The Shining by Stephen King
Danny is only five years old but in words of the old Mr Hallorann he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.
As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedge shaped like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel- and that too is beginning to shine…
I read this book way back in January, so my memory of this book won’t be crystal clear about every tiny detail, but the one thing I can definitely tell you is that this book was not my cup of tea.
I just didn’t enjoy this book but I really wanted to. I’ve always wanted to read this book, so when I finally got back into reading this is one of the first books I was dying to get my hands on. I heard that the film was terrifying so I just assumed that the book would be too, if not scarier. I wanted this book to scare me. As a person I am the type that gets scared over anything abnormal or just a little weird, I expected so much from the 497 pages but I was massively disappointed.
I’m not sure if its the language, writing style or the story all together that I disliked, maybe all of them. I tried so hard to like this book, I tried thinking of all the parts I enjoyed, there’s very few but if I were to choose my favourite part it would have to be where Mr Hallorann and Danny connect and speak to each other telepathically.
This book took me 17 days to start and complete, normally a nearly 500 pages book would take me around 3-5 days. I just wasn’t in the mood or interested. Finishing the last 200 or so pages was down to one thing and one thing only, music. I’ve you’ve read my last blog post about reading music you may understand a lot more, I needed more than the Arctic Monkeys to finish this book.
Regardless of the disappointment of this book, I still went on to read the sequel, Doctor Sleep, that and the fact that I owned it and i knew that if I didn’t read it then, I probably never will. I enjoyed it a little more than The Shining but it still didn’t impress in the slightest. I’m starting to think that Stephen King isn’t my type of author. Although I haven’t read any more Stephen King books since these two, i’m considering checking out some others from the library, but i’m in no hurry. These book still remain a part of my book collection as i’m hoping that I may be feel the need to reread them in years to come.
I gave The Shining 1/5 Stars.
I gave Doctor Sleep 2/5 Stars.
Please let me know your thoughts and opinions on this book. 🙂