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The Shining (original 1977; edition 2012)

by Stephen King

Series: Shining (1)

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Title:The Shining
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Anchor (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
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The Shining by Stephen King (1977)

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I enjoyed this book quite more than I expected to. I read it because I knew Stephen King hated the Stanley Kubrick movie version (which I am neither here nor there on. . .). I completely understand why he would hate it. I think they are both good in their own right, but would be frustrated by the fact that more people have probably seen the movie than read the (somewhat) better book. I read it rather quickly, and was only marginally frightened! ( )
  KatieEmilySmith | Sep 23, 2014 |
King's terrifying novel turned pop culture movie. It was stunning. The graphic scenes still kind of scare me. The haunting characters are well developed and it's a great piece of fun lit. Worth the read. Oh, and it's about this thing called the shining. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
Stephen King’s The Shining

I thought I was familiar with this story when I watched the Jack Nicholson film many years ago, but I was totally wrong!

The book is about Danny, which the Kubrick film (although well-made) completely misses. Danny is the most powerful psychic in these parts and the kid broadcasts out like crazy. He can read minds but still has a little kid’s attitude and does not have the maturity to handle such a gift (or curse?).

Jack was a teacher but also loved binge drinking with his buddy Al. One day they ran into a bike on the road. No person on it, just a bike. They both have an epiphany that they need to go cold turkey. How the bike arrived there is not explained, but is probably something Danny put there?

Fascinating workings of Jack’s mind throughout – his alcoholism, his fits of violence, and a few pages devoted to his father who, like Jack, did some pretty damaging things to his family.

The Overlook is a summer resort hotel with a mysterious past. Jack gets a job there as a caretaker and finds that the previous one killed his family and then himself. Not gonna happen to him though. OK!

And Wendy, which character seems very weak-willed and only turns on the guns when her motherly instincts turn on. The story is grerat when I have to yell at the book for Wendy to not go into the hall! And how can she carry a knife and not use it while Jacks beats on her?

History and Hysteria

Loved the Overlook’s mysterious parts – the woman in the bathtub, the 70 years of haunts floating through the halls, the mysterious barkeep who fuels up Jack into fits of rage and to prove Jack is in fact managerial material.

Finally King’s black cook, Dick Hallorann, a man who shines but not nearly as much as Danny. Disappointing as I was hoping for a white horse riding in and saving the day. They were lucky to get away with their lives.

Bottom Line:

Horror, when done right, is fast-paced and takes your breath away. King does this in spades.

Can’t wait for Doctor Sleep!


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  jmourgos | Sep 12, 2014 |
I picked this book up because I first read it when I was about 12 years old and I just got a copy of "Doctor Sleep" and thought I probably would be completely lost if I didn't re-read it.
I do not remember being so creeped out the first go round. Maybe my younger self just did not realize how easily I could picture Jack's character. Jack could be your friend, your co-worker or even you.
Stephen King to me has a way of looking at his characters and seeing flaws and good. He makes them come alive and I love him for it. He weaves a spell around me and I'm there with the characters spying as their story unwinds. Scared crap less most times but there all the same.
This books build up is what is so dang good. It builds slowly and you will end up more than likely putting the dang book in the freezer for awhile just so you can have a break from it. The ending was a bit rushed but you know what? Couldn't care less. Still loved it.
I never liked this movie too much but Jack Nicholson did nail Jack Torrence's character on the head.
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  bookqueenshelby | Sep 9, 2014 |
This book is as great as Stephen King's books can be. It's about the Torrance family, a somewhat typical family with some sort of a dark past that, after going through a serious financial situation, moves in to a hotel called Overlook, located on wintry mountains and distant from everywhere. It is in this place that Jack Torrance will work as a janitor. Everything would be going great if it wasn't for a small detail: the hotel seems to be full of bad things, remnants of a past full of murders and strange occurrences that seem to have no logical explanation.

Let's just say that the great amount of pages ends up being necessary and justifiable for a single reason: it was necessary to develop the family's background in order to explain why it was slowly falling apart. The hotel's story and the characters' background were explained to the small details. And you might even think that the story gets boring and slow because of that, but between each flashback, SOMETHING happens and the feeling of constant tension builds up.

Stephen King fans will like the book. Starters might want to start reading something less dense. ( )
  aryadeschain | Aug 26, 2014 |
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It was in this apartment, also, that there stood against the western wall, a gigantic clock of ebony.  Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang; and when the minute-hand made the circuit of the face, and the hour was to be stricken, there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical, but of so peculiar a note and emphasis that,
at each lapse of an hour, the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to harken to the sound; and thus the waltzers perforce ceased their evolutions; and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company; and, while the chimes of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused revery or meditation.  But when the echoes had fully ceased, a light laughter at once pervaded the assembly; the musicians looked at each other and smiled as if at their own nervousness and folly, and made whispering vows, each to the other, that the next chiming of the clock should produce in them no similar emotion; and then, after the lapse of sixty minutes, (which embrace three thousand and six hundred seconds of the Time that flies,) there came yet another chiming of the clock, and then were the same disconcert and tremulousness and meditation as before.
But, in spite of these things, it was a gay and magnificent revel.
E. A. Poe
'The Masque of the Red Death'

The sleep of reason breeds monsters.
Goya

It'll shine when it shines.
Folk saying.
Dedication
This is for Joe Hill King, who shines on.
My editor on this book, as on the previous two, was M. William G. Thompson, a man of wit and good sense. His contribution to this book has been large, and for it, my thanks.
First words
Jack Torrance thought: Officious little prick.
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Hallorann’s testicles turned into two small wrinkled sacs filled with shaved ice.
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The Overlook Hotel is more than just a home-away-from-home for the Torrance family. For Jack, Wendy, and their young son, Danny, it is a place where past horrors come to life. And where those gifted with "the shining" do battle with the darkest evils. Stephen King's classic thriller is one of the most powerfully imagined novels of our time.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743437497, Paperback)

"YOU'RE THE CARETAKER, SIR. YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE CARETAKER. I SHOULD KNOW, SIR. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE...."

-- DELBERT GRADY OF THE OVERLOOK HOTEL

THE SHINING

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 laim the very souls of the Torrence family. Adapted into a cinematic masterpiece of horror by legendaryStanley Kubrick -- featuring an unforgettable performance by a demonic Jack Nicholson --The Shining stands as a cultural icon of modern horror, a searing study of a family torn apart, and a nightmarish glimpse into the dark recesses of human weakness and dementia.

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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 of the Torrance family. Adapted into a cinematic masterpiece of horror by legendary director Stanley Kubrick -- featuring an unforgettable performance by a demonic Jack Nicholson --The Shining stands as a cultural icon of modern horror, a searing study of a family torn apart, and a nightmarish glimpse into the dark recesses of human weakness and dementia.… (more)

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