The Shining

The Shining

Book - 1977
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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 strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Baker & Taylor
Terrible events occur at an isolated hotel in the off season, when a small boy with psychic powers struggles to hold his own against the forces of evil that are driving his father insane. Reissue.

& Taylor

Jack Torrance sees his stint as winter caretaker of a Colorado hotel as a way back from failure, his wife sees it as a chance to preserve their family, and their five-year-old son sees the evil waiting just for them

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1977
ISBN: 9780385121675
Characteristics: 450 p. ; 24 cm


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While any of Steven King's books would be good reads for you, I think The Shining is one of his best books. 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 reconnect... Read More »

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Sep 19, 2019

The book went quite in depth into what was going on inside Jack's head as well as Danny's. The reader is able to clearly see the stages in which the hotel became one with Jack. Stephen King has a way of getting into the head of the reader, allowing them to empathize with the characters and what they're going through, thus making this reading experience much more terrifying. The book is a fairly easy read with concepts that aren't too difficult to understand. I also really enjoyed the way King used Mr. Hallorann to build suspense. As the only outside being that was aware of the situation at the hotel it instantly made him an ally to Danny and the Torrance's. This came in handy later once Danny is able to call for help. The rush and panic of Mr. Hallorann attempting to help them alongside the events at the hotel set up a beautiful opportunity for suspense that kept the reader on the edge of their seat.

Apr 16, 2019

A fantastic novel. My favourite by Stephen King. Also... all the people that said this book should be for 18 and over haven't read it.

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JCLMattC Jul 23, 2018

It's a little bit not what I was expecting. Several aspects of it got in the way of its scariness for me, but I'm glad I read it. It was hard to separate this from the film I love so much. There was one part that really freaked me out but I won't say what it is. You'll have to read it.

Jan 11, 2018

I love the way Stephen King gets into everyone's head. You are able to watch the effect of the Overlook on each character as time passes and the isolation becomes more and more suffocating. Some parts read slower than others but when the pace picked up, for me, it really picked up.

Nov 08, 2017

Even if you haven't seen the movie, there are things about The Shining that you already know about from pop culture references. This makes it hard to read The Shining without comparison, but I found that I still enjoyed this read. Because there is so much internal dialogue from the characters, they also provide their own analysis of themselves and each other, which allows any reader to take off their analytical glasses for a moment and just enjoy the story.

SPL_Liz Nov 06, 2017

The best part about this book for me was Jack's narrative. You could see him rationalizing and tucking certain thoughts away so as not to disturb his pleasant view of himself as a good guy, one who is simply misunderstood and down on his luck. He started out as a redeemable character and I enjoyed watching his mind change as the hotel environment became increasingly sinister. Danny's clairvoyance was an excellent basis for his character and the novel's overall development. The pacing was like a runaway train and I couldn't put it down. That said, there were a few spots that I found distracted from rather than developing the story and I noticed myself getting impatient. I found the story to be suspenseful and at times creepy. Some parts I found silly. Overall, the book wasn't as scary as I was expecting.

Aug 09, 2017

I can’t believe how captivating this novel was. Every single chapter had suspense and fear flowing through my veins. The Shining by Stephen King is a great psychological thriller. It is also a fantastic example of what Stephen King is all about. He is all about keeping whoever dares to read his novels on the edge of there seat every time one of his novels is to be picked up. I love the setting in this novel. The Overlook Hotel is a perfect place for creepy, twisted events to occur and does Stephen King ever take advantage of this. You can really feel the main character’s (Jack Torrance’s) guilt and frustration turn into rage. With this rage comes absolute suspense and terror. The images that appear in my mind when I read particular passages within this novel amaze me at how well written they are. I can picture parts of this novel perfectly. With all of this being said, you should definitely place a hold on Stephen King’s The Shining whenever you get the opportunity. An easy five star read!
@BlingThrash15 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The novel The Shining, released on January 28th 1977, is a thrilling novel set atop a mountain in Colorado at the isolated Outlook hotel, where newly appointed winter caretaker Jack Torrance, and his wife and son, Wendy and Danny are staying. Although prestigious and renowned, the Outlook has a messy history of previous owners being involved in mobs, mafias, and vicious gangs. As the Torrances spend more time there, they begin to realize there is an overwhelming presence of something that can only be described as extramundane and malevolent. Jack then becomes increasingly obsessed with the hotel’s past, and it quickly begins to worry Wendy, who believes that the hotel is bringing only bad things. As the strange events that occur within the Outlook start becoming more and more unexplainable, the horrifying past of the walls comes alive, and bring the Torrance’s to their breaking point. After reading this novel, I find my outlook on things has shifted in quite a few ways; one of them being an increasing fear of hotels! King told this story in a manner and style that was unlike anything I had ever read. His words enraptured me within the story to the point where I felt like I was experiencing everything first hand, alongside the Torrances. I had actually watched the movie before I read the book and that was a huge mistake. The movie did blow my mind, but the characters' growing insanity and fear seemed so much more humanized in the novel, which in turn made it even more frightening, because it made it feel so real. This was the most thrilling book that I have ever read, and I can’t give it any rating below 10/10.
It was amazing.
@crescendo_collective of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

May 03, 2017

What a corker! A man, a woman, a son, and a bathtub! Need I say more?

SaraLovesBooks Dec 05, 2016

This book is a classic in the horror tradition, and it's not hard to see how Stephen King became the master of horror. This book starts with a troubled family desperately trying to heal and pull itself back together, but then ended up in a haunted hotel determined to tear them apart. One of the genius things about King is how his tales take the most ordinary of people into extraordinary situations, forcing them to go to their limits to try to survive them. The Shining might be one of his best books. One flaw of King's that I've noticed in reading his vast body of work is that he has a problem with sticking his endings. He'll build up the story well, keep the momentum going, but then just kind of fizzle when it comes to the pay-off. The Shining, however, is one of the few tales I've read where he stuck the ending. The tension, suspense, and momentum of the story get a really good pay-off. One of his best, and for fans of horror stories. Do not miss.

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Apr 07, 2013

A man, his son and wife become the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotel's past using a telepathic gift known as "The Shining". The father, Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project when he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel's ghosts. After being convinced by a waiter's ghost to "correct" the family, Jack goes completely insane. The only thing that can save Danny and his mother is "The Shining".

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Isolated in a haunted hotel a young boy discovers ghosts while his father slowly goes insane.


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Nov 24, 2015

Coarse Language: f*** C*** a** Cu*t bit*h wh*re pr*ck and many many many many more

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Sexual Content: a few sex scenes


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Apr 10, 2019

“Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in.”

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