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The Shining

by Stephen King

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

The Shining is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
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 × 4.2 × 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

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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 Different! The Shining, what can I say? Well, for one, I should have read this before I saw the movie. I saw the movie when I was like 12 or 14. Not sure, anyways, I just finished reading the book like a month ago. So, I found it to be way different than the movie of course, generally all books are. But I still found it to be just as confusing as I found the movie to be. It was kind of hard to understand. It was slightly scarier than the movie, more graphic. Sorry, I'm not very good at reviews, so I'll just have to leave it here. But I will say, it was really good, I'm not denying that, it was just hard to understand.
Date published: 2012-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A critique The book is called The Shining, it’s by Stephen King. This book was published in the year of 1977. They made a film version out of it in the year of 1980. In my opinion, the film-maker’s vision/ interpretation of the novel was flawed. It didn’t live up to my expectation. The filmmaker had a different interpretation from the novel “The Shining”, from what I thought. This novel is about a man; his son and his wife become the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotel's past. The father, Jack Torrance, is writing an assignment when he slowly slips into insanity as a result former guests of the hotel's ghosts. Jack tries to kill Wendy & his son Danny. Furthermore, Wendy & Danny escaped the hotel with the help of Dick Hallorann. However, there are a number of differences that set it apart from the novel & the film. For instance, the Torrance family had to isolate the hotel during the winter; the manager introduced them to their rooms. In the novel, one of the bedrooms had bunk beds and the other room had twin beds but when you open the closet, it falls out. In the film, it was a twin size bed in both of the room. According to my interpretation, it was different. For example, I thought the outlook hotel will look similar to the Tipton; this is a hotel in the show of the suite life of Zack & Cody. This is what I thought the hotel would look like when the novel described about the hotel. When I saw the movie, it looked really old and was so different. I didn’t like it at all. Either way, the thesis of the film& the movie talks about life changing situations. How people can go through rapid changes during traumatic or stressful times in their lives and that it can cause someone to prematurely grow up meaning Danny in the novel or film, or have a mental breakdown in jack’s case.
Date published: 2011-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and terrifying! The Shining is probably Stephen King's best known novel. It follows the Torrance family as they embark on a months-long retreat into complete isolation when Jack Torrance decides to be the winter custodian of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. Jack, a recovering alchoholic, believes this is exactly what the family needs to find peace and to finally finish the play he has been working on. His wife isn't so sure, but agrees to go. His young son Danny, however, is the only one who is really clued in to what is going on. Danny has "the shine," a gift which allows him to see and know things he cannot possibly know. It is a powerful gift which the Overlook jealously desires for itself. As the days pass, the Overlook exerts more and more of an influence on Jack, exploiting his weaknesses, and basically turning him into a murderous new tool at the hotel's disposal. Danny sees what is happening, although he cannot really understand much of it given his very young age. He can understand the terror of the Overlook, however, as he sees images of the hotel's murderous past and very dark near future in a number of unsettling scenes. The Shining is a great book, one that will have you flipping page after page. It is suspensful, exciting and most of all, very scary!
Date published: 2009-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhat creepy For some reason, I find King's books hart to get into sometimes, or I end up not wanting to finish them. The Shining was different though. It might be because I have seen both versions of the movie, and the book was so much better right from the beginning. Jack is an alcoholic who has been trying to stay sober and succeeding just barely. although he is constantly craving it. He is a very troubled man, even in the beginning. In a violent outburst, he breaks his young son's arm. Even though this was while he was drinking, his wife Wendy still doesn't fully trust him. Jack takes a job as caregiver of the Overlook, which is hidden in the mountains. The motel has it's own troubling past. Home to murders and suicides, it is full of angry spirits. Danny feels them, he has the psychic ability in the novel. Not long after the family moves to the Overlook Danny starts feeling how evil the place really is. Eventually the spirits living in the hotel start playing with Jack's mind, turning him against his family. I think the creepiest thing about this book is that the characters seem so real. You can relate to how they feel, think. If you have seen the movies, but haven't read the book I would recommend picking it up!
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of King's Most Brilliant Works Jack Torrance is a man with personal demons. After spending a childhood full of abuse, he turns into an alcoholic and one night breaks the arm of his three year old son. He and his buddy, just as much a drunk as he, are driving home one night and hit a bike in the middle of the highway, they can find no body anywhere but the shock scares them both into sobriety. Jack still thirsts for a drink every day of his life and in a fit of anger he attacks a student at the school where he works as a teacher. As the book opens we find Jack newly fired from his job and now interviewing for the position of off-season caretaker at a hotel up in the mountains, The Overlook. The Overlook has its own demons and is not so much a building as a being intent on increasing its power. The hotel finds a source in Jack's five year old son who has an incredibly strong psychic power which allows him to see events that will happen and to see things not of this world. Since it cannot get to the son on its own it goes through Jack instead and a living nightmare begins. The Shining is one of King's most brilliant works. The rising tension of the novel is taut. What starts off as uneasiness as Jack slowly starts to loose his mind turns to blood chilling fright as he chases after his family with a mallet. There is also an uncomfortable feeling throughout where one is not quite sure whether there really is an evil presence or whether Jack has gone insane. This is also King's first book that relies heavily on his signature style of stream-of-consciousness writing where his character's thoughts interupt the narrative frequently. A wonderful book on many levels and a classic of the horror genre. This book showcases King's style and is highly recommended and would make a great place to start for those who haven't read any King.
Date published: 2008-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Movie Can't Compare! This is a classic example of Stephen King's brilliant creativity. The Overlook Hotel and its winter caretakers, Jack Torrence and his family, keep you turning page after page, your pulse racing as the plot unravels. Though certain aspects are very similar to the movie, readers of this novel will tell you that the Stanley Kubrick film (that was released three years after the book publication) was highly entertaining but cannot be compared to the litterary masterpiece of the orginial story. Stephen King's "The Shining" is a timeless story that remains as thrilling every time you read it!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! This book was the first Stephen King book I ever read, and I must say it was great! Stephen King is one of the only authors I will read now! This book was absolutely spell-binding, and the movie doesn't do it justice. Read this book ASAP or you'll definitely regret it!
Date published: 2006-07-05
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 × 4.2 × 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)