The Shining

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.
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Average rating: 8.38




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Jul 21, 2024
10/10 stars
Absolutely fantastic! Dark, brooding, gory and terrified me when I first read this
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Jul 18, 2024
8/10 stars
Well now.
Don’t drink kids, you’ll kill your family!
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Jul 10, 2024
10/10 stars
An amazing yearly read! Year #2 done!
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Jun 26, 2024
8/10 stars
So this is my first King novel, and probably not my last.
Yes there are some tense moments of psychological terror, but I was not expecting a portrait of alcoholism, handled well and realistically.
My initial impression is that the sympathetic characterization of Halloran balances the book.
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Jun 12, 2024
4/10 stars
This was my first time reading this book (yep, I'm like the only one who hasn't read it, I'm sure) and I have never seen the movie. Yet, I can remember EVERYONE talking about this book -- how scary it was and how the movie was soooo good. So, as one can imagine, I had HIGH HOPES for this one. In fact, I only decided to get this one (I got the audiobook) when my 16-year old daughter mentioned she wanted to read it. I warned her, "Oh no, you're not ready for this one. It'll scare you to death." And my husband piped in (the way only a father can) "And you're not sleeping in our room either." So, we jumped in and started reading. I was able to finish the audiobook in its entirety (my daughter is still at the beginning of the book) and I gotta say, I was disappointed. I was looking to be scared out of my mind, but didn't feel it was scary at all. Strange, different - absolutely. Scary - um, not so much. Some of this can probably be attributed to the narrator. He did NOT do this book justice at all. I was bored at times and know I didn't catch every detail as my mind wandered. I feel slightly let down; disappointed. Meh...
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