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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1977.
ISBN: 9780385121675
Branch Call Number: FICTION King Stephen 1977
Characteristics: 450 p. ;,25 cm.


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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.

An oldie but goodie. A staple in literature. JCLDianaS.

Stephen King is the undisputed master of the genre and most certainly the most well-known practitioner of horror. If you're a beginner, this is a good place to start - here, a caretaker of a hotel filled with secrets turns against his family as he is slowly swallowed up by his own ghosts - and th... Read More »

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JCLFranD Feb 18, 2014

The Shining, Stephen King’s third book, is also one of his best. The plot centers around Jack Torrance and his family. Jack is an alcoholic mentally troubled father and after being fired from his teaching job he takes a job as a winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. During the long,... Read More »

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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

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.

ArapahoeJennieB Dec 03, 2016

One of my favorite horror books of all time. I particularly favor psychological horror, as opposed to more of the gory, or 'monster of the week' variety, and this book is right up there with the best of them. What I really enjoy about this book, and with King's books in general, is the time he takes to develop his characters. You really get to know the characters, including the The Overlook Hotel. I HIGHLY recommend this book for fans of psychological thrillers and of excellent character development.

ehbooklover Oct 29, 2016

3.5 stars. In honour of Hallowe'en, I decided to choose a really scary book. Something way out of my comfort zone. I chose The Shining. It definitely did not disappoint. It was very scary. Spooky scary. Couldn't stop reading even though I really wanted to scary. In other words: a successful reading experiment!

Aug 29, 2016

Yes. I fully acknowledge Stephen King's vast contribution to the genre of horror, both in literature and in film..... But, all the same.... I neither like, nor respect Stephen King as a writer in any way, shape, or form.

I have never, ever understood King's immense popularity. To me his horror stories, which seem to be churned out in such rapid-fire succession, are, at best, mediocre reading material. I know. I've read several of his novels, and short stories.

I find King to be the sort of novelist who is a "quantity" writer, rather than a "quality" writer. What I mean by this is that King is the type of writer who uses 500 words (or more) to describe something that would usually take most accomplished writers, maybe, 50 words to get their point across. This particular practice of King's explains why his novels, like The Shining, are always on the thick and bulky side.

Anyway - From my point of view, I really don't get any of King's popularity, at all. I mean, this guy is far-far too over-rated for what I've seen and read of his work.

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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

Nov 24, 2015

Sexual Content: a few sex scenes


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