on July 1, 1980
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Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Suspense, Thrillers
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...
I have to admit to two things. First, this was my first ever Stephen King novel (and it won’t be my last). Second, I’ve only watched part of the movie when I was a teen. It scared the crap out of me so I switched it off. So going into this book I didn’t know how it would end.
I am actually surprised that I didn’t find this book scary. Was it creepy? For sure, but I really consider The Shining more of a suspense novel rather than horror. Another thing that surprised me was the major differences between the book and the classic film. A few of those differences were there was no ax, no creepy twin little girls, nor the famous Jack Nicholson quote from the film – “Here’s Johnny.”
In the film version Jack stills the show. However, in the book, little Danny’s character shines the brightest (pun intended). Danny is a smart and cool little boy. Huge chunks of the story is from his POV, and unsurprisingly, it worked. I connected with him the most. The parents though… the father was an alcoholic, abusive asshole and the mother was kind of weak. I wanted to punch them both.
Nevertheless, The Shining was an imaginatively descriptive story that pulls readers into the world Stephen King created. I can definitely see why he has been the bestselling great American novelist for decades because The Shining stands the test of time.
Narrator Note: The narrator did a good job voicing the characters. He gave each one a distinct personality that comes across well to listeners. I rate his performance a solid 4 stars.