This is basically just another haunted house storybut my, such a great one, Stephen King brings all his considerable talents into view Though his tendency to overwrite shows too, a little editing would have made it even better by cutting out superfluous pages, nothing wrong in being succinct If you like ghouls, strange apparitions , an atmosphere thick with foreboding this ride will satisfy, not to mention the continuous party in the Colorado Lounge, where drinks are on the house, with Lloyd the perpetually agreeable gentleman presiding A vague bartender who knows how to mix them, wild, crazy , raucous people inside, and noisy scenes happening frequently, sounds like funNow to begin, John Jack Torrance has a little drinking problem, a falling down drunk, to be honest, it wouldn t matter much to anyone, except he is married with a lovely wife Wendy and a good son Danny age five, he the kid, sees things thoughwhich becomes a problem later on The parents are in their late twenties, Jack has recently lost his job teaching at a prep school , an English instructor in New England, very appropriate What is not, beating up a spoiled rich student damaging his old car, Jack has a bad temper obviously , and gives no mercy Let go by the school he desperately needs another job quickly, this is where the ancient Overlook Hotel, in the high Rocky Mountains of Colorado, over 10,000 feet in elevation, becomes important Jack s best friend Albert Shockley a wealthy man, obtains him the caretaker position there in the winter, he is part owner and fellow lush A new start for the aspiring writer five months in isolation with only his rattled family , the roads become impassable because of heavy snows, often blizzards strike the area, Mr Torrance has the time now to finish his play, that will solve all the difficulties Nevertheless the Overlook has other ideas not so nice, room 217 for instance, nor is it the only one , the sinister hotel elevator disturbs the occupants, a free spirit , which makes a quite chilling situation there The three humans in the creepy building, months alone, can cause some to become unbalanced, even maniacal, as the temperature drops and the snowflakes fall, tense Wendy feels uneasy Terrific novel and the little child, Daniel Danny his invisible, unearthly friend, the aloof Tony , dominates the preceding, they are rather a peculiar pair good or bad is the question, the answer read the book However in reality and shall I write these wordsthe fiendish Overlook Hotel is the star. Is this horror I m genuinely asking here because I m not a horror aficionado, so I don t know what all constitutes that genre To a layman like myself, IT was horror because it scared the piss out of me and I couldn t sleep without the lights on for a while The Shining islike a Spooky Family Drama Yeah, yeah, there at the end things got a little hairy, but it was still mostly a human trotting around getting all stabby.Now, I say mostly because good old Jack is getting some help from a couple of freaky paranormal spectres andTHE HEDGES In an effort to be transparent, I feel like I should mention that I ve never actually watched the movie that was based on this bestselling novel My husband who has long since stopped being surprised by me gasped out loud when I told him that a few days ago So, I m guessing from his reaction that I m probably in the minority Now, normally, whether or not you ve seen the movie doesn t matter at all, but this is a pretty iconic movie we re talking about, so even without having seen it, I kind of knew the plot a bit and of course knew who acted the starring roles I know, I know None of that matters at all when you re talking about a book But I just thought it might be relevant because the movie is so incredibly well known that even peasants like myself who haven t seen it, immediately recognize certain images from the film.I said that to say this Jack Nicholson is definitely not the Jack Torrence I was seeing in my head, as described by Stephen King King s Jack was a handsome young guy who was married to a beautiful woman Now, Shelly Duval is a fine actor and so is Nicholson ButAnyway I was just surprised to find out that the characters in the book were hotties I ve heard the book and movie are very different in a lot of ways, but that both are good if taken separately I m planning to rent the movie soon and find out.Alright The gist is that there s this guy Jack who made a few mistakes because he was a bit boozy, and is now trying to go straight and get it together for his family He s a bit of a pompous ass, truth be told One of those people who feel as though everyone around them just doesn t understand their tortured genius, you know But he s not just that guy Which is where King s brilliance as a writer comes in He doesn t make Jack the bad guy, he makes Jack a guy He s trying He s trying so hard to stay on the wagon, he s trying so hard to be a better husband, and he s trying so hard to be the father Danny deserves.And if he hadn t landed a job at a fucking Haunted Hotel, I truly believe he would have made it work.Or maybe not.Regardless, Jack is only one of the important characters in this Hallmark Family Movie Channel story You also have Jack s sweet and beautiful if a bit too mousy and faithful to the old fucker wife, Wendy And, of course, their little son, Danny.Danny hasThe Shinewhich, when I found this out, FINALLY explained the name of this fucking book to me Do you know how many years this has been subconsciously niggling at my brain Well, neither do I.But when fellow psychic, mind reader, and hotel employee, Dick Hallorann, tells Danny what rooms to avoid over the winter because he can feel Danny s super bright Shine It was like a puzzle I didn t even know I was trying to solve clicked into place It was one of those moments you have where you suddenly realize that there s one less thing you don t know For one brief second, I felt like the universe had given me a high five I hadn t asked for and then didn t even pull away at the last second.So, what happens when you toss a recovering alcoholic with a penchant towards abusive behavior, an overly optimistic woman who tends to flutter instead of walk, and a 5 year old who can tell what they are both thinking, inside of a hotel that basically wants to eat them Well, I don t want to spoil anything for the 3 people who don t know how all this turns out, butAnyway Good stuff I m glad my pals forced me once again outside my comfort zone.Buddy Read with The Jeff The Angry German 4 16Because who doesn t like child abuse 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 Remoteand 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 The thought rose from nowhere, naked and unadorned The urge to tumble her out of bed, naked, bewildered, just beginning to wake up to pounce on her, seize her neck like the green limb of a young aspen and to throttle her, thumbs on windpipe, fingers pressing against the top of her spine, jerking her head up and ramming it back down against the floorboards, again and again, whamming, whacking, smashing, crashing Jitter and jive, baby Shake, rattle, and roll He would make her take her medicine Every drop Every last bitter drop For a guy like myself who loves to read and write taking the job as a winter caretaker of The Overlook Hotel sounds like a dream job The Stanley Hotel inspiration for The Overlook HotelThe time requirements for the job are miniscule leaving me plenty of time every day to work on the next great American novel Before leaving for this foray into isolationism I would calculate just how many books I would need to sustain me through the winter and then increase it by or so Jack Torrance makes the case that because he is an educated man he is better suited for the jobA stupid man isprone to cabin fever just as he sprone to shoot someone over a card game or commit a spur of the moment robbery He gets bored When the snow comes, there s nothing to do but watch TV or play solitaire and cheat when he can t get all the aces out Nothing to do but bitch at his wife and nag at the kids and drink It gets hard to sleep because there s nothing to hear So he drinks himself to sleep and wakes up with a hangover He gets edgy And maybe the telephone goes out and the TV aerial blows down and there s nothing to do but think and cheat at solitaire and get edgier and edgier Finallyboom, boom, boom Now Jack may be an educated man but he is carrying aroundbaggage than any one bellhop could ever get delivered He has a double helix of trouble an alcohol problem intertwined with a really nasty temper He has lost jobs He has beaten a young man senseless He has broken his son Danny s arm, littlethan a toddler, because he messed up his papers Jack is always sorry Jack playing JackWhen not drinking he wipes his lips so often he makes them bleed.His father was a violent man and King does give us some background on Jack s childhood which may have been intended to lend some sympathy for Jack Just because we follow the threads back to why he is the way he is doesn t mean that he is any likeable or for that matter less dangerous He may be an educated man, and he may have made the case as to why he isqualified to be a caretaker cut off from the world, but as it turns out he wasn t suited for the job, not suited at all I was sitting in an American English class at the University of Arizona, what seems like an eon ago, when a woman, older than the rest of us by probably 15 years or so, raised her hand and asked the teacher why we weren t reading Stephen King for this class I remember distinctly peering at the syllabus and seeing Steinbeck, Faulkner, Hemingway and Fitzgerald among others It was the canon of American Literature about to be explored by some of us in depth and by some of us only by way of Cliff Notes or Sparks Notes Some in the class I could almost pick them out by their shiny perfect teeth, which I found abhorrently boring like trees planted in perfect rows, belonged to the Greek Houses and would be showing up to class only to turn in their papers carefully culled from the vast files of papers written by past Sorority Sisters or Fraternity Brothers who had received As in this class for their efforts After all it isn t about learning, but about passing I m there probably feeling slightly nauseous from the flashing brilliance of pearly whites from the orthodontically challenged when the teacher turns to me and says Jeff why do you think we aren t teaching King in this class Here I am thinking about this woman wanting to wedge King between my literary hero F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway I don t think I d even read King at this point, but I d been working in a bookstore for many years and knew how important he was to providing me with a paycheck He developed cross genre appeal bringing horror forward from being a subspecies of science fiction and away from residing in a spinner rack of books at the back of the bookstore for those social abnormals dressed all in black I didn t really know how to answer the question except in the most bland way possible I said he hasn t stood the test of time I could tell my answer was about as satisfying as a week old bagel to the woman, and I was hampered by the fact that I really didn t want to insult the woman The teacher also looked mildly disappointed I could tell she was hoping to see blood in the water and I failed to be the shark she thought me to be The woman s question does show the issue about Stephen King that is debated in most literary circles whether they are a book club down at the local library or the academic break room at a major university He has legions of fans He makes millions every time he puts out a new book which feels like four times a year The problem is he is a genius He isn t a genius in the way that Pynchon, Gaddis, or Wallace are geniuses He is a genius storyteller So if so many people are reading him he really can t be any goodcan he Someone on GR made the really good point that Stephen King does not need him to buy and read his books He has writer friends, below the radar, that need his supportThat is so true and one of theannoying things about King followers is that a percentage of them don t read anything else They would come into the bookstore and hound us for the release date of the next Stephen King I would sweep my hand grandly through the air and point out several other authors that may fill the time between King novels They simply were not interested The thing of it is I used to love being one of those scruffy minded individuals that are always trying to find the next great writer before anyone else There was no reason to read King because there were no points to be scored with my group of pseudo intellectual friends by saying something so insipid as is anyone else reading the new King When I worked at Green Apple Books in San Francisco, which by the way that city is one of the best reading publics in the United States, we catered to University professors, want to be writers, actors, and a slew of other professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and bankers It was a well educated lot to say the least I thought my days of selling King were over.wrong Customers with wire rimmed glasses and elbow patches on their tweed jackets would bring up these academic books so obscure that I had no idea we even had them in the store, and invariably in the pile somewhere would be a Stephen King novel I was still too caught up in my self image as a reader to really think about taking a walk with the normals and start reading King, but I was starting to think to myself hmmm I wonder what s going on in them thar books Redrum.Murder.Redrum.Murder The Red Death held sway over all Danny, Jack s five year old son, has what one character referred to as a shine If people are thinking about something intently, Danny can read their thoughts He also has an invisible friend named Tony who can take him places, a bitelaborate than my invisible friend Beauregard What a dud he turned out to be Danny loves his father, actuallythan his mother Wendy, which is such a painful realization for her She has stood in the breach She DIDN T break his arm She protects him from everything including his FATHER As the malevolent force at the hotel begins to exertandinfluence on Jack and Danny she is relatively unaffected by hallucinatory thoughts The interesting subtext of this novel is that Jack thinks the hotel is after him As Danny explainsIt s tricking Daddy, it s fooling him, trying to make him think it wants him the most It wants me the most, but it will take all of us A precocious five year old with a brain of such singular existence that the evil entity of The Overlook Hotel must have him Another interesting aspect of the book is the fact that most people will not be affected by the ghostly influences of the hotel unless they have an imaginative brain to start with They must have a mind open enough to hear the voices and realize the possibility that they may be real Did I mention that I m not really interested in that job any I know this story I haven t watched the movie or read the book previously and yet I m very familiar with the plot It didn t matter.While reading this book I was on the edge of my seat My pulse rate elevated My mind buzzing with lizard brain flight or fight responses This guy King knows how to tell a story There is this scene on the stairs between Jack and Wendy that is probably one of the most intense fight scenes I ve ever read in literature I was right there with the characters feeling the thud of the roque mallet and the grind of my broken ribs Stephen King is a cultural geek of the first order He enjoys reading and promoting writers He is a self made man A man blessed and haunted by a vivid imagination He gets big points from me for mentioning Welcome to Hard Times and also McTeague two books that are members of my favorite obscure literature list I like it when a writer tells us what his characters are reading He mentions television shows such as The Avengers, which I loved discovering recently that Honor Blackman Pussygalore preceded Diana Rigg on that show, and King also mentions Secret Agent Man starring Peter McGoohan For the last two years I ve been sifting through old television shows, thank you NETFLIX, and finding shows that I really like Besides the two shows King mentioned I ve also enjoyed watching The Baron starring Steve Forrest and Sue Lloyd and the short episodes of Honey West starring the ocelot Bruce I also have The Saint queued up starring Roger Moore I have fond memories of watching that show as a child late at night in the summer time There has been a hue and cry from his fan base for Stephen King s work to be looked on as literary classics They feel he is not given the respect he deserves for being a great writer He is accessible to the average reader, and yet somehow, puts the right hooks in his writing to please the elevated reader We do him a disservice, I feel, to try to make him into something he is not That said, probably the best of King will be read 100 years from now He is the consummate storyteller still enad with the unknown and the unknowable He has a childlike wonder for the world and I for one will make a bigger effort to see the worldoften through his eyes If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at About as perfect a haunted house story as can be, King was at his best here It s as though he built a haunted house and then filled every nook and cranny with detail King is also at his best in regard to characterization, all well rounded and complete, we know family relationships, group dynamics, all the old hidden buried fears King touches base with psychological elements, theological, metaphysical, spiritual, and cryptic aspects of a ghost story to wrap the reader in a blanket of horror I watched the 1980 Stanley Kubrik film recently and this made me want to reread the book which I need to anyway Kubrik s film grasps the psychological elements of the book and delivers an extra large thin crust The Works pizza of haunted house horror Jack Nicholson s portrayal of Jack Torrance is still the defining image of this tortured man While some critics have derided the slow pace of the film atypical for jump out and yell BOO horror fliks of the time I felt that Kubrik was building the tone and mood of the story to the grisly final moments King himself has attributed mixed emotions to the film as an adaptation, but has consistently agreed that the imagery of an internal struggle with the dark side of Jack s psyche is a contribution to the horror film genre King also disagreed with the casting of Nicholson who too closely identified with insanity due largely to his exceptional work in One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest Interestingly, King himself was battling alcoholism while writing the classic and viewing his work and Kubrik s vision from this perspective adds greater depth to an understanding and appreciation of both 2019 addendum it is a testament to great literature that a reader recalls the work years later and this is a book about which I frequently think What stands out the most is King s perceptive, and intuitive, understanding of Jack s plight. Quite simply put, The Shining is the best horror story I have ever read It scared the hell out of me.Over a period of time, I have noticed certain standard motifs in horror stories One of these I call The Lost Child Such stories will typically involve a child, who can see what the silly grownups cannot see or, even if they do see, don t acknowledge because it goes against reason and logic and who fights, however high the odds stacked against him her are Danny Torrance is such a boy.Danny can read minds He can see the frightening thoughts inside his Dad s and Mom s heads DIVORCE , SUICIDE but is powerless to do anything about it Danny does not know that he has a gift he takes it as a matter of course, until Dick Halloran of the Overlook Hotel tells him that he shines on.Jack Torrance, Danny s Dad, reformed alcoholic and struggling writer, is trying to put his life back together after a tragedy He gets what he sees as the ideal chance when he lands the job of caretaker of the Overlook Hotel for the winter In the snowed in hotel with only his son and wife Wendy, Jack assumes that he will get enough quality time to be with his family, patch up old quarrels, and write that breakout novel.But the Overlook has other plans The hotel, which feeds on and grows in strength from the evils committed on its premises, wants Danny permanently to join its crew of ghostly inhabitants And to do that, it needs to get to JackThe novel slowly grows in horror, starting with mild unease, moving up through sweaty palms and dry mouth, to pure, gut wrenching terror Jack s slow slide into madness is paralleled by the growth in power of the hotel s dark miasma, and Danny s extraordinary capabilities We are on a roller coaster ride into darkness.The world of grownups is often frighteningly incomprehensible to young children these fears seldom die as we grow up, but remain dormant in our psyche There are very few of us who does not have a ghost in our childhood somewhere It is when the writer invokes this ghost that story gets to us King does a masterly job of awakening that child, and putting him her in the midst of childhood terrors through the alter ego of Danny Torrance, lost in the cavernous corridors of the Overlook.There are a lot of passages which literally creeped me out in this novel the topiary animals, the fire hose in the corridor, the woman in the bathroom to name a few As King has said elsewhere, the monster behind the door isfrightening than the monster slavering at you this book is full of such monsters More importantly, you will keep on remembering your own boogeymen while you are reading and long after you finish, you will feel the urge to look behind you.Horror stories are a form of catharsis As King says, the writer takes you to the body covered under the sheet you feel it, and are frightened At the same time, you are relieved that the body is not you.A true masterpiece. October 2016 2.5 5 Soooo I wasn t a huge fan of this There were a few things about it that I enjoyed, but overall I found it to be boring and overly drawn out Also not scary AT ALL which was my biggest disappointment October 2015I ll probably pick this up again someday, but I m really not in the mood for this right now Reading Harry Potter alongside this kind of ruined it for me Oops. Ok, Mr Jack Torrence,. The man who was going to live by his a best selling author, acclaimed playwright and winner of the New York critics award, man of letters, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, killed my appetite I ll never be able to look at a Triscuit cracker again without thinking of The Shining , let alone eat one You, Sir, took the joy out of crunching those little squares Haha Great characters storytelling thriller by a master Yep I can see why readers get hooked on King Huge thanks to Zoey I m so glad I read this An adrenaline rush Off for a long Sat morning hike starting in 31 degrees Geee this is California If you have not read The Shining already do not overlook the opportunity presented by the publication of Doctor Sleep, the sequel, to revisit one of the best ghost stories of our time The appearance of the follow up offers a perfect justification for stepping through those bat wing doors for the first time.1st Edition cover Published January 28, 1977 447 pps It has been a lifetime since I read The Shining for the first time, over thirty years ago I enjoyed it then for its effectiveness in telling a scary, no, a very scary story Reading it now is colored, as is all of life, by our accumulation or lack of accumulation of experience We see, or appreciate colors, textures, shapes, structures, and feelings withexperienced, educated eyes We have seen, or are at least aware of real world things that are scarier than any fictional spectres So, what does it look like through old, cloudy lenses It remains a very scary story The things that stand out for me now are not so much the deader rising up out of a bathtub to pursue a curious child, although that is still pretty creepy, or the mobile topiary, which still works pretty well at making the hair on one s neck and arms stand at attention But King was using the haunted house trope to look atpersonal demons And those shine throughclearly now.From Allyn Scura s blogHe had some drinking issues at the time he wrote the book, when he was 30, and concern about that is major here Jack Torrance is an alcoholic, no question He also has issues with anger management, not that the little shit he clocks while teaching at a New England prep school didn t have it coming He did But one cannot do that to a student, however deserving, and expect to remain employed for long His little boy, however, most certainly did not deserve a broken arm Jack is very remorseful, and wants to make things right He manages to get a gig taking care of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado over the winter It will offer him a chance to get something right after a string of getting things wrong, offer a chance to save his marriage, and offer an opportunity to work on his unfinished play Risky Sure But a gamble worth taking And his wife, Wendy, agrees, despite having serious misgivings There are no attractive alternatives Of course, we all know that the Overlook is not your typical residence Odd things happen, sounds are heard, thoughts from somewhere outside find their way into your mind Jack is targeted, and boy is he vulnerable.But five year old Danny is the real key here He is the proud possessor of an unusual talent, the shining of the book s title Danny can not only do a bit of mind reading, he can also see things that other people cannot And for a little guy he has a huge talent He also has an invisible friend named Tony with whom only he can communicate It is difficult to think about the book without finding our mental screens flickering with the images of Jack Nicholson in full cartoonish psycho rage, the very effective sound of a Big Wheel followed by a steadicam coursing through the long halls of the hotel, and the best casting decision ever in choosing Scatman Crothers to play Dick Halloran By the way, the hotel is based on a real world place, the Stanley Hotel, in Estes Park, Colorado And the Overlook s spooky room 217 was inspired by the supposedly haunted room 217 at the Stanley This image is from the hotel s site they clearly embrace the spectral connectionThe room number was changed in the film to 237, at the request of the Timberline hotel, which was used for exterior shots There is so much that differentiates Kubrick s film from the book that they are almost entirely different entities The differences do require a bit of attention here First, and foremost, the book of The Shining is about the disintegration of a family due to alcoholism and anger issues How a child survives in a troubled family is key The film is pretty much pure spook house, well done spook house, but solely spook house, nonetheless, IMHO There is considerable back story to Jack and Wendy that gets no screen time You have to read the book to get that Jack is a victim, as much as Wendy and Danny You would never get that from the slobbering Jack of the film The maze in the book was pretty cool, right I liked it too, but it does not exist in the book I believe it was put in to replace the talented topiary, which is the definition of a bad trade There is significant violence in the book that never made its way into Kubrick s film, but which very much raises a specter of domestic violence that is terrorizing real people living in real horror stories There are a few lesser elements Jack wielded a roque mallet, not an axe Danny is not interrupted in his travels through the corridors by Arbus like twin sisters And the sisters in question are not even twins There are plenty , but you get the idea An interesting film, for sure, but not really the most faithful interpretation of the book King saw that a film thatclosely reflected what he had written reached TV screens in 1997, with a six hour mini series version.Irrelevancies of a personal natureThe opening shot was filmed on the Going to the Sun Road in Montana s Glacier National Park in Montana I have had the pleasure 7 times in one visit and recommend the drive wholeheartedly It is a pretty narrow road though, so you will have to drive carefully Bring along the appropriate musical media for the best effect, Wendy Carlos s Rocky Mountain, and dress warmly It was below freezing when I reached the top of the road, in August Some exteriors for Kubrick s film were shot at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon I visited but did not stay there back in 2008 Sadly I do not have any decent personal photos from the place I can report, though, on a bitThis shot was found on Wikimediaof kitsch There is a place in the hotel where an ax is lodged in a block of wood, with HEEEEERE s JOHNNY on the ax, a tourist photo op And yes, I did Sadly, or luckily, the shot did not come out well, so you will be spared.Back to the book, Danny s talent is a two edged sword He is afflicted with seeingthan anyone his age should have to see, but on the other hand, he has a tool he can use to try to save them all Whether he can or not is a core tension element here King is fond of placing his stories in literary context He peppers the text with references to various relevant books and authors I expect these are meant to let us know his influences Horace Walpole, author of The Castle of Otranto, a Gothic classic, is mentioned, as is Shirley Jackson, of Hill House fame King had used a quote from this book in Salem s Lot A family saga rich with death and destruction, Cashelmara is mentioned as are somecontemporary items, like The Walton Family, the idealized antithesis to the Torrance Family, Where the Wild Things Are and novelist Frank Norris The primary literary reference here is Poe s The Masque of the Red Death, which is cited many times There had been a costume ball back in hotel s history and it is the impending climax of that party, the unmasking, that looms here And toss in nods to Treasure Island and Bluebeard for good measure.King often includes writers in his work, avatars for himself I write about writers because I know the territory Also, you know it s a great job for a protagonist in a book Without having to hold down a steady job, writers can have all sorts of adventures Also, if they disappear, it s a long time before they are missed Heh heh heh from an AOL interview Jack Torrance is a writer as well as a teacher The play that Jack is writing undergoes a transformation that mirrors Jack s own In fact, there is a fair bit or mirroring going on here Jack s affection for his father as a kid was as strong as Danny s is for him His father was an abusive alcoholic While Jack is not yet the monster his father was, he is also an alcoholic with abusive tendencies I never had a father in the house My mother raised my brother and I alone I wasn t using my own history, but I did tap into some of the anger you sometimes feel to the kids, where you say to yourself I have really got to hold on to this because I m the big person here, I m the adult One reason I wanted to use booze in the book is that booze has a tendency to fray that leash you have on your temper For a lot of kids, Dad is the scary guy It s that whole thing where your mother says, You just wait until your father comes home In The Shining, these people were snowbound in a hotel and Dad is always home And Dad is fighting this thing with the bottle and he s got a short temper anyway I was kind of feeling my own way in that because I was a father of small children And one of the things that shocked me about fatherhood was it was possible to get angry at your kids from the EW interview cited in Extra Stuff He s right I have had the pleasure and I know Wendy gets some attention as well, as we learn a bit about her mother, and see Wendy s fear that she has inherited elements of her mother s awfulness Not everything shines here There are times when five year old Danny seems much older than his tender years, even given his extraordinary circumstances It struck me as surprising that there is no mention of anyone suggesting that maybe Jack might attend an AA meeting But these are like single dead pixels on a large screen.If you want to read horror tales that are straight up scare ems, there are plenty in the world But if you appreciate horror that offers underlying emotional content, and I know you do, my special gift tells me that The Shining is a brilliant example of how a master illuminates the darkness This review, with images intact, has also been posted on my blog EXTRA STUFFDefinitely check out the Wiki for this book nifty info on the King Family s stay at the Stanley, and yes, there was a Grady at the Stanley.I also recommend checking out SK s site if you want to learnabout himAn interview with King in Entertainment WeeklyBTW, here is a shot of the model snowmobile that Dick Halloran drives back to the Overlook A few other SK s we have reviewedUnder the DomeDuma Key Lisey s StoryDoctor SleepRevivalMr MercedesJust After Sunset This was most excellent I can 100% see why this is many readers favorite Stephen King novel Heck, it s my favorite novel of his to date, although I have a good number of his books to catch up on I ve found myself overly critical of his work in the past, possibly due to the fact that he s so well known, but I feel it sbeen a fault on my end Previously I ve picked up one of his doorstops at a time I wasn t prepared to fully invest in the time and energy it takes to immerse oneself into his world building and lengthy details This time, I was ready Also, this was only like 600 pages which felt like a novella compared to IT I m finally able to understand why so many people hold the standard of traditional horror in comparison to this novel Sure, it has all the creepy crawlies and spooky wookies to get your heart racing, but it s so grounded in reality that I had a hard time rationalizing with myself that it s just a story The 150 page set up is well worth the reader s time, as it lays the groundwork for much of the why behind the narrative, and it also gave me a chance to bond with precious Danny before the shit hit the fan I may be the last person on the planet to have read this book, but just in case I m not, I wanted to share some of the things that really hit home with me Just like IT is, at heart, a disturbing coming of age story, The Shining was an impeccable tale of extreme cabin fever with a hefty dose of the destructive nature of alcoholism When you break it down like that, the supernatural elements actually seem to take a backseat to the very real horror of what it s like living with someone struggling through addiction I ve heard all the stories of how this book helped SK realize his own struggle with alcohol, and I m inclined to believe it s true as the writing here was heavy laden with emotion and depth I apologize for ever calling Mr King over hyped I m grateful my previous experiences with his wordier novels didn t deter me from finally choosing to read this, as it s a gem of a book and a classic in it s genre I still despise Sleeping Beauties though and refuse to change my opinion on the matter. Highly recommended to any other below the rock dwellers who may not have happened across this one Now to watch the movie or not