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The Shining [Hardcover]

Stephen King
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May 1 1990
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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“A master storyteller.” —Los Angeles Times

“Scary! . . . Serves up horrors at a brisk, unflagging pace.” —The New York Times

“This chilling novel will haunt you, and make your blood run cold and your heart race with fear.” —Nashville Banner
“Guaranteed to frighten you into fits. . . . with a climax that is literally explosive.” —Cosmopolitan

“The most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.” —USA Today
“An undisputed master of suspense and terror.” —The Washington Post
“[King] probably knows more about scary goings-on in confined, isolated places than anybody since Edgar Allan Poe.” —Entertainment Weekly
“He’s the author who can always make the improbable so scary you’ll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door.” —The Boston Globe
“Peerless imagination.” —The Observer (London)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63; Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Duma Key; Lisey’s Story; Cell; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still terrifying! Jan. 19 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had read this book back when it was released in the late 70's, and heard that a sequel was in the works for 2013. I bought the Kindle version, figuring that since I was no longer an easy-to-frighten teenager the book would just be a quick weekend read. Nope! My return to the Overlook was just as terrifying as the first time. I had forgotten all the subtle storylines that were omitted when it had been made into the movie.
I look forward to the release of his sequel this autumn!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit predictable, but creepy Oct. 20 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We have all heard of the Shining. We all know it is one of Stephen King's greatest novels. But what exactly is it about? Personally, my only recollection of the story concerned a parody the Simpsons did several years ago. I knew a hotel was involved, something called "redrum," and lots of blood.

The book is brilliantly written, although some foreshadowing was a bit obvious. I really felt like we got to know the characters. Not only are we acquainted with their stay at the hotel, but we learn of their past struggles as a family. These past episodes add a depth to the characters that can be interpreted later in the story as being significant or not. Jack, the father, is a man with a history that is trying to support his family. He is an aspiring author and is looking forward to months of peace and quiet. His wife, Wendy, is along for the ride and plays a very supportive role. They have a little boy, Danny, and he is special.

Let's talk about the real aspect of the book: the horror. The horror was the believable type with a bit of supernatural essences thrown in. Or, if you'd like, it was purely believable. There were several scenes in the book with their fair share of gore, but also several creepy moments that I felt were more convincing than the gore itself. The book is not particularly scary, but it is absolutely creepy. Imagine being in a large hotel in the middle of a snowstorm, phones are out, radio doesn't work, and you can't escape. Then creepy things begin to happen. Ready to leave yet? This family all struggles with the hotel in their own way, and I felt the progression of the story with the winter was really fitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! March 24 2014
By Aisha
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was in perfect condition, don't have any complaints at all. Pretty much what you can get from Coles or Indigo. Definitely gonna buy from 'em again!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love love Loved It March 10 2014
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I love Stephen King book`s I have quite a number of them in my Library. I was watching the movie Shining and checked to see if had this book and didn`t and have never read it either. But I bought the sequel Dr. Sleep and was fascinated the characters are always exciting, what terror King weaves for them. I shall absolutely recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Night light required Feb. 11 2014
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Scared the hell out of me. I'm a 40 year old man and I practically had to sleep with the light on after this read. The haters dealing with room 217, make me never want to frequent a hotel again. Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites Jan. 31 2014
By Care
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I love king and this is one of my favourites. Well written, spooky, page turner. Fans of king must read.
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By Bill
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My favourite King book. You can't help but emoji thine with Jack Torrance as he falls into madness and turns into a monster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Dec 7 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It was bought with Doctor Sleep and is a must in the collection. A perfect holiday gift for anyone, even yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shining
I loved it! I have only seen snippets of the movie but the book is so much better from what I read.
Published 4 months ago by Jolene Bellerose
5.0 out of 5 stars oldie but a goodie
I've re-read and re-read this book many times... I got my hands on it in my preteens and I haven't let go since!
Published 5 months ago by Pia Pie
5.0 out of 5 stars Still scary
I ordered this one to re-read it prior to reading 'Doctor Sleep', to remind me of Danny past. I was surprise to find that it still is very scary and very good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AlphaDelta1968
3.0 out of 5 stars a good review
It had been many years since I read this novel so decided to read it again. I`m glad i did as I saw it this time from a slightly different perspective. Read more
Published 6 months ago by dancer
5.0 out of 5 stars An early King masterpiece
Having read most of King's work, I came to this book quite late. It is an exquisite example of his classic horror writing, and emblematic of his writing during this period.
Published 7 months ago by Darren Barefoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, wow, WOW!
Wow, wow, WOW! If you haven't read this book because of the crappy movie (all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy) then do not wait any longer and read it TODAY. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. S. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Bad Roommate
Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their son Danny check in to the Overlook Hotel in remote Colorado--sort of. Read more
Published 14 months ago by John M. Ford
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