The Shining (The Shining, #1) by Stephen King

The Shining (The Shining, #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,...


Details The Shining (The Shining, #1)

TitleThe Shining (The Shining, #1)
ISBN9780450040184
Author
Release DateJul 1st, 1980
PublisherNew English Library (Hodder & Stoughton)
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Fiction, Thriller, Classics, Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating

Reviews The Shining (The Shining, #1)

  • Earline
    2007-12-21
    This scene from Friends pretty much sums up my feelings about this book:"Rachel: Hmm. (she opens the freezer) Umm, why do you have a copy of The Shining in your freezer?Joey: Oh, I was reading it last night, and I got scared, so.Rachel: But ah, you’re safe from it if it’s in the freezer?Joey: Well, safer. Y'know, I mean I never start reading The Shining, without making sure we’ve got plenty of room in the freezer, y'know.Rachel: How often d...
  • Will Byrnes
    2011-01-28
    If you have not read The Shining already do not overlook the opportunity presented by the publication of Doctor Sleep, the sequel, to revisit one of the best ghost stories of our time. The appearance of the follow up offers a perfect justification for stepping through those bat-wing doors for the first time. 1st Edition cover – Published January 28, 1977 – 447 ppsIt has been a lifetime since I read The Shining for the first time, over thirty ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2012-08-16
    “The thought rose from nowhere, naked and unadorned. The urge to tumble her out of bed, naked, bewildered, just beginning to wake up; to pounce on her, seize her neck like the green limb of a young aspen and to throttle her, thumbs on windpipe, fingers pressing against the top of her spine, jerking her head up and ramming it back down against the floorboards, again and again, whamming, whacking, smashing, crashing. Jitter and jive, baby. Shake,...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2011-09-13
    Quite simply put, The Shining is the best horror story I have ever read. It scared the hell out of me.Over a period of time, I have noticed certain standard "motifs" in horror stories. One of these I call "The Lost Child". Such stories will typically involve a child, who can see what the silly grownups cannot see (or, even if they do see, don't acknowledge because it goes against reason and logic): and who fights, however high the odds stacked ag...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    2015-11-24
    October 2016*2.5/5* Soooo I wasn't a huge fan of this. There were a few things about it that I enjoyed, but overall I found it to be boring and overly drawn out. Also not scary AT ALL which was my biggest disappointment. October 2015I'll probably pick this up again someday, but I'm really not in the mood for this right now. Reading Harry Potter alongside this kind of ruined it for me.... Oops.
  • Lyn
    2011-07-31
    About as perfect a haunted house story as can be, King was at his best here. It's as though he built a haunted house and then filled every nook and cranny with detail. King is also at his best in regard to characterization, all well rounded and complete, we know family relationships, group dynamics, all the old hidden buried fears. King touches base with psychological elements, theological, metaphysical, spiritual, and cryptic aspects of a ghost ...
  • Ginger
    2017-10-18
    All the stars!Loved, loved this book!I'm not sure what to say in this review that hasn't been said by others. I was blown away by how great this book was. It was so much better then the movie!The slow progression of insanity with Jack Torrance was one of the best things about this book. I loved the overall menacing presence of The Overlook. I loved how the hotel becomes more violent and threatening to Danny and his family the longer they stay the...
  • Kemper
    2007-09-22
    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 1997. (This inferior version invited comparisons of Stephen Weber from Wings to one of Jack Nicholson’s most iconic performances. So that worked well….) Consid...
  • Stephen
    2008-08-17
    QUESTION: Is Stephen King the BEST PURE STORYTELLER of the 20th Century ?ANSWER: Who knows...I haven’t got the slightest wisp of the faintest fragment of a lingering shadow of a clue how to answer that manwich-sized question. 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. That says something to me and it got me thinking that there is a...
  • Fabian
    2008-12-27
    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 un-dead. King here is as he has never been since: metaphoric and concise. He usually adds fact upon useless fact that converts a 400 page work into something more gargantuan...
  • Hannah Greendale
    2017-10-30
    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. Voila! La cocktail de Shining.
  • Justin
    2009-10-01
    Old school Stephen King, man. 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 supporti...
  • Nayra.Hassan
    2015-07-05
    هناك بريق يبهرك. .و هناك بريق يعميك 💥عندما يتحدث كينج عن القدرات الخاصة ..يجب ان ننصت مليا"..فاعتقد ان لديه شيئا منهاو عندما يخبرنا كينج عن الإدمان. .يجب ان نستمع جيدا..فقد عاني طويلا من هذا الداء الوبيلو عندمايحكي لنا كينج عن الفنادق المسكونة...فلنصم...
  • Delee
    2012-03-23
    Delee?Yes Danny...Do you feel bad?No Danny, I just really hated your performance in the movie version of THE SHINING.Really Delee?Yes Danny, I hated it more than anything else in the whooole wiiiiide woooorld.I know this is supposed to be a review of the novel THE SHINING, and not the movie...but I can't review the book on its own. I tried...I really did.I first read THE SHINING just before the movie came out on video- some time in the 80s- becau...
  • Kai
    2015-04-03
    "The world's a hard place. It don't care. It don't hate you and me but it don't love us, either."My relationship with horror stories is a weird one. 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 ...
  • Brad
    2008-03-25
    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. Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and Scarlet Pimpernel all bore this out. But th...
  • Scarlet Cameo
    2017-01-21
    Lectura con el grupo PopSugar Reading Challenge en EspañolYa deje reposar este libro bastante, debo tener una opinión fija de él y más siendo lo que muchos consideran una joya del terror...bueno, no tanto así, más bien es un libro bastante promedio. Empezar la reseña con esta línea es ponerme la placa de snob grande, roja y en negritas en mi pequeña frente, pero en realidad no va por ese lado, va por mis propios problemas con King. Dado ...
  • Dan Schwent
    2013-04-15
    Recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance takes a job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, bringing his family with him. But can even his son Danny's special gift, The Shining, stop him from going mad and butchering his family like other caretakers before him?Yes, I'm several decades late to the party in reading this but after reading Joe Hill's NOS4A2, I had to read my first non-Dark Tower Stephen King book in years to see how the old man did horror bac...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2015-08-30
    The Shining #1, Stephen KingThe Shining is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. Published in 1977. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: از دوم تا بیستم ماه دسامبر سال 2013 میلادیعنوان: درخشان - علم غیب؛ نویسنده: استیون کینگ؛ مترجم: لیلا شاپوریان؛ تهران، قطره، 1391، در 711 ص، 9786001196034؛ عنوان: درخشش - علم غیب؛ نوی...
  • Cecily
    2015-04-12
    King describes my relationship with this book very well: "His relationship with his father had been like the unfurling of some flower of beautiful potential, which, when wholly opened, turned out to be blighted inside."My first Stephen King, and my first proper horror novel will be my last. I certainly didn't expect to be bored, but I was. After 338 pages / two thirds of the book, I decided life's too short to waste on books I don't enjoy.If you ...
  • F
    2012-04-16
    Really creepy! Would love to read again.
  • Matt
    2016-11-22
    He sat down on one of the stools and propped his elbows on the bar’s leather-cushioned edge. At his left hand was a bowl for peanuts – now empty, of course. The first bar he’d been in for nineteen months and the damned thing was dry – just his luck. All the same, a bitterly powerful wave of nostalgia swept over him, and the physical craving for a drink seemed to work itself up from his belly to his throat to his mouth and nose, shriveling...
  • Carmen
    2015-03-27
    This inhuman place makes human monsters.When Jack, an alcoholic 14-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 Da...
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    2016-11-21
    I don’t read much horror, but gave this a try because I have loved true crime lately. I appreciated how the characters were introduced, but this book probably gained an extra star from me for simply being about Colorado. I loved the set up of the empty hotel, where known events could be pictured by characters in the location where they happened. This aspect made the reality of seeing ghosts more real to my skeptical nature, but it wasn’t enou...
  • Maxwell
    2016-10-04
    Could've been about 100 pages shorter. The middle section was kind of boring. But the last 20%....WOW. Totally had me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to watch the film version even if it's totally different. I'm sure it'll be hair-raising. 3.5 stars
  • Jody
    2017-11-01
    Full review now up!The Shining is my first book by Stephen King and first horror novel as well. I could think of no better author than The Master of Horror himself for my introduction into this genre.Of course, I have seen the movie version of The Shining years ago. Only vague details remained clogged in my memory from that experience, but not much else. So, I went into this with as little knowledge as possible for such a popular book. I believe ...
  • Diane
    2015-09-07
    What can I say about The Shining? It is listed among Stephen King's best novels and it was turned into one of the most iconic movies of the last 40 years.I don't read a lot of horror, but I was interested in this one after learning that the character of Jack was based on King's own struggles with alcoholism. I have an addiction to addiction stories, so I was intrigued.My husband had also wanted to read The Shining, and he found a nice first editi...
  • Dd
    2013-07-13
    Hello Readers. Have you heard the tale of the Seven Wives of Bluebeard? Once upon a time there was this powerful noble immensely wealthy.Everyone called him Bluebeard because of his large, ugly blue beard.He had married several times but time and again all of his wives died.No one really knew how.And then one day he married again.A lovely, young girl.Whenever Bluebeard had to go away, he would give her all the keys of his home.He told her she cou...
  • Dawn
    2010-09-21
    I had to wait a week after reading this to write my review. Why? I couldn't fit my computer under my bed with me to type it up. Fricken terrifying. Terrifying! The entire time I spent reading this I felt sick to my stomach with dread. I was jumpy, paranoid, the whole shamboozle. King really gets into your head with this... He takes you right into the character's subconscious, and as they are slowly driven bonkers, you are driven bonkers right alo...
  • Mario
    2015-05-15
    This inhuman place makes human monsters.I don't think that I've ever read a book that kept me on the edge of my seat, from start to finish, like this one did. So many times I was scared to turn the page, thinking something like this would happen: And now that I've publicly admitted to being a wuss, lets get on with the review.I get why this is King's most popular work, even though I don't think that it's his scariest (I don't think any book will ...