The Shining by Stephen King

Published November 5, 2013

The Shining by Stephen King

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I love this book. I’ve read it several times, and snapped it up for my Kindle bookshelf too. As it’s Halloween-ish time, I started reading it, but at this point I don’t find it that scary anymore. I just love how it’s written - the build up, the anticipation, the way things slowly unravel.

I’m not a massive horror fan anyway, and in book form I’ve always found it slightly odd, but for whatever reason, this book is one of my favourites. It always baffles me that a five year old could deal with the things he does - I don’t remember being five, but I certainly don’t think I would have coped!

I particularly noticed this time that a lot of the things that happen initially do seem like they are part of the imagination, and it’s not until you get deep into the book that things take a turn for the supernatural. That’s what makes it so good, though, because I’m sure everyone can relate to seeing things that aren’t really there… or that horrible feeling when you think something is behind you and it isn’t… or that moment when you’re frozen and it takes a superhuman effort to reach out and snap the light on. Brilliant.

Rating: Unrated

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