The Shining / Stephen King

The Shining / Stephen King

I want to preface this by saying that I have never seen the movie The Shining, so I’m not in any way comparing the novel and the movie, or addressing the differences between them. I used a movie still for the photo  at the top because I honestly just thought it looked cool.


Synopsis: “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.”

Review: This was the first fiction work I’ve ever read by Stephen King. Before this, I had only read On Writing, which is more of a memoir / how-to type of book, (which I also loved) but through reading this fiction, I completely understand why so many people love his work.

King has mastered the art of setting a scene. His landscapes are so vidid that they come to life, no pun intended, and he knows how to really pack in the detail for the reader without making it too boring to read.

Another thing I loved about this novel is the fact that it had first person narration from all of the members of the Torrance family, which helped round out the family dynamic and show the character development on a deeper level for all of them, not just Jack.

I honestly don’t have too much to say about this book other than I loved it, and I can’t wait to read the book that follows this one, Dr. Sleep.