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The Shining

by Stephen King

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | June 26, 2012 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Shining is rated 4.7222 out of 5 by 18.
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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 688 pages, 6.85 × 4.12 × 1.12 in

Published: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307743659

ISBN - 13: 9780307743657

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from King At His Best! I cannot believe that out off the King books I have read that the Shining has somehow eluded me...until now. I had seen the movie and miniseries but the book surpasses those mediums. The tale of the Torrance Family tragedy amid the eerie Overlook Hotel has not lost any of its steam since the book came out in 1977. One of Stephen King's best books!
Date published: 2013-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece This is truly a great horror novel. It remains one of my favourite books ever. The characters are so well fleshed out and interesting and the atmosphere is truly scary. This is one frightening Don't read it without any lights on.
Date published: 2004-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exellent Book This is my first Stephen King book ever. It was excellent. I loved every aspect of it. It was thrilling. It definity is a must read.
Date published: 2004-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the shinning The Shinning was my first novel by Stephen King and it definitely won’t be my last! The whole idea of the shinning-seeing the past and future, telic nisus, totally captivated my attention from the very start. Even though it was quite long I was never bored! In fact towards the end, I had to pace myself to make it last longer. In terms of details, I really like how the author didn’t go overboard and drone on. He left enough for the imagination. I did enjoy the detail given on Jack Torrance’s psychological disintegration. It wasn’t as though he just started killing out of the blue. It took time. In regards to the literary terms, I have never read a book with so much well intertwined foreshadowing. It was spectacular that Danny’s ‘visions’ were clues to the future but were un-clear enough to keep it interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue that went on inside of Jack’s head. I also found it interesting that when Jack went on is murderous rampage he would say, “Come here you
Date published: 2003-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ***Captivatingly Spellbinding!*** I'm 13 years old when I read this book. This was the first book I read of Stephen King's and it was mesmerizing. When I saw it on the shelf, I was 'hypnotized' and I quickly bought it. Since then, I didn't put it down. I read it with hungry expectations and I didn't regret buying this book. It scared the crap out of me and I loved it! I especially liked how Stephen King described the bloodcurdling, spine-chilling scenes and this gave me great pleasure. After I read THE SHINING, I couldn't take a bath with the door close for 1-2 weeks! I'm scared of the bathtub... well, at least I got over it. To people who like reading, read this novel and you will never be disappointed... unless, you don't like frightening books...
Date published: 2002-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mind Gripping Thriller The Shining has a powerful conflict of ‘Man versus The Overlook Hotel’, with strong characters, and a suspenseful plot. This frightening novel uncovers a past of suicides, murders and mafia encounters in an old Colorado hotel, The Overlook, waiting to be uncovered by the winter caretaker, Jack Torrance. Trapped in a Hotel for the whole winter leaves endless possibilities of what might happen within the walls of the great Hotel, and the ghosts within. Danny Torrance is a five-year-old boy possesses the gift of the Shining. His shining friend, Tony, shows Danny awful premonitions, and signs such as ‘REDRUM’. Danny does not understand everything Tony shows him, but he knows that he does not like the hotel very much. As Danny’s dreams with Tony become stronger, Jack begins to change, he started his old drinking habits again, like chewing Tylenol. Jack begins to see ghosts himself. As the climax rises, the suspense thickens, the terror is bone chilling. Danny and
Date published: 2002-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! I liked this book very much...Stephen King is an amazing author!!! The book was very interesting! I suggest you read it too! :)
Date published: 2001-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Disturbing This book is a must read for any fan of the horror/suspense genre. If you have seen the movie, then you must read the book! It is similar, yet very different. This is the style that Stephen King needs to go back to. It was right up there with Pet Semetary (the only other book that has ever seriously scared me). Very disturbing, it gets into your brain.
Date published: 2000-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! This has to be the best of King's books! Do not read this at night. I couldn't put down, even though it was scaring me to death! I think I must have read it in about two days! I was very addictive! If your wondering if you should get this, don't wonder anymore....GET IT!!!!
Date published: 1999-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spine Tingling!! This book was the ultimate in freaky scenarios...all alone together without help for miles in the middle of winter with harmful ghosts. Pretty weird. I loved it. It was my favorite book of King's along with "IT" which I've read 4 times. Superb writing. I wish he had stayed with the old style of writing. Everything from Carrie to the Shining was excellent. Too bad that style got lost in his new work. Manon
Date published: 1999-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King at his best The Shining proves to be Stephen King's most frightening novel. In a hotel with an unquiet past, a child and his parents are to spend the winter. King portrays this in an amazing fashion. The ghosts are very scary so don't read this at night. With an awesome climax, The Shining is Stephen King's most frightening, and best written novel. King makes you thankful its only a story with this masterpiece of horror and fear. You'll never look at hotels the same again...
Date published: 1999-07-14

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The Shining

by Stephen King

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 688 pages, 6.85 × 4.12 × 1.12 in

Published: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307743659

ISBN - 13: 9780307743657

Read from the Book

Excerpted from Chapter One Jack Torrance thought: Officious little prick. Ullman stood five-five, and when he moved, it was with the prissy speed that seems to be the exclusive domain of all small plump men. The part in his hair was exact, and his dark suit was sober but comforting. I am a man you can bring your problems to, that suit said to the paying customer. To the hired help it spoke more curtly: This had better be good, you. There was a red carnation in the lapel, perhaps so that no one on the street would mistake Stuart Ullman for the local undertaker. As he listened to Ullman speak, Jack admitted to himself that he probably could not have liked any man on that side of the desk—under the circumstances. Ullman had asked a question he hadn’t caught. That was bad; Ullman was the type of man who would file such lapses away in a mental Rolodex for later consideration. “I’m sorry?” “I asked if your wife fully understood what you would be taking on here. And there’s your son, of course.” He glanced down at the application in front of him. “Daniel. Your wife isn’t a bit intimidated by the idea?” “Wendy is an extraordinary woman.” “And your son is also extraordinary?” Jack smiled, a big wide PR smile. “We like to think so, I suppose. He’s quite self-reliant for a five-year-old.” No returning smile from Ullman. He slipped Jack’s application back into a file. The fil
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From the Publisher

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.

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

Editorial Reviews

“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)