The Shining

The Shining

Book - 2012
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A child with a precognitive gift sees visions of an evil awaiting his family.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Anchor Books, a division of Random House LLC,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©1977
ISBN: 9780606257619
Branch Call Number: HOR KIN
Characteristics: 659, 13 pages ; 18 cm


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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.

SPL_Liz Nov 06, 2017

The best part about this book for me was Jack's narrative. You could see him rationalizing and tucking certain thoughts away so as not to disturb his pleasant view of himself as a good guy, one who is simply misunderstood and down on his luck. He started out as a redeemable character and I enjoyed watching his mind change as the hotel environment became increasingly sinister. Danny's clairvoyance was an excellent basis for his character and the novel's overall development. The pacing was like a runaway train and I couldn't put it down. That said, there were a few spots that I found distracted from rather than developing the story and I noticed myself getting impatient. I found the story to be suspenseful and at times creepy. Some parts I found silly. Overall, the book wasn't as scary as I was expecting.

Aug 09, 2017

The novel The Shining, released on January 28th 1977, is a thrilling novel set atop a mountain in Colorado at the isolated Outlook hotel, where newly appointed winter caretaker Jack Torrance, and his wife and son, Wendy and Danny are staying. Although prestigious and renowned, the Outlook has a messy history of previous owners being involved in mobs, mafias, and vicious gangs. As the Torrances spend more time there, they begin to realize there is an overwhelming presence of something that can only be described as extramundane and malevolent. Jack then becomes increasingly obsessed with the hotel’s past, and it quickly begins to worry Wendy, who believes that the hotel is bringing only bad things. As the strange events that occur within the Outlook start becoming more and more unexplainable, the horrifying past of the walls comes alive, and bring the Torrance’s to their breaking point. After reading this novel, I find my outlook on things has shifted in quite a few ways; one of them being an increasing fear of hotels! King told this story in a manner and style that was unlike anything I had ever read. His words enraptured me within the story to the point where I felt like I was experiencing everything first hand, alongside the Torrances. I had actually watched the movie before I read the book and that was a huge mistake. The movie did blow my mind, but the characters' growing insanity and fear seemed so much more humanized in the novel, which in turn made it even more frightening, because it made it feel so real. This was the most thrilling book that I have ever read, and I can’t give it any rating below 10/10.
It was amazing.
- @crescendo_collective of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

May 03, 2017

What a corker! A man, a woman, a son, and a bathtub! Need I say more?

SaraLovesBooks Dec 05, 2016

This book is a classic in the horror tradition, and it's not hard to see how Stephen King became the master of horror. This book starts with a troubled family desperately trying to heal and pull itself back together, but then ended up in a haunted hotel determined to tear them apart. One of the genius things about King is how his tales take the most ordinary of people into extraordinary situations, forcing them to go to their limits to try to survive them. The Shining might be one of his best books. One flaw of King's that I've noticed in reading his vast body of work is that he has a problem with sticking his endings. He'll build up the story well, keep the momentum going, but then just kind of fizzle when it comes to the pay-off. The Shining, however, is one of the few tales I've read where he stuck the ending. The tension, suspense, and momentum of the story get a really good pay-off. One of his best, and for fans of horror stories. Do not miss.

ArapahoeJennieB Dec 03, 2016

One of my favorite horror books of all time. I particularly favor psychological horror, as opposed to more of the gory, or 'monster of the week' variety, and this book is right up there with the best of them. What I really enjoy about this book, and with King's books in general, is the time he takes to develop his characters. You really get to know the characters, including the The Overlook Hotel. I HIGHLY recommend this book for fans of psychological thrillers and of excellent character development.

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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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