Book Reviews Stephen King

The Shining * Stephen King Book Review

Because it’s the month of gruesome tales and amazing hauntings, why not discuss the mad and absolutely amazing “Shining” book by horror master, Stephen King. This is the story of Jack Torrence (played wonderfully by Jake Nicholson) who decides to take a job as a hotel overseer during the winter months when the hotel was empty.  He takes his family with him and as they prepare to tackle the long, hard, winter coming along, they will have to deal with another problem. Jack goes mad. He starts seeing ghosts and he develops a strong urge to kill his family (just like in Amitiville horror). But was he mad? Or was he driven mad by the specters present in the house?

The whole place was empty.
But it wasn’t really empty. Because here in the Overlook things just went on and on. Here in the Overlook all times were one

In a way, the story reminded me of the place out of time described by Dean Koontz in 77 Shadow street * Dean Koontz Book Review  and in Odd Apocalypse. This is a place who has seen some tragedy – but this fact is only briefly discussed when they move in and is only mentioned in passing by the current overseer.

“Any big hotels have got scandals,” he said. “Just like every big hotel has got a ghost. Why? Hell, people come and go. Sometimes one of em will pop off in his room, heart attack or stroke or something like that. Hotels are superstitious places. No thirteenth floor or room thirteen, no mirrors on the back of the door you come in through, stuff like that.

So the questions stays: was Jack mad before he moved in or did the ghosts tip the balance by constantly whispering in his ear?

This inhuman place makes human monsters.

Romance Books

Jessica Ruston’s Luxury Book Review

Sex, glamour, night life, sexy rollers, business tycoons and a lot of drama!

The book starts off slow (I nearly abandoned after the first 10-20 pages), but with a bit of coffee and a lot of determination, I started plowing through it and I was surprised how good it turned out to be! It’s a solid 3.5/5 🙂 So if you bought it, there is definitely a case for you to finish it! If you like Jackie Collins books, Sydney Sheldon and also some Nora Roberts, you will definitely enjoy this one!

This is the story of 4 people and a love triangle. A story about a dream of an island resort and about the rise and fall to power of the rich and famous.