Misery

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Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Now Annie wants Paul to write his greatest work—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an ax. And if they don’t work,...

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Overview

Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Now Annie wants Paul to write his greatest work—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an ax. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty.

 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
King's new novel, about a writer held hostage by his self-proclaimed "number-one fan," is unadulteratedly terrifying. Paul Sheldon, a writer of historical romances, is in a car accident; rescued by nurse Annie Wilkes, he slowly realizes that salvation can be worse than death. Sheldon has killed off Misery Chastain, the popular protagonist of his Misery series and Annie, who has a murderous past, wants her back. Keeping the paralyzed Sheldon prisoner, she forces him to revive the character in a continuation of the series, and she reads each page as it comes out of the typewriter; there is a joyously Dickensian novel within a novel here, and it appears in faded typescript. Studded among the frightening moments are sparkling reflections on the writer and his audience, on the difficulties, joys and responsibilities of being a storyteller, on the nature of the muse, on the differences between ``serious'' and ``popular'' writing. Sheldon is a revealingly autobiographical figure; Annie is not merely a monster but is subtly and often touchingly portrayed, allowing hostage and keeper a believable, if twisted, relationship. The best parts of this novel demand that we take King seriously as a writer with a deeply felt understanding of human psychology.
Boston Globe
Classic King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense.
USA Today
King's best...genuinely scary.
Washington Post
Terrifying...In addition to being able to scare the reader breathless, King says a tremendous amount about writing itself. We delight in his virtuosity.
New Haven Register
A strong novel...pure suspense...may be [King's] greatest triumph.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451169525
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1988
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 43,362
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
    2. Website:

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Another Epic Story

    I can't type fast enough to explain why people should read this book. I made this account just to comment on Misery. First off, Annie is one crazy psycho chick..and Stehpen makes her seem so...real. I got chills reading about how she tormented Paul because it seemed like Annie was right there with me with a sledgehammer in her hands or something. For those who would rather watch the movie first, it wouldn't affect their decision because they are both epicly rad...excuse my language. Misery is just...I can't eplain it. You'll just have to read it for yourself and decide if you want it or not because you've got the reciept; if you don't like it, take it back and don't waste your time writing a bad review about this faultless book...or Annie will find you.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    GRIPPING TERROR!!

    This is one of the best books I have ever read! Its filled with intensity and suspense! The "hobbling" scene left me with nightmares for days! A MUST READ!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 1999

    CRAZED FAN KIDNAPS AUTHOR!!!

    The subject of the book Misery, is that if you write a book that every woman likes then they will become your fans and might even become obsessed with you and your work. That is what Misery is about, obsession. The author of this magnificent piece of work is none other than Stephen King, the publisher of this novel is , Viking Penguin Inc.. The appropiate age level for this book is at least 14 years of age. The reading level would be at least 9th grade students. The genre of the book, or what reading catogoryit would be in, is a horror novel. Stephen King used plot to connect events by using a substantial amount of suspense. To explain what I mean about this I will give you, the reader, a recited part of the book. A part of the book that had suspensein it was when Paul Sheldon finally found a way out of the room that he was trapped in, it was full of suspense because you didn't know if he was going to get out of the house until you turned the page and found out. The setting of this story was described in great detail from the clocks to the floor panels. The characters were not described as well as the setting was, but I eventualy got a mental picture of the characters by the way they act. The characters were real to the point that I could actualy go to New York and talk to Paul Sheldon, but that is of course my opinion others will have different fealings on that. I would rather like to meet Paul than meet Annie Wilkes, because she was a crazed lunatic. The first person would not describe the point of viewthat this story is trying to put accross; the third person narrative would be the best way to show the books point of view. I think that it was the best way to tell the story because it tells you what everybody else is doing instead of what just one person is doing, it lets you know that there are other characters in the story and you know what they are doing. If you are using first person then you are oblvious to what other characters are doing and you get only one persons point of view. I think that it would be interesting to see how it would turn out if it were told in a different point of view, lets say, in second person or maybe in third person omniciant. The theme of this story would most likely be 'BEWARE OF FANS THAT ARE BESET WITH YOUR ABILITY TO WRITE OR PLAY A SPORT.' I learned something that I hoped was not true, but it turned out to be true and it was 'If you are left alone for too long with noway of communicating to any one then you WILL become insane.' If it had any irony it was situational irony, because out of his bad experience, Paul ended up making a lot of money, because she made him write the book Misery's Return. In a way she made him a millionare. Another novel that would compare to this would be any other novel that Stephen King has written. The way he makes you turn the pages to see what happens next.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

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    Exceptional!

    Paul Sheldon,a writer gets into an accident and Annie his #1 FAN happily goes to rescue him.She is strong,stocky,and worse of all a complete sick psychopath. She keeps him prisoner,and through that many things happen to Paul that made this novel captivating and a great read. I read this AFTER watching the movie,(a few years ago),i must say the book is 100 times better!! Stephen King..you did it again.Hands down,one of most favorite authors:)

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    MY WORST NIGHTMARE!

    I don't usually go for these "FRIGHT TALES", but...WOW! A writer becomes a victim of obsession, "chained" to his work, add a mean psychotic woman and being held prisoner...OH! MY WORST NIGHTMARE!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

    Good book, needs proof reading in the eBook edition

    This is the first book I've read by Stephen King, and I loved it. I enjoyed the story so thoroughly I pressed on through the ridiculous amount of typographical errors I found in the eBook version I downloaded from B&N. I think this was likely due to the process of converting the book to an electronic edition, as most of the errors could be attributed to OCR inaccuracies, punctuation and numbers thrown in at random where scanning software mistook imperfections in the printed page for relevant data.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    great story...

    If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be held captive and tortured by an extremely unbalanced ex-nurse then you should read Misery. Even if you've never wondered what it would be like you should still read Misery. I was kept on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what awful torment Annie would visit upon poor Paul next. Misery is a good movie and an even better book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Ryan Lilly

    The book and the movie are crazy and stephen king is one weird

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

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    This is the most terrifying book I've ever read. The scariest pa

    This is the most terrifying book I've ever read. The scariest part was that Annie was a character you felt sympathy for at times, and then all of a sudden she would go completely insane. Stephen King really outdid himself with this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Pissed off

    It really frosts my cupcake when the sample is comprised entirely of credits, acknowledgements and other data and has absolutely no story at all. I don't care when it was published and I can state with all sincerity that a rockin' dedication has never influenced my choice of reading material.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Might be my favorite book ever!... So far.

    This book was GREAT! I love the horror genre. Perhaps a little too much. Felt like every other page I was laughing and saying "This b**** is f***ing CRAZY!" The end was quite satisfying. Now I need to see the film! I wonder how it compares. I'm told it's quite good as well! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Fantastic

    If you want to read a great book by the King but don't have the patience for one of his longer ones, read Misery. It's not long, but a hell of a lot of fun. King never dissapoints.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    One of the best.

    This is a classic Stephen King book. I have read of a few of his books so far and this is by far my favorite SK book at the moment. It's very thrilling and you never know what is going to happen next. Highly Recommnd this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2003

    Misery

    O.K IF YOUR A STEPHEN KING FAN, SORRY THERE HAS BEEN BETTER BOOKS THAN THIS PARTICULAR ONE. DONT GET ME WRONG THIS BOOK HAD ITS 'HIGH POINTS,' BUT FOR THE MOST PART BORING. BEFORE READING THE BOOK I HIGHLY RECOMMEND WATCHING THE MOVIE, BUT THATS JUST ME.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2013

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    Okay, so to start off with, I LOVED this book. It was well writt

    Okay, so to start off with, I LOVED this book. It was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. Stephen King is truly one of the best horror writers out there. Now for the bad part. The only problem I had with this book was the Nook formatting. It was HORRIBLE. Words were missing letters, there were sometimes numbers in the middle of words, many things were misspelled, and there were random periods in the middle of sentences. If it only happened a couple of times it could be easily ignored but this was a constant staple throughout the whole book, it became very distracting. Like I said, this book was really good and I enjoyed it, I just wish the formatting had been a little better. If you're going to buy this book, I'd go with paperback until they fix all the bugs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Love it

    Stephen king never dissappoints still my fav author.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Forever creepy.....

    Stephen King is amazing....the only author, and i mean ONLY, to scare the socks right off me. When i read any of his works, i am constantly looking over my shoulder, and running back to bed when i get up during the night (with my nightlight on). :) Misery is another masterpiece, especially considering there are evil people in the world just like Annie Wilkes. And that just makes the fear more real.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    A book you will not want to put down You dont want to put it down

    A thrill from the very begining, King delivers. This was my first King novel. I just hope his other ones are this spectacular. This is a book you will not want to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    One of my favorites

    An intense situation with a crazy nurse. King develops it well and puts the wrath of Annie into you. A chiling climax and exciting book. Also on of the few King books that is not super natural

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Annie is such a great character...so well developed! Can't go wr

    Annie is such a great character...so well developed! Can't go wrong with this one.

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