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Danny moves with his parents to the Overlook Hotel to be caretakers for the winter. He learns he has a special power called the shinning in which he can see, hear and feel things others can not. He discovers that the hotel is haunted and is slowly possessing his father, driving him mad. When his father sucumbs to the madness of the Hotel it is up to Danny to call for help and save his mother through his new found gifts.
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the haunted house chased me! Family relations    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading    -   clairvoyant Really unusual traits?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Terrain    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of private male anat.    -   descript. of non-breast female anat. How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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