Book Reviews of The Shining

The Shining
The Shining
Author: Stephen King
ISBN-13: 9780743424424
ISBN-10: 0743424425
Publication Date: 9/1/2001
Pages: 704
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 520 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Way better than the movie and one of King's best.
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Helpful Score: 3
'It's not your daddy talking, remember. It's the hotel.'

I just finished this book. All I have to say is 'wow.' This book has completely blown my mind. It probably sounds totally ridiculous, but I feel like this book has change my life! Hahahah!!! Seriously though... I felt like I was reading The Neverending Story, like I was a part of the story and the characters were talking to me. I know that's dumb, but no book has ever made me feel that way before. (Or maybe I was just scared out of my wits).

This was my first Stephen King book. I always thought he was probably overrated, but no way. The thing I want to warn everyone about is: you cannot compare the Stanley Kubrick movie to the book. They're two totally different stories in my opinion.
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Helpful Score: 3
One of the greatest horror stories of all time, in my opinion. A family in seclusion during the entire Colorado winter, living with the ghosts of the behemoth hotel, The Overlook,,,,you know someone is going to go off the deep end. But, is it "cabin fever" or something else? LOVE this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
I couldn't go to the bathroom with the shower curtain closed for MONTHS! This book terrified me.
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Helpful Score: 1
the book was soo much better than the movie!! highly recommend it if you love to be scared! :)
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Helpful Score: 1
One of Stephen King's finest novels. Perfect exploration of the mind of a madmen. This book is a terrific psychological thriller, very well written, and scary as all get-out.
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A great classic horror.
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This book gives a much deeper and satisfying understanding of the madness at the Overlook Hotel. Having watched the movie first, I was left with questions. The book had a few slow parts in it but they we're still very informative and fascinating.
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Where's Johnny?? A real page turner One of his best books ever!
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Terrible events occur at the isolated Overlook Hotel. It's a place where the guests are deceased but not necessarily departed, high in the wintry Rocky Mountains in the off season. A family checks in so the father can write, and terror lurks behind every door. Their son, who has psychic powers but does not know he has them and does not know how to use them, struggles to hold his own against the forces of evil that are driving his father insane.
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Very scary. Have to read with the lights on.
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The Overlook Hotel is more than just a home-away-from-home for the Torrance family. For Jack, Wendy, and their young son Danny, it is a place wher past horrors come to life. And where those gifted with the shining do battle with the darkest evils.
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Slow start and mid-point, but so worth the read!!
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Book Description
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 strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

My Review
Stephen King is the master of suspense and this book proves that he is at the top of this genre. You don't want to read this book alone at night as it is truly very scary. The characters are well-drawn for this psychological drama as 6 year-old Danny Torrence has psychic powers. The ghostly hotel is full of spirits and death is in the air for this family's horrific stay. I highly recommend this book to fans of horror as it is one story you will never forget!
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Slow start but great book
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better then the movie