Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King (The Shining #1)

The Shining - Stephen King

With a fancy new Halloween edition published this month, it was the perfect time to reread The Shining.

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One of the true classics of horror fiction, THE SHINING is regarded as one of Stephen King’s masterpieces.

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.

As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel – and that, too, is beginning to shine . . . Continue reading “Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King (The Shining #1)”

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Rapid Reviews #2

Welcome to my second instalment of Rapid Reviews. As the title suggests, you’ll find rapid reviews for books I’ve read recently, but for one reason or another decided against writing a full review. These reviews vary in length but they will all be rapid! And to make things easier, you can see if I’ve enjoyed a book, or not, at a glance – next to titles I’ve enjoyed, you’ll find a ✔️ and for those that didn’t work for me, you’ll see a ✖️.

On today’s rapid reviews:

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Book Review: The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand - Stephen King

‘First come the days of the plague. Then come the dreams.’

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Imagine America devastated by a vast killer plague that moves from coast to coast. Imagine the countryside destroyed and great cities decimated as the entire population desperately and futilely seeks safety. Imagine then an even greater evil rising to threaten the survivors—and a last embattled group of men and women coming together to make a last stand against it. Continue reading “Book Review: The Stand by Stephen King”

Book Review: The Damned by Tarn Richardson (The Darkest Hand Trilogy #1)

The Damned - Tarn Richardson

Don’t you just love when a book you haven’t heard of turns out to be one you won’t forget!?! I’m indebted to Ninja Book Box for sending this indie book my way, it’s one of my favourite books of the year!

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1914. The outbreak of war. In the French city of Arras, a Father is brutally murdered. The Catholic Inquisition, still powerful, but now working in the shadows sends its most determined and unhinged of Inquisitors, Poldek Tacit to investigate his mission to protect the Church from those who would seek to undermine it, no matter what the cost.

Yet as Tacit arrives, armed forces led by Britain and Germany confront each other across No Man’s Land. As the Inquisitor strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder and to uncover the motives of other Vatican servants seeking to undermine him, a beautiful and spirited woman, Sandrine, warns British soldier Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields that answers to no human force and wreaks their havoc by the light of the moon. Faced with impossible odds and his own demons, Tacit must battle the forces of evil, and a church determined at all costs to achieve its aims, to reach the heart of a dark conspiracy that seeks to engulf the world, plunging it ever deeper into conflict.

Morally complex and fast paced, this is a gripping work of dark fiction set in an alternative twentieth century, where humanity’s desire for love, compassion and peace face daunting challenges in a world overwhelmed by total war and mysterious dark forces. Continue reading “Book Review: The Damned by Tarn Richardson (The Darkest Hand Trilogy #1)”

Book Review: Needful Things by Stephen King

Needful Things - Stephen King

“Everyone loves something for nothing…even if it costs everything.”

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There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger.

Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day.

Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor.

Something for everyone. Something you really had to have. And always at a price you could just about afford. The cash price that is. Because there was another price. There always is when your heart’s most secret, true desire is for sale . . . Continue reading “Book Review: Needful Things by Stephen King”