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Misery [Stephen King] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Misery Chastain was dead Paul Sheldon had just killed her with relief with joy. "Misery" was my first SK book. Can someone please recommend another Stephen King book which, like Misery, does not contain supernatural elements?. King's new novel, about a writer held hostage by his self-proclaimed number-one fan,'' is unadulteratedly terrifying. Paul Sheldon, a writer of historical romances.

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Misery is an American psychological thriller novel written by Stephen King and first published by Viking Press in The novel's narrative is based on the. This article is about the novel. For the film see Misery (film). Misery is the 25th book published by Stephen King; it was his 21st novel, and the 16th novel written . Misery: A Novel [Stephen King] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Return to the gripping, suspenseful classic #1 New York Times bestseller.

Thank you. Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. Reviews Rated 4 out of 5 by Bill from a classic Genuinely kept me at the edge of my seat at several points. The psychological trauma and character development felt realistic and almost as if you were reading a memoir. I recommend anyone who's trying to get into king's work to start with this one its short and near perfect.

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I could not put this book down. It's the perfect mixture of mind-bending, gruesome, and intriguing. I'm definitely partial to the SK novels that surround events that could actually happen, and this is one! Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by jackyc from Great Book! Misery is without a doubt my favourite Stephen King.

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It was hard to put down! Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Eileen from Great Book This is one of my favourite books written by him, it's absolutely compelling Date published: Rated 4 out of 5 by Anna from Cringe-Inducing in the most Horrific Ways Be prepared for some descriptive scenes that will make you cringe and feels all the chills. The concept is interesting and the execution is quite good. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Nicole from Amazing Love, love, love this book.

Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Melissa from Scary This is one of my favourite books, it is terrifying and suspenseful. When you read this book you are terrified of Annie Wilkes. This page is a real page turner. Back at her house, Paul awakens from a drug induced coma to discover that Annie has taken him from the site of the crash and keeps him incapacitated by feeding him "Novril," a fictional codeine-based pain pill. Both of Paul's legs are severely broken with multiple fractures and his left knee is shattered.

Paul is subject to and terrified of Annie's fits of rage. During one, she spills soup on his bed cover, smashes the bowl against the wall, and cleans up the soup while Paul writhes in agony for his pain pills. She forces Paul to drink the dirty rinse water in order for him to take his pain pills, he complies and is satisfied but humiliated.

After a few days, Paul begins to realize that Annie is dangerously obsessed with him and his Misery Chastain novels. Annie reads Misery's Child and his enraged that Paul would kill off her favorite character.

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She forces him to write a new novel, bringing Misery back to life. Through a series of abusive and dangerous events, Annie tortures Paul by leaving him without food, water, or medicine for 50 hours at a time - forcing Paul to break out of his room and find the Novril for himself.

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In another one of her episodes, Paul breaks out of his room again and, while he gets food and water, sees a memory book on Annie's life. The book contains newspaper clippings that tell the story of all of Annie's murders from her time as a child in Bakersfield, California to her time as a nurse across the country, including her time in Denver where she was brought to trial for the murder of babies when she was a maternity ward nurse.

She was cleared of all charges but labeled "The Dragon Lady" by the media. When Annie returns she claims that she has left her hairs strung across the house and has found them broken, knowing that Paul has gotten out. To stop him from getting out again, she chops his right foot off with an Ax and cauterizes the wound with a BernzOMatic torch.

His agent believes that it was a bad idea to kill off Misery, but Sheldon argues that it was an important career move, as he does not want to be typecast as a romance writer. After drinking a fair amount of champagne to celebrate the novel's completion, decides to head west to California for some rest and relaxation, but is caught in a blizzard and his car goes off the road, where he lies seriously injured and helpless.

He is rescued by a former nurse, Annie Wilkes , and brought to her remote home nearby. Both of Paul's legs are broken, so he is bedridden and incapacitated and and hooked on Novril, an addictive, morphine-based drug that Annie has a large supply of. Annie claims she is his 'number one fan' and talks a lot about him and his novels. She is happy when Paul lets her read his new novel, but later admits she disliked the excessive swearing, despite the fact that the book is written from the point of view of a street kid who grew up impoverished in a big city.

While feeding him the discussion of the profanity angers her and she spills soup on his bed and, in an unexpected fury, throws the bowl at the wall where it shatters. Annie apologizes and then spends an entire hour slowly and methodically cleaning up the mess she claims Paul caused.


By the time she finishes, Paul is in agony. She brings him his Novril capsules and forces him to wash them down with the water in the bucket she'd used to rinse the wall with. She downloads a copy of Paul's latest book, Misery's Child , but after learning that he has "murdered my" Misery, Annie flies into a rage, almost smashing a table on Paul's head.

She reveals that nobody knows where he is contradicting what she had earlier told him about the roads to town being impassable.

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Annie leaves and Paul considers escaping from his room, but she has locked the door and the thought of the pain he'd endure if he tried to get out of bed stops him -- Paul would have to drop to the floor, risking incredible pain and further injury. Trapped in bed, Paul is left starving, wracked with pain and dehydrated, forcing him to drink his own urine.

When Annie returns 51 hours later, she genially apologizes for mistreating him but tells him she can't give him food or his medication until he performs a single task. Annie forces Sheldon to burn the Fast Cars manuscript. Paul holds out for several more hours but finally cracks, needing his medication to end his agony.

Unfortunately, Sheldon had never made copies of the manuscript, believing that making copies is a jinx, so Fast Cars is lost forever. Paul vows to kill her. Annie comes up with a new plan: She supplies him with a used Royal typewriter, which is missing the "N" key.

Paul turns over a first chapter to Annie, who, while writing in the missing N's, immediately rejects it, saying that the manner with which Paul had resurrected Misery was cheating.

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She likens his method to Saturday serial matinees where her hero, Rocket Man, had repeatedly escaped death. One installment left Annie herself very upset because the story contained a small flaw: The resolution the following week had shown the hero escaping the car before it had gone over the cliff, leaving Annie obsessively upset.

Annie tells Paul he'll have to go back to the drawing board and do better. Upon presenting Paul with the typewriter, Paul suggests that Annie supply him with different paper.

The brand she'd chosen, Corrasable Bond, though one of the most expensive papers available, allows ink to smudge too easily.