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  • School & Library Binding: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Back Books (Dec 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833518534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833518538
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Laway on Dec 8 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A co-worker a long time ago begged me to read the book. She was a big mystery novel fan and was crazy about Stephen King. I said, "why bother" the movie was great, suspenful and Kathy Bates was Annie Wilkes as far as I was concern and besides, I didn't really like reading mystery novels. I found them boring and overly meticulous with the details. Then I saw the movie again on television and remembered how that co-worker said that after reading the book, you'll be dissapointed with the movie. So, I made the monumental effort to read this book. I couldn't put it down. And yes, the movie adaptation paled in comparisson. So much detail was left out from the book. And although Kathy Bates, was great in the movie, King's Annie Wilkes is a hell-of-a-lot scarier. And the way she died in the movie is sooo sanitized. How very dissappointing that the movie makers bowed out and chose a more cleaner, neater death for this "number one fan." King is very skillful in bringing out the fears and weaknesses of the main character Paul Sheldon. In the movie, James Caan portrayed a bravier character, but the book clearly shows that Paul Sheldon all but lost hope in seeing another day, except for who he is, a writer, and a writer must see the book to its fruitition, just like just readers must find out what happens at the end. I love this analogy and it makes the story more palpable, more real. I have to admit that the book is so much better than the movie. I have gained a lot of appreciation for Stephen King. I can see why he has so much appeal to the masses. He knows how to tell a story. You feel like a kid sitting around a campfire, while a skillful grown-up spins a really scary story. To that co-worker, yes you're right, the book is better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scutler@nimbus.ocis.temple.edu on Oct. 20 1997
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The main problem with this book is that you just don't care about the fates of the characters. Sure, you've got all the wham-bam gruesome action, some well-described scenes of torture, but even during these sequences where your interest should be at it's high-point, the mind tends to drift, to imagine alternate scenerios, to develop a better telling of the story itself. Every dead-end page after every drudging leaf of cheap, sanitized paper it goes on and on and on and who the hell cares in the end? Stephen King has never been a great writer, just a man with a fertile imagination and enough ability to get by with a fully created world. But, when the story lacks depth or incident--like Misery--then all that scamming and lying to conning for prestige is gone and you're left with a hack churning out yet another volume of garbage.
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This is a fantastic book, certainly one of the best I've read from SK. It follows Paul Sheldon, a quick-witted author of romance novels about a ditzy heroine, as he is "nursed" by Annie Wilkes. The novel moves fast, and keeps the reader highly engaged as King steam-rolls out this story about a writer trapped with a psychopath who claims to be his "number 1 fan." The plot is tightly packed with surprises, and keeps the two main characters as its focus throughout. King masterfully develops Paul Sheldon through his own narration, stream of consciousness, and even dialogue between the different parts of Paul's vivid imagination.

There are two things I realized when I finished this book. First, Annie Wilkes is a terrifying, intriguing creation. She is crazy, for sure, but I think King does well to hint at the reasons for her psychosis rather than spelling it out all at once. It makes us "care about her" in a way -- not to sympathize with, but rather to understand. For any validation, check out Rob Reiner's adaptation of this book as a movie -- Kathy Bates steals the show with her manic performance.

The second: Stephen King is a great writer. Popular though he may be (Why is that a moniker some academics use to put down authors? Oh, pretensions...), this man knows how to write a story that keeps the reader engaged. He moves you along. He weaves a web like a spider and traps you inside it, gently shaking one of the webbings from the outside, till he inches closer to the heart of the web where he's had you the entire time. When King writes a novel, he has readers in the palm of his hand.
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By Michele James on Sept. 16 2012
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I really enjoyed this one. It felt so realistic, which made it feel very creepy.

The protagonist, Paul, is an author that ends up in the care of a crazy fan/ex-nurse after being in an accident. She is nuts! Most of all, she wants him to continue writing the series of books he is known for. The set up – being trapped in a room with limited access to anything at all – feels like the story could be restrictive or drag, but it was quite the opposite. The tension and suspense was high in this one!

What I liked the most about the book was that whenever Paul was in a situation, he would think of all his options. The process of him thinking of his options felt similar to how my brain works so I felt like we were on the same page (har har puns). While reading, I would think of something and then Paul would think of it too. Then King would decide if it would work or not. It was exciting trying to figure out what to do during different situations. It made it feel like *I* was Paul and I had some crazy bitch after me. So, it felt exciting!

The amount of gore and horror was great. It was gruesome, but realistic, which is perfect for this type of story. It was also spaced nicely throughout the story. The ending was also very satisfying.
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