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Get Your Shine On

` Ready to jump into a thriller? Now’s the season for nightmares and scares. Calling all those thrill and adrenaline junkies, this novel is filled to the brim with action, emotions, and grotesque monsters that one hopes only exists in nightmares. Now’s the time to air out all the skeletons. Here’s The Shining. Enter now if you dare.  A spooky thriller by Stephen King. The classic novel is easy to dive into and spooky enough for all those thrill seekers. The novel is told from the point of view of a five-year-old, by the name of Danny Torrance. Do you remember what you’re scared of when you were five years old? Danny Torrance is not scared of any boogeyman nor any monster in the closet. He is stuck in a hotel with paranormal activity, no way to go in or to leave. After the snowfall, the paranormal activity becomes way more threatening, with the ability to kill. Danny Torrance is more than the average five-year-old, he has special abilities. Within the novel, lurk hedge animals that move, killer dead people, and a possessed dad. Which to me seems like a typical winter break. This is the perfect book to read in the chill of autumn with rain drumming on the roof and the illusion of time before the next class in the morning. Come into a tale filled with monsters and substance below the surface. Read it for fun or analyze the deeper meaning that lurks beyond the words. 

The novel is not full of cheap thrills and even cheaper suspense. Suspense in this novel is genuine and it doesn’t dissipate or even remotely disappear. I don’t know what makes it so easy to binge read it in one night, it could be the charming and innocuous point of view of a child, the realness of the monster, or the urge to keep turning the page to find out what happens next. The novel is relatively short and full of descriptions so vivid you won’t want to read it alone in the dark. You’ll hear things under the bed and in the closet. The monsters aren’t just horrific but are also so lifelike from the way they move to the way they are pictured. The novel isn’t only scary but is also heart-wrenching in a good way, unlike those pesky midterms.  Now’s the time for things that go bump in the night. Plus, amid all these midterms, you might want to read something with a happy ending. I found myself imagining my own monsters, Stephen King possesses the ability to not only bring monsters to life but to also make us believe in them again. The novel has a substance and an attractive surface level. Plus, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Continue at your own risk. Encounter your own monsters from the view of a child. The sequel for The Shining came out so make sure you’re up to date on all the spoilers.