Stephen King Saturday: The Shining

Posted 5 October, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Stephen King Saturday: The ShiningThe Shining by Stephen King
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Genres: Fiction, Horror
Pages: 464

With an excerpt from the sequel, Doctor Sleep.Terrible events occur at an isolated hotel in the off season, when a small boy with psychic powers struggles to hold his own against the forces of evil that are driving his father insane.

I re-read this book in anticipation of Dr. Sleep and holy poop on a stick is this book scary.

I had read it years ago and during the intervening years watched the Kubrick film countless times. Since I had forgotten much of the book, I couldn’t understand why Stephen King was rumored to be so displeased with the Kubrick film. 

Well after completing the re-read, I completely understand! The film, while brilliant, is nothing like the book.

The Shining explores addiction, child abuse, wounds we harbor from our own parents aaannnd ghosts! (But aren’t all those old mistakes and scars from childhood ghosts? So deep and important.

Fantastic. Don’t short yourself by only watching the film and if you haven’t watched the film… READ THIS FIRST!! 


#295 – 1001 Books to Read Before You Die (2010)

April @ The Steadfast Reader


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