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Misery

by Stephen King

Penguin Publishing Group | June 3, 1988 | Mass Market Paperbound

Misery is rated 4.3571 out of 5 by 14.
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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.88 × 4.2 × 0.88 in

Published: June 3, 1988

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451169522

ISBN - 13: 9780451169525

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of King's Best Novels! This book doesn't waste time with filler. From page one, it gets down to creepy business as writer Paul Sheldon finds himself as a special and scared guest at the house of Annie Wilkes. Annie has to be one of the best fictional villains ever concocted. The movie adaptation that came out two years later directed by Rob Reiner and which garnered Kathy Bates the Oscar are most deserving. However, the novel offers a deeper level of gore, fear and apprehension. Extremely scary and sort of a companion piece to King's later work of 'Gerald's Game' as both books focus on being trapped in bed. I cannot believe that it took me so long to read this King gem.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great another awesome book from king
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King just doesn't know how to dissapoint! This is one of those King books that doesnt have anything supernatural about it, just a great psychological horror thriller. Once again King proves he's a master storyteller. Annie Wilkes is such a frightening character, only King can make a chubby ex-nurse so horrifying!
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good The novel is quite slow to start up but when it does it gets quite good. The concept of an author being in a bad car wreckage and geting picked up by a psyco named Annie Wilkes who claims to be his "number-one fan" gets old after about 200 pages, though. I really enjoyed the story and the near-constant cover of suspense but I extremely disliked how the story dragged on forever. I found it difficult to finish this story to the end. Otherwise, it's a genious idea written by a genious author that never runs out of ideas. I would still recomend you buy this book, however... you won't be disappointed! It's an amazing book AND an awesome movie!
Date published: 2011-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Surprising When I say "surprising" mostly I mean that as in surprisingly hard to get into. This was my first King novel, and I suppose I was expecting it to draw me in much more easily. However, as I progressed through the novel I discovered why this author is so beloved. King writes intelligently and really does know how to scare a person. I found myself thanking my lucky stars that Annie is only a fictional character, 'cause she's absolutely nuts. Overall, it wasn't as fantastic as I was expecting, but it wasn't awful either. I still intend to check out King's other work. Misery was just an...interesting start.
Date published: 2011-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book I read the book before I watched the movie. Josehf Lloyd Murchison Author of “Tails of a Gay Incubus” sold at chapters.
Date published: 2009-09-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not very good Okay, first of all, I'm a huge Stephen King fan (like everyone) and I thought that Misery (the movie) was fantastic. In fact, I watch it probably no less than a dozen times a year. Its that good. And so I was very jazzed to read the book. WHAT A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Its nowhere near as good as the movie. Which, in most cases, is not the norm. Ordinarily, in my opinion, books are better than the movie versions. However, this is not the case. Anyway, I found Misery (the book) to be OKAY ---at best, and stupid for the most part. He goes off on these tangents about African Bees and the tide coming in and out, and a bucnh of other stuff throughout the book that just slows the pace and make it confusing. The book does have its moments, that are gory and scary, but for the most part, its not that good. I'd give it a 4 out of 10.
Date published: 2006-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing,But amazing!! I have read many of stephen kings books and i thought this one definately one of the bests! Creepy and keeps you reading till your done. I couldnt put this one downn. well Written if your a fan of stephen king ad other creepy authors definately pick of a copy of this one!! This book is also disturbing imagine it happening to you!! well this book is awesome and not for the faint of heart!!
Date published: 2004-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Bad Stephen King has written many novels in his day. Some works of fiction, and others works of horror. I find this book to be a psychological book. It's fast pased, intense, gruesome and scary at times. I find this book to be a great piece of work! This book is better than Cujo, far better!
Date published: 2003-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST Read Book Stephen King tells a sad but horrifying tale of an injured best selling author and a crazy nuber one fan fixed on blood and killing. She has many ways to hurt him, one is an axe and the other is an electric knife. She feels no pity for her victums. This story is written in first person so you can go through everything he does. It is almost like you can feel the pain he is going through. Overall I would give this book 5 stars for the authors ability to bring the reader into the story. An amazing book!
Date published: 2002-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another hit from one of the masters of horror! I bought this book because I love Stephen King, I started reading and I couldn't put it down...I sat there for the entire hour it took me to read it and didn't move, it held me securely with the graphic details and horrific images. It was indeed one of his best for sure.
Date published: 2001-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the greatest this is the gratest stephen king I just bought it and I can't wait to read it
Date published: 2000-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Misery For anyone familiar with King's earlier novels, this one falls into the same category - quite rivetting but very graphic in a few areas. WARNING: may facilitate some unusual dreams (read: nightmares). Enjoy!
Date published: 2000-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best ever I FOUND THIS BOOK TO BE SO MUCH LIKE REALITY THAT IT WAS SO HARD TO PUT DOWN I FOUND IT TO BE MUCH LIKE THE MOVIE BUT BETTER IN BOOK FORM I THINK THAT STEPHEN KING HAS A VERY INTELLEGENT IMAGINATION VERY IMPRESSED THUMBS UP.
Date published: 1999-09-15

– More About This Product –

Misery

by Stephen King

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.88 × 4.2 × 0.88 in

Published: June 3, 1988

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451169522

ISBN - 13: 9780451169525

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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.

From Our Editors

Can a best-selling author escape from a psychotic nurse who wants him to respect her favourite literary character? Misery is a classic work of psychological horror from the ever-tapping typewriter of Stephen King. Brought to the masses as a movie starring Kathy Bates, it tells the story of a traveller who gets messed up in a car crash only to end up in the bed of an obsessive fan intent on keeping him in place, even if doing so means doing something overtly insane, like, oh, cutting off his legs. Like the best of King's writing, this story hinges on the woman's elaborate set of neurosis', giving way to a temperate environment where tension is the key.

Editorial Reviews

"Classic King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense." —Boston Globe

"King''s best...genuinely scary." —USA Today

"May be his greatest triumph." —New Haven Register

“Solid character delineation and terrifying insight. In addition to being able to scare the reader breathless, King says a tremendous amount about writing itself. We delight in his virtuosity.”—The Washington Post

“Dazzlingly well-written.”—The Indianapolis Star

“Terrifying…King is a terrific storyteller.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Truly gripping…some of the best writing King has ever done…the master has returned with a vengeance.”—Publishers Weekly