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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.
Paperback, 370 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by New English Library (first published 1987)
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Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
'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 more than just a thriller, just like King is more than just a pulp writer.

I read an article by the ever optimistic and cheerful Harold Bloom in college about how d
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 romance/adventure 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 fi
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: king-stephen
One room, a strange couple, and lots of innovative ideas to deal with writers' block and stop procrastinating fast. Or…

The most captivating thing about this novel is how permanent fear is escalating to more and more shocking and horrifying revelations, actions, and torture methods and how the feeling of insecurity and not knowing what comes next is slowly eating away the mental sanity of the protagonist while Annie is entering ultra bonkers mode.

Reminiscing about the art of writing. As so often,
Ahmad Sharabiani
Misery, Stephen King

Paul Sheldon, the author of the best-selling series of Victorian era romance novels featuring the character Misery Chastain, has finished the series' final installment, in which Misery is killed off out of Paul's boredom of her. As Paul celebrates the completion of the manuscript for his new crime novel, Fast Cars, he has an alcohol-induced impulse to drive to Los Angeles rather than fly back home to New York City, but is caught in a snowstorm in a remote section of Colorado,
chan ☆
Nov 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, 2021
man sure does like his words
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


Damn, I can never get over that one scene!!! She's bat sh•t crazy!

Happy Reading! 🎃👻

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 fan...

I 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 $2.99 very well spent.

Misery is a tale of obsession, addiction, and obsession. I wrote
With the fore knowledge, I can definitely see how this was originally going to be a Richard Bachman book, with the carnage from the opening scene followed by darkness, madness and torture throughout! Lots of personal knowledge shared via Stephen King's addiction problems, gives this story even more power than the maelstrom of the Number One Fan herself. Some great pacing and segmenting, put me continually on a knife's edge. 8 out of 12.
Oct 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-xxl, mr-king, 2021
The name of the man who had written the book was Paul Sheldon. He recognized it as his own with no surprise. ‘Sidewinder, Colorado,’ she said when he was finally able to ask the question. ‘My name is Annie Wilkes. And I am -‘
‘I know,’ he said. ‘You’re my number-one fan’
‘Yes,’ she said, smiling. ‘That’s just what I am’

Successful author Paul Sheldon has decided to transition from writing his popular romance series featuring Misery Chastain to publishing a crime fiction novel. After completin
Chelsea Humphrey
Please don't come at me with your torches and pitch forks, but for me, this was just fine. 🤷 I promise I'll explain!

Johann (jobis89)
"I am in trouble here. This woman is not right."

Paul 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 life.

I read a number of Stephen King books pre-bookstagram and pre-goodreads, therefore I have never written a proper review for these boo
Julie G
Two Sundays ago our family experienced a rather harrowing emergency situation. I'm thrilled to report that tragedy was averted; I'm less excited to share that my arm was broken in the process.

A broken arm is a perfectly acceptable price to pay for a whole family, but it is also a painful pain in the ass. And, because I'm a classic overachiever, I broke my arm in the “most painful way possible,” and I have been relegated to bone broth, limited mobility (to prevent the need for surgery) and left h

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 enamored 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 als
a list of things this book was:
- disgusting
- disturbing
- a quick read, surprisingly
- really fond of using sexual assault as a metaphor (cool cool cool)
- harmfully stereotypical in terms of race (the Africa references/setting)
- harmfully stereotypical in terms of gender (so much man-goes-to-work woman-stays-home)
- honestly just pretty hateful toward women??
- all for using the n word without blinking, apparently

a list of things this book was not:
- scary
- all that great of a read for me

bottom line:
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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 ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-german
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 sh
Jo (The Book Geek)
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Wow! What a gruesomely disturbing ride Mr King! I must admit, I watched Misery years ago, and I remember not thinking much of it, as it didn't really make me squeamish. In the case of "Misery" I think the book was better, and it took the term "Fucked up" to a new height.

Although this was a great read, I found I didn't love this as much as Pet Sematary, but it was still classic King writing, and it kept me pretty unsettled, until the very end.

And, talking of unsettled, lets talk about Annie Wil
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
★★★★ /5

Stephen King is an author whose books I always enjoy and Misery was not an exception. I really liked the first part of the book, I founded it very compelling and fascinating, others were a little bit disappointing but I still enjoyed reading them. In addition, it was very psychologically heavy book so it took me a long time to read, but on the other hand writing style really fitted the story.

It was good book, but not my favorite.
Oct 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“[I]t was still a long time before he was finally able to break the dried scum of saliva that had glued his lips together and croak out ‘Where am I?’ to the woman who sat by his bed with a book in her hands. The name of the man who had written the book was Paul Sheldon. He recognized it as his own with no surprise.

‘Sidewinder, Colorado,’ she said when he was finally able to ask the question. ‘My name is Annie Wilkes. And I am – ’

‘I know,’ he said. ‘You’re my number-one fan.’

‘Yes,’ she said, smi
Have you ever wanted to be famous? This book might change your mind because you might end up with some pretty crazy fans!

Original rating: Four Stars
2022 Reread rating: Four Stars (maybe 4.5)

I cannot remember specifically how long ago I read this, but Misery is one of those King books that is never far away from my thoughts. I would even risk saying that it is probably one of King’s most iconic and pop culturally relevant books due to the 1990 movie with James Caan and Kathy Bates. It is because
Sep 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first time reading stephen king and I didn't hate it. Yeah me 😂, also yes i'm going to read more stephen king.😏

Can't stop thinking about this book, so changing it to 5 stars.

Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it

i can tell this my favourite book of Stephen king so far
I know I have an unpopular opinion on this one, but I thought this was just okay. I have a weird relationship with Stephen King books, I tend to either LOVE them or feel very meh about them, and unfortunately this one left me feeling very meh. The concept of of this book is great, and I love the idea of it: a huge fan of this author finds him in a car wreck and kidnaps him, forcing him to write the next book in a series about a girl named Misery which he has previously ended, and she's forcing h ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king, horror
After a car accident, bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon wakes up to find himself in the isolated house of Annie Wilkes, his "number one fan". Paul finds out that Annie has been taking care of him. Soon enough, he also discovers that Annie is totally insane. A roller-coaster ride of a story with two completely unforgettable characters that really came to life for me. I really enjoyed being inside Paul's head and knowing his thoughts as he comes to realize the situation he is in. I also thoroughly ...more
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When I read Stephen King's "Misery" for the first time, it was a couple of years before the movie was released. Most people that have both seen the movie and read the book tend to recall the movie first when the subject of this now-classic story comes up. I was guilty of this, too, since Kathy Bates took a terrifying role and gave an Oscar-winning performance in doing so. While embarking on this long Stephen King re-read I started last year, it
Joe Valdez
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Stephen King's bibliography conjures images for me of a sinister Santa's workshop, maybe in the South Pole. The elves seemed particularly active in the mid-1980s, hammering out nightmares with the publication of It (which is long enough to comprise four novels) in 1986 and four novels (The Eyes of the Dragon, Misery, The Dark Tower II, The Tommyknockers) in 1987. Production quotas like these make Misery all the more special, a supremely well-written gothic thriller that had me blowing through pa ...more
Natalie Monroe
Misery was my first ever Stephen King novel.

There I was, an impressionable 14-year-old girl drunk on romances with none-fade-into-black sex scenes. Then my favorite English teacher recommended I read Misery. "Your life will never be the same," he said.

He was right.

Misery is about the kind of fan that loves their chosen celebrity a little too much. Like the man who shot John Lennon. Or stalkers that drive to Miley Cyrus's house with a bouquet of roses and a foam finger. The odd buttons that spoil
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Isn’t it so good that you have a devoted fan encourage you to write a new book of the series that made you famous? And she also gives you free health service?

Well, Misery was one of the most disturbing plot lines KING crafted. Most of the people remember sweet Kathy Bates’ transition to very scary, obsessive fan Annie Wilkes. That performance earned her a golden statue that highly deserved. In Broadway Laurie Metcalf gave life to the complex, dangerous, thrilling character but she wasn’t as gr
I read this when I was in College. I found Carrie as a senior in high school and from there I started to plow through his catalog. I read this somewhere between 1995 and 1998. That's over 20 years ago.

I love seeing all the Stephen King videos of the constant reader fandom. When I read those, there wasn't that and I read them for myself and didn't get to share with a community. I am considering doing a re-read of my favorite ones.

I still remember reading this and feeling chills all over my body.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As dispensers of TLC, nurses can shine.  As with any other particular group of people, there are going to be some rotten apples in the barrel.  Meet Annie Wilkes.  Sly, cunning, and quite mad.  In her care, author Paul Sheldon, who has been grievously injured in a car accident.  The thing is, no one knows he is there in her house.  This is what true horror is made of, and it is accomplished without a smidge of the supernatural.  Insanity and its machinations are in full bloom.  Speaking in sings ...more
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