The Shining

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Signet, 1978 - Fiction - 447 pages
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For more than twenty years, millions of readers have checked in to The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance and his family -- and they're still coming. It's bestselling proof that horror never dies. This is classic King -- the basis for the smash feature film directed by Stanley Kubrick, and the hit TV mini-series.

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Spoiler alert: the ending disappointed me somehow. - Goodreads
Don't get me wrong; King's writing is excellent. - Goodreads
I do have a bit of an issue with pacing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kat Stark and the headless Ned - Goodreads

Buddyread with my lovely ladies: Anasylvia & Jenna This is will be a personal nonreview, so if you aren't interested in those...don't read further along and go find a review that suits your needs. It ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chadwick Estrada - Goodreads

My first time reading Stephen King and I absolutely love it. I will be reading the sequel Doctor Sleep and his other books. Read full review

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About the author (1978)

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012 his title, The Wind Through the Keyhole made The New York Times Best Seller List. King's title, Mr. Mercedes, made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.

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