I have seriously been working on The Shining for over a year. I just can't seem to finish it. Having watched the movie and heard that the book was also excellent, I was really looking forward to it. But I'm just finding it to be a slow and laborious read. I'm about 300 pages in and thus far the story is best summed up as, "Arrrghhhh, I'm an alcoholic!" without much else really happening, plot-wise.