The Shining, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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 ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9781444720723



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A while back I asked someone for suggestions on books that would frighten me. I've felt disturbed, uncomfortable, and thrilled by books, but I have yet to feel genuinely frightened. The Shining was suggested as a remedy to this.I've never actually seen the film, so I didn't really have much of an idea of what to expect. Considering how popular the film seems to be, I did fear that the book might seem a little formulaic and... film'y. Fortunately it didn't. The story spent exactly the right amount of time setting itself and its characters up, crossing into the realm of excitement just as it had made me care enough about the story to also care about its outcome. I generally tend to find supernatural stuff annoying, but in The Shining the 'real' elements of the story were strong enough to at least fool me into accepting the less rational parts of what happened. I really liked the style the book was written in, and I found the story to be addicting, gripping and entertaining. Alas, despite living in what is essentially a hotel while reading, I didn't find the book to be that scary. There were several points at which I got goosebumps, but they were all due to the touching moments rather than the scary ones. Still though, The Shining is a very entertaining, worthwhile read.

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Intrigued by the media attention that attended the recent publication of [Doctor Sleep] which picks up the character of Danny Torrance, the troubled child with psychic powers at the heart of [The Shining] as he enters middle age, I decided to re-read [The Shining]. I had first read it back in 1980, while still a teenager, and remembered being struck by its power, though much of my recollection of it actually derived from the film which famously starred Jack Nicholson as Danny’s father Jack. I was rather a fan of King back then, early on in his prolific publishing career, though until I attempted to read his recent novel [22-11-63] I hadn’t dabbled with anything of his for years.It was an interesting experience to revisit this book after so long. I was initially impressed by how well King lays the groundwork, describing the fracture that the Torrance family had faced as a consequence of Jack’s alcoholism (and the private torture that he suffered as he battled to stay off the booze). The introductory phase of the novel was far longer than I recalled, and Jack’s struggle against the demon drink, and the relentless internal dialogue he faces with his inner, dark self urging him to have a drink is very well crafted. I know that Stephen King has had his own issues with addiction, and they have clearly informed his portrayal of Jack Torrance’s gradual disintegration.I did feel that the book hadn’t aged particularly well, though that might be more of a reflection of my own reactions becoming more jaded and cynical over the intervening years. It is still a frightening novel in places, though many aspects of it now seemed more laughable than anything else.The principal conclusion that I arrived at having re-read [The Shining] was that I probably won’t bother with [Doctor Sleep] and shall let sleeping doctors lie.

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I have come to Stephen king late and also I don't really do horror. Is this horror? I suppose that there. Are supernatural occurrences but really the breakdown that jack has is really something buried inside him stirring after many years. Very enjoyable to read I suffered from the problem that many others probably have - namely I know the Kubrick film to well an sit is difficult to put that out of your mind. A good book and it has persuaded me to read more from king. It.? Doctor Sleep? We shall soon see....

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