The Shining

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The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 

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  • Jacqueline Lawson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is the best book ever that is set in a hotel!"
  • James Murray
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you grew up in the 80's and you were prone to being frightened by the unknown then you know the suspense filled novel by Stephen King, The Shining. The story takes place in a eery empty hotel that is closed for the winter due to the winter conditions. It is the perfect backdrop to the tale of slipping into madness that unfolds. Although not a horror movie by traditional standards, the elements of suspense are indeed terrifying."
  • Shaurya Mehra
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "While King didn't see eye to eye on Kubrick's interpretation, here, in its original form, is all the madness in its glory. Back when no one thought anything about an older black man getting real friendly with a very young white boy with luxuriously feminine hair, this delightful thriller remains one of my favorite go to books when I'm feeling lonely and homicidal. Which, if we're being honest, when am I not? I love old hotels, too!"
  • Ann Larson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you are looking for a novel that will truly mess with your head, you will love The Shining. The novel is written by Stephen King and is about the struggle against the forces of evil. Check this book out if you don't want to sleep in the near future. "
  • Sandra Ramirez
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "The Shining is one of the most read horror novels. "
  • Tiffany Murray
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "I love the thrill of reading a book and being scared, not like watching a movie. In a book you are eager and scared at the same time to turn the page. The Shining had me on the edge of my seat. I would close the book a few times because it got me scared. I almost didn't want to finish it, but I couldn't stay away. It is so much different than watching a movie because you become a character in the book and you feel what they are feeling. It consumes you. It was definitely scary."
    Arthur Vasquez
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "The Shining is the quintessential cosmic horror novel from Stephen King. The novel contains a lot of material that the movie doesn't cover, some of it much scarier than anything you've seen. I'm not sure I would call it one of the scariest books of all time though."
  • Tyler Willis
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "If you haven't read the shining , you need to. If you haven't seen the movie, you need to. One of the best movies by stephen king for sure and has held up to the test of time."
  • Roy Day
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Having seen the shining and speaking to many of my friends who have read the novel, this story is a great solution to a timeless supernatural fiction. The story has stayed relevant since its conception and is still referenced frequently today. The focus on the supernatural may not be as strong as the topic suggests and that is why I rated this a 4 instead of a 5."
  • Zachary Stanley
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is my favorite story by Stephen King. He is a master of psychological horror.I highly recommend this book for new and seasoned fans of King alike!"
  • Angela Woods
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Shining is regarded as one of Stephen King's most frightening works. Although it doesn't deal with ghosts in the traditional sense, the terrifying spirits inhabiting the father of the story make it worth the mention. The characters are realistic and complex, and the story is all together horrifying."
  • Celia Medina
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Shining is one of the best books ever written. The author, Stephen King, dominates the horror genre with his amazing storytelling. This book will have you needing to know what happens next! You must read this one!"
  • Tom Jia
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Shining is a great read. it is so fascinating. I enjoyed every minute of it. It was an instant classic for me. "
  • Leonardo Romo
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "This book is great i have actually read it and stephen king is one of my favorite authors."
  • Jean Carlson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This isn't exactly like most Stephen King novels, but that isn't to say it isn't amazing. Very suspenseful and keeps you guessing!"
  • Phillip Carroll
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is one Stephen King book that I always recommend to my friends. It is by far the most entertaining and scariest novel that I have ever read. I always enjoy reading this whenever I want to be spooked."
    Patrick Stewart
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Shining is an amazing book by Stephen King. The film adaptation is also amazing. Ultimately, it's a great work by a great author. It is one of the best books recommended by Esquire."
  • Bertha Córdova
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Shining is a classic novel from Steven King who always provides rich stories that are great reads. This book is very imaginative and the story is engrossing. You will never feel the same about staying at a hotel after reading The Shining. "
  • Judith Stevens
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book, "The Shining" is definitely one of the best dark books of all time. It was a truly scary story when it was first published in the 1970s. It is also one of the few books that was made into a successful movie that captured everything the book was about and more. "
  • Dennis McCoy
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "The horror genre has a huge selection of classic novels. There are older examples like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or Bram Stoker's Dracula, but among the more recent examples is Stephen King's The Shining. Most people are more familiar with the film version, but the book is even better and much, much scarier!"
  • José Angel Herrera
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Horror: 100 Best Books, is a chilling list. It includes some of the greatest horror novels ever written, and you cannot have a list like this without The Shining. This is one of Stephen Kings best works, and in my opinion, the best thing on this list! I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in horror!"
    Bella Zhou
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book is an absolute classic in its genre. You can't have a best-of list without including it. I can't find anything wrong with this result."
  • Pablo Seefoo
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Definitely falls into the "intense books that are hard to finish" category. I'm a huge fan of the Stanley Kubrick movie adaptation, so I knew I had to real the Stephen King novel on which the movie is based on at some point. The novel was for me a page turner until 2/3rds of the story, and then it got... lets say that to weird for my tastes. I've tried finishing the books several times but I just can' seem to make it past the last few chapters. Oh well, all work and no play... :P"
  • Shreyas Rodrigues
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The character himself was not a writer, so this novel isn't relevant to my current interests. The story is decent, and spawned a well known movie."
  • Heather Reyes
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Poor Jack is brainwashed by the hotel itself, which I thought was great horror writing. It also has great suspense throughout and is one of those books you won't want to take a break from."
  • Joe Tucker
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I have always thought The Shining was the greatest supernatural book of all time. "
  • Emily Garrett
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This features a few dysfunctional families. This is a great book and a good example of the topic. I really cannot recommend this enough."
  • Reyansh Jindal
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "this is a very interesting classic book. It is quite scary too."
  • Parakram Verma
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Shining is a classic Stephen King paranormal novel. I read this book over the course of 3 days. It was hard to put down. It fits in well of the same type of genre as Twin Peaks. "
  • Roy Adams
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is not in the series and for the completely wrong audience. While a great book, it's not the answer to the question being asked."
  • Larry Richardson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The story is a bit horror. Its interesting.. "
  • Mildred Welch
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Shining is a Stephen King classic. I am as much terrified now to read it as I was 25 years ago. This is not the book to read if you live by yourself and read at night before going to sleep. I have been known to be startled and just scared beyond belief as I read this book. I even resorted to looking in all rooms and closets to make sure noone was there. This is one of Stephen King's most amazingly well written books ever!"
  • Samantha Castro
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a great solution because the main antagonist of this book is a mentally ill alcoholic. It is also a great read."
  • Raymond Peters
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I recently found the book "The Shining" in a flea market, and, having seen the movie more than once, I decided to buy it. I got so caught in that I finished reading the book in two days: better than the movie! I suggest it to everyone!"
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