The Shining

The Shining

Book - 1977
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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.
Publisher: London : New English Library, 1977.
Branch Call Number: HORROR
Characteristics: 447 p. ;,23 cm.
Notes: Prequel to: Doctor Sleep.


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One of Stephen King’s defining works and a classic of the modern horror genre. Taking place in a haunted hotel with a dark history, there are plenty of supernatural chills in the Shining, which is definitely a slow-burning horror. The Shining deals also with themes of domestic violence and alcoho... Read More »

If you like stories with psychological, theological and paranormal elements this one will chill you to the bone As the winter chill sets in things begin to develop into something sinister, paranormal forces are out to play. The Overlook Hotel doesn’t seem so warm and cozy now… but what is the re... Read More »

One of Stephen King’s defining works and a classic of the modern horror genre. Taking place in a haunted hotel with a dark history, there are plenty of supernatural chills in the Shining, which is definitely a slow-burning horror. The Shining deals also with themes of domestic violence and alcoho... Read More »

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LCPL_Courtney Dec 29, 2020

I was looking for a good thriller to read, and Stephen King delivered with "The Shining". This book is about Danny Torrence and his parents Jack and Wendy who move into the Overlook Hotel to care for it over the winter. However, Danny's "invisible friend" Tony keeps warning him not to go, but he ignores Tony because his dad needs this job. The events that begin taking place during their stay at the Overlook were crazy. It definitely kept me turning the pages for more. This is a good choice if you are looking for a supernatural/phycological thriller.

Aug 25, 2020

If Stephen King is going to be remembered for anything, it is going to be for this book. One of the cornerstones of horror fiction and popular culture.

The Shining, Stephen King’s most popular and most defining work, has paved the way for his other novels and the entire horror genre as a whole. It tells the story of Jack, an alcoholic father, Wendy, a conflicted mother, and Danny, their uniquely “gifted” son staying at the Overlook Hotel near Boulder, Colorado in order to take care of it over the harsh winter. As the plot thickens, the horrors at the Overlook begin to manifest themselves to the family in the form of past events that Danny’s parents blame on their newfound cabin fever; but Danny knows better than to blame the horrors they’ve experienced on the forthcomings of their own minds.
I would give The Shining 5 stars out of 5 due to its perfectly cohesive plot, beautifully crafted characters, and compelling narrative that only deepens with interest with every turn of the page. I would recommend it to a more mature audience (15 years and older) as it does deal with sensitive topics such as domestic violence, drinking addictions, and some racism.

Jun 12, 2020

The Shining is a book about a family of three caretaking an isolated hotel with a gruesome past during the winter. Jack, the father of the family uses the isolation as time to work on his novel while Wendy, his wife, and Danny, his kid, explore the hotel. Danny realizes he has a gift to be able to see the past horrors of the hotel as they reach out to him. The gift, called the Shining, allows him to communicate and interact with the many long past visitors of the hotel. As Danny explores this power, his father starts to get influenced by the hotel's mysterious ways. This book explores the working of the human mind, it allows for suspense and thrill as the reader progresses through the book and sees the influence of isolation on the Torrance family. I would give this book a 5 out of 5, it is intense and gory but still finds subtle ways to engage the reader. The plotline can feel slow at times but is worth the wait since the slow speed of the book all adds to the suspense the author intended. The age I’d recommend this book to is 16+ because the vocabulary and writing style is very mature, making it more difficult for younger readers to understand. The Shining also does not shy away from gore.

Jan 28, 2020


Nov 24, 2019

This was finally a good book from king, nice dialogue, nice building of tension. Subtle writing. No anti-religious undertones. What a change. This is a mediocre book for me, there was an obsession towards saying "breasts" instead of chest which made most moments awkward. This book is weirdly overly sexual. It's like smut. Like Danny pressing his crying face deeper "into his mother's breasts". Ew. Took me out of it towards the end. On a positive note, the book made me scared about what kind of parent I might be. Which is some good food for thought.

Nov 05, 2019

RED RUM......Creepy good.

Sep 19, 2019

The book went quite in depth into what was going on inside Jack's head as well as Danny's. The reader is able to clearly see the stages in which the hotel became one with Jack. Stephen King has a way of getting into the head of the reader, allowing them to empathize with the characters and what they're going through, thus making this reading experience much more terrifying. The book is a fairly easy read with concepts that aren't too difficult to understand. I also really enjoyed the way King used Mr. Hallorann to build suspense. As the only outside being that was aware of the situation at the hotel it instantly made him an ally to Danny and the Torrance's. This came in handy later once Danny is able to call for help. The rush and panic of Mr. Hallorann attempting to help them alongside the events at the hotel set up a beautiful opportunity for suspense that kept the reader on the edge of their seat.

Apr 16, 2019

A fantastic novel. My favourite by Stephen King. Also... all the people that said this book should be for 18 and over haven't read it.

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Apr 07, 2013

A man, his son and wife become the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotel's past using a telepathic gift known as "The Shining". The father, Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project when he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel's ghosts. After being convinced by a waiter's ghost to "correct" the family, Jack goes completely insane. The only thing that can save Danny and his mother is "The Shining".

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Isolated in a haunted hotel a young boy discovers ghosts while his father slowly goes insane.


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Nov 24, 2015

Coarse Language: f*** C*** a** Cu*t bit*h wh*re pr*ck and many many many many more

Nov 24, 2015

Sexual Content: a few sex scenes


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Apr 10, 2019

“Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in.”

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