Review: The Shining

The Shining
The Shining by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There were scenes from the movie that I was really excited about reading, and was a bit disappointed to find they weren’t in the book. Also, I actually think the movie ending was better.

What were my takeaways from reading this book: Literary allusions help characters feel more real, and they make the story more full and thought provoking. To create an effective allusion it helps to be well-read, which Stephen obviously is.
Magical abilities don’t need to be explained, per se, though it helps if the main characters postulate theories on how the abilities manifested themselves.
Details about sights and smells really help place the reader in the book. This isn’t required for every scene, and should align with your chapter’s pacing.
Finally, suspense, however small, keeps reader’s attentions.

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4 thoughts on “Review: The Shining”

  1. I’ve never seen the movie, and now you have me wondering how it ended 🙂 I read this book many, many years ago — and it gripped my imagination like crazy. Stephen King does that very well. I remember wondering if a virus could do something like that. And I think about this book when the news hits of viruses like Ebola.


    1. HA- well you’ll definitely have to rent the movie. The original Stanley Kubrick was very well done.
      King is a master at that. He speaks to “drawing” in other people’s minds in his book, “On Writing.” Have you read it?
      That’s a great idea for a book, you should definitely write it!

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      1. Oh man, I screwed up! For some reason, I thought your review was about “The Stand!” That’s why I wrote about the viruses. Ah, too much going on today, I guess. But I did read “The Shining” and see the movie. A great flick! Very creepy, and a great ending. I haven’t read “On Writing,” though people say it’s one of the better “how to write” books out there. Sorry about the mixup!

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