Jack Torrance and his family have had a rough few years. Jack is now a former alcoholic, trying desperately to provide for his wife and son after losi...moreJack Torrance and his family have had a rough few years. Jack is now a former alcoholic, trying desperately to provide for his wife and son after losing his job as a school teacher. But money is short and dwindling, so when a job as a caretaker is offered to Jack, he is very willing to accept. There is a catch, however, and it’s a big one. The family would have to spend all winter, alone and snowed in, in a big hotel situated in the mountains. What could possibly go wrong, you ask? Well… let’s see, a few things. The hotel IS haunted, for a start. And Jack’s son has psychic abilities. But what terrible things could The Overlook have in store for the family?
We delve into the minds of Jack, Wendy and Danny Torrance and relive bits and pieces of their past memories. We learn how they think and get to know them nicely; a family with skeletons in their closets, trying now to just have a good life and get over past incidents.
The book, for me, wasn’t as great as I thought it would be, however it still interested me on some level. Please be aware these are my own opinions. They will differ from yours.
We see how the hotel deeply affects these three individual people as time goes on. With Jack, it’s the slow decent into madness; thinking his family are against him and that the hotel wants HIM and only him, which to him is an honour. With Wendy, it’s the torture of seeing her husband change and her son becoming riddled with terror. And Danny, my favourite character in this book, definitely ‘shines’ in more ways than one. We get to see the horror he has to go through and how he has to grow up quickly to overcome his fears in the end.
There was a lot of back story in this, where we are taken back to past events. I believe it was needed for the reader to understand the family better, however, because of this the main plot was left aside. It took a great deal of time for the story to actually get exciting. I found the last hundred pages were the best, as the story really took off.
I didn't particularly like the overall writing style. An example;
"A writing desk (Pray tell me: Why is a raven like a writing desk) by the large shuttered window. During the season the Constant Writer (having a wonderful time, wish you were fear) would have a pretty view of the mountains to describe to the folks back home."
I think it was trying to express the chaos and the build-up to the climax, but I couldn't really warm to it.
I failed to become affected by the horror element, which was a shame. I wanted to get the shivers, but it’s very rare if even a movie does that to me these days. One thing I liked was the hedge animals, but they definitely weren't scary. I want them in my own garden.
This is the first Stephen King book I have ever read and I do plan on reading more.
Harry Potter does not have a good life. He is unloved and treated very poorly by his Aunt and Uncle who took him in when he was a baby. He is bullied...moreHarry Potter does not have a good life. He is unloved and treated very poorly by his Aunt and Uncle who took him in when he was a baby. He is bullied by his cousin constantly and lives in a cupboard, under the stairs. But Harry is special, for he is a wizard, and a powerful one at that. When a stranger tells him about his heritage, Harry’s life changes. He attends the first year of Hogwarts and meets people he can actually call friends. He becomes a member of a sports team; a sport consisting of flying with brooms. Everything is wonderful, but an evil lurks. And Harry knows this evil; he’s been face-to-face with it before. Will Harry stop its evil plans in time?
Everyone knows who Harry Potter is. He’s super famous. If you don’t know who Harry Potter is then where the hell have you been living? The books sprouted the very popular movies and merchandise and J. K Rowling went from ‘rags to riches’, as they say.
I never bothered with Harry Potter. I had to read the first novel in school, and go and see the first movie, also with school. It didn't interest me, so I left it at that. I’ve seen no more movies, nor read anymore books. But then, in a morbid sort of way, I thought I should at least read the books, it’s one of those things I should do before I die. I actually did the next best thing and got the audiobook. Having problems sleeping, it was relaxing to listen to before bed.
It made me giggle at times; Fred and George Weasley and Hagrid mostly. It was a lighthearted, fun story and definitely for children, where things like math and english are not taught, but magic tricks are. Technology goes out the window and the torch lighting and medieval castles make a return. It's a fairytale, where real world things don't matter.
It certainly wasn’t amazing. The writing wasn’t great either. The plot was... okay. Predictable. I found it such a coincidence that it happened to be Harry’s first year at Hogwarts that Voldemort decides to make a comeback. Oh, and Harry does practically nothing at the end. He doesn’t have to. See, his skin burns bad guys! Handy, eh?
Harry isn’t much of a hero, as he isn’t written as one. The first time he hopped on a broom was just silly. He became the best quidditch seeker in the matter of seconds. If I jump on a bike, having never been on one before, I’m not going to be better at it than people with years of experience, even if my parents were good at it.
Oh, and all muggles are stupid. Yes, the non-magic people are categorized as a silly name and made out to be dumb, oblivious animals. Sorry, that just doesn’t push any buttons for me. If anything, the muggle world is more advanced and intelligent than the magic one, who is still living in the dark ages.
The book also went too fast and I felt things needed to be fleshed out more. Things were crammed together and time flew way too quickly. One minute Harry had the sorting hat on, the next he won the quidditch match.