Sunday 27 October 2013

Halloween Feature: Review of The Shining by Stephen King

For the Halloween feature part seven, I have the brilliant Clare with her review of The Shining by Stephen King!

Format: Kindle
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Rating: 3/5

The Blurb

Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.
As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel - and that too had begun to shine (Blurb from


I’d like to thank Laura for letting me be a part of her Halloween feature; I was really looking forward to participating. For the feature I decided to read The Shining by Stephen King.

The Shining focuses on the Torrance family whom settle in The Overlook Hotel for caretaking duties in the winter season. Jack, his wife Wendy and their son Danny are essentially marooned at the hotel due to amounts of snow that fall during this time. Scary and imaginable things happen whilst they are there and it doesn’t help that Jack is trying to overcome a drinking habit.
I never really tend to choose horror as a genre so it was good to have a change for once. Unfortunately, after reading The Shining I’m not entirely sure if I would make a point in reading anymore horror stories. I just don’t feel like I got into the story as much as my favourite chick-lit and I don’t like scary things anyway! However, I did enjoy certain elements of the story - take Danny as an example.
Danny is a little 5 year old boy that has a lot going on in his mind. He sees more than any little boy should see and I feel for him. All throughout the book I just wanted to give him lots of hugs and tell him everything would be okay, even if it didn’t seem like it. I mean who would want their 5 year old son to see blood and death? Not me that’s for sure.
Cabin fever and the over acting mind is clearly what the main topic was all about. I get cabin fever being at home for long periods of time, so I can only imagine how harrowing it must be to live somewhere for so long – at least I can go out, I guess.
I know I have only given The Shining 3 stars, but that was more because I don’t like the genre as much and I felt that the story and ‘scary’ parts didn’t really happen until at least 50% of the way into the book.

A huge thank you to Clare for taking the time to read The Shining as part of my Halloween feature and reading something different! I've seen stills from the film of this and it looks petrifying.

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