The Shining is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. Published in , it is King's third published novel and first hardback bestseller: the success of. The Shining is the third book published by Stephen King; it is his third novel. The book was published by Doubleday in January 28, This classic novel is. To ask other readers questions about The Shining, please sign up. Most of Stephen King's books are that way, they suck you in and take over your life.
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The page for the Novel The Shining. The Shining Formats: Hardcover / Paperback / Trade / Kindle / Audio / Movie / TV Miniseries / DVD First Edition Release. Stephen King aficionado James Smythe is rereading all the horror master's The Shining is the story of Jack Torrance, who is employed as the. download The Shining by Stephen King from site's Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction.
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site Inspire Digital Educational Resources. site Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. site Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. DPReview Digital Photography. Hallorann, who has taken a chef's job at a resort in Maine , comforts Danny over the loss of his father as Wendy recuperates from the injuries Jack inflicted on her. After writing Carrie and 'Salem's Lot , which are both set in small towns in King's native Maine, King was looking for a change of pace for the next book.
They were the only two guests in the hotel that night. This is where room comes from in the book.
In , King started a novel entitled Darkshine, which was to be about a psychic boy in a psychic amusement park, but the idea never came to fruition and he abandoned the book. During the night at the Stanley, this story came back to him. They were offered one choice for dinner, the only meal still available.
Taped orchestral music played in the room and theirs was the only table set for dining. So the music is echoing down the hall, and, I mean, it was like God had put me there to hear that and see those things. And by the time I went to bed that night, I had the whole book in my mind". He ended up in the bar and was served drinks by a bartender named Grady. He was being chased by a fire-hose. I woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating all over, within an inch of falling out of bed. I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in a chair looking out the window at the Rockies, and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.
You always hide what you're confessing to. That's one of the reasons why you make up the story. When I wrote The Shining, for instance, the protagonist of The Shining is a man who has broken his son's arm, who has a history of child beating, who is beaten himself.
And as a young father with two children, I was horrified by my occasional feelings of real antagonism toward my children. Won't you ever stop? Won't you ever go to bed? And time has given me the idea that probably there are a lot of young fathers and young mothers both who feel very angry, who have angry feelings toward their children.
But as somebody who has been raised with the idea that father knows best and Ward Cleaver on ' Leave It To Beaver ,' and all this stuff, I would think to myself, Oh, if he doesn't shut up, if he doesn't shut up So when I wrote this book I wrote a lot of that down and tried to get it out of my system, but it was also a confession.
I read many stories where one thrilling thing happens after another, which just gets repetitive after awhile and takes away from the excitement. King, however, knows how to keep you hooked without ever going over the top. Despite my copy having over pages, I felt entertained throughout and was never bored. This is how suspense is supposed to be written. Obviously, many strange things happen in this story. Many of them might even seem completely unbelievable and ridiculous. But once again, King has a way of writing that makes everything sound like they could actually happen.
I don't know how he does it, but every time I read something by him I think to myself: Of course this can be a thing. I really liked how every character in this book had a distinctive voice, even though there were many changes of the point of view.
This shows what great and realistic characters Stephen King creates every time. Especially the main character Jack struck a chord with me, even though I am nothing like him. But there was just something about him I don't know how to describe it, but he was written in a way that made all his actions seem somehow comprehensible, no matter how shocking they might have been.
Of course everybody reads a book differently and interprets it in their own way. For me, this wasn't just a simple ghost story. For me, it was about a man coming to terms with his own demons more than ever before, and finally facing up to something he has lost control over a long time ago. The only reason this book doesn't get the full five stars from me, is because I didn't get lost in this world as much as I did in the other works by the same author.
Even though the film version of this one from Stanley Kubrick is generally considered a horror classic, Stephen King has never been shy about making his dislike of it known. He hates it so much that he was heavily involved in making a more faithful adaptation of it as TV mini-series in So that worked well….
On to the book. As most everyone knows, this is about a family spending the winter in a haunted hotel in the Rocky Mountains called the Overlook. Jack Torrance was a teacher and promising writer, but his alcoholism and short temper wrecked his career and very nearly ended his marriage.
Jack has been sober over a year, and he and Wendy have started down the path of reconciliation. However, she can never entirely forgive him for breaking the arm of their son Danny in an incident that was equal parts rage and accident.
Five year old Danny has psychic mojo that includes reading thoughts and precognition courtesy of visions shown to him by his imaginary friend, Tony.
Nearly broke, Jack takes on the job of being the winter caretaker for the Overlook. This means that the family will spend months alone in the hotel once the snow flies, and the last caretaker went axe-happy and killed his family.
Unfortunately, the Overlook is like an emotional sponge that has soaked in every ugly act that ever took place within its rooms, and the presence of a high-powered psychic like Danny kicks the place into overdrive. As Jack is being driven into madness, Wendy and Danny become increasingly terrified of what he might do. I once read something in which King talked about denial of his own substance abuse problems in which he noted that he somehow wrote The Shining without ever once realizing he was describing his own alcoholism.
That element of the Jack Torrence character is what makes this one of his better books.
The idea of being trapped in a hotel with a bunch of ghosts is scary in a horror story kind of way. The idea of being trapped in a hotel with an ill-tempered drunk with a history of violence as he is cracking up is downright terrifying.
This would be hard enough under any circumstances, but under the influence of the evil spirits of the Overlook, Jack becomes a tragedy. Another element jumped out at me while re-reading this time. King talked in his non-fiction Danse Macabre Which I remember as being entertaining, but probably very dated by now.
He uses that idea to good effect here. View all 72 comments. Oct 01, Justin rated it really liked it. I completely agree with everything I said two years ago. Third time reading this one, and I think I enjoyed it the most this time around. Kicking off a couple months of reading scary, autumny, Halloweeny books.
That's where it's at. This is a high point in the King canon for me. In Salem's Lot before this, he developed fascinating characters inhabited a beautifully described small town. He took his time slowly unraveling the story, taking pages and pages to build the setting and deepen our relationship with the large cast of characters. In The Shining, there are basically three characters outside of a small cast of supporting actors. The setting is really just a giant old hotel in a snowy Colorado town.
But SK takes even more pages, sometimes entire blasted chapters to develop his characters and set his scenes. Like I said before, it's a slow burn, man. The fact that King takes his time building the horror makes the scary scenes that much scarier. It's not a horror novel full of jump scares and monsters. It's effective by drawing us deep into the minds of the characters, overhearing their innermost thoughts, and freaking out right along with them.
The scenes there for horror effect and the iconic stuff from the movie aren't even all that necessary. There is so much else going on in the isolation, addition, desperation, schizophrenia of it all that plays so much harder on your emotions than what's hiding behind a hotel room door.
It's long winded at times, sure, but it's mostly necessary. We get to know the Torrence family better than we wish we ever did by the end of this thing. From the awkwardness of the initial conversation with Jack and Ullman to the wild and crazy climax, the pages keep turning and your heart keeps pounding faster. King takes you on a long roller coaster ride that moves slowly up the long, high incline before bringing us crashing down screaming our faces off at the end.
And then we grab another King book and hope the ride is just as thrilling as the one before.
I'm looking at you, Doctor Sleep. View all 17 comments. His best book is 'The Green Mile,' but since it doesn't quite fall under the Horror category, it is either 'Shining' or 'Carrie' which take top prize. There is not one single detriment to this well-known tale of the disintegration of the American family within the realm of the undead. King here is as he has never been since: King is not a His best book is 'The Green Mile,' but since it doesn't quite fall under the Horror category, it is either 'Shining' or 'Carrie' which take top prize.
King is not a fan of the Kubrick film, and it is easy to see why. The ghosts are the manifestations of a child's bruised home-life and the suffocation and claustrophobia have more to do with that tragic past than the hotel's eerie interior. I place this masterpiece next to 'The Exorcist', a tale that is more than just a simple tale of demonic possession. To say the 'The Shining' is just a ghost story is something Kubrick ran with The Torrences suffer because they had been broken prior to the stay at the Overlook This one was the one that made King king.
View all 15 comments. Aug 17, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Who knows However , I do think that in order to have a credible debate on the subject, you would need to include the Prince of the Prolific Page Turner in the argument.
King and his extensive literary production. But, first, a little background. I mean they had lots of naughty words and naughty people doing naughty things sometimes to their naughty bits During that period I read quite a few Kingers including: However, after the The Drawing of the Three more on that series below , I drifted away from reading in general as other things began to take precedence in my advancing teen years This period of literary latency lasted about 15 years though I did still read during this time, but it was very sporatic.
Then about 7 years ago, I began hard core reading again like a born again bibliophile. Well, once I reattached myself to the reading world, my primary King-related focus was completing the Dark Tower series in all its delicious awesomeness. Fanboy gusher about to commence. Leaving aside the rest of his catalog, if SK had written nothing but the Dark Tower series, he would be on my shortlist of favorite authors of all time.
The Dark Tower is one of my All Time Favorite series and is head, shoulders, navel, twig and berries above anything else King has ever done. In addition to being one of the most well-imagined, compelling and fantastically realized series ever written, I believe its staggering uniqueness places it among the greatest literary achievements of the 20th Century…PERIOD.
Most of this is due to subtle and nuanced psychological aspects of the novel dealing with alcohlism, obsession and madness were more understandable and relatable at 40 than they were at 15 go figure.
While I assume most people are familiar with the plot, for those just returning to Earth welcome back or just arriving for the first time NaNu.. Now, Jackie boy is a charmer. Basically, he is your basic angry, violent, anti-social drunk I think I will exit the plot summary and leave the rest for you to find on your own. King does a great job of creating a superb sense of dread with sides of creepy and crawly in this very unique and layered "haunted house" story.
He is among the best ever at being able to suck a reader into his story and the Shining is certainly a great example of that as I was lost in the narrative from the very beginning. There are few writers who can completing yank me into a story and have me forgeting about eating and sleeping like King did here.
Now understand, I thought the story was very good but was nowhere near loving it. Yet, I found myself listening to it almost straight through, because King has some demon-spawned story-telling mojo that hypnotizes me. The ability to create characters that engage the reader both good and bad and finding the right emotional buttons to press in order to make the reader CARE about what his characters are thinking and doing.
King certainly succeeds here and is in top "page turning" form as he employs characters that are exceptionally well drawn, including the Hotel itself which is one of the best non-human characters ever. A good, solid story that is worth reading. View all 26 comments. Another Stephen King re-read complete! I have had this book marked at 4 stars since I added it a few years ago.
It has probably been 20 years since I last read the book and, in that time, I have watched the Kubrick movie a few times. I think my thoughts on the movie combined with being a couple of decades removed from reading it skewed my rating a bit low.
This time, though, with the refresher — 5 stars all the way Another Stephen King re-read complete! This time, though, with the refresher — 5 stars all the way! One very important thing I think that people forget including me is view spoiler [ Jack Torrence is not the monster, the Overlook is the monster hide spoiler ] I listened to the book this time and the audio narration was great.
I was enthralled the entire time and the narrator did a great job raising the stakes as the story progressed. If you are also considering a re-read, the audiobook is a great option. If you are looking for a place to start King, this is not a bad choice. It is a little more psychologically complex that a couple of the other titles I recommend as King starting points The Dead Zone and Pet Sematary , but definitely would give anyone a good feel for King. While there are some elements in the book similar to the movie, forget everything you have seen and the impressions Kubrick has given you and try the book.
I think you will find it to be a vastly improved experience. Also, I hear the more recent mini-series is much more true to the book — I hope to hunt that one down, soon!
View all 43 comments. I'm not sure why I only saw the movie and never read the book. I loved the movie so much it makes no sense, but back in the day, not many things make sense to me. I will have to go back and watch the movie again to see all of the different little changes.
Now I know why some things happened. You know those things, the little things that are only in the head, written in the book, but doesn't show up in the movie part. I know the book messed with my head but I didn't realize it would make me I'm not sure why I only saw the movie and never read the book. I know the book messed with my head but I didn't realize it would make me write that way!
I hope anyone reading this can understand what I meant. I really did enjoy the book, although I did feel a bit crazier than I am at times with all of the voices in everyone's head! I didn't want one of the bad things that happened in the movie to NOT happen in the book. I didn't want to read that part and lo and behold, it didn't happen! The ending in the book was a lot better than the movie.
Once again, I really did enjoy this book and look forward to reading and re-reading more of the golden oldies! Apr 03, Kai rated it really liked it Shelves: It don't care. It don't hate you and me but it don't love us, either. I hate them, but my fascination for them always overpowers that feeling. It may take me ages to pick up a certain book or watch a certain movie but at some point curiosity always kills the cat and satisfaction brings it back.
The only Stephen King I've read before is Carrie. I didn't find it either really frightening or exciting, but it was good. A "The world's a hard place. And I just knew that The Shining would be on a whole new level. So it was. The foreshadowing was the worst. It held me tight in its grip and nearly crushed me.
On the other hand, it made the story predictable. Apart from that, I'm fascinated by how amazingly well constructed the characters are.
Same thing applies to background details like the hotel's history, its former owners and guests. King also leaves many questions about the hotel unanswered, which is equal parts torture and genius. That's something I really love about authors: Find more of my books on Instagram View all 12 comments.
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Mix a heaping helping of exposition, a generous spoonful of backstory, a man struggling with alcoholism and a pinch of scares. Shake and pour over ice. La cocktail de Shining. View all 11 comments. Aug 22, Dana Ilie rated it really liked it Shelves: The Shining is a ghost story told the way it should be.
The characters are strong and endaring, all in their own right. I actually really like Jack Torrance. Danny is another great character. And then of course, the most interesting character of all. The Overlook. Suspenseful from the get-go, thrilling and terrifying, this is a great novel.
View all 8 comments. Once upon a time, there was a young man who believed that books were always better than movies. Everyone whose opinion he respected told him it was so, and he believed it must be. And for a time he saw nothing to shake this belief. He read Dickens and saw filmed versions and knew it was so. He read Dumas and no version of Musketeers could shake his conviction. But the young man discovered that it wasn't just the cla Once upon a time, there was a young man who believed that books were always better than movies.
But the young man discovered that it wasn't just the classics for which this held true. He read the popular books of his day, the mysteries and science fictions and fantasies, and those were always better than the movie. But the inevitable happened. One day his notions were challenged in the most devastating way. A man, wild with isolated madness, chopped a door down, poked his head through the cracks and declared his frightening presence.
It was an iconic moment. A new idol to replace the idol he'd worshipped, but he didn't know it yet. The young man went out to read the book that gave birth to that image, knowing that the book MUST be better than the film.
He turned the pages with excitement, and it began as he expected it would. Tension built, suspense drove him on, the characters seemed fuller and richer, but that began to slip away. Where was the thematic depth? Where was the powerful iconography? Where was the terror? It was gone, and with it his notions. Suddenly there was a film that was better than the book. By a long distance.
And it was happening everywhere around him. On screen Replicants beat their written counterparts. Russian poets in frozen manors moved him in ways the translated words couldn't. Christs made love to Magdalenes and it made him weep for joy. The truth was other. Rare though it remained, movies could be better than their sources. He would never again be the snob he'd been. He would embrace those films that trumped their books, and proclaim it to the world.
J the book is meandering, silly. Daniel Phillips I'd say that the book has a stronger first two acts than the film, but the film has a stronger final act that leaves the more satisfying final impress I'd say that the book has a stronger first two acts than the film, but the film has a stronger final act that leaves the more satisfying final impression of the two. Mar 25, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Back in the day when I read this, years ago, I thought it was pretty good but not fantastic.
I went ahead and went through all of SK's movies, too, and remembered watching Jack Nicholson in his iconic crazy and thought to myself, "Hey! This guy is freaking crazy!
I love it! I watc Back in the day when I read this, years ago, I thought it was pretty good but not fantastic. I watched that movie a few days ago and thought to myself, "This is a really bad movie. I still think that Jack is pretty awesome, but no matter how cool he is, it can't save this film.
He despised it. And as I read The Shining, trying to keep an open mind, I realized something. The Shining is Really, Really Good. Gorgeous details, imagery that blows me away, thoroughly amazing characterization, depth, beauty, and such a great rising unease.
I loved Jack in the book. I loved Danny in the book. I loved Halloran in the book. Wendy had a moment or two. But what I loved the most was the Hotel and all its creepy secrets, its depth, its horror. You might say the worldbuilding in this was something pretty damn amazing. And then it hit me. The Kubrick film is a dumpster fire trapped in a bubbling lake of poo.
Jack in the book went nuts, sure, but the underlying message that "normal" novelists writing "normal" books are inherently batshit insane in comparison to "horror" novelists is as clear as day! Seriously, there's enough story in this book to choke an ox and put any mainstream novel to shame. Because let's face it, SK shows more talent for mainstream fiction in this book than the majority of mainstream fiction, and he's just going to burn the whole house down!
Just do me a favor, folks, and skip any screened production of this novel and stick with the text. You will NOT be disappointed. View all 47 comments. Horror Fans. This inhuman place makes human monsters. When Jack, an alcoholic months sober, gets offered a job as a caretaker for an old hotel in remote Colorado, he has no choice but to take it.
He doesn't have many options - he's been fired from teaching and his play he's been working on is far from finished. He packs up his wife, Wendy, and his psychic five-year-old son, Danny, and waits for the snows to come. The hotel has a Grudge, unfortunately. And Danny's psychic ability is only feeding the Grudge a This inhuman place makes human monsters. And Danny's psychic ability is only feeding the Grudge and making it stronger. As the Grudge tries to work it's way into Jack's mind, the possibilities of any of them escaping alive dips toward zero.
If something terrible happens in a place - someone killing their own family and then committing suicide seems to be the most common trigger - then a Grudge is on the place. This book's Grudge apparently is a conglomerate built up over the near hundred years the hotel has been in existence. It consists of the remains of a Mafia killing, and a caretaker who killed his wife and two daughters and then himself, and a woman who commits suicide after her younger lover leaves her.
There's probably a lot more. This Grudge sees Jack, his wife, and most especially his little boy Danny as a kind of all-you-can-eat buffet, personally delivered for its enjoyment. If it can kill Danny, therefore tying him to the hotel, it will become very powerful. But I sure as heck believe in alcoholic abusive men with tempers.
And that is the true horror here.
Yes, there is an evil presence in the hotel. Yes, it spurs Jack on to murderous intentions. However, that is not the real problem here. The real problem here is that Jack is a bad person.
Yes, he loves his wife. Yes, he loves his child. But he has a terrible temper. I can't even blame the alcohol, although that certainly exacerbates things. But Jack does horrifying things while he's stone-cold sober. And way before he's introduced to the hotel's Grudge. Some examples: Then denies doing it. Everything can be blamed on others. This is very dangerous, especially in a man with temper.
He takes absolutely no responsibility for his actions or his position in life. Instead he hates everyone else for "putting him there. So don't try to tell me it's the drink! Don't try to tell me that it's the ghosts! This man is already someone you should be crossing the street to avoid.