyday demons and monsters within, pitted against adversity and the supernatural.
He chose a hotel as a setting for this tale, an eery insidious place that summons the unsavoury of people and once allowed room and the person enraged tur...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
prepare yourselves for creepy gifs.
And the red death held sway over all.
This book is insidious.
It creeps into your mind, slowly, carefully. The Overlook torments not just the characters on the pages, but the reader, hooked and engrossed and unable to put it down. King's writing builds it up slowly to the final show down between one little boy and the hotel that wants to destroy everything he holds dear.
And I loved every minute of it. Even when I was creeped out and...more
Jack Torrence often loses his temper and while no one says, "Well...more
1) Not terribly frightening. Creepy though.
2) The family unit. I was in awe, despite the baggage and past mistakes these characters had, their was a lot of effort and love in this family.
3) Writing style is amazing. Loved the narration of the story.
4) Loved the characters. Well developed with backstory, and how they've changed throughout the book.
5) REDRUM. That was a jaw-dropper :D
Going to watch the movie soon, and full review up tonight...more
Two things only:
1-The Shining is one of the few books that have ever freaked me out. Yes I read it as a teenager, but some of the images (the bloated dead woman in the bathtub) still stick with me.
2-I've been to the "Overlook Hotel" (actually The Stanley Hotel) on a number of occasions; once with the intended purpose to get a "vibe". I sat alo...more
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