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Disappointing--not truly a Shining sequel
on July 19, 2014
This was rather disappointing for a couple of reasons. First, it had little to do with The Shining other than the lead character being from that book, now grown up. There's little else that ties it in to the true star of the original--the Overlook Hotel. Perhaps another story set in the Overlook would have been a more fitting sequel. The second reason I was disappointed was the story itself. It's standard King fare, with the flawed hero (alcoholic, again--King has gone to that bottle one too many times); the baddies, who really aren't that scary; and an attempt at tension that lacks any tenseness. Without giving away the ending, let me know say that the story meanders to an ending that seems uninspired. I'm probably juding it harsher than usual because I loved The Shining as well as all of King's earlier works. I was so excited to finally read this book, and within about 100 pages, so disappointed. Not terrible, but certainly not in the same class as The Shining.