The Shining

The Shining

Book - 1977
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"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 of the Torrance family." -- from the publisher.
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1977 (2005 printing).
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385121675
Branch Call Number: Fic King
Characteristics: 447 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 12, 2020

The Shining is a book about a family of three caretaking an isolated hotel with a gruesome past during the winter. Jack, the father of the family uses the isolation as time to work on his novel while Wendy, his wife, and Danny, his kid, explore the hotel. Danny realizes he has a gift to be able to see the past horrors of the hotel as they reach out to him. The gift, called the Shining, allows him to communicate and interact with the many long past visitors of the hotel. As Danny explores this power, his father starts to get influenced by the hotel's mysterious ways. This book explores the working of the human mind, it allows for suspense and thrill as the reader progresses through the book and sees the influence of isolation on the Torrance family. I would give this book a 5 out of 5, it is intense and gory but still finds subtle ways to engage the reader. The plotline can feel slow at times but is worth the wait since the slow speed of the book all adds to the suspense the author intended. The age I’d recommend this book to is 16+ because the vocabulary and writing style is very mature, making it more difficult for younger readers to understand. The Shining also does not shy away from gore.

Jan 28, 2020


Nov 24, 2019

This was finally a good book from king, nice dialogue, nice building of tension. Subtle writing. No anti-religious undertones. What a change. This is a mediocre book for me, there was an obsession towards saying "breasts" instead of chest which made most moments awkward. This book is weirdly overly sexual. It's like smut. Like Danny pressing his crying face deeper "into his mother's breasts". Ew. Took me out of it towards the end. On a positive note, the book made me scared about what kind of parent I might be. Which is some good food for thought.

Nov 05, 2019

RED RUM......Creepy good.

Sep 19, 2019

The book went quite in depth into what was going on inside Jack's head as well as Danny's. The reader is able to clearly see the stages in which the hotel became one with Jack. Stephen King has a way of getting into the head of the reader, allowing them to empathize with the characters and what they're going through, thus making this reading experience much more terrifying. The book is a fairly easy read with concepts that aren't too difficult to understand. I also really enjoyed the way King used Mr. Hallorann to build suspense. As the only outside being that was aware of the situation at the hotel it instantly made him an ally to Danny and the Torrance's. This came in handy later once Danny is able to call for help. The rush and panic of Mr. Hallorann attempting to help them alongside the events at the hotel set up a beautiful opportunity for suspense that kept the reader on the edge of their seat.

Apr 16, 2019

A fantastic novel. My favourite by Stephen King. Also... all the people that said this book should be for 18 and over haven't read it.

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JCLMattC Jul 23, 2018

It's a little bit not what I was expecting. Several aspects of it got in the way of its scariness for me, but I'm glad I read it. It was hard to separate this from the film I love so much. There was one part that really freaked me out but I won't say what it is. You'll have to read it.

Jan 11, 2018

I love the way Stephen King gets into everyone's head. You are able to watch the effect of the Overlook on each character as time passes and the isolation becomes more and more suffocating. Some parts read slower than others but when the pace picked up, for me, it really picked up.

Nov 08, 2017

Even if you haven't seen the movie, there are things about The Shining that you already know about from pop culture references. This makes it hard to read The Shining without comparison, but I found that I still enjoyed this read. Because there is so much internal dialogue from the characters, they also provide their own analysis of themselves and each other, which allows any reader to take off their analytical glasses for a moment and just enjoy the story.

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Apr 07, 2013

A man, his son and wife become the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotel's past using a telepathic gift known as "The Shining". The father, Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project when he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel's ghosts. After being convinced by a waiter's ghost to "correct" the family, Jack goes completely insane. The only thing that can save Danny and his mother is "The Shining".

FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Isolated in a haunted hotel a young boy discovers ghosts while his father slowly goes insane.


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Nov 24, 2015

Coarse Language: f*** C*** a** Cu*t bit*h wh*re pr*ck and many many many many more

Nov 24, 2015

Sexual Content: a few sex scenes


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Apr 10, 2019

“Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in.”

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