The Shining - Stephen King

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

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Blurb: "Danny is only five years old, but he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of an old hotel, his visions grow out of control. Cut off by blizzards, the hotel seems to develop an evil force, and who are the mysterious guests in the supposedly empty hotel?"

The Shining is a story that most people will have heard something about, mainly due to the Kubrick film adaptation in 1980 which terrified audiences. Who can forget that elevator of blood and those creepy ominous little girl twins who invite Danny Torrance to play with them forever and ever? And of course, Jack Nicholson screaming "Here's Johnny!" through a slit of beaten through door that has been parodied to death in popular culture.

Well, the book is a LOT better. A million times better in fact. King does what King is best at; writing supernatural horror and blending it with a human touch to bring the reader something that we can relate to, almost like subconcious nightmares comes true. The novel gives us a shocking insight into Jack Torrance's childhood and the sheer domestic violence between Jack and his wife Wendy, all give the story a hidden depth that just isn't that prevalent in the film. The Overlook Hotel is a million times more supernatural and sinister and of course, the ending is completely different.

In a nutshell, definitely check out the book. I liked the film but I loved the book. 8/10

P.S: How cool is that cover?! It's the 'King Classics' version which is (in my opinion) a much nicer format than the re-issued ones that are everywhere.
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