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Misery (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Misery (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Stephen King

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After an automobile accident, novelist Paul Sheldon meets his biggest fan. Annie Wilkes is his nurse-and captor. Now, she 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...


After an automobile accident, novelist Paul Sheldon meets his biggest fan. Annie Wilkes is his nurse-and captor. Now, she 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...

Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
USA Today
King's best...genuinely scary.
Boston Globe
Classic King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense.
New Haven Register
A strong novel...pure suspense...may be [King's] greatest triumph.

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Demco Media
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4.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN KING is a prolific and perennially bestselling author and an recognized master of the horror genre. He was the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Brief Biography

Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Misery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 489 reviews.
MyReviewsMatter More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Leasara More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually just kind of liked the tales from King but this one has to be the most scary; because it could actually happen. Instead of a monster dog or ghosts or raging car, its just Annie. And she, without a doubt, is one of the scariest villians I've read in a long time. However, I feel that Annie is far more interesting than the main character, Paul. He seems quite one sided in the start of the novel, just a subject for Annie's torture. But as it progresses, and the story moves on, you start to get into the world he's in, and root for him to survive. The sections with the Misery novels are fun, too! It was written in a different style, as it should due to Paul writing it, and I found myself excited to read those as well. Paul even had typewriter mistakes and it made it seem all the more real. However, there are a variety of errors and typos throughout the ebook version that I found quite distracting. These were outside of Paul's writing and where it was supposed to be written correctly - in the actual novel. It took me out of the world of the novel to realize that "surely" was mispelled and that the name Annie isn't spelled with one N. Overall, great story and a quick read! Its 400 or so ebook flips but it goes by so quickly!
Selina_Kyle More than 1 year ago
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.
Rose_of_Turbansk More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! :)
nancybout More than 1 year ago
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:)
1louise1 More than 1 year ago
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!
kingpita More than 1 year ago
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.
mandadanyele More than 1 year ago
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.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is easily the smoothest reading king book I've read so far. Grest story. A must read.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book grabbed me right from the start. One crazy woman. Just felt like I was right there watching it all front row. Might even read it again sometime.
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This book is fantastic!!! I love Stephen King and he did not fail me at all!! I couldn't put the book down!!!
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One of my FOAT! It was hard to put down and easy to pick up. Annie Wilkes is one of the best characters ever devised by Stephen King. Brilliantly Insane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Stephen King and all his books. This is another great story by the horror master
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Griping, well-told, suspenseful tale by the writer who knows how.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did this backwards. I was searching on B&N looking for something to read. I saw the movie Misery years ago. I have read most of Steven Kings books but not Misery. In the movie Annie is your worse nightmare come true. People always say the book is better then the movie. This is very true in this case. I loved the book. I knew I would because I am his number one fan!
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