I’m rather surprised that I never read “The Shining” back in the day. I haven’t read every single one of Stephen King’s novels but I thought I’d read at least the super relevant ones haha. Of course I saw the movie forever ago but really most of what I remembered about it was Danny on the tricycle encountering the ghost twins, Jack breaking down the door against the background of a tornado in the movie Twister and Danny’s imaginary friend Tony talking in a spooky voice from Danny’s finger and saying, “red rum”.
The book is really quite different from the movie, at least what I remembered of the movie. This book is not a page turner. There’s only so much action and mystery you can write into three people alone at a snowed in resort,but the spook factor was out of this world. I found my heart pounding loudly often during this book and let me tell you, I did not want to go into the damned bathroom. That is not a fun feeling when you’re blind haha!
I chose to read this book since the long awaited sequel is out and I didn’t want to rely solely on my memory of the movie, which was a good choice. The narrator made this book even creepier than it would have been to read the print, in my opinion. His yelling when Jack got angry, holy crap. And his near whispers at times were skin crawlingly awesome.
Oh, I guess I shouldn’t assume that everyone knows what this book is about. Jack is hired to be the caretaker of a luxury hotel on top of a mountain in Colorado during the winter when the hotel closes. He brings his wife and five year-old son with him despite misgivings from his boss. Turns out in the past, a caretaker who brought his family ended up going crazy and murdering his wife and children and then killed himself. As you read the book and find out about the hotel, you start to understand why. Spook fest!