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 attempts to claim the very souls...more
"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
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.
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...more
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
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
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
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
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
"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.
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
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
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 it's 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 an...more
It would be wrong to say that I went into the book completely unspoiled, though, since The Shining (and especially Kubrick's adaptation) is such a part of popular culture now that I could hardly have avoided absorbing the gist of...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
So, I am not going to harp about the plot and characters of the book. This is more a psychological horror than a plain horror fiction. And while the book takes us deeper into the psyche of the characters, I think the movie did a better job of creating the chilling environment of the...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.
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
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
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
topiary animals creeping to life
a roque mallet/smash smash smash/broken bones
Count ‘em: 1, 2, 3, 4—that’s 4 iconic images in The Shining that I will never forget. Normally if I finish a book and one image endures, that book is a success. But Stephen King is such a visceral writer. His prose itself is, well, prosaic. It’s weak, stuffed with clichés, and overly reliant on descriptive exposition. Where King succeeds is with images. He has a knack for memorabl...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
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where...more