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Good Spooky Tale,
This review is from: The Shining (Paperback)
Just finished this last night. I have been a Stephen King fan for years but have stayed away from The Shining due to the fact I am extremely familiar with the film (a true classic that transcends the horror genre), and I find that reading a novel AFTER seeing the film adaptation stops me being fully absorbed in the narrative (even with this book I still couldn't get Jack Nicholsons' face out of my head).
Having said that, however, this is a great book.
I found it genuinely spooky, particularly the bits with the 'woman in the tub', and the crux of the matter is that King tells a cracking story, despite the fact his prose can be at times stilted and slightly childish. It is the story that kept me going and I thought that all the characters in the book were well drawn and the family realtionships between them all put it slightly above standard horror fare. I also totally agree with what King says in his introduction about Jack being much more than just a 'bogeyman', and that is why I think the movie fails to deliver story-wise and character-wise in the same way that the book does.