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on October 27, 2008
This wasn't just a book for me, Misery was a moment. It was April 2000. I closed this book and said, "Yes, that's how you do it." Stephen King is the master at tinkering with his craft. He is not satisfied with putting out the same type of stories over an over.

Misery is his best example of that. It's not a point A to point Z novel. This book defines who Mr. King is as an author.

You can read another review to get a synopsis of the book. I'm guessing you've already seen the movie. Please do yourself a favor and read the book.

So why was April 2000 important in my life? After I finished this book, I decided to become a writer. Not because I thought, "I can do this." It was because I thought, "I want to be a part of this type of art." I have never come close to Misery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 1996
Stephen King does it again in Misery, a story about a writer
who suffers a car accident and is "rescued" by a fan.
Masterfully written, King takes us into the darkest
subtleties of the human personality, showing that an artist's
life can be not so glamurous, in the end...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2004
MISERY is one of those novels that made me want to hug myself in enjoyment. With its cleverly ingenious humor that somehow mixes so well with its occasionally gruesome violence, this is a novel that made me wish I had written myself! I bought and read this book 12 years ago, and have recently unearthed it from a box that had been stored in my garage since I moved into my new home three years ago. This brought back some great memories, and I'd like to share them with you.
Narrated in first-person by Paul Sheldon, a famous writer of cheesy romance novels (starring a heroine named Misery Chastain) who crashes his car in the middle of the snowiest winter in the middle of Colorado and is rescued by local nurse Annie Wilkes, who happens to be, as she immediately lets him know as soon as he comes to, his "Number One Fan." She also happens to be, as he soon finds out, obsessed and dangerously crazy. Her care of him soon becomes a prison, one from which he knows he must escape, someway and somehow. It will prove to be difficult, as he is bedridden with two badly broken legs. When crazy Annie reads Paul's latest installment of the Misery series and finds out, to her horror, that he killed off her beloved heroine, all hell breaks loose. When she finds out that he did this to finally exit the romance-novel arena, and was working on a more street-savvy book starring a troubled teenage boy, she makes him start on a book entitled "Misery's Return." As distasteful as this is to him, he is not in a position to argue his way out of it, knowing that Annie holds all the cards and has him completely at her mercy. After all, it's hard to argue with a big, strong woman who carries an axe, and who, by the way, saved your life.
MISERY is a taut thriller that understands its two main characters, the introverted and reserved Paul Sheldon and yes, even Annie Wilkes in all her irrationality. King loves her even as he simultaneously (and hilariously) makes fun of her quirky speech, which he dubs "the Annie Wilkes Lexicon." MISERY is a real page-turner (I read the entire 250-page book in one day) that is full of suspense and dark humor. I love it in all its ooginess, and if you haven't read it yet, then you'd just better do it now, you dirty bird!
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VINE VOICEon October 27, 2008
Forty-two-year-old Paul Sheldon has finally done it - written a proper novel likely to earn him a bit of literary respect. This, after putting out a series of books about the life of a woman named Misery Chastain who lived during the late 1800s. In the (planned) final installment, he kills off the character. Unfortunately, while driving under the influence in hazardous road conditions, he is injured in a car accident near a small Colorado town. Adding insult to injury, his rescuer happens to be his "biggest fan," a forty-four-year-old mentally unstable former defrocked nurse named Annie Wilkes. Instead of calling an ambulance, or driving him to the hospital, she takes him to her house, splints his injured legs, feeds him intravenously, provides pain meds and waits for him to come to. Over a series of months, her behavior towards him alternates between almost rational and completely insane, Nurse Wilkes' goal being to force the author to bring Misery back to life. Fans of Stephen King's earlier works will not be disappointed with this gruesome story of suspense. As for me, it was just so-so. Better: The Dead Zone by Stephen King (my favorite), Firestarter by Stephen King, and Salem's Lot by Stephen King.
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on July 1, 2008
I read this book and I liked it. It inspired me to read more of Stephen King`s books.
The scene that stood out for me the most was when
Annie hobbled Paul. It was so attentive to detail that it felt like I was looking at a picture inside of the book.
This scene showed just how deep Annie`s paranoia went. Paul hadn`t done half the things she was accusing him of and his legs were healing, but what she did to him pushed him back to the beginning of his torture.
You should read this book because it is so good that once you pick it up you can`t put it down.

~submitted by my student Jake
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on January 10, 2009
ok, this is a fun book to read.....
its about a NUMBER ONE CREEPY FAN and i guess you know the story......
well its predictable but still.............
this is almost like CUJO scenario with a CRACKO Nurse filling in the role of CUJO..........
but none the less its a fast read.........
i watched the movie too and i was really impressed with KATHY BATE'S A+ performance.........
all in all this is a book you might enjoy as movie even more........
especially for those who doesnot like reading books........
none the less a FINE BOOK.........
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on May 14, 1999
I am only 14 years old and my freind got me very interested in this book even though i have never seen the movie. Let me tell you (being the biggest bookworm on the earth) that this is my all time fave book. When ever something happened to Paul, I felt a sudden tingle in my leg, thumb, etc. Stephen King does everything so well. Even though is books are better his movies are also great to, I hope i get a chance to see misery on film soon. Even though it probably won't be as good as the book!
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on January 5, 2015
me atrapo desde el primer momento, sufri con Paul de principio a fin. yo la recomiendo para quienes deseen iniciar con el genero.
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on September 9, 2015
Really quite different from the movie I remember. It never could have been incorporated into the movie too much gore.
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on October 24, 2014
Buena novela de suspenso, empieza un poco lenta pero pagina a pagina te vas sorprendiendo mas de la loca protagonista
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