The Shining Book Review

The Shining is a book written by renowned horror author, Steven King. The book is about a man named Jack Torrence, a complicated man who is a retired alcoholic. He is looking after the Overlook Hotel as his last chance for a good job. He brings with him his wife Wendy and his son Danny. Jack has had a rough past with abuse, with him being abused by his father when he was a child and assaulting his son while he was drunk. He was also fired from his last job for assaulting another child by popping holes in Jack’s car. While Danny is at the hotel, he envisions many horrible things, even one entity strangling him. After a few months in the hotel, Jack starts having strange envisions as well, and starts to go insane. As he descends into madness, he is told by the hotel to kill his family, and eventually attempts to. Unfortunately for Jack, Danny is able to use a special ability called shine to call a man named Dick Halloran to save him and his mother. With Dick arriving, he is able to save Danny and Wendy while Jack is left in the hotel, accidentally causing it to burn down because the boiler exploded.

After finishing the book and the film, I can say both pieces are great horror. They both have an off-putting feel to them, making the viewer always on the edge of their seat. The characters are exceptionally written, making me care even for Jack during the story. Story-wise, I think that the novel is superior to the film because it is able to develop these characters, although the film is much more enjoyable to ingest. Overall, The Shining by Steven King is a fantastic horror read and I highly recommend it.

Everywhere to Look, Nothing to Find

In Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, on the anniversary of the flawless Dunne couple, Amy Dunne goes missing. The entire town searches for the poor woman and as her disappearance does not leave a logical trace, all eyes turn to Nick Dunne, the husband, who has been acting strangely throughout the process of the disappearance of his wife. The novel is formatted in an unconventional manner. The narrative is told by Nick’s perspective, and also through Amy’s old diary entries, both revealing different aspects of the crumbling dynamic of their relationship. Although Nick appears suspicious, the reader is unsure on whether to trust his words or not, as he is the main narrator.

I find Nick quite unlikeable. I prefer to read Amy’s entries, but I do recognize he offers an insightful take on the situation. I usually don’t enjoy reading thrillers, but I am enjoying this one. What I particularly like about Gone Girl is its wit. The observations are very sharp. The language is shocking, raw, and brutally honest, which makes it an enjoyable read. Additionally, I really like that this thriller also focuses on the characters and not simply on its plot.

I am not very far in the story, but I am intrigued to discover what is to come. I am very hopeful about this and looking forward to the “Cool Girl Monologue” that this book is famous for.

Book Review- One of Us Is Lying

Overall, I really liked and recommend One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. It keeps you interested throughout the whole story, although there are some parts you have to be patient with, especially because the mystery isn’t solved until the end. The sudden, mysterious death of Simon happens at the beginning of the story, and the characters present for it are drawn into the mess that unfolds the rest of the story. Throughout it you learn secrets that contribute to the complexity of the mystery, especially the ones about Simon and the truth behind the sudden death and who was really involved. Almost if not all of the characters featured are dynamic because it really thoroughly describes each individual character’s thoughts along the way. The chapters are set up to rotate through each character’s perspective which also keeps the story very interesting during the entirety of it.

Book Update: Some Marvel comics including a Moon Knight comic

Since the Marvel comic format leaves a lot to be desired from character development and insightful narrative I can’t exactly review them properly, though I’ll gladly review them my way.

I’ve always liked the Marvel comics that play a darker twist on things. Like the comic with Spider Man and a bunch of his clones, where somebody cloned spider man a bunch and then they cloned his dad and gave him the memories of Spider man’s dad, only for Spider Man to find out that all these people coming back to life are just clones, and it really just seems messed up. I also read a Moon Knight comic since the show seemed to be pretty popular, and his whole schtick is that he’s insane, and honestly it was pretty cool, the whole insanity thing I feel allowed for the writers to come up with whatever wacky thing they wanted, because Captain America wouldn’t strap a rocket on his arm and punch a dude, pretty cool comic.

Book Update The Electric Kingdom

The book The Electric Kingdom is a really good book it uses different perspectives for each chapter and that really lets the reader know what is going on and what they are thinking. I am at page 220 and it has gotten really interesting with the characters meeting new people and more action going on. I am really invested and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Book Update: I Fell in Love With Hope

I Fell in Love With Hope by Lancali is a slower paced novel that follows five adolescents living in a hospital. They wish to escape from the grasps of their various diseases. The plot moves quite slowly, but it does not make the book boring at all. There is so much imagery and poetry that the author uses to immerse you into the story that makes it difficult to put down. I am not very far into the book, but I look forward to continuing to read and watching the plot advance.