Book Reviews of Misery

Misery
Misery
Author: Stephen King
ISBN-13: 9780451153555
ISBN-10: 0451153553
Publication Date: 6/3/1988
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 253

4.1 stars, based on 253 ratings
Publisher: New Amer Library Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

28 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed Misery on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
As always Stephen King manages to frighten us. This is my chosen method of horror, more psychological than gore. What a mind he has.
reviewed Misery on + 582 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Love's Company, January 24, 2006
Reviewer: sandalista

I divorced Mr. King in 1990 or 1991. About 100 pages into his doorstop du jour, The Dark Half, I concluded that his critics are right: life's too short and many King novels ('salami,' he called them) are much too long. Breaking up was hard to do because his short & almost flawless novel Misery had seduced me.

Misery is Scheherazade with an eponymous hog and a butane torch. Misery is a number-one fan club and the Annie Wilkes Travelers' Aide Society. Misery, above all, is Annie Wilkes with the butane torch and an axe.

It was said, before Misery, that the most horrifying element of King's horror novels was the portrait of Stephen King on the dust jackets of the novels. Annie Wilkes changed that. Neither a killer Plymouth nor a Tommyknocking telekinetic prom queen, Nurse Wilkes is ultimate horror: she's someone like someone we might know. Although she wears a vampire cross in the ridiculous Kathy Bates movie, King's Annie Wilkes is human and utterly helpful, joined in mysterious union with someone like someone we might become, someone almost utterly helpless. Helplessness, not vampires or Micmac monsters or killer cars, is our deepest secret fear. Although he doesn't understand Colorado winters, Stephen King understands the horror of helplessness, a heart of darkness darker than death.

Our divorce is final, but I still go back sometimes to the creative destruction of Mr. King's Blowtorch Annie or to the Apt Pupil, just to remember what might have been, two decades ago, before Salami was King.
reviewed Misery on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Very good Book I reccomend reading it
reviewed Misery on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I rarely hate books. I threw this book across the room. (don't worry, it's still in one, solid piece!) I read once that Stephen Kind said that if he couldn't get the scare, he'd go for the "gross out" - well... he sure did that with this one. This one is not scary - it's gross. It's simply a woman gone insane, we watch her lose her mind and torture a man. There's enough grief in the world.
reviewed Misery on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This book is all kinds of creepy. Imagine being famous in any way imaginable and being held hostage by a crazy fan of your work. Annie Wilkes is so determined to make author Paul Sheldon live up to the ideal she's set for him, that she will do anything--and I mean ANYTHING--to make him live up to it. When he kills off her favorite character, she forces him to write a new book bringing her back. Buried in amongst the horror is a story of what it means to be a writer and a storyteller, and how Paul Sheldon continued to write, not just for his survival, but for his life. This book is fascinating in many ways, though it's not for the squeamish. Well-written and well-constructed. This is my first Stephen King novel, and it seems a good enough introduction to the author's work.
reviewed Misery on + 354 more book reviews
WONDERFUL!!! CHILLING!!!!! SCARY!!!!
reviewed Misery on + 3 more book reviews
If you like Stephen King, you'll like the book. It was made into a very poplar movie with James Cann and Kathy Bates. If you don't like King, then you may do as one reviewer did and throw it across the room. Please note, this is not the copy that was thrown!
reviewed Misery on + 6 more book reviews
Although Misery was a page turner, I did find some areas difficult to keep up with. But overall I really enjoyed the book.
reviewed Misery on + 118 more book reviews
annie wilkes is my worst nightmare. great pace, great story.
reviewed Misery on + 21 more book reviews
I read this one three times. If you're a Stephen King nut, you'll love it!
reviewed Misery on + 32 more book reviews
A creepy story that kept my attention from the very start!
reviewed Misery on + 24 more book reviews
A King Classic, Wonderfully Horrifying. King makes horroe just a half step away from reality. A Book of Month Club Main Selection
reviewed Misery on + 17 more book reviews
This is another great book for King fans. This is a book about a nurse who once took the hypocratic oath to "First do no harm" and yet all she did was terrorize her home patient "Paul", if that is not incentive for a quick recovery...
reviewed Misery on + 22 more book reviews
Misery is one of Stephen King's best stories ever. Edge of your seat, page turning thriller. It is what nightmares are made of.
reviewed Misery on + 135 more book reviews
A famous author decides to end a series of books he has written about a character named Misery, but he has an accident and falls into the hands of a demented fan who doesn't want Misery to end. Nothing supernatural, but plenty of suspense.
reviewed Misery on + 38 more book reviews
THis is one of Stephen King's best. A true classic.
reviewed Misery on + 140 more book reviews
One of my favorite reads of Stephen King to this day : ) Very eerie read...
reviewed Misery on + 145 more book reviews
The book kept me glued to my seat and hey the movie was good too.
reviewed Misery on + 907 more book reviews
I love all King book. But I do have favorites. Salems Lot, The Shinning, and Misery all time tops--could read them over and over. Makes you wonder when you read this where in the heck Mr. King comes up with this stuff!! Thank goodness he does--he has been keeping me awake for years and i love it!!!
reviewed Misery on + 72 more book reviews
Misery - - a book of horror and suspense at a level that makes you hesitant to turn the page. But you are compelled to do so. It taunts you to 'come along' as the tension and unimaginable horror unfolds. Each page you turn along this dark road will take hold of your runaway imagination and pull you into a story that will make you shutter,forgetting its a work of fiction, after all. This book once again proves why Stephen King is the Master of his craft.His plotting and mind-gripping prose is brilliant in this tale of evil incarnate, and he finishes with a razor sharp climax. A real scary book, but you wont know that unless you read it.
P.S. If darkness scares you, turn on the lights - Gery
reviewed Misery on + 236 more book reviews
Paul Sheldon, a bestselling novelist has met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a reader-she is Paul's nurse, tending to him after an auto accident. Bust she is also his captor, keeeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

This book is well read but still in fair condition.
reviewed Misery on + 59 more book reviews
alot better than the movie
reviewed Misery on + 9 more book reviews
Name speaks for itself. Another Stephen King Classic
reviewed Misery on + 15 more book reviews
Really good older S K. book!
reviewed Misery on + 657 more book reviews
Amazon.com: "A writer is trapped in an evil house during a Colorado winter...Paul Sheldon, the hero of Misery, sees himself as a caged parrot who must return to Africa in order to be free. Thus, in the novel within a novel, the romance novel that his mad captor-nurse, Annie Wilkes, forces him to write, he goes to Africa--a mysterious continent that evokes for him the frightening, implacable solidity of a woman's (Annie's) body. The manuscript fragments he produces tell of a great Bee Goddess, an African queen reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard's She.

He hates her, he fears her, he wants to kill her; but all the same he needs her power. Annie Wilkes literally breathes life into him.

Misery touches on several large themes: the state of possession by an evil being, the idea that art is an act in which the artist willingly becomes captive, the tortured condition of being a writer, and the fears attendant to becoming a "brand-name" bestselling author with legions of zealous fans. And yet it's a tight, highly resonant echo chamber of a book--one of King's shortest, and best novels ever." --Fiona Webster
reviewed Misery on + 8 more book reviews
(From Amazon.com)
In Misery (1987), as in The Shining (1977), a writer is trapped in an evil house during a Colorado winter. Each novel bristles with claustrophobia, stinging insects, and the threat of a lethal explosion. Each is about a writer faced with the dominating monster of his unpredictable muse.
Paul Sheldon, the hero of Misery, sees himself as a caged parrot who must return to Africa in order to be free. Thus, in the novel within a novel, the romance novel that his mad captor-nurse, Annie Wilkes, forces him to write, he goes to Africa--a mysterious continent that evokes for him the frightening, implacable solidity of a woman's (Annie's) body. The manuscript fragments he produces tell of a great Bee Goddess, an African queen reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard's She.

He hates her, he fears her, he wants to kill her; but all the same he needs her power. Annie Wilkes literally breathes life into him.

Misery touches on several large themes: the state of possession by an evil being, the idea that art is an act in which the artist willingly becomes captive, the tortured condition of being a writer, and the fears attendant to becoming a "brand-name" bestselling author with legions of zealous fans. And yet it's a tight, highly resonant echo chamber of a book--one of King's shortest, and best novels ever. --Fiona Webster
reviewed Misery on + 3 more book reviews
a must read for stephen fans.
reviewed Misery on + 23 more book reviews
Jacket slightly worn but otherwise book in good condition.