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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.
 
www.stephenking.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing amazing amazing March 25 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before I read this book I was sure that a book could not be scary. I thought only movies could keep you up at night. But this book scared the crap out of me. This book is excellent if you haven't read any King before, despite what King "experts" say. You feel every emotion of the character. You feel the innocence of Danny, the confusion of Wendy, and most mindblowing, the insanity and desperation of Jack. Don't let either of those godforsaken movies mistake you, this is the ULTIMATE haunted house tale. Redrum!
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Almost three decades after its publication, The Shining remains a visceral, gripping read that showcases Stephen King's unfathomable powers to hypnotize and terrify readers, a power King had in abundance in the early stages of his career. Coming on the heels of Carrie and 'Salem's Lot, The Shining truly established King as a modern master of horror and an unequalled purveyor of a literary mirror into pop culture. If you've only seen the original movie starring Jack Nicholson, you really owe it to yourself to read the novel; Stanley Kubrick made a fine and scary movie, but he did not capture the essence of King's story, and his dramatization followed a different path than what you find in the original vision brought to life through the words of King. The more recent miniseries was more faithful to the novel, but it doesn't take an Einstein to figure out that a made-for-TV dramatization is limited in terms of what it can get away with in a number of important areas. Simply put, The Shining stands just behind Shirley Jackson's The House on Haunted Hill as one of the best "haunted house" novels ever written.

The plot should be quite familiar to one and all by this point. The Torrance family embarks on a months-long retreat into complete isolation when Jack Torrance signs on to be the winter custodian of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. Jack takes some personal demons with him to a hotel chock-full of malevolent, ghostly spirits; he is a recovering alcoholic who, in the last couple of years, lost his job and broke his little boy's arm in a state of drunken fury. He thinks the months alone with his wife and son will allow him to find peace - and to finally finish the play he has been working on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore both movies - the book is the best! July 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Over 25 years after it was published, "The Shining" remains ones of King's best novels to date. It is not simply the story of a supernatural hotel, but also the all-too-normal corruption and degradation that can exist within the human heart.
Jack Torrance is a deeply-flawed man, both as a husband and a father, and when the evil presence in the Overlook Hotel finds him, it exploits his every weakness. "The Shining" is a gripping book, and it is one of the few books of King's that I would say is truly frightening. King captures his characters here with a sharp eye for detail, and tells a powerful story.
This book has suffered not one, but two adaptations to screen (one by King himself), but neither of them really captured what makes The Shining such a standout novel, not just in King's work, but in the field of American letters in general. When King is considered, in years to come, one of the 20th century's great novelists, this will be one of the books studied extensively.
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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 This is awesome, everyone has seen it
This is awesome, everyone has seen it, and everyone thinks it is so unique and well written, also very exciting.
Published 11 days ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars She absolutely loved it and is currently reading Dr
Got this for my girlfriend as she was getting into Stephen King as of late. She absolutely loved it and is currently reading Dr. Sleep because it The Shining was so good.
Published 19 days ago by Justin Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic King... you may think you know the story, but if you haven't read the book, you don't.
Published 2 months ago by Catherine A. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars just awesome
Stephen King is a true master of the art. Gripping, terrifying, engrossing. Exactly what I had hoped it would be.
Published 3 months ago by MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fresh
I read this book as a teenager. After reading it again recently I still find it relevant and it still scares me. Hedge maze anyone??
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Coady
5.0 out of 5 stars Pee Your Pants!
This is a scarey novel!! A good bedtime read that you can not put down! Scare yourself today because there is always another King novel!
Published 5 months ago by Ms Sparrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
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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Published 6 months ago by Aisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love Loved It
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... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anna Nagy
5.0 out of 5 stars Night light required
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by shawn clements
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
I love king and this is one of my favourites. Well written, spooky, page turner. Fans of king must read.
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