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The Shining Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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“An undisputed master of suspense and terror.” —The Washington Post
“[King] probably knows more about scary goings-on in confined, isolated places than anybody since Edgar Allan Poe.” —Entertainment Weekly
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“Peerless imagination.” —The Observer (London)
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63; Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Duma Key; Lisey’s Story; Cell; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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I have read Salem's Lot and Pet Semetary by Stephen King and I loved them both!
Salem's Lot being my favorite over Pet Semetary...
So I wasn't sure how The Shining would compare to the way I loved the other 2! And I must say, I wasn't disappointed!! It's now my favorite out of the 3!
I watched the movie several years ago when I was a child.
I don't think the movie does it any justice, whatsoever!!
Yes, I enjoyed the movie but the book tells a much different story in my opinion. I love that you really get to know the characters and what they are thinking and feeling. Instead of watching the story, you get to imagine what the hotel and "monsters" look like!
I got so wrapped up in the story and characters. I will definitely read this one again!
If you are unsure about whether you should read it or not, go ahead and read it! I promise you won't be disappointed!!
This tale of the Torrance family, especially Danny with "the shine," the Overlook Hotel, and Halloran, the cook, is a masterpiece of horror. I consider "The Shining" and It two of the scariest books I've ever read. I think this is because not only because of the supernatural horror aspects of both books but also the human elements that contribute to the horror.
I also love both versions of the movie made about this book - the well-known movie with Jack Nicholson, scary but not following the book very well - The Shining, and the mini-series that was faithful to the book - Stephen King's The Shining (Two Disc Special Edition).
If you have never read this book and love horror, you owe it to yourself to read it. If you've read it before, read it again to reacquaint yourself with the great story and characters before the sequel comes out.