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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-09 12:58
the shining by stephen king
The Shining - Stephen King

rating: 3.5/5

date finished reading: may 5, 2017

so, i enjoyed this book. i really did. but that's it. i wanted to love it but in the end i only liked it.


i've never watched the movie, so i can't attribute this sense of disappointment to the film's influence at all. it's just that the book didn't really suck me in, and at some points i felt like i had to drag myself through it.


all the setting up at the first half of the book did heighten the sense of terror that filled the climactic moments and the creepy scenes that led up to it; it amplified the creeping dread i felt upon witnessing jack torrance's unraveling sanity. but, my god, it took so so so long for the interesting stuff to happen. in short, i found myself bored and impatient while reading the first half of the shining. though the pace did become much faster in the final quarter, in which the hotel overlook really came alive, if you know what i mean. it was suddenly "shit's going down" time.


overall, it was good, but it just kind of fell short of my expectations. that being said, i still appreciate king's skill as a writer and i'm actually interested in the sequel.


note: i will be watching the movie soon and i might add update this after or make a new post, probably containing a quick comparison and any other additional thoughts.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1791538775
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review 2017-04-10 07:21
The Shining by Stephen King
The Shining - Stephen King

The Torrance family moves to the Overlook Hotel in order for the recovering alcoholic patriarch, Jack, to start his new job as caretaker. But bringing his family with him proves to be a huge mistake for Jack, since his psychic son seems to bring out the worst in the old hotel.

Nicely plotted and well developed with realistic and believable, somewhat heart breakable (Jack in this instance) characters and plausible actions and reactions, this books flows more along the lines of psychological thriller than straightforward horror.
The suspense builds up so slowly that the true horror and evil creeps up suddenly and (almost) unexpectedly, although it also has its silly moments that break the flow of the story and the slow, inexorable progress of the creeping evil.

What also breaks the stride of the story is the length. It felt overblown, overdrawn, and was slowly getting very boring indeed. Fact is, it took me ages to finish. But maybe it was just me having an adverse reaction to King’s narrative style.

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review 2017-03-13 00:00
Shining Ones: Legacy of the Sidhe
Shining Ones: Legacy of the Sidhe - Sann... Shining Ones: Legacy of the Sidhe - Sanna Hines One girl's disappearance sends a group of people on a journey to save the secret Dannan world from being destroyed. The Irish legends are true, and the Dannan, a race of super beings have powers untold, but their ancient enemies, the Formorians, are trying to break their cycle of renewal and bring the world into the order they so crave.

I loved the premise. When I started reading, I got excited, recognizing the Tuatha de Dannan from another book loosely based on their legends ([book:Shearwater|28628533] by [author:Derek Murphy|4590842]). What starts as a search and rescue party turns into a quest to save Dannan-kind, and quickly escalates the stakes as they're swept from America to Ireland.

I love the feel of the book (one complaint I had of Shearwater was that it was set in Ireland but it didn't feel like any of the characters were Irish). There are plenty of colorful characters to fill the pages, and the way the stories intertwine is quite interesting.

I ended up with the 4-star review because I couldn't put my full excitement behind the book. Between the vast cast of characters, each with two or three names apiece (or so it seemed), and the intense legendary reliance, I got lost a few times along the way. I kept going, "who?" and "what happened?". While the main story line was relatively straightforward, I found those extra elements a little much for my poor sleep-addled brain to process.

That being said, I do recommend the book, and think others should give it a try. It's a good story line with a lot of intrigue, a splash of romance, and plenty of mystery to uncover.
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review 2016-12-05 00:00
The Shining
The Shining - Stephen King I really am not going to spend much time on this review. I think everyone and their mother has read this book at this point. I have this one in my permanent Stephen King book collection on my bookshelves and it was great to re-read this one after not reading it for I think about 3 years since I last read this right before Doctor Sleep came out. I may still be disappointed with Doctor Sleep by the way.

"The Shining" follows the Torrance family (consisting of Danny Torrance and his parents Wendy and Jack). After a very bad thing happens (which King rolls into the main story expertly) Jack is given a job to be a custodian to a hotel in Colorado called the Overlook. Due to the snow that the area gets, the hotel does not have guests after the fall. Instead a custodian is asked to stay and keep certain parts of the hotel warmed and to release the pressure on a boiler. This seems a very easy job to have and something that will get the Torrance family back on their feet, instead, the family living at the Overlook for the winter, leads to something sinister waiting for them.

The character of Jack is pitiable from beginning to end. He is a man trying to do right by his family, but keeps making mistakes due to his temper and his drinking. You do get his love for Wendy and definitely for Danny. But when the long slow roll towards what can be his family end starts, you do want to shake Jack and say wake up.

Wendy I found to be a little flat in the re-read, but honestly I don't think King knew what to do with her until danger rears it's head. At times you got the feeling Wendy is jealous of the relationship between Jack and Danny (and she admits it) but she didn't seem to have much to do but worry over them both.

Danny does come fully alive while reading. I think ultimately The Shining is a book about fathers and sons and how close that bond is at a young age. Of course at the age I am now, I do wonder at Danny Torrance being six and to be as highly intelligent and smart as he is. But due to the shining, I was fine with making some allowances his way. King I often thought had trouble writing young children, he is great at pre-teens, teenagers, and adults though.

We also have Dick Hallorann who ends up being just as important to the overall story due to the gift that he and Danny Torrance shares. I do see now though that the flow of the novel was slowed down anytime King transitions back and forth between the family in the past, present, and back to Dick though.

The setting of the Overlook is a malicious thing and the whole book has you feeling as if you are being watched every second. I may have turned up the heat a little bit while reading this book.

This book is peak King for me honestly. Everything including the ending (which he has trouble sticking at times) works. The ending makes sense based on everything that came before it, and I applaud King for not just throwing out a happy ending when I think that would have made readers (or constant readers) just as happy.

Task the First: The Winter Wonderland:
- Read a book that is set in a snowy place.
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text 2016-09-26 17:12
Stranded: Romances About Being Stranded on an Island
Nerd in Shining Armor (The Nerd Series) - Vicki Lewis Thompson
Stranded! - Pepper Pace
The Trouble with Paradise - Jill Shalvis
Lola Carlyle Reveals All - Rachel Gibson
Seize The Fire - Laura Kinsale
A Sudden Crush - Camilla Isley
Stranded with Her Ex - Jill Sorenson
Island for Two: Hawaii MagicFiji Fantasy - Beverly Jenkins,Elaine Overton
Imagine - Jill Barnett
On the Island - Tracey Garvis-Graves

Want a little surivial style romance? 


Here are some wonderful Romances where the couple is stranded on an island. 


My lists are never in particular order. Enjoy!


1.  STRANDED! by Pepper Pace


Oceans Delano and Marshall Cohen could not be any different. She is a shy Jamaican born woman returning to the states after her father's death. Marshall Cohen is a privileged young businessman traveling out of the country to engage in 'sketchy' business dealings for his boss. When their small plane crashes, the two lone survivors are forced to depend on each other and in the process they learn to face their fears and to accept their differences.



2. The Trouble With Paradise by Jill Shalvis 


One phone call has turned Dorie’s dead-end life into an adventure: she’s won a trip on a singles cruise to Fiji. With her cutest outfits packed and the Love Boat theme in her head, Dorie boards—and soon meets two irresistible men: a pro baseball player with an irresistible Texas drawl, and the ship’s dark and mysterious French doctor, Dr. Christian Montague. She’s sure to fall head-over-heels in no time. She just never expected to do it so quickly, or so literally, tripping over her luggage.

With her foot twisted and her ego deflated, Dorie’s dream vacation is about to take the biggest detour yet. A violent storm has wrecked the ship and cast everyone ashore. A deserted island would be the perfect setting for a steamy romance, if something sinister wasn’t lurking. Whose alluring arms will Dorie run to? Being stuck never felt so…liberating.


3. On the Island: A Novel by Tracey Garvis-Graves


Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.

Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives’ twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island.

At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.


4. Imagine by Jill Barnett


After years imprisoned on Devil's Island for a murder he never committed, escaped convict Hank Wyatt knows how to survive and believes his luck has finally changed. But when he stows away on board a ship destined to sink, his luck turns bad. He doesn't know if he can last an hour when he is marooned on a deserted island with a beautiful, know-it-all blonde attorney and three orphaned children. Suddenly looking out for number one doesn't seem to be enough.

San Francisco attorney Maggie Smith wants to have a good cry. Thoroughly modern, wealthy, and bright, her unwanted holiday turns bad when she is suddenly cast in the role of mother and forced to battle wits and hearts with the most arrogant, pig-headed man she's ever met.

Fate has thrown this makeshift family Robinson together, and kismet tosses in a 2000 year-old floating bottle filled with magic. Is the chance for a love more powerful than they could ever imagine only a wish away? Father Goose meets Donovan's Reef in this funny and tender historical romance about misfits who find that life might not be so bad after all...if they can do the impossible, and find a way to be family.


5. Island for Two: Hawaii MagicFiji Fantasy by Beverly Jenkins and Elaine Overton



Hawaii Magic by Beverly Jenkins

Workaholic attorney Anita Hunt is on the job 24/7. She's looking to make partner, not party. While on a forced vacation in Hawaii, she meets gorgeous pilot Steve Blair. When engine trouble forces them to make a crash landing, the seductive airman shows her a side of the exotic island and herself she never expected—and a passion that could make them partners in paradise forever.…

Fiji Fantasy by Elaine Overton

Connie Vaughn will never forget her thirtieth birthday present to herself: a passion-filled week in Fiji with a sensual stranger who knew her only as Contessa. But Michael Hillard is about to reenter her life in a big way. And from the moment the corporate playboy meets his mystery lover again, he wages an all-out campaign of seduction. This time the stakes are much higher—a love to last a lifetime!


6. Stranded With Her Ex by Jill Sorenson



An exotic wildlife preserve is a dream come true for conservation biologist Daniela Flores. Until she finds out her ex-husband is leading the research team. World-famous shark expert Sean Carmichael has only grown more ruggedly appealing in the time they were apart…the passion between them more intense than ever. But how could Daniela forgive Sean for betraying her when she needed him most?

Sean had come to the remote Farallon Islands to study killer sharks. Now a real killer is on the loose, threatening the woman he's never stopped loving. And this time, he knows he can't walk away. Marooned together during a deadly storm, Sean vows to go to hell and back to save Daniela…and for the chance to begin again.


7. A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley



Joanna Price is a city girl with the perfect life. She loves her job as a book editor, she just married Liam, high profile bestselling author and the man of her dreams, and she's headed to the Caribbean to enjoy two weeks of paradise for her luxurious honeymoon.
Connor Duffield is a gruff, grumpy rancher from the Midwest. He is a country boy who has a no-nonsense approach to life, more scars than he'd like to admit, and he hates city girls.

So it's just a misfortune they have to sit next to each other for a six hour plane ride. Even more so when their flight is caught in the perfect storm and Joanna wakes up stranded on a desert island with Connor, the very man she hoped she would never have to see again.

Why are they alone on this forsaken island? What happened to Joanna's husband?

When her dream honeymoon turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare, Joanna's first thought is survival. However, she and Connor will quickly discover just how boring paradise can be. As the days turn to weeks, and then months, this mismatched pair will have to learn how to coexist and how to resist the sparkles of an attraction they weren't prepared to feel.

When they are finally rescued will Joanna's marriage be saved as well, or will the life she knew and loved be in ruins?


8. Seize the Fire by Laura Kinsale


Olympia St. Leger is a princess in desperate need of a knight in shining armor. Sheridan Drake, amused by Olympia’s innocence and magnificent beauty, but also intrigued by her considerable wealth, accepts the position of white knight. Unaware that Sheridan is a notorious scoundrel, Olympia willingly allows herself to submit to his protection and his potent embrace. Theirs is a love born in deception. But as they weather storms on the high seas and flee from nefarious villains, the love sparked by lies begins to burn uncontrollably. Taking shelter on a desert island paradise, the princess and the dark knight battle overwhelming odds to keep their adoration burning bright.


9. Lola Carlyle Reveals All by Rachel Gibson 


When ex-supermoddel Lola Carlyle learns that some very -- ahem -- private photos of herself are being peddled on the Internet, she hides out where there's sun and -- she thinks -- safety, until the gossip dies out. Then the private yacht she's blissfully napping on is "commandeered" by some man who says his name is Max Zamora, and that he works for the government.


It sounds crazy, but Max is telling the truth -- his cover's been blown, he's on the run, and now he's confronted by a very angry -- and beautiful -- woman. He's seen Lola before -- barely clothed on covers of fashion magazines. But she's more beautiful in person. From the top of her pert blonde head to the tips of her little painted toes, Max finds her sexy, curvy... and a pain in the butt. And that's before she blows up the ship!

Now, the unlikely pair is stranded in the middle of the ocean, it's getting very hot -- not just from the sun -- and Lola is about to reveal it all...



10. Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson



For Genevieve Terrence it seemed like a dream come true: a weekend alone on Maui with her sexy boss, Nick Brogan. But little did she know that Nick had dreams of his own--a nefarious scheme that nearly got her killed on the flight over the Pacific. Lucky for her, brilliant computer programmer Jack Farley was on board and quick-witted enough to crash-land the plane. Now Jack is her sole companion on a remote desert island with nothing but guava trees and sharks for company. Who’d expect the shy genius--and the least alpha male she knows--to turn out to be the uninhibited stud of her wildest dreams?

Saving Genevieve’s life has made Jack a hero in the eyes of the woman he has secretly lusted after for months. Now they’re alone together in a tropical eden where they’re free to give in to their every sensual whim. But when some nasty unfinished business puts them at risk again, Gen will learn there’s nothing quite as dangerous as a fully aroused ex-nerd who’ll move heaven and earth to protect the woman he loves…


Did I miss your favorite? Let me know!


Vote for the best of the best on my Goodreads list: Stranded: Romances about being stranded on an Island

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