“Any big hotels have got scandals," he said. "Just like every big hotel has got a ghost. Why? Hell, people come and go. Sometimes one of em will pop off in his room, heart attack or stroke or something like that. Hotels are superstitious places. No thirteenth floor or room thirteen, no mirrors on the back of the door you come in through, stuff like that."
|Written by: Stephen King|
Genre: Horror, gothic novel
Followed by: Doctor Sleep
Stephen King may not be the greatest writer in the universe, but he is a great story teller. I have loved several of his short stories & novels, and I have constantly defended him whenever people say he's a talentless hack. So imagine my dismay with The Shining.
Yes there were some creepy parts, and I love several aspects of the story. I love how King mixed the supernatural (the haunted hotel) and the human aspect (Jack's alcoholic problems etc.) that makes the insidious transformation of everything the Overlook touches very chilling. But overall, I felt cheated. Like my time was wasted. There's no sense of fulfillment after reading this.
It piqued my interest, yes. It made me flip the pages for a short while. But there was just too much telling of stuff I don't care about, in a drawn-out, repetitive way. He did that too in Gerald's Game. I like that story, but a novel it shouldn't have been (or at least it shouldn't have been that long). Anyway, The Shining failed to grab my full attention, and it was an effort to even finish it.
When I read that the party was over, I was glad. I turned the page, wait, there's more! Then I read that the long darkness was over, I was ecstatic. Again, I turn the next page and I see an Epilogue, I was like Oh god please no! Stop!
Dear God, I could use a drink. Or a thousand of them.
My Rating: 2/5
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