Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining by Stephen King

I have been wanting to read a Stephen King book for a very long time. I read Christine years ago when I was a teenager but hadn't read anything else since. I decided to pick The Shining for my book groups October read. Probably not the best book for my easily scared group of friends, but for me-the perfect read.

Most, I believe, know the story, right? Jack Torrance takes a job as the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel which is in the Rocky Mountains closed off to everything once the snow starts to fall. He brings along his wife, who is ready to leave him the minute he starts drinking again, and his son, Danny with his psychic abilities.

I enjoyed reading this all month long. I loved the slow build up of the supernatural scares to the big final battle between the Torrance's and the Overlook Hotel. It was interesting to me how much of this is a psychological thriller rather than blood and gore scares. There is that, too, but the psychological thrills were so much more disturbing and scary.

Next on my Stephen King books to read list: It


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  1. I used to read Stephen King once in a while, but I hardly ever read horror any more. I should really remedy that.

  2. I've just started reading Stephen King books and am learning from others that his original books are excellent. His newer books from the past twenty years tend to be a little hit or miss, I've been told. But it's still Stephen King! :) I am reading 'Salem's Lot right now and am really enjoying this freakish horror story. He has a new book out in a month that people are already raving over!

  3. I have a copy of this book somewhere but I've never read it. I think I'd enjoy the book better than I did the movie. I'm more into psychological thrillers than blood and guts. Glad to see you rated it so highly.

  4. There is still a fare share of blood and guts in the end so be prepared for that. I did like how much more you understand what is happening in the book than in the movie.

  5. I will be reading my copy of Salem's Lot very soon. :)


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