I've literally just this minute finished reading The Shining for the first time. At the age of almost-41-years-old, I'm now asking myself why the hell I waited so long! I've got to be honest and say that I struggled with it a little for the first 60 or 70 pages. The whole alcoholism backstory isn't the most original thing in the world and I started to think this one might not be for me... how wrong I was! I should have known better than to doubt the old master - even if it was only a momentary doubt. Yet again, Mr. King delivers the goods and my admiration for him keeps on growing. What a fantastic piece of writing this is. No wonder it's widely regarded as one of his best.