- Published: 2008
- Number of pages: 674 pages
- Format: Epub
- File Size: 0.43 MB
- Authors: Stephen King
Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
Review “A master storyteller.” —Los Angeles Times“Scary! . . . Serves up horrors at a brisk, unflagging pace.” —The New York Times“This chilling novel will haunt you, and make your blood run cold and your heart race with fear.” —Nashville Banner “Guaranteed to frighten you into fits. . . . with a climax that is literally explosive.” —Cosmopolitan“The most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.” —USA Today “An undisputed master of suspense and terror.” —The Washington Post “[King] probably knows more about scary goings-on in confined, isolated places than anybody since Edgar Allan Poe.” —Entertainment Weekly “He’s the author who can always make the improbable so scary you’ll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door.” —The Boston Globe “Peerless imagination.” —The Observer (London) Review The New York Times Horror at an unflagging pace….scary!Nashville Banner This chilling novel will haunt you, and make your blood run cold and your heart race with fear.Cosmopolitain Guaranteed to frighten you into fits….freezing terror….with a climax tha is literally explosive. –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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⭐ I read this masterpiece back when originally released. Following that, I have watched the Kubrick movie every Halloween since its release on DVD sometime last century. Love both. The book is dark and the movie captures the required essence, but the book gets deeper into Jack’s mind which is not a fun place. The book and movie conflict on room #’s 217 vs. 237, and Wendy’s hair color, which I have embedded as that of Ms. Duvall’s. And anyone interested will find on the inter-web a plethora of reasons these were changed from book to movie. Fun stuff. If you have never read the Shining, please give yourself a gift and read it if you enjoy horror. And if you haven’t read it this century, try it again, as it may very well scare you in new ways. I live in Maine and while SK is our scary hero, he is also a great neighbor in our state.
⭐ The media could not be loaded. I ordered this book for my daughter and it was misprinted. The cover looked like it was cut off and while we would’ve been fine with that, the inside of the book had the same problem. It was as if they printed the book crookedly because the words are off the page and it’s impossible to read. We’ve notified amazon and they say they are going to send another copy, hopefully the next copy is better.
⭐ I had seen the movie before I read the book so going in I thought I knew what to expect. But I was actually caught off guard and found myself loving the book more then I loved the movie. I still think the movie is good but this book is just… more.The characters in this book are just so complex. Each one of them feels real. One moment I am sympathetic with Jack a man who just can’t seem to get a break. But the next moment I am scared of him and what he might do to his family. Wendy is also so much more complex. I found myself really interested in her and absolutely scared for her life.Danny though is my favorite. He’s such a bright and sweet boy and it was interesting to get into his head. I loved to read how conflicted he got between protecting his family but also not wanting to upset them. I also really love his interactions with Dick Hallorann who is also very interesting.Overall this is an excellent creepy read.
⭐ Everyone likes to say “the book is better” whenever the subject of a movie that was based on a book comes up, whether they’ve read it or not. Stanley Kubrick did it better than Stephen King. I don’t want to give spoilers, but in typical King fashion, this story entertains the supernatural more than the movie did, which I personally do not appreciate. My brain is not as artistically imaginative as Stanley Kubrick’s work, and without the amazing acting by everyone in that film to fill in the blanks, it didn’t make it into any kind of top 20 all time list for me like the film did. I do like that Danny is the main focus over Jack though, and I like the background it provides that the movie does not.Even so, it was gripping enough that I read it in 3 nights. And I’ll probably reread it again in a year or so.
⭐ I’ve been a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of The Shining since I was a kid. Every year in the fall I get the inkling to scare myself silly, and this year I decided to finally read Stephen King’s book version of an old favorite movie. Suffice to say, I am so glad I finally took the time to read this book.There are so many subtle things in this book that build the anticipation and terror as it progresses. Several times I had to put it down for a day or two because I got a bit too freaked out by it. The imagery and description of the Overlook and characters as the story unfolds is intense and captivating. In particular, I was terrified by the scenes including the wasps, the hedge animals, and the use of the mallet. These are key differences between the book and the movie that I am shocked by, now that I’ve read the book. Those scenes were brilliantly written by King, and I actually am disappointed that they didn’t make the movie version.Great book with lots of very intelligently woven themes about family, devotion, addiction, and overcoming personal demons. I highly recommend reading this if you haven’t done so already.
⭐ I generally find it difficult to get terribly engrossed in horror novels where supernatural entities (or divine for that matter) play a prominent role, and The Shining is a good example of such for me. However, though I may not really have lost myself in this novel, King’s skill at building suspense kept me turning the pages late into the night multiple times and it’s been a while since that’s happened. There are many who write more eloquently, many who craft more impressive plots, and many who are more deft at building characters, but I think few exceed King in ability to make a reader simultaneously desire and dread reading the next paragraph or turning the page. He is very, very good at describing various evil beings’ appearances, actions, and manners of speaking. I re-read several passages in The Shining multiple times just to gape again at what was happening or how a character just barely escaped a horrific death.Apart from The Running Man, a quite different type of novel, this is actually the first book by Stephen King I’ve read. I do have a few more on the shelves and am really looking forward to them, not so much for the stories / plots but rather for the goosebumps and tension I experienced while reading The Shining.I ought to mention that King’s style here is dry and matter of fact, and the family members seem quite wooden initially. Over several chapters he does throw in a great deal of background history on the family and this helps flesh them out quite a bit, but they never became completely convincing to me. This and the somewhat formulaic plot based on a haunted hotel detracted somewhat from the overall experience, but once winter set in and the action began I easily understood why King is so celebrated.
⭐️ •HEREEESSSSSS JOHNNNYYY!!!! October means the king of terror, Steven King, is in full force!! Re-reading The Shining, putting it in the Freezer when necessary, & watching the movie is an October must! —————————————————————•For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Shining…. When Jack Torrance, a college professor with a temper only fueled by a minor drinking problem, is offered a winter job at the Overlook Hotel- Jack, his wife Wendy, & his shining son Danny head for the hills, literally! Overlook hotel is a prestigious hotel with all the best features & outdoor views. The Torrance family is hired on to look after the hotel during the winter so that the regular staff can take some time off. Thinking this is their chance to mend family wounds & for Jack to get back to his writing, the Torrance crew is thrilled for the opportunity- until they aren’t. The last man who brought his family up for the winter shift killed his entire family & then himself. Workers refuse to go into one specific room, & people swear they see & hear things. Before long the Torrance family is seeing & hearing things too. One thing is clear- the Overlook Hotel doesn’t want them to leave & not everyone will!The Shining is currently available on @Netflix so make sure to add it to your October chills & thrills!
⭐ Jack Torrance is an aspiring author, who after being fired from his prestigious teaching job, is hired to be the winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel. Unfortunately for Jack’s young son Danny, who has a supernatural gift called The Shining, the hotel has a life of its own and it is feeding off Danny’s gift.My biggest gripe with this novel is King’s disastrous attempt to create a complicated villain. King gives Jack a painfully contrived past that instead of making Jack more interesting it just comes across as King making excuses for his protagonist. I think it would been much more interesting if Jack has been an unrepentant ‘bad guy’.I was also uncomfortable with King’s liberal use of the n-word. This book was not scary at all. A lot of the scares were repetitive and childish.
⭐ I ordered this book for my collection specifically because i wanted it hard cover and with this specific cover. What i received looks like someone found a 50 cent book at a yard sale and sold it for almost $20. I am returning this work because it was listed different from what i received. Pretty disappointed.Update: decided to keep the book and read it again for the 3rd time.BrilliantStill , the seller wanted me to pay for the return . This is unfair given the description was incorrect.Won’t buy again from this seller but the book is a masterpiece and i highly recommend it
⭐ Sorry to rain on the parade, but I didn’t much like King’s book; I really prefer Kubrick’s movie, for which he wrote (most of, apparently) the screenplay. In this case, Kubrick is a much better writer than the novelist. Of course, as everyone knows, the movie is different from the book, and the writing for the movie is mostly dialogue, but plot is there, too, of course. I found the book mostly unpleasant and crude rather than scary. I read alot of it at night, and I wasn’t even slightly scared. More like disgusted, actually. I remember one of King’s short stories in a collection called”Different Seasons” which I really liked because of his style, so I was surprised to find his style here crude and flat rather than interesting even though the situation would seem to give a writer a chance to really get into his book in a very interesting way since one of the main (maybe THE main?) characters, Jack, is a writer. I really think King has written FAR too much, unless he’s just a commercial entertainer, which is fine, in which case, we should consider him more of a story teller than a writer, but that could be a pretentious attitude, so let’s just say that you either like him or…
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