The Shining

A book by Stephen King

< read all 15 reviews

Ignore both movies - the book is the best!

  • Jul 18, 2004
Over 25 years after it was published, "The Shining" remains ones of King's best novels to date. It is not simply the story of a supernatural hotel, but also the all-too-normal corruption and degradation that can exist within the human heart.

Jack Torrance is a deeply-flawed man, both as a husband and a father, and when the evil presence in the Overlook Hotel finds him, it exploits his every weakness. "The Shining" is a gripping book, and it is one of the few books of King's that I would say is truly frightening. King captures his characters here with a sharp eye for detail, and tells a powerful story.

This book has suffered not one, but two adaptations to screen (one by King himself), but neither of them really captured what makes The Shining such a standout novel, not just in King's work, but in the field of American letters in general. When King is considered, in years to come, one of the 20th century's great novelists, this will be one of the books studied extensively.

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
More The Shining (book) reviews
review by . October 18, 2009
In 1974 Carrie was published and Stephen King hit the scene.  The book in and of itself didn't really become a bestseller until it arrived in paperback.  Afterwards, King followed Carrie up with Salem's Lot, a more mature and fleshed out story than King's freshman novel.  The Shining is what made King a household name and solidified him as a force to be reckoned with in horror fiction.  This book is most certainly not the most important book out there in horror fiction, but it …
Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
i remember sneaking to watch this on tv late at night when i was younger just because my dad told me it was to scary for me.
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
the book was good, it took me a while to get through it though. the movie however was really really good i liked it more than the book.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
The first Stephen King book that I ever read, and in many ways his finest. Tightly written, thoroughly character-driven, and just plain frightening from cover to cover. From this are great reputations made!
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Great book and got to love the movie.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
read many times...still a good read
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
As with many other novels by King,. I just didn't enjoy this all that much.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Most excellent book, creepy
review by . September 10, 2009
Rarely have five hundred small-fonted pages of a novel passed so fast.    Before reading The Shining, I quite wrongly perceived Stephen King as as a pot-boiler par excellence - a turner-out of yearly novels for long enough that bookshop comfortably carry a whole shelves dedicated to his stuff, all spine-emblazoned with his name much larger than the book's title in ghoulish green or red; the time-honoured costume of the poolside horror. I once saw Salem's Lot as the only novel …
About the reviewer
Rich Stoehr ()
Ranked #6
I often hide behind a pithy Douglas Adams quote or maybe some song lyrics. I guess it makes sense that much of what I share is reviews of things I like (or don't).      People … more
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this book


CosmopolitanGuaranteed to frighten you into fits...freezing terror...with a climax that is literally explosive! --Review
view wiki


ISBN-10: 0743424425
ISBN-13: 978-0743424424
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Pocket
Polls with this book
First to Review
© 2014, LLC All Rights Reserved - Relevant reviews by real people.
Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy is part of the Network - Get this on your site
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since