Reviewing the Pages: The Shining

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What of the penetrating cold terror of an old hotel, a haunted place of seductive evil with a malevolent will of its own—and a five-year-old boy of innocent beauty whose mind mirrors the nightmarish secrets of its past?

Behind every door of the Overlook’s 110 empty rooms there is a chamber of horror. Little Danny knows of these things because he has the terrible power—The Shining

I forgot how tiny the font is in the edition I read. But, 8 point font aside, The Shining is a book that you have to read to experience the terror. Of a family that started out on a bit of a rocky point; a man who has his inner demons to battle, and a kid with some sort of psychic ability (undefined, but a bit of mind-reading and precognitive aspects). To top it all off, there’s a malevolent force that wants that ability for itself, and it all takes place in the middle of nowhere in a snowy Colorado winter.

To me, that’s where all the horror lies. The scenery. The vast…aloneness in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. If we took this tale somewhere else, it wouldn’t have that exact same impact. Stephen King does a marvelous job of letting the atmosphere sink into the horror, and catches you when you let your guard down.

Now, having read this book again, I can see why King despises Kubrick’s movie so much. While I do like Kubrick’s film; this book is much better because it draws out the suspense a little bit; drawing you in until the very, very end.

So, how’s everyone doing? Sorry that I haven’t been here for a while.  I was originally going to read The Blood Lives: In The Blood to start out, but quickly realized that the electronic version I have…is just a preview.  Which irked me.  Because I read the preview.  And I wanted more.  So I skipped over that, and went to this book.  And then I couldn’t find my copy of this book.  I looked through my entire Stephen King collection shelf at least a half-dozen times; pulling books off and putting them back on the shelf.  I even checked some other spots just in case I happened to rearrange it wrong; I even went through some of the boxes I moved with to see if I happened to leave it in there.  Nothing.  So, I did the next best thing.  I finally went and got myself a library card, and checked this book out.

So, rant about getting to read this book aside, I forgot how much I liked this book until I dove into the pages.  I said it above in my Goodreads review, but I do like that King stretched out some of the suspense.  We see the slow (yet, quick) descent into insanity that the hotel brings upon him.  Which, speaking of, the time frame that the bulk of this book takes place is incredibly short.  It takes about four months from the time they get “locked” in to the time the Overlook explodes.  But, it feels so much longer than that.  And I love it.

For those of you who like King’s work, Kubrick’s version, or suspenseful horror that will stick around for quite some time, then you should check out this story.  Just…make sure you find a version with large font.

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Reading List #3

Hello everyone! Welcome to another reading list! I’ve polished off two book lists, and have successfully met my original goal of 20 books read in 2017.  So, I’ve bumped it up.  Currently sitting at 25, I have a feeling that I’m going to be bumping it up even further.  Probably to 30, or even 35.  Just so I have something to shoot for.  That being said, here’s my next list of books, in order that I will read them in, just for you to peruse.  Remember, all covers are taken from Goodreads.

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There, that should knock down some of my TBR list, right?

Yeah right.  There’s no such thing as getting rid of a TBR list.  It’s like laundry.  Everytime you think you’re done with it, there’s just another pile that springs up, ready to be done.

Did you find any book that you might like on this list? Do you have any recommendations for me to check out? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

Oooh, I Want To Read This #15

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to another edition of “Oooh, I Want To Read This”! How are you doing on your reading lists for this year? I’m doing…alright.

Alright, alright.  I can’t lie.  This post was written on New Year’s Eve.  So, I’m not going to get going on a list that I haven’t even started yet.  So there.  Anyway, let’s get to this week’s post.

Remember, covers and synopsis come from Goodreads.com

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The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history.

Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films–most notably “Snow White”, “Fantasia”, and “Bambi”. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. In a way that was unprecedented and later widely imitated, he built a synergistic empire that combined film, television, theme parks, music, book publishing, and merchandise. Walt Disney is a revelation of both the work and the man–of both the remarkable accomplishment and the hidden life.

My sister got me this book for Christmas years ago.  I think it’s about time that I need to dive into the book and polish it off.  It looks interesting, and I’d love to learn more about the man behind the Mouse.

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A terrifying tale of a young family who move into an apartment building next to a graveyard and the horrors that are unleashed upon them.

One of the most popular writers working in Japan today, Mariko Koike is a recognized master of detective fiction and horror writing. Known in particular for her hybrid works that blend these styles with elements of romance, “The Graveyard Apartment” is arguably Koike’s masterpiece. Originally published in Japan in 1986, Koike’s novel is the suspenseful tale of a young family that believes it has found the perfect home to grow in to, only to realize that the apartment’s idyllic setting harbors the specter of evil and that longer they stay, the more trapped they become.

This tale of a young married couple who are harboring a dark secret is packed with dread and terror, as they and their daughter move into a brand new apartment building built next to a graveyard. As strange and terrifying occurrences begin to pile up, people in the building begin to move out one by one, until the young family is left alone with someone… or something… lurking in the basement. The psychological horror builds moment after moment, scene after scene, culminating with a conclusion that will make you think twice before ever going into a basement again.

This looks very, very scary.  I’m looking forward to finding a copy of this book one of these days and diving right on into the terror.

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What of the penetrating cold terror of an old hotel, a haunted place of seductive evil with a malevolent will of its own—and a five-year-old boy of innocent beauty whose mind mirrors the nightmarish secrets of its past?

Behind every door of the Overlook’s 110 empty rooms there is a chamber of horror. Little Danny knows of these things because he has the terrible power—The Shining.

This is a great book, and it gives us one of the more iconic films based on King’s work.  It’ll be a fun time to re-read this book, like it will be re-reading any of his pieces.

That’s all for this week! Did you find something that you might want to read? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.