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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 sJack 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.©1977 Stephen King; (P)2005 Random House Audio...

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The Shining Reviews

  • Earline
    2019-05-14 04:14

    This scene from Friends pretty much sums up my feelings about this book:"Rachel: Hmm. (she opens the freezer) Umm, why do you have a copy of The Shining in your freezer?Joey: Oh, I was reading it last night, and I got scared, so.Rachel: But ah, you’re safe from it if it’s in the freezer?Joey: Well, safer. Y'know, I mean I never start reading The Shining, without making sure we’ve got plenty of room in the freezer, y'know.Rachel: How often do you read it?Joey: Haven’t you ever read the same book over and over again?Rachel: Well, umm, I guess I read Little Women more than once. But I mean that’s a classic, what’s so great about The Shining?Joey: The question should be Rach, what is not so great about The Shining. Okay? And the answer would be: nothing. All right? This is like the scariest book ever. I bet it’s way better than that classic of yours."

  • Will Byrnes
    2019-05-02 06:57

    If you have not read The Shining already do not overlook the opportunity presented by the publication of Doctor Sleep, the sequel, to revisit one of the best ghost stories of our time. The appearance of the follow up offers a perfect justification for stepping through those bat-wing doors for the first time. 1st Edition cover – Published January 28, 1977 – 447 ppsIt has been a lifetime since I read The Shining for the first time, over thirty years ago. I enjoyed it then for its effectiveness in telling a scary, no, a very scary story. Reading it now is colored, as is all of life, by our accumulation (or lack of accumulation) of experience. We see, or appreciate colors, textures, shapes, structures, and feelings with more experienced, educated eyes. We have seen, or are at least aware of real world things that are scarier than any fictional spectres. So, what does it look like through old, cloudy lenses?It remains a very scary story. The things that stand out for me now are not so much the deader rising up out of a bathtub to pursue a curious child, although that is still pretty creepy, or the mobile topiary, which still works pretty well at making the hair on one’s neck and arms stand at attention. But King was using the haunted house trope to look at more personal demons. And those shine through more clearly now.From Allyn Scura’s blogHe had some drinking issues at the time he wrote the book, when he was 30, and concern about that is major here. Jack Torrance is an alcoholic, no question. He also has issues with anger management, not that the little shit he clocks while teaching at a New England prep school didn’t have it coming. He did. But one cannot do that to a student, however deserving, and expect to remain employed for long. His little boy, however, most certainly did not deserve a broken arm. Jack is very remorseful, and wants to make things right. He manages to get a gig taking care of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado over the winter. It will offer him a chance to get something right after a string of getting things wrong, offer a chance to save his marriage, and offer an opportunity to work on his unfinished play. Risky? Sure. But a gamble worth taking. And his wife, Wendy, agrees, despite having serious misgivings. There are no attractive alternatives. Of course, we all know that the Overlook is not your typical residence. Odd things happen, sounds are heard, thoughts from somewhere outside find their way into your mind. Jack is targeted, and boy is he vulnerable.But five-year-old Danny is the real key here. He is the proud possessor of an unusual talent, the shining of the book’s title. Danny can not only do a bit of mind-reading, he can also see things that other people cannot. And for a little guy he has a huge talent. He also has an invisible friend named Tony with whom only he can communicate. It is difficult to think about the book without finding our mental screens flickering with the images of Jack Nicholson in full cartoonish psycho rage, the very effective sound of a Big Wheel followed by a steadicam coursing through the long halls of the hotel, and the best casting decision ever in choosing Scatman Crothers to play Dick Halloran. By the way, the hotel is based on a real-world place, the Stanley Hotel, in Estes Park, Colorado. And the Overlook’s spooky room 217 was inspired by the supposedly haunted room 217 at the Stanley. This image is from the hotel’s site – they clearly embrace the spectral connectionThe room number was changed in the film to 237, at the request of the Timberline hotel, which was used for exterior shots. There is so much that differentiates Kubrick’s film from the book that they are almost entirely different entities. The differences do require a bit of attention here. First, and foremost, the book of The Shining is about the disintegration of a family due to alcoholism and anger issues. How a child survives in a troubled family is key. The film is pretty much pure spook house, well-done spook house, but solely spook house, nonetheless, IMHO. There is considerable back-story to Jack and Wendy that gets no screen time. You have to read the book to get that. Jack is a victim, as much as Wendy and Danny. You would never get that from the slobbering Jack of the film. The maze in the book was pretty cool, right? I liked it too, but it does not exist in the book. I believe it was put in to replace the talented topiary, which is the definition of a bad trade. There is significant violence in the book that never made its way into Kubrick’s film, but which very much raises a specter of domestic violence that is terrorizing real people living in real horror stories. There are a few lesser elements. Jack wielded a roque mallet, not an axe. Danny is not interrupted in his travels through the corridors by Arbus-like twin sisters. And the sisters in question are not even twins. There are plenty more, but you get the idea. An interesting film, for sure, but not really the most faithful interpretation of the book. King saw that a film that more closely reflected what he had written reached TV screens in 1997, with a six-hour mini-series version.Irrelevancies of a personal natureThe opening shot was filmed on theGoing–to-the-Sun Road in Montana’s Glacier National Park in Montana. I have had the pleasure (7 times in one visit) and recommend the drive wholeheartedly. It is a pretty narrow road though, so you will have to drive carefully. Bring along the appropriate musical media for the best effect, Wendy Carlos’s Rocky Mountain, and dress warmly. It was below freezing when I reached the top of the road, in August. Some exteriors for Kubrick’s film were shot at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon. I visited but did not stay there back in 2008. Sadly I do not have any decent personal photos from the place. I can report, though, on a bitThis shot was found on Wikimediaof kitsch. There is a place in the hotel where an ax is lodged in a block of wood, with HEEEEERE’s JOHNNY on the ax, a tourist photo-op. And yes, I did. Sadly, or luckily, the shot did not come out well, so you will be spared.Back to the book, Danny’s talent is a two-edged sword. He is afflicted with seeing more than anyone his age should have to see, but on the other hand, he has a tool he can use to try to save them all. Whether he can or not is a core tension element here. King is fond of placing his stories in literary context. He peppers the text with references to various relevant books and authors. I expect these are meant to let us know his influences. Horace Walpole, author of The Castle of Otranto, a Gothic classic, is mentioned, as is Shirley Jackson, of Hill House fame. King had used a quote from this book in Salem’s Lot. A family saga rich with death and destruction, Cashelmara is mentioned as are some more contemporary items, like The Walton Family, the idealized antithesis to the Torrance Family, Where the Wild Things Are and novelist Frank Norris. The primary literary reference here is Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, which is cited many times. There had been a costume ball back in hotel’s history and it is the impending climax of that party, the unmasking, that looms here. And toss in nods to Treasure Island and Bluebeard for good measure.King often includes writers in his work, avatars for himself.I write about writers because I know the territory. Also, you know it's a great job for a protagonist in a book. Without having to hold down a steady job, writers can have all sorts of adventures. Also, if they disappear, it's a long time before they are missed. Heh-heh-heh. – from anAOL interviewJack Torrance is a writer as well as a teacher. The play that Jack is writing undergoes a transformation that mirrors Jack’s own. In fact, there is a fair bit or mirroring going on here. Jack’s affection for his father as a kid was as strong as Danny's is for him. His father was an abusive alcoholic. While Jack is not (yet) the monster his father was, he is also an alcoholic with abusive tendencies.I never had a father in the house. My mother raised my brother and I alone. I wasn’t using my own history, but I did tap into some of the anger you sometimes feel to the kids, where you say to yourself: I have really got to hold on to this because I’m the big person here, I’m the adult. One reason I wanted to use booze in the book is that booze has a tendency to fray that leash you have on your temper…For a lot of kids, Dad is the scary guy. It’s that whole thing where your mother says, ‘You just wait until your father comes home!” In The Shining, these people were snowbound in a hotel and Dad is always home! And Dad is fighting this thing with the bottle and he’s got a short temper anyway. I was kind of feeling my own way in that because I was a father of small children. And one of the things that shocked me about fatherhood was it was possible to get angry at your kids. (from the EW interview cited in Extra Stuff)He’s right. I have had the pleasure and I know. Wendy gets some attention as well, as we learn a bit about her mother, and see Wendy’s fear that she has inherited elements of her mother’s awfulness. Not everything shines here. There are times when five-year-old Danny seems much older than his tender years, even given his extraordinary circumstances. It struck me as surprising that there is no mention of anyone suggesting that maybe Jack might attend an AA meeting. But these are like single dead pixels on a large screen.If you want to read horror tales that are straight up scare’ems, there are plenty in the world. But if you appreciate horror that offers underlying emotional content, and I know you do, my special gift tells me that The Shining is a brilliant example of how a master illuminates the darkness. This review, with images intact, has also been posted on my blog=============================EXTRA STUFFDefinitely check out the Wiki for this book – nifty info on the King Family’s stay at the Stanley, and yes, there was a Grady at the Stanley.I also recommend checking out SK’s site if you want to learn more about himAn interview with King in Entertainment WeeklyBTW, here is a shot of the model snowmobile that Dick Halloran drives back to the Overlook A few other SK's we have reviewedUnder the DomeDuma Key Lisey's StoryDoctor SleepRevivalMr. MercedesJust After Sunset

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-04-24 02:54

    “The thought rose from nowhere, naked and unadorned. The urge to tumble her out of bed, naked, bewildered, just beginning to wake up; to pounce on her, seize her neck like the green limb of a young aspen and to throttle her, thumbs on windpipe, fingers pressing against the top of her spine, jerking her head up and ramming it back down against the floorboards, again and again, whamming, whacking, smashing, crashing. Jitter and jive, baby. Shake, rattle, and roll. He would make her take her medicine. Every drop. Every last bitter drop.”For a guy like myself who loves to read and write taking the job as a winter caretaker of The Overlook Hotel sounds like a dream job.The Stanley Hotel inspiration for The Overlook HotelThe time requirements for the job are miniscule leaving me plenty of time every day to work on the next “great American novel”. Before leaving for this foray into isolationism I would calculate just how many books I would need to sustain me through the winter and then increase it by ⅓ or so. Jack Torrance makes the case that because he is an educated man he is better suited for the job. “A stupid man is more prone to cabin fever just as he’s more prone to shoot someone over a card game or commit a spur-of-the-moment robbery. He gets bored. When the snow comes, there’s nothing to do but watch TV or play solitaire and cheat when he can’t get all the aces out. Nothing to do but bitch at his wife and nag at the kids and drink. It gets hard to sleep because there’s nothing to hear. So he drinks himself to sleep and wakes up with a hangover. He gets edgy. And maybe the telephone goes out and the TV aerial blows down and there’s nothing to do but think and cheat at solitaire and get edgier and edgier. Finally...boom, boom, boom.”Now Jack may be an educated man but he is carrying around more baggage than any one bellhop could ever get delivered. He has a double helix of trouble an alcohol problem intertwined with a really nasty temper. He has lost jobs. He has beaten a young man senseless. He has broken his son Danny’s arm, little more than a toddler, because he messed up his papers. Jack is always sorry.Jack playing JackWhen not drinking he wipes his lips so often he makes them bleed.His father was a violent man and King does give us some background on Jack’s childhood which may have been intended to lend some sympathy for Jack. Just because we follow the threads back to why he is the way he is doesn’t mean that he is anymore likeable or for that matter less dangerous. He may be an educated man, and he may have made the case as to why he is more qualified to be a caretaker cut off from the world, but as it turns out he wasn’t suited for the job, not suited at all. I was sitting in an American English class at the University of Arizona, what seems like an eon ago, when a woman, older than the rest of us by probably 15 years or so, raised her hand and asked the teacher why we weren’t reading Stephen King for this class. I remember distinctly peering at the syllabus and seeing Steinbeck, Faulkner, Hemingway and Fitzgerald among others. It was the canon of American Literature about to be explored by some of us in depth and by some of us only by way of Cliff Notes or Sparks Notes. Some in the class I could almost pick them out by their shiny perfect teeth, which I found abhorrently boring like trees planted in perfect rows, belonged to the Greek Houses and would be showing up to class only to turn in their papers carefully culled from the vast files of papers written by past Sorority Sisters or Fraternity Brothers who had received As in this class for their efforts. After all it isn’t about learning, but about passing. I’m there probably feeling slightly nauseous from the flashing brilliance of pearly whites from the orthodontically challenged when the teacher turns to me and says “Jeff why do you think we aren’t teaching King in this class?”Here I am thinking about this woman wanting to wedge King between my literary hero F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. I don’t think I’d even read King at this point, but I’d been working in a bookstore for many years and knew how important he was to providing me with a paycheck. He developed cross genre appeal bringing horror forward from being a subspecies of science-fiction and away from residing in a spinner rack of books at the back of the bookstore for those social abnormals dressed all in black. I didn’t really know how to answer the question except in the most bland way possible. I said he hasn’t stood the test of time. I could tell my answer was about as satisfying as a week old bagel to the woman, and I was hampered by the fact that I really didn’t want to insult the woman. The teacher also looked mildly disappointed. I could tell she was hoping to see blood in the water and I failed to be the shark she thought me to be. The woman’s question does show the issue about Stephen King that is debated in most literary circles whether they are a book club down at the local library or the academic break room at a major university. He has legions of fans. He makes millions every time he puts out a new book which feels like four times a year. The problem is he is a genius. He isn’t a genius in the way that Pynchon, Gaddis, or Wallace are geniuses. He is a genius storyteller. So if so many people are reading him he really can’t be any good...can he?Someone on GR made the really good point that Stephen King does not need him to buy and read his books. He has writer friends, below the radar, that need his support more. That is so true and one of the more annoying things about King followers is that a percentage of them don’t read anything else. They would come into the bookstore and hound us for the release date of the next Stephen King. I would sweep my hand grandly through the air and point out several other authors that may fill the time between King novels. They simply were not interested. The thing of it is I used to love being one of those scruffy minded individuals that are always trying to find the next great writer before anyone else. There was no reason to read King because there were no points to be scored with my group of pseudo-intellectual friends by saying something so insipid as “is anyone else reading the new King?”When I worked at Green Apple Books in San Francisco, which by the way that city is one of the best reading publics in the United States, we catered to University professors, want-to-be writers, actors, and a slew of other professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and bankers. It was a well educated lot to say the least. I thought my days of selling King were over....wrong. Customers with wire rimmed glasses and elbow patches on their tweed jackets would bring up these academic books so obscure that I had no idea we even had them in the store, and invariably in the pile somewhere would be a Stephen King novel. I was still too caught up in my self-image as a reader to really think about taking a walk with the “normals” and start reading King, but I was starting to think to myself... hmmm I wonder what’s going on in them thar books?Redrum.Murder.Redrum.Murder.(The Red Death held sway over all!)Danny, Jack’s five year old son, has what one character referred to as “a shine”. If people are thinking about something intently, Danny can read their thoughts. He also has an invisible friend named Tony who can take him places, a bit more elaborate than my invisible friend Beauregard. What a dud he turned out to be. Danny loves his father, actually more than his mother Wendy, which is such a painful realization for her. She has stood in the breach. She DIDN'T break his arm. She protects him from everything including his FATHER. As the malevolent force at the hotel begins to exert more and more influence on Jack and Danny she is relatively unaffected by hallucinatory thoughts. The interesting subtext of this novel is that Jack thinks the hotel is after him. As Danny explains:“It’s tricking Daddy, it’s fooling him, trying to make him think it wants him the most. It wants me the most, but it will take all of us.”A precocious five year old with a brain of such singular existence that the evil entity of The Overlook Hotel must have him. Another interesting aspect of the book is the fact that most people will not be affected by the ghostly influences of the hotel unless they have an imaginative brain to start with. They must have a mind open enough to hear the voices and realize the possibility that they may be real. Did I mention that I’m not really interested in that job anymore?I know this story. I haven’t watched the movie or read the book previously and yet I’m very familiar with the plot. It didn’t matter.While reading this book I was on the edge of my seat. My pulse rate elevated. My mind buzzing with lizard brain flight or fight responses. This guy King knows how to tell a story. There is this scene on the stairs between Jack and Wendy that is probably one of the most intense fight scenes I’ve ever read in literature. I was right there with the characters feeling the thud of the roque mallet and the grind of my broken ribs. Stephen King is a cultural geek of the first order. He enjoys reading and promoting writers. He is a self-made man. A man blessed and haunted by a vivid imagination. He gets big points from me for mentioning Welcome to Hard Times and also McTeague two books that are members of my favorite obscure literature list. I like it when a writer tells us what his characters are reading. He mentions television shows such as The Avengers, which I loved discovering recently that Honor Blackman (Pussygalore) preceded Diana Rigg on that show, and King also mentions Secret Agent Man starring Peter McGoohan. For the last two years I’ve been sifting through old television shows, thank you NETFLIX, and finding shows that I really like. Besides the two shows King mentioned I’ve also enjoyed watching The Baron starring Steve Forrest and Sue Lloyd and the short episodes of Honey West starring the ocelot Bruce. I also have The Saint queued up starring Roger Moore. I have fond memories of watching that show as a child late at night in the summer time. There has been a hue and cry from his fan base for Stephen King's work to be looked on as literary classics. They feel he is not given the respect he deserves for being a great writer. He is accessible to the average reader, and yet; somehow, puts the right hooks in his writing to please the elevated reader. We do him a disservice, I feel, to try to make him into something he is not. That said, probably the best of King will be read 100 years from now. He is the consummate storyteller still enamored with the unknown and the unknowable. He has a childlike wonder for the world and I for one will make a bigger effort to see the world more often through his eyes. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-05-04 00:51

    Quite simply put, The Shining is the best horror story I have ever read. It scared the hell out of me.Over a period of time, I have noticed certain standard "motifs" in horror stories. One of these I call "The Lost Child". Such stories will typically involve a child, who can see what the silly grownups cannot see (or, even if they do see, don't acknowledge because it goes against reason and logic): and who fights, however high the odds stacked against him/ her are. Danny Torrance is such a boy.Danny can read minds. He can see the frightening thoughts inside his Dad's and Mom's heads ("DIVORCE", "SUICIDE") but is powerless to do anything about it. Danny does not know that he has a gift; he takes it as a matter of course, until Dick Halloran of the Overlook Hotel tells him that he "shines on".Jack Torrance, Danny's Dad, reformed alcoholic and struggling writer, is trying to put his life back together after a tragedy. He gets what he sees as the ideal chance when he lands the job of caretaker of the Overlook Hotel for the winter. In the snowed-in hotel with only his son and wife Wendy, Jack assumes that he will get enough quality time to be with his family, patch up old quarrels, and write that breakout novel.But the Overlook has other plans. The hotel, which feeds on and grows in strength from the evils committed on its premises, wants Danny-permanently-to join its crew of ghostly inhabitants. And to do that, it needs to get to Jack...The novel slowly grows in horror, starting with mild unease, moving up through sweaty palms and dry mouth, to pure, gut-wrenching terror. Jack's slow slide into madness is paralleled by the growth in power of the hotel's dark miasma, and Danny's extraordinary capabilities. We are on a roller-coaster ride into darkness.The world of grownups is often frighteningly incomprehensible to young children: these fears seldom die as we grow up, but remain dormant in our psyche. There are very few of us who does not have a ghost in our childhood somewhere. It is when the writer invokes this ghost that story gets to us. King does a masterly job of awakening that child, and putting him/ her in the midst of childhood terrors through the alter ego of Danny Torrance, lost in the cavernous corridors of the Overlook.There are a lot of passages which literally creeped me out in this novel (the topiary animals, the fire hose in the corridor, the woman in the bathroom to name a few). As King has said elsewhere, the monster behind the door is more frightening than the monster slavering at you: this book is full of such monsters. More importantly, you will keep on remembering your own boogeymen while you are reading; and long after you finish, you will feel the urge to look behind you.Horror stories are a form of catharsis. As King says, the writer takes you to the body covered under the sheet: you feel it, and are frightened. At the same time, you are relieved that the body is not you.A true masterpiece.

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2019-05-09 05:58

    October 2016*2.5/5* Soooo I wasn't a huge fan of this. There were a few things about it that I enjoyed, but overall I found it to be boring and overly drawn out. Also not scary AT ALL which was my biggest disappointment. October 2015I'll probably pick this up again someday, but I'm really not in the mood for this right now. Reading Harry Potter alongside this kind of ruined it for me.... Oops.

  • Elyse
    2019-04-20 08:58

    Ok, Mr. Jack Torrence,..... ..... The man who was going to live by his a best selling author, acclaimed playwright and winner of the New York critics award, man of letters, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, killed my appetite ..... I’ll never be able to look at a Triscuit cracker again without thinking of “The Shining”, .... let alone eat one. You, Sir, took the joy out of crunching those little squares. Haha!Great characters- storytelling- thriller by a master. Yep... I can see why readers get hooked on King. Huge thanks to Zoey!!!!!! I’m so glad I read this!!! An adrenaline rush!!!!!Off for a long Sat. morning hike - starting in 31 degrees. Geee... this is California!

  • Lyn
    2019-04-21 03:56

    About as perfect a haunted house story as can be, King was at his best here. It's as though he built a haunted house and then filled every nook and cranny with detail. King is also at his best in regard to characterization, all well rounded and complete, we know family relationships, group dynamics, all the old hidden buried fears. King touches base with psychological elements, theological, metaphysical, spiritual, and cryptic aspects of a ghost story to wrap the reader in a blanket of horror.** I watched the 1980 Stanley Kubrik film recently and this made me want to reread the book (which I need to anyway). Kubrik's film grasps the psychological elements of the book and delivers an extra large thin crust The Works pizza of haunted house horror. Jack Nicholson's portrayal of Jack Torrance is still the defining image of this tortured man. While some critics have derided the slow pace of the film (atypical for jump-out-and-yell-BOO! horror fliks of the time) I felt that Kubrik was building the tone and mood of the story to the grisly final moments. King himself has attributed mixed emotions to the film as an adaptation, but has consistently agreed that the imagery of an internal struggle with the dark side of Jack's psyche is a contribution to the horror film genre. King also disagreed with the casting of Nicholson who too closely identified with insanity (due largely to his exceptional work in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). Interestingly, King himself was battling alcoholism while writing the classic and viewing his work and Kubrik's vision from this perspective adds greater depth to an understanding and appreciation of both.

  • Ginger
    2019-04-21 08:14

    All the stars!Loved, loved this book!I'm not sure what to say in this review that hasn't been said by others. I was blown away by how great this book was. It was so much better then the movie!The slow progression of insanity with Jack Torrance was one of the best things about this book. I loved the overall menacing presence of The Overlook. I loved how the hotel becomes more violent and threatening to Danny and his family the longer they stay there. It was so gripping and overwhelming as the story unfolded. You just couldn't quit reading!I enjoyed Danny's struggle as a kid with understanding his 'gifts' and how to use them in a positive way.Danny, don't you dare go into room 217!This whole book was just awesome! This review doesn't give this book justice for how great it is. I recommend this book to Stephen King fans and horror lovers.One of the best books out there! GO READ IT!

  • Kemper
    2019-05-19 02:10

    Even though the film version of this one from Stanley Kubrick is generally considered a horror classic, Stephen King has never been shy about making his dislike of it known. He hates it so much that he was heavily involved in making a more faithful adaptation of it as TV mini-series in 1997. (This inferior version invited comparisons of Stephen Weber from Wings to one of Jack Nicholson’s most iconic performances. So that worked well….) Considering Uncle Stevie’s longstanding grudge about it, I was more than a little shocked when he recently made a public plea for fans of Under the Dome to accept the changes that the new TV show was making. I can’t quite wrap my head around why a genius director creating something new and brilliant based on his story is bad, but anything that a fairly shitty TV show does with the source material is A-OK with King?Whatever….On to the book. As most everyone knows, this is about a family spending the winter in a haunted hotel in the Rocky Mountains called the Overlook. Jack Torrance was a teacher and promising writer, but his alcoholism and short temper wrecked his career and very nearly ended his marriage. Jack has been sober over a year, and he and Wendy have started down the path of reconciliation. However, she can never entirely forgive him for breaking the arm of their son Danny in an incident that was equal parts rage and accident. Five year old Danny has psychic mojo that includes reading thoughts and precognition courtesy of visions shown to him by his imaginary friend, Tony.Nearly broke, Jack takes on the job of being the winter caretaker for the Overlook. This means that the family will spend months alone in the hotel once the snow flies, and the last caretaker went axe-happy and killed his family. Unfortunately, the Overlook is like an emotional sponge that has soaked in every ugly act that ever took place within its rooms, and the presence of a high-powered psychic like Danny kicks the place into overdrive. As Jack is being driven into madness, Wendy and Danny become increasingly terrified of what he might do.I once read something in which King talked about denial of his own substance abuse problems in which he noted that he somehow wrote The Shining without ever once realizing he was describing his own alcoholism. That element of the Jack Torrence character is what makes this one of his better books. The idea of being trapped in a hotel with a bunch of ghosts is scary in a horror story kind of way. The idea of being trapped in a hotel with an ill-tempered drunk with a history of violence as he is cracking up is downright terrifying.Adding even more weight to that idea is that Jack Torrance isn’t a monster. He’s a troubled man who does love his wife and son, and he’s self-aware enough to realize that he’s on the brink. He’ll either turn his life around and earn his wife’s trust back, or he’ll give in to his own worst impulses. This would be hard enough under any circumstances, but under the influence of the evil spirits of the Overlook, Jack becomes a tragedy.Another element jumped out at me while re-reading this time. King talked in his non-fiction Danse Macabre (Which I remember as being entertaining, but probably very dated by now. I would be very interested if Uncle Stevie wanted to take another look at what’s become of the horror genre since he wrote that one.) about the economic factor of The Amityville Horror and how a part of why the movie worked was that the family was essentially trapped by their finances. He uses that idea to good effect here. Most people would run screaming from the Overloook in less than a week, but we’re frequently reminded that the Torrance family was swirling the drain financially. If the perception is that Jack botched this job, his last chance to get back to a more stable lifestyle is probably shot and that goes a long way towards allowing him to convince himself and Wendy that they’re overreacting to the weird occurrences during the early stages, and by the time they’ve become snowed in, the Overlook has its hooks deep into Jack. It’s those more mundane things like a family struggling with money and that an evil entity turns one of them against the others by playing on his inherent weaknesses that make this one of my favorite King novels.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-09 07:52

    QUESTION: Is Stephen King the BEST PURE STORYTELLER of the 20th Century ?ANSWER: Who knows...I haven’t got the slightest wisp of the faintest fragment of a lingering shadow of a clue how to answer that manwich-sized question. However, I do think that in order to have a credible debate on the subject, you would need to include the Prince of the Prolific Page Turner in the argument. That says something to me and it got me thinking that there is a lot to like (and even love) about much of King’s work. Calm down King haters, this is not going to be a slobbering “rah rah” session, but I do think some due is due to Mr. King and his extensive literary production. But, first, a little background.MY EARLY LIFE WITH STEPHEN KING AND READINGLike many, I read a lot of King’s early novels when I was a prepubescent and post pubescent teenager and enjoyed them a lot at the time. I mean they had lots of naughty words and naughty people doing naughty things (sometimes to their naughty bits)...what’s not to love sports fans. During that period I read quite a few Kingers including: The Stand,Firestarter,The Dead Zone,Night Shift,Cujo (OUCH on this epic failure),The Gunslinger,Christine andPet Sematary. However, after the The Drawing of the Three (more on that series below), I drifted away from reading in general as other things began to take precedence in my advancing teen years...namely...girls, college, drinking, parties, drinking with girls at college parties...oh yeah, studying...more drinking, studying while drinking, the beach, more parties, studying (or pretending to study) with girls, more drinking...[censored]...raging parties...OH SHIT HERE COMES LAW SCHOOL...sadness...much less drinking, lots more studying.This period of literary latency lasted about 15 years (though I did still read during this time, but it was very sporatic). Then about 7 years ago, I began hard core reading again like a born again bibliophile. This hot, steamy love of books soon blossomed into an uncontrollable addiction once I joined Goodreads (YES, THAT MAKES ALL OF YOU READING THIS ENABLERS!!!). Well, once I reattached myself to the reading world, my primary King-related focus was completing the Dark Tower series in all its delicious awesomeness. WARNING: Fanboy gusher about to commence. Leaving aside the rest of his catalog, if SK had written nothing but the Dark Tower series, he would be on my shortlist of favorite authors of all time. The Dark Tower is one of my All Time Favorite series and is head, shoulders, navel, twig and berries above anything else King has ever done. In addition to being one of the most well-imagined, compelling and fantastically realized series ever written, I believe its staggering uniqueness places it among the greatest literary achievements of the 20th Century…PERIOD. I know,I know there are some that don’t agree with this and...well...they are just wrong. It happens and I’m sorry for your wrongness.Okay, so after finishing the Dark Tower for the 2nd time (I am currently up to book 4 on my 3rd go around with the Dark Tower Group here on GR), I decided to read some of King’s later works that I missed as well as go back and revisit the stories I read as a teenager (to see how they hold up to the memory of my hormonally controlled younger self). THE SHININGWhich brings us to the Shining which was first up on my re-read list and I am happy to say that I found this more enjoyable this time around. Most of this is due to subtle and nuanced psychological aspects of the novel dealing with alcohlism, obsession and madness were more understandable and relatable at 40 than they were at 15 (go figure). I also found myself thinking of this story as a pretty good microcosm of King’s work (both the good and the bad) as it contained many of King's strength and weaknesses. While I assume most people are familiar with the plot, for those just returning to Earth (welcome back) or just arriving for the first time (NaNu..NaNu), the plot centers around aspiring writer Jack Nicholson Torrance who has accepted the job of winter caretaker for the Overlook Hotel (aka…the most EVIL place on Earth). Now, Jackie boy is a charmer. He is a “not so recovering” alcoholic with serious "pole up the poop shoot" anger issues and a MEGATRON-sized problem with authority. Basically, he is your basic angry, violent, anti-social drunk...let's go ahead and call him DADDY. Accompanying Daddy to the OverSPOOK Hotel are his wife, Wendy, and their “clairvoyant” son Danny, whose unique ability is called The Shining. Now Daddy is hoping to use the quiet time at the OverKOOK to help suture his relationship with his family which, oddly enough, has been on the downslide since Daddy broke Danny’s arm during some drunken shenanigans. UH, I don’t think I need to tell you that things do not go well for Daddy or his family once they come under the influence of the Over"Look we just want to kill you" Hotel. I think I will exit the plot summary and leave the rest for you to find on your own.MY THOUGHTSI really liked the story. King does a great job of creating a superb sense of dread with sides of creepy and crawly in this very unique and layered "haunted house" story. For all of King’s less than perfect prose, his occassional LONG "off the plot" tangents and a few endings that leave something to be a good ending... for all of that SK is an extraordinary story-teller. He is among the best ever at being able to suck a reader into his story and the Shining is certainly a great example of that as I was lost in the narrative from the very beginning. There are few writers who can completing yank me into a story and have me forgeting about eating and sleeping like King did here. For example, I was listening to the audio version of this novel (narrated very well by actor Campbell Scott) and I have rarely had 16+ hours of an audio book sail by as fast as this one did. Now understand, I thought the story was very good but was nowhere near loving it. Yet, I found myself listening to it almost straight through, because King has some demon-spawned story-telling mojo that hypnotizes me. Oddly enough, an hour after I finished the story I was actually somewhat unfulfilled…it’s like the book is some form of literary Chinese food. Regardless, while I was listening I was captivated and this seems to be one of King’s gifts. The ability to create characters that engage the reader (both good and bad) and finding the right emotional buttons to press in order to make the reader CARE about what his characters are thinking and doing. King certainly succeeds here and is in top "page turning" form as he employs characters that are exceptionally well drawn, including the Hotel itself which is one of the best non-human characters ever. Overall, I think King has created a classic, yet unique “haunted house” story while at the same time including an engaging and evocative depiction of obsession, alcoholism and madness. A good, solid story that is worth reading. 4.0 stars.

  • Fabian
    2019-05-11 08:59

    His best book is 'The Green Mile,' but since it doesn't quite fall under the Horror category, it is either 'Shining' or 'Carrie' which take top prize.There is not one single detriment to this well-known tale of the disintegration of the American family within the realm of the un-dead. King here is as he has never been since: metaphoric and concise. He usually adds fact upon useless fact that converts a 400 page work into something more gargantuan, &, therefore, less enthralling. King is not a fan of the Kubrick film, and it is easy to see why. His story is about the build up of tension, the "shining' a catalyst that promotes a bridge between the haunts & the humans. The boiler burns, blows everything up just as Jack Torrence forgets his humanity and becomes an ego/id complex. His selfishness & his alcoholism (a hereditary illness... another theme about family "curses," and weak threads) leads to savagery. The ghosts are the manifestations of a child's bruised home-life and the suffocation and claustrophobia have more to do with that tragic past than the hotel's eerie interior.I place this masterpiece next to 'The Exorcist', a tale that is more than just a simple tale of demonic possession. To say the 'The Shining' is just a ghost story is something Kubrick ran with... completely ignoring the pathos of a family eating away at itself. The Torrences suffer because they had been broken prior to the stay at the Overlook... it seems that for this one all the stars aligned and all the ingredients for one of the most amazing horror stories of all time mixed exquisitely. This one was the one that made King king.

  • Hannah Greendale
    2019-04-27 02:45

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Mix a heaping helping of exposition, a generous spoonful of backstory, a man struggling with alcoholism and a pinch of scares. Shake and pour over ice. Voila! La cocktail de Shining.

  • Justin
    2019-05-12 03:01

    Old school Stephen King, man. That's where it's at. This is a high point in the King canon for me. In Salem's Lot before this, he developed fascinating characters inhabited a beautifully described small town. He took his time slowly unraveling the story, taking pages and pages to build the setting and deepen our relationship with the large cast of characters. In The Shining, there are basically three characters outside of a small cast of supporting actors. The setting is really just a giant old hotel in a snowy Colorado town. But SK takes even more pages, sometimes entire blasted chapters to develop his characters and set his scenes. Like I said before, it's a slow burn, man. The fact that King takes his time building the horror makes the scary scenes that much scarier. It's not a horror novel full of jump scares and monsters. It's effective by drawing us deep into the minds of the characters, overhearing their innermost thoughts, and freaking out right along with them. The scenes there for horror effect and the iconic stuff from the movie aren't even all that necessary. There is so much else going on in the isolation, addition, desperation, schizophrenia of it all that plays so much harder on your emotions than what's hiding behind a hotel room door. It's long winded at times, sure, but it's mostly necessary. We get to know the Torrence family better than we wish we ever did by the end of this thing. From the awkwardness of the initial conversation with Jack and Ullman to the wild and crazy climax, the pages keep turning and your heart keeps pounding faster. King takes you on a long roller coaster ride that moves slowly up the long, high incline before bringing us crashing down screaming our faces off at the end. And then we grab another King book and hope the ride is just as thrilling as the one before. I'm looking at you, Doctor Sleep.

  • Nayra.Hassan
    2019-04-24 06:58

    هناك بريق يبهرك. .و هناك بريق يعميك 💥عندما يتحدث كينج عن القدرات الخاصة ..يجب ان ننصت مليا"..فاعتقد ان لديه شيئا منهاو عندما يخبرنا كينج عن الإدمان. .يجب ان نستمع جيدا..فقد عاني طويلا من هذا الداء الوبيلو عندمايحكي لنا كينج عن الفنادق المسكونة...فلنصمت جميعا. .فملك الرعب يخبرنا حكاية جديدةمدرس لغة إنجليزية حياته تتهدم بسبب ادمانه على الشراب ..يفقد عمله..و على شفا خسرانه زوجته و ابنهيأخذ نفسه بالشدة..و يقرر ان يعمل ناطورا لفندق جبلي فخم..يتم غلقه طوال الشتاء..لأن العواصف الثلجية تعزله عن العالم و" الشراب "لاكثر من 6 أشهر كل عاميصطحب أسرته..و هناك..نكتشف ان للفندق القديم ' عادات شتاءية سيئة الغرف تعيد تمثيل جرائم الماضي..أشجار الحديقة المنحوتة على شكل حيوانات. .تتجول و تهاجمكالمطعم..و ما أدراك بأحداث المطعمالابن في سن الخامسة له قدرات تجعله يرى و يسمع كل شيءو هنا يتحول من يحميك إلى مصدر رعبكهواجس التوق للمشروب مختلطة مع هلاوس الفندق الخاوى..كانت من أصدق ما كتبه كينج..و قد كتبها في عز معاناته مع الادمانهناك قراء كثيرون يختنقون من البناء الكثيف لشخصيات كينج..و لكن هذه الرواية تعتبر درسا في بناء الشخصية الروائية ..و الأبطال أربعة فقط...لا يظهر غيرهم مع الأشباح هي غير مترجمة للعربيةو لكن من لم يشاهد الفيلم الغريب. .فهو لم ير بعد ابداع جاك نيكلسون الحقيقيمخطىء من يظن أن كينج مجرد كاتب روايات رعب مسطحة ..بل هو طبيب نفسي اريب..يجذب القراء بإطار من الرعب و الجريمةلا اقول ان كل اعماله ممتازة..بل غزارة إنتاجه توقعه في الفخ احياناو لكن البريق تستحق💫

  • Delee
    2019-04-30 03:48

    Delee?Yes Danny...Do you feel bad?No Danny, I just really hated your performance in the movie version of THE SHINING.Really Delee?Yes Danny, I hated it more than anything else in the whooole wiiiiide woooorld.I know this is supposed to be a review of the novel THE SHINING, and not the movie...but I can't review the book on its own. I tried...I really did.I first read THE SHINING just before the movie came out on video- some time in the 80s- because usually if I watch the movie first, it is very rare that I go back and read the book- I remember liking it quite a bit, but over the years the movie and the book seemed to have blended into each other in my head. I had only read the book once...but I have watched the movie zillions of times. (okay maybe not zillions...but a lot). Stanley Kubrick version of THE SHINING is visually stunning- no doubt about it- you can tell that Kubrick was a photographer first and foremost. That is what I love about it, and why I go back and watch it over and over again...but character wise he failed miserably. Danny was horrible- The finger talking , and the voice of Tony made me cringe. Movie Wendy (Shelley Duvall-) was sad, weak and pathetic, and Jack Nicholson- as Jack Torrance made the character crazy right from the get go. I never once believed that Jack ever loved his wife and son.Kubrick also took out much of the supernatural in the movie, making it more of a mental breakdown of Jack's character, than influence from a haunted hotel. So for anyone thinking that because they watched the movie, they know the book. They are dead wrong.I went back and re-read THE SHINING after reading Dr. Sleep- the sequel, and continuation of Danny Torrance's life. I decided it was time to once again re-visit Danny's childhood. There was so much I had forgotten and mixed up having watched the movie so many times.The novel follows Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic and writer. After losing his teaching job, Jack decides to accept a position as the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel during the off season. Coming with him are- Wendy- his wife, and Danny- his five year old son (who has psychic abilities). After a winter storm cuts the family off from the outside world- evil forces from the hotel's past, and Jack's own troubled history- start to drive him slowly insane- leaving Wendy, Danny, and Jack in incredible danger.Stephen King wrote THE SHINING when he was in his late twenties and still in his drinking phase. I think that Jack Torrance was the closest King ever came to writing his own true persona from those years, and I can see why he was so disturbed with Kubrick's interpretation. Gone was the strong beautiful wife, gone was the gifted, smart and lovable son, and gone was the sympathetic main character who tried so hard to redeem himself.Suspenseful, thrilling and terrifying- this was a fabulous read...even the second time around.

  • Carmen
    2019-05-20 07:57

    This inhuman place makes human monsters.When Jack, an alcoholic 14-months sober, gets offered a job as a caretaker for an old hotel in remote Colorado, he has no choice but to take it. He doesn't have many options - he's been fired from teaching and his play he's been working on is far from finished. He packs up his wife, Wendy, and his psychic five-year-old son, Danny, and waits for the snows to come.The hotel has a Grudge, unfortunately. And Danny's psychic ability is only feeding the Grudge and making it stronger. As the Grudge tries to work it's way into Jack's mind, the possibilities of any of them escaping alive dips toward zero....GRUDGEA Grudge is an evil, murderous presence which is tied to a location. If something terrible happens in a place - someone killing their own family and then committing suicide seems to be the most common trigger - then a Grudge is on the place.This book's Grudge apparently is a conglomerate built up over the near hundred years the hotel has been in existence. It consists of the remains of a Mafia killing, and a caretaker who killed his wife and two daughters and then himself, and a woman who commits suicide after her younger lover leaves her. There's probably a lot more.This Grudge sees Jack, his wife, and most especially his little boy Danny as a kind of all-you-can-eat buffet, personally delivered for its enjoyment. If it can kill Danny, therefore tying him to the hotel, it will become very powerful.TRUE HORRORWell, I don't believe in ghosts. But I sure as heck believe in alcoholic abusive men with tempers. And that is the true horror here. Yes, there is an evil presence in the hotel. Yes, it spurs Jack on to murderous intentions. However, that is not the real problem here.The real problem here is that Jack is a bad person. Yes, he loves his wife. Yes, he loves his child. But he has a terrible temper. I can't even blame the alcohol, although that certainly exacerbates things. But Jack does horrifying things while he's stone-cold sober. And way before he's introduced to the hotel's Grudge. Some examples: - Deliberately screws with the mind of a student he despises. Then denies doing it. - Beats aforementioned student unconscious in a parking lot. - Sympathizes with a man who rapes and murders children. - Has such an uncontrollable urge to beat his wife and child that he has to physically leave the house and drive around the neighborhood so he won't lay hands on them. - He has an extremely external locus of control - nothing is his fault. Everything can be blamed on others. This is very dangerous, especially in a man with temper. He takes absolutely no responsibility for his actions or his position in life. Instead he hates everyone else for "putting him there."All this is sober, and pre-hotel.So don't try to tell me it's the drink! Don't try to tell me that it's the ghosts! Bullshit. This man is already someone you should be crossing the street to avoid.It's very tempting and easy to blame all your problems on your alcoholism. I've seen it a thousand times. Because alcoholism is a serious and damaging disease. It is. And if it weren't for the drink, life would be perfect - you would be perfect. Right? WRONG. And Stephen King does a subtle job of showing that here. Jack Torrance's problem - his real problem - is that he has a bad temper. There is no cure for that. Going sober is not a cure for that (although it will probably help). Being married to and bearing a child with a man like this is the true horror, I think, and not all this bullshit with dead people in the bathtub. I don't think that comes through clearly to a lot of people, who still think this is a novel about ghosts.CHRISTIANOf course, Stephen King is one of the leading Christian authors of our time.Stephen King's absolute belief in God, Satan, angels and demons shines from every page of his horror novels. And this is no exception. Young Danny has 'the shining,' and so does the kindly, black, 62-year-old cook for the hotel. This is described as "psychic" in the book, but it's obvious (especially near the climax) that they are God-touched and warriors in God's fight with Satan. Hmmmm, a kind of human angel or angel-on-earth if you will.People laugh and also scoff when I baldly state King's rightful place as leading Christian author nowadays, but it's completely true. Actually, one of my atheist friends refuses to read King's books for just this reason. "King's books are extremely boring," he says. "It's always the same. Deep, deep evil from hell crops up and God must send someone (usually a little boy, although sometimes that changes) to act as His representative and stop Satan from gaining a foothold."This neatly sums up 98% of King's horror plots.ABUSIVE PARENTSIt's doubly hard for Jack and Wendy to parent because both of them come from abusive homes. Jack's father frequently beat his wife and children, putting them in the hospital. Wendy's mother is verbally and emotionally abusive, ripping Wendy and her accomplishments to shreds at every opportunity. We can see how hard each of these people have to fight against continuing the cycle of abuse and attempt to be good parents to Danny. Wendy largely succeeds... Jack not so much.WENDYI liked this character.Would she stand frozen in terror, or was there enough of the primal mother in her to fight him for her son until one of them was dead? She didn't know. The very thought made her sick - made her feel that her whole life had been a long and easy dream to lull her helplessly into this waking nightmare. She was soft. When trouble came, she slept. Her past was unremarkable. She had never been tried in fire. Now the trial was upon her, not fire but ice, and she would not be allowed to sleep through this. Her son was waiting for her upstairs.Wendy is really put through the wringer, and she performs admirably. I loved her bravery and her struggle to protect Danny. She's terrified, weak, and unskilled - but she doesn't let this stop her from doing what she has to do. Well done.THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE - Giant hedge animals coming to life and trying to kill people is laughable. Even a master-author like King cannot convince me that this is scary. It's just dumb. - I really did not like the final showdown between little Danny and his (view spoiler)[dead, Grudge-possessed (hide spoiler)] father. It rang false. I couldn't believe he was (view spoiler)[having a rational conversation with it and talking it down. Bullshit. Complete bullshit. Then it leaves to run down to the boiler instead of murdering him. Stupid and unrealistic. (hide spoiler)] So, that was very disappointing.Tl;dr - A great book, full of nuance and delicate shading. The writing is excellent, the plot as a whole is fascinating. Besides the disappointing, dumb aspect of the climax which I discussed in the above paragraph, this is an overall success.I'm reading all of King's books in order, and of the three I've read, I would rank them:1.) Carrie2.) 'Salem's Lot3.) The ShiningThis has been the weakest of the three. But still spectacular. I would highly recommend it.

  • Brad
    2019-04-25 08:56

    Once upon a time, there was a young man who believed that books were always better than movies. Everyone whose opinion he respected told him it was so, and he believed it must be. And for a time he saw nothing to shake this belief. He read Dickens and saw filmed versions and knew it was so. He read Dumas and no version of Musketeers could shake his conviction. Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and Scarlet Pimpernel all bore this out. But the young man discovered that it wasn't just the classics for which this held true. He read the popular books of his day, the mysteries and science fictions and fantasies, and those were always better than the movie. But the inevitable happened. One day his notions were challenged in the most devastating way. A man, wild with isolated madness, chopped a door down, poked his head through the cracks and declared his frightening presence. It was an iconic moment. A new idol to replace the idol he'd worshipped, but he didn't know it yet. The young man went out to read the book that gave birth to that image, knowing that the book MUST be better than the film. He turned the pages with excitement, and it began as he expected it would. Tension built, suspense drove him on, the characters seemed fuller and richer, but that began to slip away. Where was the thematic depth? Where was the powerful iconography? Where was the terror? It was gone, and with it his notions.Suddenly there was a film that was better than the book. By a long distance. And it was happening everywhere around him. On screen Replicants beat their written counterparts. Russian poets in frozen manors moved him in ways the translated words couldn't. Christs made love to Magdalenes and it made him weep for joy. The truth was other. Rare though it remained, movies could be better than their sources. He would never again be the snob he'd been. He would embrace those films that trumped their books, and proclaim it to the world.

  • Kai
    2019-05-12 01:47

    "The world's a hard place. It don't care. It don't hate you and me but it don't love us, either."My relationship with horror stories is a weird one. I hate them, but my fascination for them always overpowers that feeling. It may take me ages to pick up a certain book or watch a certain movie but at some point curiosity always kills the cat (and satisfaction brings it back.)The only Stephen King I've read before is Carrie. I didn't find it either really frightening or exciting, but it was good. And I just knew that The Shining would be on a whole new level. So it was.The foreshadowing was the worst. It held me tight in its grip and nearly crushed me. On the other hand it made the story predictable.Apart from that I'm fascinated by how amazingly well created the characters are. Same thing applies to background details like the hotels history, its former owners and guests.King also leaves many questions about the hotel unanswered, which is equal parts torture and genius. That's something I really love about authors: when they don't spill all the secrets, so you'll never totally let go of the book.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Scarlet Cameo
    2019-05-02 01:09

    Lectura con el grupo PopSugar Reading Challenge en EspañolYa deje reposar este libro bastante, debo tener una opinión fija de él y más siendo lo que muchos consideran una joya del terror...bueno, no tanto así, más bien es un libro bastante promedio. Empezar la reseña con esta línea es ponerme la placa de snob grande, roja y en negritas en mi pequeña frente, pero en realidad no va por ese lado, va por mis propios problemas con King. Dado que comencé siendo un poco ácida voy a tratar de decir en principio todo aquello que me gustó. Si hay algo con lo que King siempre tiene un ganar-ganar es con el desarrollo de personaje, es un escritor que no teme quemar páginas y páginas en describir a sus personajes de una manera poco obvia, con la sutileza necesaria para hacernos creer que estamos descubriendo los aspectos más secretos y profundos de cada personaje, cuando en realidad él nos va llevando de la mano a cada paso, para que no encontremos algo esencial de cada personaje antes del momento necesario para la trama, pero que sigue siendo algo acorde con la naturaleza del mismo, no parece un aspecto de sí mismo metido con calzador sino que toda la estructura de la historia hace que sea algo que simplemente embone.Otra cosa que a este autor se le da de una forma que da envidia son la ideas, realmente creo que pocas personas pueden presumir de tener una imaginación tan desarrollada; este libro es del tipo que no te muestra la más grande innovación en el terreno literario, pero la forma en que se desarrolla es lo que causa intriga, lo que cubre de una capa de frescor una concepción que la cultura popular añejo años antes de la existencia de este libro; el terror que se busca crear es de tipo envolvente, primeramente nos plantan la duda, posteriormente King nos ofrece migajas, y al final nos da un cierre que simplemente compacta todo ello. Pero no todo es miel sobre hojuelas, si bien la historia es una que se desarrolla de una manera bastante buena el libro tiene ritmo terriblemente malo, y no es porque la narración sea lenta, se agradece que el autor se tome su tiempo para llegar al clímax, pero fácilmente se pueden quitar 100 páginas que son meramente relleno, y no de la clase que aporta a los personajes o da profundidad a la historia sino del que únicamente hace que haya más páginas para leer, páginas que no aportan nada, que están ahí con el único objetivo de retrasar la acción. Si a esto le sumo la manía de King de cambiar el foco de la historia cuando está ya se encuentra en el punto más álgido para mi entras en un vórtice del que no se puede salir, que termina tirando hacia abajo la trama dado que pierde la fuerza, incluso la atención que se tenía con la resolución va reduciéndose conforme se acerca y se aleja del ojo del huracán.Y mi otro problema recae en la vuelta de tuerca del final, la caricaturización del ente dueño del hotel para mi simplemente dio al traste con todo, dejo de importarme el buen trabajo en la narración, la honda interiorización de los personajes y del hotel, e incluso la manera en que concluiría, simplemente para mi fue como si de una patada me sacaran de la fantasía.Al final creo que es un imprescindible si eres fan del autor, pero no lo consideró ese imprescindible en la biblioteca del terror.

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-05-08 07:47

    Recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance takes a job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, bringing his family with him. But can even his son Danny's special gift, The Shining, stop him from going mad and butchering his family like other caretakers before him?Yes, I'm several decades late to the party in reading this but after reading Joe Hill's NOS4A2, I had to read my first non-Dark Tower Stephen King book in years to see how the old man did horror back in the day. I'm not sure this was such a good idea.This book isn't very long but felt like it took a few ice ages for anything to happen. Sure, there were some creepy parts, most of them involving Jack or Danny and the Overlook's ghosts. I think if I hadn't seen the movie first, the book would have been much more enjoyable for me.I think the advantage the movie has over the book is that a third of the time isn't spent delving into Jack Torrance's past. In the movie, we know he's balanced precariously on the razor's edge of madness the first instant we see him and no one in their right mind would want to spend any length of time locked up with him. In the book, we witness the downhill slide for hundreds of pages. The biggest advantage the book has over the movie: the mom is hot and not played by Shelley Duvall.That's all I have to say about that.

  • Cecily
    2019-04-27 00:50

    King describes my relationship with this book very well: "His relationship with his father had been like the unfurling of some flower of beautiful potential, which, when wholly opened, turned out to be blighted inside."My first Stephen King, and my first proper horror novel will be my last. I certainly didn't expect to be bored, but I was. After 338 pages / two thirds of the book, I decided life's too short to waste on books I don't enjoy.If you want sinister snow, I suggest The Castle instead. PotentialThe basic plot (family alone and cut-off in spooky house) may not be original, but it started off quite intriguingly, with more literal demons of alcohol, cycles of abusive parenting (one physical, one emotional), and a lonely only child trying to understand the perplexities adult world. The fact the child, five-year old Danny, can read minds and has hallucinations and premonitions makes the gap between what he sees/knows and understands all the greater. The love a child can feel for an abuser is a strong theme early on: "Jack had loved him for as long as he was able, long after the rest of the family could only hate and fear him", and he's terrified of alienating Danny. Similarly, Wendy's troubled relationship with her jealous mother is echoed in the way she envies Danny's closeness to his father.Jack, is a recovering alcoholic, still struggling to stay on the wagon (I assume he gives in later in the book), and although he's never had any paranormal experiences before, he seems to experience some here. Or maybe it's clinical. What's the difference between paranormal (Danny) and "real" but distorted perception (Jack)?There were also nods to Alice in Wonderland (indirect) and Bluebeard (explicitly). All these ideas could be fascinating and disturbing, but they didn't really go anywhere, especially after things started jumping out at them.Join the DotsOnce the family were alone in the Overlook Hotel, it became increasingly and infuriatingly formulaic: the build up to something scary, then the relief of everyone pulling through with only minor damage, then the next something scary - perhaps a variant on a previous one, or maybe something new - each one just slightly worse than the previous, interspersed with the odd false alarm. The scary things included all the obvious ones and... actually I can't think of any non-obvious ones, but maybe they come in the final third of the book.All this was interspersed by lazy exposition of what should have been interesting backstory: the dirty dealings in the hotel (organised crime, prostitutes, murder) were revealed by a convenient scrap book, and Jack and Wendy's inner struggles with their own parents and with each other are explained like an introductory psychology primer: Jack wondered if the reason he did X was because Y. SHOW, don't tell!LanguageThere were plenty of weak clichés ("His pride was all that was left", a child feeling like a puppet in adult games, Danny being the key to everything - just like the key in a clock) and several weird typos and missing words.On the other hand, I really laughed at this description of a lift/elevator, that "wheezed vibratoriously up the shaft"!REDRUMDanny keeps seeing and hearing this, and he knows it's bad and scary. But it's a Mystery. With a capital M. The revelation of what and why it meant was the final straw for me: such an anti-climax, and it doesn't even make sense in the way it's described.Why I Read This - and Why I (almost certainly) Won't Read King AgainOne of the things I enjoy about GR is the way it has broadened my reading (and deepened it, too). There are many wonderful books I've read purely because friends with similar tastes have raved about them (Stoner in particular). I gradually noticed quite a few friends whose literary tastes overlap with mine rate King quite highly as a writer. I began to question my avoidance of horror and King, and canvassed advice as to which to read. I wanted to enjoy this - to find a new writer and genre to enjoy, and to prove I should have read King sooner. Perhaps that's why I stuck with it as long as I did (that, and residual guilt from childhood indoctrination never to give up on a book). Even Jack, who wanted to write a book about the hotel, skimmed the scrapbook, so that mitigates my guilt a little.I'm still grateful for the advice about reading King. The fact I've confirmed that King isn't for me is useful knowledge, which is an improvement on uninformed prejudice. Quotes* "The bar, where dark shadows sat sampling the tasty waters of oblivion."* "That commonplace sense of history that anyone can feel glancing through the fresh news of ten or twenty years ago."* "She recoiled from his hot eyes and tried on a smile that was a size too small."* "Staring at the door with a kind of drugged avidity."

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-04-25 01:53

    The Shining #1, Stephen KingThe Shining is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. Published in 1977. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: از دوم تا بیستم ماه دسامبر سال 2013 میلادیعنوان: درخشان - علم غیب؛ نویسنده: استیون کینگ؛ مترجم: لیلا شاپوریان؛ تهران، قطره، 1391، در 711 ص، 9786001196034؛ عنوان: درخشش - علم غیب؛ نویسنده: استیون کینگ؛ مترجم: غلامحسین اعرابی؛ تهران، البرز، 1378، در 648 ص، چاپ دیگر: تهران، پلیکان، 1390؛ شابک: 9786005915150؛شاید هم عنوان درخشش بهتر باشد از درخشان، شاید هم تلالو، با اقتباس از همین کتاب، فیلمی در ژانر ترس، محصول امریکا و بریتانیا، به کارگردانی استنلی کوبریک ساخته شده، که جک نیکلسون، شلی دووال، و دنی لوید در آن به ایفای نقش پرداخته اند. داستان نویسنده ای ست که به همراه همسر و فرزندش در هتلی به عنوان سرایدار اقامت میگزیند، تا در طول فصل زمستان، و در آرامش فضای هتل، داستانش را به پایان برد. اما دچار اختلالات روانی و عصبی میشود، و قصد نابودی همسر و فرزندش را می‌کند...؛ ا. شربیانی

  • F
    2019-05-04 06:10

    Really creepy! Would love to read again.

  • Matt
    2019-05-15 02:09

    He sat down on one of the stools and propped his elbows on the bar’s leather-cushioned edge. At his left hand was a bowl for peanuts – now empty, of course. The first bar he’d been in for nineteen months and the damned thing was dry – just his luck. All the same, a bitterly powerful wave of nostalgia swept over him, and the physical craving for a drink seemed to work itself up from his belly to his throat to his mouth and nose, shriveling and wrinkling the tissues as it went, making them cry out for something wet and long and cold.A lot of terrifying things occur in The Shining. None of them are as terrifying as the excruciating battle fought between the ears of an alcoholic. Stephen King’s novel is a classic ghost story; it is also a painful portrait of a man’s mental breakdown. That man is Jack Torrance, a gifted writer who has squandered his talent with booze and a bad temper. He and his family – wife Wendy, young son Danny – are wintering at the Overlook, a hotel in the Colorado mountains with a long and checkered past. Jack has been given a job as the caretaker of the Overlook. It’s his last chance to make good after losing a teaching position at a prestigious prep school. All he has to do is keep the rooms heated, provide basic upkeep, and make minor repairs. He thinks the job will give him plenty of time to finish the play he has been laboring on. The only trick is the isolation. Once the snows move in, they will make the winding mountain roads impassable. The Overlook will be cut off. It’s the perfect spot to do some writing, go homicidally crazy, or both. The genius of The Shining is the simplicity of its setting. Isolated location. Spirit infested living accommodations. Precocious child. All these story elements are exceedingly familiar. Layered onto this foundation is King’s exploration of Jack’s increasingly fragile psyche. King is at the height of his powers in his evocation of Jack. He makes visceral the taste of crushed aspirin, the piercing headaches, the desperate thirst for a drink. Jack is a complex character, at once a loving husband, a doting father, a grade-A prick, and a self-destructive wreck. King is known for outsized epics with dozens of characters. Here, he pares things down to four main players. Besides Jack there are Wendy, Danny, and Dick Hallorann, the Overlook’s chef. King cleverly utilizes a third-person limited viewpoint, which allows him a tell the story through several eyes, giving him the ability to both widen and narrow the focus at his whim.After Jack, Danny is the most important figure. He has “the shine”, a kind of ESP that includes mental telepathy, sensitivity to the paranormal, mind reading, and the gift of prophecy. (The ability to predict the future is not his best talent, though. If it was, the story would have turned out differently). Danny’s abilities allow him to perceive the danger of the Overlook Hotel – and its poisonous effect on his father – long before anyone else. I think King’s major achievement is the way he grounds the weirdness in reality. He is methodical in building this limited world (the Overlook, the town of Sidewinder) and sketching its handful of characters. His plotting takes a bit of time, but there is a reason. Take, for instance, an early scene in which Jack and Wendy take Danny to a psychiatrist. The upshot is that the psychiatrist gives a mushy-mumbly diagnosis of Danny’s “special” abilities that momentarily soothes his parents. It’s a scene that could easily have been excised, since it’s clear the doctor is wrong, and it’s obvious that Danny’s abilities are beyond rational explanation. The value of keeping it, though, is that it more firmly roots the proceedings in the actual world. Eventually, King cuts loose and unleashes all manner of insanity. Some of it, frankly, is a bit goofy. However, all the work he has done setting up his endgame paid off. I believed so much that I didn't bat an eye once the hotel came – for lack of a better phrase – to life. The Shining is a slow simmering tale that eventually explodes in the unrestrained violence and gore that has made King wealthy beyond imagining. (Of course, compared to some of his other titles, The Shining is practically subtle). The ending is something that is foreshadowed early on; unlike the producers of Friends, I will not spoil it for those who’ve managed to avoid learning it. I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of how King concludes things, but I liked the lead-up so much that I can let that pass. I appreciated the slow turning of the screws, the gradual accretion of detail, the building of tension before it all boils over. I suppose a brief mention of Kubrick’s famous movie version is in order. I’ve heard that King hated it, and I can totally see why. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance as already half-crazy by the time the title card is shown. It’s hard to take his portrayal seriously when his eyes are screaming I’m a psycho! from the very first scene. The film version of Jack Torrance is an exercise in Jack Nicholson seeing if he can out-Jack Nicholson himself. (He does). I like Kubrick’s The Shining, for its formal brilliance if nothing more. The novel, as is often the case, is far superior. The book version of Jack Torrance is far different from his cinematic shadow. He begins as a deeply flawed man with an ugly past, a serious addiction, and a nasty streak a mile wide. But he is also a man who loves – or believes he loves – his wife and child. You see flashes of a good man, a man you don’t want to see destroyed. The erosion of Jack’s mind and soul is The Shining’s narrative backbone. King paints an indelible portrait. Jack chewing Excedrin after Excedrin. Jack wiping his lips till they bleed. Jack trying to distract himself from the thought of a drink. Jack trying to reconcile the man he wanted to be with the man he has demonstrated to the world. This is a fully realized and unforgettable character. It’s an accomplishment, and a testament to King’s skill. A skill, perhaps, that is sometimes overlooked. I am slowly making my way through Stephen King’s extensive canon. So far, my favorite has been Pet Semetery, where King uses a ghoulish conceit (an Indian burial ground that can bring the dead back to life) to explore a very real human concern (loss and grief). He touched such powerful chords with that book that I hesitate to ever open it again. It’s becoming very clear to me that King is a genius. An artist of the first order. Not just a top-notch storyteller. Not just a guy with an incredible imagination. But a bona fide literary master. He writes things that you read and don’t forget, ever. A lot of wacky and macabre things happen at the Overlook during the course of The Shining. The tension, the shocks, the slow revelation of the lurking terror, are all things that will keep you turning pages with increasing rapidity. It is also the reason that The Shining (along with King’s other works) is so obviously translatable to film. But the reason this is unforgettable is the framework that King builds upon. The horror of the supernatural is not nearly so deep and so dread as that which passes between flawed human beings.

  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    2019-05-12 09:08

    I don’t read much horror, but gave this a try because I have loved true crime lately. I appreciated how the characters were introduced, but this book probably gained an extra star from me for simply being about Colorado. I loved the set up of the empty hotel, where known events could be pictured by characters in the location where they happened. This aspect made the reality of seeing ghosts more real to my skeptical nature, but it wasn’t enough. I tried to scare myself with this book but was unaffected. I would read late at night, all alone, hoping I would have trouble going to sleep, but when I got in bed the only things troubling me were the election and my last muffed stroke on a golf course. The ending gave no surprises and didn’t pull anything back together, as I thought would happen in such a famous book. I would have given it two stars but, like I said, it’s about Colorado.

  • Maxwell
    2019-04-25 04:48

    Could've been about 100 pages shorter. The middle section was kind of boring. But the last 20%....WOW. Totally had me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to watch the film version even if it's totally different. I'm sure it'll be hair-raising. 3.5 stars

  • Jody
    2019-05-05 06:49

    Full review now up!The Shining is my first book by Stephen King and first horror novel as well. I could think of no better author than The Master of Horror himself for my introduction into this genre.Of course, I have seen the movie version of The Shining years ago. Only vague details remained clogged in my memory from that experience, but not much else. So, I went into this with as little knowledge as possible for such a popular book. I believe this helped me enjoy the story more and let the buildup to the more frightening scenes have better effect. Not that I was ever truly frightened……honest, but I was severely creeped out a few times. Stephen King just has that knack for setting up a scene to get the most shock value out of it. There was a few times I was like, yeah, that’s not that scary. But by the end of the scene I’m on the edge of my seat screaming run, run, damn you.It was the place he had seen in the midst of the blizzard, the dark and booming place where some hideously familiar figure sought him down long corridors carpeted with jungle. The place Tony had warned him against. It was here. It was here. Whatever Redrum was, it was here. I believe what makes this story so relatable are the characters and some of the events that take place. They could be from any normally dysfunctional family, and many of us have experienced some kind of paranormal activity. Of course, not to the extreme point that is in this book, but even a small paranormal experience can be disturbing. Bye the way, the next time I see animal shrubs, I will be turning around and going the opposite direction. Or I’m going in with a Ghostbusters proton pack strapped on my back. That’s the only way.Final ThoughtsGoing into this book I had always wondered why the book was named The Shining. I don’t remember the movie ever explaining this, but like I said, it has been years since I watched it. Needless to say that question was put to bed early and was a main focal point in the story.Why only 4 stars? Well, for my first horror novel I didn’t really have anything else to compare this to. I really enjoyed the book, but I wasn’t really satisfied with the ending. Everything was wrapped well enough, but I just had a few issues. I won’t go into detail for fear of spoilers, but that is why this didn’t get the full 5 stars. I’m glad I picked The Shining to get me started in this genre. Although, I won’t take all the credit. My good GR buddy Craig had a role to play in that as well. So, hats off to you mate for the excellent recommendation. I would most definitely recommend this to readers out there who have not delved into this genre before. And those of you that have…why have you not read this yet? I will be adding the horror genre to my favorites list, so you will be seeing more horror reviews from me in the future. Until then...happy reading!4 stars ****

  • Diane
    2019-04-21 04:06

    What can I say about The Shining? It is listed among Stephen King's best novels and it was turned into one of the most iconic movies of the last 40 years.I don't read a lot of horror, but I was interested in this one after learning that the character of Jack was based on King's own struggles with alcoholism. I have an addiction to addiction stories, so I was intrigued.My husband had also wanted to read The Shining, and he found a nice first edition at a used bookstore. (On the page listing other books by Stephen King, only two titles are there: Carrie and 'Salem's Lot.) While he continued browsing, I sat down and started reading. I was instantly caught up in the story of Jack and his family. Jack is trying to redeem himself after a disastrous mistake in his teaching career, and his wife, Wendy, is torn about whether to stay married to him. Their precocious 5-year-old son, Danny, also has problems and both parents are worried about him.Although, "precocious" doesn't fully explain Danny's gifts. He has psychic powers, and everything starts to go to hell in a handbasket when he and his parents move to the Overlook, a haunted hotel in the Colorado mountains, so Jack can be its caretaker over the winter. Poor Danny becomes the conduit for the ghosts in the hotel, and the spirits also wreak havoc on Jack and his fragile sobriety.I haven't read a lot of King's books, but the writing in Shining is so strong that I could tell why it's considered one of his best. Here are a few good lines:His temper was like a vicious animal on a frayed leash.If she felt she didn't know her husband, then she was in awe of her child — awe in the strict meaning of that word: a kind of undefined superstitious dread.The actual act of his writing made her immensely hopeful, not because she expected great things from the play but because her husband seemed to be slowly closing a huge door on a roomful of monsters. He had had his shoulder to that door for a long time now, but at last it was swinging shut.The boiler had a pressure gauge: old, cracked, clotted with grease, but still workable. Jack had none. She had never been able to read him very well. Danny could, but Danny wasn't talking.The Overlook was having one hell of a good time. There was a little boy to terrorize, a man and his woman to set one against the other, and if it played its cards right they could end up flitting through the Overlook's halls like insubstantial shades in a Shirley Jackson novel, whatever walked in Hill House walked alone, but you wouldn't be alone in the Overlook, oh no, there would be plenty of company here.In the Overlook all things had a sort of life. It was as if the whole place had been would up with a silver key. The clock was running. The clock was running.This book is scary.* There is a famous scene in Room 217 that I read with my hand half-covering my eyes. The descriptions of the hedge animals coming alive, and the times when Danny knows he is being stalked, are terrifying. When Danny calls for help toward the end of the book, I was so engrossed I stayed up really late just so I could finish. Whew!Since I am nearly four decades late in reading this book, most people seeing this review have likely already read it, but if you haven't and if you want a good literary scare, I highly recommend it. Favorite Quote"He would write it for the reason he felt that all great literature, fiction and nonfiction, was written: truth comes out, in the end it always comes out. He would write it because he felt he had to."*Personal AnecdoteI was reading this book when I found out my mother had cancer, and after one night during which she collapsed, I said to my husband, "I don't know which is scarier: The Shining or what's happening with my mom." He nodded gravely.

  • Dd
    2019-05-20 03:02

    Hello Readers.Have you heard the tale of the Seven Wives of Bluebeard?Once upon a time there was this powerful noble immensely wealthy.Everyone called him Bluebeard because of his large, ugly blue beard.He had married several times but time and again all of his wives died.No one really knew how.And then one day he married again.A lovely, young girl.Whenever Bluebeard had to go away, he would give her all the keys of his home.He told her she could use any key to go inside which ever room she desired.Except one little key which opened one little door.She was never to use it.She tried to heed his warning.Day after day.Month after month.But at last, she could not stop herself any more.She opened the door with that little key, and looked inside.....-----------------------------I guess it's human nature.Our inherent morbid curiosity. Mr. King got it perfectly.It was the same morbid curiosity which led our protagonist Danny, to go inside the Room 217.And yup, it was the same one which made me read this book.I guess the results were kind of same too.For Bluebeard's wife : Hanging inside the room were the heads of the last seven of the Bluebeard's wives.For Danny :He sorry, that will be a spoiler.For me : Mind numbing, spine chilling terror.I have read horror books before.By God, I have.I've had that phase when R.L.Stine was my best friend.I have read books with these horrifying inhuman, otherworldly creatures.But this book, this book shook me up.Why?It might be because this book was so disturbingly, inhumanly humane.Might being the operative word.I'm not really sure.Now as for the story, it needs no introduction.Good for me as I'm not really in the position to describe it now.All I can say is I don't regret reading it.My first Stephen King, there will be many more.-----------------------------------------------------“Sin, death, and hell have set their marks on him,And all their ministers attend on him.”My heart broke for this little boy!That's all for now,Readers.Goodbye.

  • Dawn
    2019-05-18 06:46

    I had to wait a week after reading this to write my review. Why? I couldn't fit my computer under my bed with me to type it up. Fricken terrifying. Terrifying! The entire time I spent reading this I felt sick to my stomach with dread. I was jumpy, paranoid, the whole shamboozle. King really gets into your head with this... He takes you right into the character's subconscious, and as they are slowly driven bonkers, you are driven bonkers right along with them.Is it sad that even though I knew it couldn't possibly end well, that I still hoped maybe it would? Probably not, I'm sure a lot of people felt like that. Is it sad that I like to pretend it ended differently than it did, so I can feel less stressed when I think of it? Probably so. It's not that I didn't like the ending.. I did. It was perfect. It's just... It was stressful, ok? Let me live in denial! I'm happy there!Er.. Back to the review. I really don't know what else to say! A year ago if you asked me if I would ever read The Shining the answer would have been an emphatic "HELL NO". Too scary. Not interested. But I was talked into reading it, even though I feared it would eat my soul. But as you can see from my five star rating, I don't regret it. My soul may be covered in itty bitty chew marks now, but it was worth it to experience King at his best.