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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, she can get really nasty.
Publisher: New York : Signet, 1988.
ISBN: 9780451169525
Branch Call Number: FIC King
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 18 cm


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Q: Who kidnaps and imprisons their favourite author?

A: A psycho fan.

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Oct 06, 2020

Not bad actually. Different from the usual, boring stuff nowadays.

Aug 30, 2020

One of the few books that were sent to the cinema and keep the essence of S.King. I recommend to read it and then watch the movie.

Nov 06, 2019

He sets up too much from the beginning. 10 pages in and he already doesn't like her, she's ugly and stupid. Where's the shock of becoming scared of your savior? There's nothing to develop. This book is bad, like unreadable bad. I'm constantly cringing over the word choices, and the narrator thinks HE could write the next classic novel? Slow your roll.

OPL_BethS Aug 13, 2019

Menacing, disturbing, & gruesome at times.

Jun 25, 2019

Not a fan, people claim to say that he is the king of horror, the king of "shockers", but unfortunately to me all I see right now is a guy who's insecure, immature and incredibly self-important. I can just him now every time I was reading something that developed in this plot, that was boring but him would be genius developments, waving his hands as he says "Shocker!", while I stay unimpressed. For whatever reason he reveals that she's not only a kidnapper, but a psycho kidnapper. I never would have guessed that someone kidnapping another person would have a screw loose. Wow. Also she's revealed to be religious, amazing. He always writes fanatic Christians into his books and makes them villains. It's not a surprise. Also, for someone who is "above any silly notions such as God" (as he mentions in his book on writing), I wish he'd stop talking about God in a book that would largely benefit from excluding mention of God. Everytime the writer writes something he's "the God of his story". Give me a break King, I'd like to hear a story, not a fanfic of how important you think you are, and how crazy you think people may be about your books. The main character is bland but basic enough so that the audience can go "yeah, I'd be scared as well if I were kidnapped", it's so uninteresting. I have no reason to believe that this is a unique character written in earnest and not a self-insert for King. Also even the psycho is sooo boring. She likes the main character's books, and insists he writes a different ending otherwise she'll get sadistic. There's no surprises to be found in her character. Why do I even care about a main character that you didn't make relatable? I'm at a loss here, King.

Dec 07, 2018

Misery is a novel by legendary writer Stephen King, it follows Paul Sheldon after an almost fatal accident where he unwillingly is trapped in a house with his biggest (psycho) fan. This novel is filled with many twists and turns that is excellent as per usual Stephen King creates a novel that is very interactive with the audience it quite literally draws you in. The novel starts off lighthearted and sweet but eventually turns rather twisted, at times I even found myself needing a break as the book was rather intense at some parts. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes horror/thriller and I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is a fan a Stephen King as this is truly a well written gripping book that will keep you flipping pages until you reach the end, at the point that you reach the end I recommend you also watch the movie created after this book it is also rather stellar. Overall give this a try, you definitely wouldn't regret it. Rating: 5/5
- @TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

arapahoekim Oct 23, 2018

Paul Sheldon is an author who meets his number one fan Annie when he gets in a terrible car accident. Annie rescues Paul and takes him to her home where his recovery turns into a nightmare. Annie discovers Paul is killing off her favorite character from his novel. This is where the book keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Apr 12, 2018

King is the master's master. Nobody comes close to write like he does. He's the quinessence storyteller. Very impressive. He must never sleep.

PimaLib_KatherineB Dec 12, 2017

Great psychological thriller! I usually find King's novels too scary to read but this one was perfect.

Jan 27, 2017

This book is chilling! Annie, Paul's "number one fan", will keep you up at night!
Well done, King!

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