Review: The Shining – Stephen King

Paperback: 688 pages
Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (August 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345806786
ISBN-13: 978-0345806789
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Jack Torrance – Winter Caretaker of Overlook Hotel.
Wendy Torrance – Jack’s Wife.
Danny Torrance – Their 5 year old son with a special ability.


When Jack Torrance set out with his family to spend the winter being caretaker for the Overlook Hotel, he never anticipated the horror that would be hiding within it’s walls.


I had never read this novel before, it’s length was a bit of a deterrent. But with the sequel, Doctor Sleep, looming on the horizon, I decided to break down and give it a shot. I wanted to have a small Halloween Special of some horror themed novels. While the book started out a little slow, once it picked up, and Jack started his descent into madness, I was hooked.

The reader gets into the minds of the different characters. With Jack you get to see his gradual loss of sanity, and the reader is left to wonder based on events prior to the books setting, if maybe Jack didn’t have a firm grip on sanity to begin with.

While I’d seen the movie numerous times, it failed to do justice to the eerie events going on around the Torrance family. For a great story to welcome in the dark Halloween eve, whether you’ve read it before or not, grab a copy of The Shining and enjoy the fright. For obvious strong situations and topics, I’d gear this towards much older teens and adults. If you give it a read, be sure and drop back by to let us know what you thought.

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers.  His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS.

His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association.

He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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