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  1. Kate Kate says:

    'Misery' is a gruesome story of torture with blood guts and a psychopath It's a well told tale the characters are well developed and the fact that there are only two of them never gets boring It's a real page turner in fact I finished it tonight after getting off the subway on the platform before I walked home But this book is than just a thriller just like King is than just a pulp writerI read an article by the ever optimistic and cheerful Harold Bloom in college about how dismayed he was that young people like Stephen King so much All the literature crtics I've read hate King and it seems like it's just because people actually enjoy reading his work Yeah Bloom I said 'work' just like I would about Tolstoy's 'work' because Stephen King as damned hard worker Think of all the books he's churned out over the last few decades I'd like to see Harold Bloom show enough imagination to write fiction instead of just criticizing it all the timeI'm actually new to Stephen King's fiction I've read a few of the essays and articles he's written and a really great graduation speech he gave at UMaine awhile ago in which he extolled the virtues of our mutual home state but this is only my 3rd novel by him I like this guy and I know why too It's not just because he makes me scream and I have a hard time putting his books down it's because King loves writing He has a real and self aware relationship with what it means to be a writer He knows he's not Tolstoy or Faulkner he doesn't try to write that way He knows how to tell a good god damned story and he has a passion for it I appreciate his self awareness as a writer and the fact that he ackowledges how difficult the whole process is while not making us feel like he's somehow superior because he's figured out how to do itIn 'Misery' it's almost like we get to watch King write this story He doesn't just set us up for a crazy story and watch us discover things about his characters it feels like he actually comes with us and makes the discoveries at the same time we do That's what makes a good storyteller And I don't give a damn if Bloom likes him or not

  2. Kemper Kemper says:

    Honestly who among us hasn’t gotten frustrated with their favorite writer and felt like holding them prisoner while forcing them to write the exact book that we want?Well don’t do that because it would be wrong What kind of twisted freaks are you people??Paul Sheldon is a best selling author who just ended his popular series of romanceadventure novels by killing off the lead character Misery Chastain After finishing a new novel at a Colorado resort Paul has a car accident and awakes to find that his legs have been shattered but that he’s been saved by his self proclaimed number one fan Annie Wilkes Unfortunately Annie turns out to be than just a little crazy and when she learns that Paul killed Misery in the latest book she demands that he write a new one that brings back her favorite character Held captive by a madwoman Paul is almost helpless to resist the physical and psychological tortures she uses to get her way while insisting that it’s really for his own goodThis book seems eerily prophetic of King’s career in some ways Uncle Stevie hadn’t yet frustrated readers of his Dark Tower series with long delays between books and yet he absolutely nailed the self righteous fury of a fan who feels somehow cheated out of what they deserve You gotta think that later on King worried that he had some version of Annie out there just waiting to chain him to typewriter to finish DT He was also years away from suffering his own enormous physical trauma after being hit by a car but he still makes you feel every agonizing moment that Paul suffers from his accident and at Annie’s hands Like Paul King would also have the experience of returning to writing being a matter of overcoming physical pain but also finding it to be a way to escape itOne of King’s biggest strengths is that he knows the power of a good story and this plot serves him well by really letting him dig into that Annie’s obsession with Misery is something that probably almost every reader can relate to but what’s really interesting is how Paul’s need to tell the story becomes just as compelling as Annie’s threats The set up lets Uncle Stevie explore the whole notion of just why we gotta know what happens next as well as the rules that make it a satisfying resolution or a cheatI could make a pretty solid argument that this is King’s best book He was very much at the peak of his powers here and either the simple two person structure of the story or good editing kept this at a normal novel length That’d become a rarity in his bloated books after this and it does feel like King at his most disciplined In Annie Wilkes he crafted a character worthy of being included in a Villain’s Hall of Fame and he makes good use of her as a figure who can be terrifying sometimes tragic and weirdly humorous at times However I’m not saying it’s my favorite King book Probably The Stand or the last Dark Tower hold that honor Why wouldn’t his best book be the one I enjoy most? Because he did just too good of job on making us feel Paul’s pain Sure this is a book about a man who suffered a terrible accident and then found himself brutalized at the hands of a psychopath so it makes perfect sense that Uncle Stevie would want us to ache along with Paul Yet it’s very hard to spend an entire book with a main character who is almost always at some level of agony without feeling worn down by it It’s necessary for the plot but it also makes it a slog at timesSo it's definitely among King’s best but it's also one I haven’t read it nearly as many times as some of his others because it’s simply too damn tough to get through at times Still it’s a 5 star ride if you grit your teeth and keep reading as Paul keeps on writing

  3. Dita Dita says:

    Read this you Cockadoodie Dirty Birdies

  4. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Damn I can never get over that one scene She's bat sh•t crazy Happy Reading 🎃👻Mel 🖤🐺🐾

  5. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    To celebrate completing a novel writer Paul Sheldon goes on a champagne fueled drive in the Rocky mountains He winds up in a near fatal car crash but never fear He's rescued by Annie Wilkes his #1 fanI watched the film version of Misery in those antediluvian days before Goodreads hell before the Internet and decided to finally read the novel when it showed up on my BookGorilla email one day It was 299 very well spentMisery is a tale of obsession addiction and obsession I wrote obsession twice but it's a such a big theme I thought it was justified Annie Wilkes is obsessed with her favorite series of books starring Misery Chastain written by that dirty birdie Paul Sheldon Paul is obsessed with finishing the book Annie has demanded of him and probably addicted to writing Also to codeineI've said it before but I'll say it again If Stephen King wasn't addicted to scaring the bodily fluids out of people he'd be a literary writer of some renown The guy can flat out write Just because he cranks out a best seller often than most of us go to the dentist doesn't mean he's the real dealThe scariest horror stories are the ones that could actually happen and Misery is one of those Who among us hasn't had visions of being held captive when driving through a remote locale? Annie is so much than the scene chewing maniac she could have been She has dimension and believes she's in the right which is the mark of a great villain Her background is very fleshed out and my heart sank as I learned her past along with Paul How the hell was he going to escape that monster?Paul's journey is painful both to him and to the reader thanks to King's skill I had to make sure my foot was still attached a couple times Annie puts him through hell and he finally gives her a taste of her own medicine but the ending is far from happily ever afterAs is usually the case the book was a notch better than the movie I've been easy with the 5's this year but I'll give this one a cockadoodie 5 out of 5 stars just the same

  6. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    I am in trouble here This woman is not rightPaul Sheldon the best selling writer of the Misery novels finds himself rescued from a car accident by his number one fan Annie Wilkes As the former nurse takes care of him in her home she finds out he killed off Misery in his latest novel and decides to keep Paul as her prisoner as he writes Misery back to lifeI read a number of Stephen King books pre bookstagram and pre goodreads therefore I have never written a proper review for these books Revisiting these books through readalongs and listening to audiobooks while running or at the gym gives me the opportunity to do so Unfortunately when I revisited Misery it was in the form of the audiobook and I was not a fan and most certainly NOT its number 1 fan The narrator did such a brilliant job of conveying the truly insane character that is Annie Wilkes but otherwise it was very monotonous and boring at times BUT I know that's not really the case for the book itselfSimilar to Gerald's Game the events of this book primarily take place in one location Ordinarily that would bore the life out of me but King has this ability to grab your attention and keep you hooked anyway That being said there are still some boring parts in this book but they are very few and far between It is literally uite impossible to look away during the interactions between Annie and poor Paul Sheldon Anytime Annie is on the scene she steals the show it's those parts where it's just Paul's meandering thoughts that I would tune out of sometimes This is much better portrayed in the movie for meSomething else that the movie benefits from is cutting out the parts where Paul is writing his new Misery book I honestly have never cared less about anything in my entire life I just DO NOT care This is fair enough when you're reading the book and can just uickly skim over these parts however this is much difficult when listening to the audiobook I uite honestly feel like this is one of those rare scenarios in which the movie is much superior to the book It takes the GREAT story that King tells and trims it down to a really effective movieAnnie Wilkes is one of King's most iconic characters and the story is one of his most terrifying because there are no scary monsters or supernatural creatures Annie is all human and 100% crazy She also brings a lot of humour to the story for me anyway I can't help but crack up when she goes on rants about different things And the scene with the axe one of the most nail biting stressful and cringeworthy events I've ever read in a bookI really like Misery but I don't seem to regard it as highly as lot of other Constant Readers I can't pinpoint what is exactly I just know it wouldn't make my top 20 list I guess I never really connected with it on a personal level and so many other King books DO make me FEEL so many emotions so it just slides down the list a bit I do think it would be a great starting point for new King fans as it isn't particularly scary it's of a psychological thriller A nice way to introduce yourself to Mr King's works35 stars

  7. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    Please don't come at me with your torches and pitch forks but for me this was just fine 🤷 I promise I'll explain

  8. Stepheny Stepheny says:

    My whole life people have had a hard time handling my obsessive passionate personality I don’t ever just like things I’m either completely enad with it or not all that interested It’s just how I was made My obsession with Harry Potter is seen as “excessive” and I’m constantly made fun of for my fondness of it I get asked “aren’t you a little old for that” almost regularly and I have given up trying to respond because I really don’t feel it necessary to explain myself to anyone I am also ridiculed for my obsession with Stephen King I find his writing to be nothing short of amazing and people who aren't fans of his just think he writes “that horror and gore crap” Surely a serious reader can’t be a King fan According to a lot of people I know it works the same way when flipped around a King fan cannot be a serious reader Well I will tell you I am both I am a King fan and and a serious reader But I’m not always a serious reviewer For you all I have compiled a list This list is my defense Reasons Why I’m NOT the Real Life Annie Wilkes 1 I would never harm Stephen King in any way shape or form Not intentionally anyway I may accidentally harm him by tripping over my own feet in a rush to get to him and crash into him causing him to fall through a window Or I might tackle him from behind in an attempt to hug him fiercely I might even bite him just to see if he’s real BUT I would not hurt him2 I have never killed anyone I think legally I am reuired to say that3I don’t have an unlimited supply of any type of narcotic I have a cousin who’s a doctor but he’s of the Straight and Narrow variety 4 I don’t have lapses in my thoughts5 I understand the severity of an addiction and understand fully that King has struggled with it in his past therefore I wouldn't get him hooked on a painkiller to make him completely dependent on me6 I wouldn’t want to have Stephen King in my home Don’t get me wrong I have a beautiful home but his house is way fucking cooler I mean gargoyles on a wrought iron gate that looks like a spiderweb? HOW fucking awesome 7 Being that I want to be in his house so bad I would just like to sneak in a back window and hide in a cupboard and live in his house without him knowing for as long as possible I’d sneak a shower in his shower smell his clothes lie on his side of the bed lick his typewriteryou know those kinds of things 8 I want to be friends with Stephen King not make him fear for his life I think if he were to meet me he’d be completely charmed by my glowing personality and welcome me as one of his own by saying “Welcome to the family kid” or something along those lines9 I’d order take out instead of making him eat all that soup in the event that he was in my home We could eat Chinese food while watching old horror flicks together BFFFL10 My final point my name is Stepheny not Annie so I can’t be herAll around this was a great read you should totally check it outAnd for the record Stephen King you have nothing to be afraid of SignedYour Number 1 Fan

  9. destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] says:

    I've been saying for the last year since I originally read this that I would come back and write a full review but honestly the immediate post read reaction I wrote below sums it up pretty well I absolutely freaking loved everything about Misery and I think Annie is one of the most terrifying villains I've ever read in my life As someone who doesn't tend to enjoy most of King's longer works please let me know in a comment if you have any recommendations for books of his that are closer to this one in length and overall feeling—————original review march 2019me a week ago I dunno man I've tried a few King books and collections and maybe they're just not meant for mealso me a week ago I'm gonna give Misery a try but I'm not expecting too much tbhme now WHAT IN THE NAME OF ALL THE OLD GODS DID I JUST READ WOW Full review coming soon Thank you so much to the eternally beloved Ellyn for buddy reading this with me and motivating me to finally give it a try 💗💗💗

  10. Annemarie Annemarie says:

    It took me longer than usual to get into this King book which was largely down to the writing style I felt it was different than his usual style which is the one I adore so much I had the same problem when reading The Shining It was just lacking this special something and thus I felt disconnected from the characters until about a halfway through However all the stuff that was happening up until this point still had an effect on me and absolutely terrified me And then came the big shift and I got really into it As soon as I got to know the two main characters better I got so excited and couldn't stop reading It all got so interesting after a certain revelation and I was so relieved because up until then I had the feeling that I was missing out on whatever makes other people love this book so much After reaching the halfway point the genre Psychological Horror was truly embodied There is just something about Annie Wilkes that is constantly frightening no matter what this woman does After reading that King wrote her as the personification of cocaine I totally understand why she is so terrifying even in the rare moments when she is acting nice I wish I had the right ualifications to analyze this book and its characters on a psychological level because I bet it would incredibly interestingSo even though it took me a while to be enthralled by the book it is still definitely worth a readI'd also like to mention how much I appreciated the little snippets of the actual Misery novels that were included in the story It added a lot depth and realism

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Misery [Download] ➹ Misery ➾ Stephen King – Alternate cover editions here and herePaul Sheldon He's a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is than a rabid reader she is Paul's nurse tending h Alternate cover editions here and herePaul Sheldon He's a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is 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.