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Hardcover The Shining Book

ISBN: 0385121679

ISBN13: 9780385121675

The Shining

(Book #1 in the The Shining Series)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Before Doctor Sleep, there was The Shining, a classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King. 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...

Customer Reviews

15 ratings

Is there such a thing as possession of a human by another entity?

This book. If you have ever wondered about spirit possession, read this. It might be old but it is CLASSIC. I've always wondered if the author didn't get a bit possessed himself writing this book. And I know Jack Nic was praised for his portrayal in the movie, but I always thought a subtler portrayal would have conveyed more eeriness. The story was strong enough to have carried that.

my favorite horror writer no one like stephen king

very good condition on this one and my doctor sleep that is part 2 of the shining cant wait to read the movie is out but havent seen books always tells more so if you like stephen king then his books all all great

Well written, suspenseful, so much better than the movie

I really enjoyed this book, found it hard to put down. It gives so much more depth to the characters than the movie could even touch upon, there is a tenderness to the characters that I didn't expect after only watching the movie. It literally had me on edge and worried for the characters as I read, little startles throughout. It gets good quickly and stays good through the very end. I look forward to reading its sequel, I watched the movie and was intrigued to find how they tied it back to the book. I highly recommend it.

Startling, and haunting

Infinitely superior to the film and hauntingly intense.

This book was NOT in good condition

This book was yellowed, with brittle pages, dog ears and small tears. If I had paid $2 I would not have been AS unhappy.... would love to refuse shipment!!!!!!!!

An Absolute Classic, One of Stehpen King's best works

This book is an instant classic, There's a reason King is considered the Master of horror, This is an awesome book that will keep you hooked until the end.

Welcome to the Overlook Hotel...

The Shining was not the first book I read by Stephen King, far from it. But it’s one of the scariest! The terrifying tale of the horrors experienced by a loving family while serving as the off season caretakers of the glamorous, but isolated, Overlook Hotel is chilling and nightmarish, to say the least, for any ghost story fan! When they first arrive, only little Danny, a five-year-old boy senses the evil lurking within the walls of the old hotel, thanks to his unusual psychic power, the shining. Soon enough, everyone will be plagued by the vengeful spirits that haunt the place. Danny will confront the horror that lurks in room 217, Wendy will be witness to the eerie phenomenon of an elevator that runs by itself, even though you can the voices of a crowd of excited passengers, as if they were just leaving a party, and Jack will find himself attending a party in the ballroom, a party that seems to have been going on for years, a party that never seems to end. Jack, loving husband and father, Wendy, devoted wife and strong, protective mother, Danny, adoring five-year-old son, an ordinary, precocious boy... except for his amazing, sometimes eerie, psychic powers. They are the three units that make up a loving family, a family that will threatened and tested by the horrifying supernatural forces that haunt one hotel. When The Shining was first published, early in Stephen King’s career, it became an instant smash hit with both fans and critics, establishing King as a master of horror. Over the years, it was twice adapted into a movie, being remade as a miniseries the second time by Stephen King himself, who wrote the teleplay for the project, and by Mick Garris, who directed it. Both were successful. I like them both, but I prefer the miniseries, a movie I love to watch. The book comes with my highest recommendation! This has always been my utmost favorite Stephen King book, especially when it comes to his horror novels! Consider yourself warned, though, that after you read this book, you WILL have nightmares! The only time I believe Stephen King has ever written anything more terrifying was when he published Pet Sematary. And, with a horror novel this mean, even that is debatable!!!


love this book. slow to the start, king writes with such detail! had to stop reading at night got spooked. read this book in two days.

A Great Read, but Slow at Times

I enjoyed this book. It sent chills down my spine at certain points (Like I literally had to stop reading at night sometimes) However, some parts of the book just seemed to be drawn out. I felt satisfied when I finished it, so it wasn't lacking anything.

My first Stephen King novel!

I started this book on Wensday and finished it on Friday night of last week. You also have to add in school so I finished the book in less than a day if I would've timed myself. I'm a busy 6th grader and still found the time to read the great novel! I loved every page. The movie ( Stanley Kubrick ) I saw the week before. I respect the movie but it's nothing like the book. The book has fear on every corner. The pacing is good. Characters can be relatable. I can't say much because I'll spoil it but it easily deserves its rating as a 5/5 as a great classic. I also bought the book off of thirftbooks and bought it in acceptable condition and it didn't cause any problems. Pages were fine only problem was cover but it's all about what's in the inside I suppose.

A Stephen King classic!

From the beginnings of the story, arriving at the hotel, assuring his wife of his stability and then, once the doors are locked and winter encroaches, things start to happen. King uses that element of the unknown to gradually work the environment on you and gradually bring in all sorts of fascinating apparitions. He leaves everything to the imagination, drawing in the reader further and further into the abyss, until you're so locked up in the King world that the only escape is to finish the book. It's this twist of reality that clenches it, that delivers a vague feeling of mistrust. You begin to wonder what the protagonist is up to. He is writing a book.... you expect details and then you're horrified at the repetitions it reveals, making you gasp at what's next. He is led into the ballroom where the 1930's atmosphere is re-established so that the protagonist can blend in, a prelude to the conclusion. There, he is given advise, advise that would change his nature and violate the newly formed relationship with his unsuspecting wife. The cook knows what's wrong...just as the boy does--for they have the shine! And when he comes to investigate the situation to satisfy his curiosity, the gruesome welcoming takes him by surprise. And you sit there, reading, led deeper and deeper into the creepy world of King's tremendous imagination, only limited by the pages you turn.... but you keep turning, driven further in.... until you reach an angry point...which I won't spoil for you. Read it!


Just decided to reread this after some 20 years. Mr. King surely has improved as an author since those days.

Remains one of King's most powerful, frightening novels

Twenty-seven years after its publication, The Shining remains a visceral, gripping read that showcases Stephen King's unfathomable powers to hypnotize and terrify readers, a power King had in abundance in the early stages of his career. Coming on the heels of Carrie and 'Salem's Lot, The Shining truly established King as a modern master of horror and an unequaled purveyor of a literary mirror into pop culture. If you've only seen the original movie starring Jack Nicholson, you really owe it to yourself to read the novel; Stanley Kubrick made a fine and scary movie, but he did not capture the essence of King's story, and his dramatization followed a different path than what you find in the original vision brought to life through the words of King. The more recent miniseries was more faithful to the novel, but it doesn't take an Einstein to figure out that a made-for-TV dramatization is limited in terms of what it can get away with in a number of important areas. Simply put, The Shining stands just behind Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House as one of the best "haunted house" novels ever written. The plot should be quite familiar to one and all by this point. The Torrance family embarks on a months-long retreat into complete isolation when Jack Torrance signs on to be the winter custodian of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. Jack takes some personal demons with him to a hotel chock-full of malevolent, ghostly spirits; he is a recovering alcoholic who, in the last couple of years, lost his job and broke his little boy's arm in a state of drunken fury. He thinks the months alone with his wife and son will allow him to find peace - and to finally finish the play he has been working on. His long-suffering wife has some misgivings, but the only person really clued into the dreadful possibilities is his son Danny. Danny has "the shine," a gift which allows him to see and know things he cannot possibly know; it is a powerful gift which the Overlook (which really is an entity unto itself) jealously desires for itself. As the days pass, the Overlook exerts more and more of an influence on Jack, exploiting his weaknesses, exacerbating his paranoia and persecution complex, and basically turning him into a murderous new tool at the hotel's disposal. Danny sees what is happening, although he cannot really understand much of it given his very young age. He can certainly understand the terror of the Overlook, however, as he sees images of the hotel's murderous past and very dark near future in a number of unsettling scenes interspersed throughout the novel. This is a harrowing tale of survival against incredible odds of a supernatural nature, and King brings every nuance of the story to vivid life, capturing perfectly the internalization and externalization of fear among exceedingly real, believable characters that the reader gets to know very well indeed. As has always been the case with Stephen King, it is his incomparable powers of chara

A perfect blend of subtle horror and human drama

If you need blood and guts every few pages to stay interested in a book, you will be dissapointed. If your definition of drama is the murderous villains lengthy monologue before his final, grisly defeat, you will be dissapointed. If you're looking for a clone of the movie in book form, you will be /very/ dissapointed.If, however, you appreciate one of those rare novels that leads you into the story step by step, immersing you with effortless grace into the world in which it occurs, a world that is, on the surface, plain and even non-descript yet brimming just beneath with murky, brooding awareness, then this one might be for you. If you appreciate full and starkly realistic characters painted in bold and brilliant strokes of emotion and personality, you may want to have a look. Finally, if you can accept Steven King as something more than "The Horrormeister", and instead as a natural story-teller who is as capable of capturing the subtles and nuances of terror as the hack and slash aspects, who can blend it perfectly into a familiar yet hauntingly awry world of ghosts darkness and ordinary people struggling against not only such mundane horrors as abuse and acoholism but horrors of a decidedly more supernatural nature, then you might be ready for this book.I was captivated by the plight of Danny, a very unique young boy, struggling against unimaginable forces out of pure, unconditional love for his father. Likewise, Jack Torrence is not merely the bloodlusting maniac of the movie, but a man who is hounded by his alcoholism, all the way into the heart of the Colorado Rockies where he attempts to come to terms with his personal ghosts and heal the rift that is threatening to pull his family apart. Despite his best efforts, however, the sinister awareness that has infested the Overlook, an awareness birthed by years of murder and tragedy, slowly twists him to it's evil ends in a heart-breaking struggle of wills.This book is full of disturbingly memorable imagery, moments of slow and creeping terror that will keep you turning pages deep into the night. The ending is a satisfying as it is tragic, bringing the grisly drama to a gut-wrenching climax and exorcising the tortured prisoners of the Overlook in a curtain of purifying flame.As King books go, this is one of his finest. As far as any book goes, this is one of the scariest I've ever read.

It's The Shining

Some people seem confused by the review of this book, below, being in another language. It's completely appropriate, as all signs point to this being The Shining in Spanish... The Shining is a great book, so to all of the readers of Stephen King, translated into Spanish, I recommend this book highly.

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