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The Shining by Stephen King
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The Shining (original 1977; edition 1978)

by Stephen King

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Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel - and that, too, is beginning to shine.… (more)
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Title:The Shining
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1978), Edition: 2 Revised, Paperback
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Jack, his wife Wendy, and their young son Danny settle in at the Overlook Hotel so Jack can work as caretaker during the off season. They will be the only inhabitants until spring, snowed in, high up in the Rockies. Danny is five years old with a gift called the shining, which allows him vaguely described mental powers, such as telepathy and precognition. This is a Stephen King novel so of course the hotel is haunted and eventually possesses Jack, turning him into a killer. I knew the book was very little like the famous Stanley Kubrick film, but I was nonetheless surprised by the fact that basically none of the iconic scenes from the movie are in the book. No twins, no all work and no play make Jack a dull boy, no here's Johnny. But that's fine. I liked the book better. The story was much easier to follow, for one thing, and the characters had a bit more depth (but still not tons, alas). Not something I probably would have read if it weren't for the famous movie, but that's all right. It passed the time. ( )
  melydia | Jun 15, 2024 |
Next on my #stephenking #readathon with @ame9022 and @wendysallison is THE SHINING, another of his earlier novels that I had not gotten around to reading yet. The story of the Torrance family as they move into the Overlook Hotel as seasonal caretakers, and their decent into hell as the hotel tries to claim young Danny Torrance, and his Shine, for its itself, through any means possible.

I'm not going to get into the specifics of the story, as I think that's been covered ad nauseam at this point. If you're familiar at all with THE SHINING, you know that SK strongly dislikes the Stanley Kubrick adaptation released in 1980, and after finally reading the book, I can understand why. There are a lot of nuances in the book that are lost in the movie, and it's made clear the book is far more about Danny Torrance, while the movie seems to focus more on Jack Torrance. There are some decidedly creeptastic and cool scenes in the book that I feel were probably left out of the movie due to visual effects constraints more than anything else, but those added so much more to the story (one thing I missed in the movie are the hedge animals - those would have been a great addition to the film had they had the ability to create them believably).

I recently discovered that there was a miniseries made in 1997 that apparently sticks far more closely to the book, and I found it on blu-ray, so will be watching that soon, so see how it compares to both the book and the original film.

Overall, I think THE SHINING is a fantastic book, and definitely one of those cases where the book is far better than the movie. The movie can exist on its own as a piece of cinematic history, because there's no denying that on its own, it's an ambitious film, but if your only experience with this story is from that film, do yourself a favor and read the book sometime.

#stephenking #horror #theshining #dannytorrance #jacktorrance #horrorbooks #horrorbookstagram #bookstagram #book #bookworm #booksbooksbooks #bookreview #frommybookshelf #frommybookshelfblog ( )
  tapestry100 | Apr 10, 2024 |
All his early books are killer, but the "The Shining" by Stephen King is a masterpiece of horror literature. Set in the ominous Overlook Hotel of the Colorado Rockies, the story follows Jack Torrance, a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic, who takes a job as the winter caretaker of the hotel with his wife Wendy and their young son Danny. No thank you. The setting alone is ripe for terrible adventures. A palpable sense of dread and isolation seeps from the pages. King's descriptive prose is vivid and immersive, drawing the reader into the chilling atmosphere of the hotel and its haunted corridors. It is a complex story of addiction, family dynamics, and the nature of evil, and a must-read for fans of suspenseful and unsettling fiction. ( )
  Andrew.Lafleche | Mar 6, 2024 |
Reading this without continually comparing it to the film is a challenge. In general, I lean towards the film's interpretation; I believe many of Kubrick's alterations, even those seemingly necessary, enhanced the overall experience – like the topiary animals. Danny's unnaturally advanced intelligence felt awkward to me, bordering on poorly written.

Nevertheless, I appreciated the nuanced portrayal of Jack Torrance in the book. I wonder how the film might have differed with a less intense actor than Nicholson.

Despite these comparisons, the book is still enjoyable and atmospheric – a diverting experience. ( )
  GusWoltmann | Feb 4, 2024 |
Awesome! One of my favorite King books. I had to wait a long time for the memory of the movie to fade enough that my imagination could take over.
I really liked the narration from the 4 different points of view. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
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King, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Østlyngen, TanjaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Christensen, HarroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dell'Orto, AdrianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Follett, KenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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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Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel - and that, too, is beginning to shine.

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