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Misery by Stephen King
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Misery (edition 2001)

by Stephen King

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Paul Sheldon, author of a series of historical romances, wakes up in a secluded farmhouse in Colorado with broken legs and Annie Wilkes, a disappointed and deranged fan, hovering over him with drugs, ax, and blowtorch and demanding he bring his fictional heroine back to life.
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I have wanted to read this book for ages and I must say, I'm glad I didn't, because that meant I got to enjoy it now :D It was one of the best thrillers I've read in ages - despite all the work I had to do, I kept going "Just five more pages, just five more pages..."

I have mixed feelings about the characters - on one hand, I loved them and thought they did exactly what they were meant to do, but on the other I felt that the way the text treated Annie was incredibly problematic. I am still giving the book 5 stars because I feel that the fact that it is written from Paul's viewpoint mostly explains it, but the way mental illness was treated still left a very sour taste in my mouth.

If you can tolerate that, and don't mind brutal stories that aren't afraid to go into detail, I definitely recommend "Misery". It is a very good psychological study, as well as a very interesting look into the mind of a writer, and it definitely won't leave you bored. ( )
  Dreklogar | Jan 13, 2020 |
If you were a writer of a best-selling novel or best-selling series of novels and you were suddenly ready to let go of your previous works and try something new, something different, and something fresh, something you haven't tried before, what do you think would be the worst possible thing that could happen to you? Would that be Writer's block, or would that be Publishing Agency not being supportive of your writing anymore, or could it be a deranged fan of one of the fictional characters you yourself have created? I'd say that would be a deranged fan, for you can beat Writer's block anytime, you can find new Publishing Agency anytime you want to if they release you of your contract, but you can't beat a deranged fan and rationalize with a deranged fan. And the lead protagonist of this novel is unfortunately stuck in a deranged fan's house, after he suffers an injury and an accident. So he's all on his own with his biggest fan, and thus forced to at least try to rationalize with her, her name being Annie. I guess he's in quite a predicament. And his only way out of the mess he has found himself in is ironically his own work and his own writing, for to free himself of Annie's shackles, he's got to end his work in a proper manner or in a way only his biggest fan would have liked. Whether he succeeds or whether he fails, you're just going to have to see for yourself, but this is one of Stephen King's finest works, so expect a few immensely big surprises and tension along the way. ( )
  Champ88 | Dec 25, 2019 |

Paul Sheldon är en framgångsrik författare som är känd för hans historiska romaner om Lida men som längtar efter bli framgångsrik med något annat än kärleksromaner. Han har precis blivit klar med manuskriptet till hans nya kriminalroman när han är med om en bilolycka – mitt i vintern, ute i ingenstans. Men som tur är blir han räddad av en kvinna som bor i närheten.

Annie Wilkes tar med honom hem för att vårda honom istället för att ringa en ambulans; och när hon inser att det är hennes favoritförfattare som hon har i sitt hem beslutar hon sig för att låta bli att ringa någon alls. Vem kan ta bättre hand om honom än hon? Men den nyaste och sista boken om Lida har precis kommit ut och när det visar sig att Lida dör ändras allt.

Jag hade sett filmen innan jag läste boken, och det är en av de filmer baserade på Kings berättelser som jag gillar mest. När det gäller Lida är filmen och boken väldigt lika men då handlingen till stor del handlar om Sheldons tankar och känslor så gav boken en djupare insyn i hans situation. Det gjorde helt ärligt berättelsen mer klaustrofobisk och spännande. Även om jag visste vad som skulle hända, mer eller mindre, så kände jag mig nervös varje gång Sheldon utmanade ödet.

King bevisar än en gång att han är en mästare på levande, komplexa karaktärer. Det är utan tvekan det som får mig att fortsätta att läsa hans böcker även när hans karaktärer ibland går in i varandra och det känns som de kommer från samma grund. Det spelar ingen roll för det är vardagen i dem som imponerar och fascinerar. Han lyckas uttrycka både det onda och det goda i människor. Det är svårt att förstå att en författare kan göra något vardagligt av en kidnappning som blir till brutal fångenskap men King lyckas. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
one of 1250 copies signed by artist rick berry and david cristensen
first publication of suntup press
the limited signed edition sold out in 2 minutes! ( )
  Drfreddy94 | Aug 13, 2019 |
Jesus christ ( )
  hatingongodot | Aug 12, 2019 |
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Epigraph
When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

-- Friedrich Nietzsche
Writing does not cause misery, it is born of misery.

-- Montaigne
It's no good. I've been trying to sleep for the last half-hour, and I can't. Writing here is a sort of drug. It's the only thing I look forward to. This afternoon I read what I wrote. . . . And it seemed vivid. I know it seems vivid because my imagination fills in all the bits another person wouldn't understand. I mean, it's vanity. But it seems a sort of magic. . . . And I just can't live in this resent. I would go mad if I did.

-- John Fowles

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"You will be visited by a tall, dark stranger," the gipsy woman told Misery, and Misery, startled, realized two things at once: this was no gipsy, and the two of them were no longer alone in the tent. She could smell Gwendolyn Chastain's perfume in the moment before the madwoman's hands closed around her throat.

"In fact," the gipsy who was not a gipsy observed, "I think she is here now."

Misery tried to scream, but she could no longer even breathe.


-- Misery's Child
"It always look data way, Boss Ian," Hezekia said, "No matter how you look at her, she seem like she be lookin' at you. I doan know if it be true, but the Bourkas, dey say even when you get behin' her, the godess, she seem to be lookin' at you."

"But she is, after all, only a piece of stone, Ian remonstrated.

"Yes, Boss Ian," Hezekia agreed. "Dat what give her powah.

-- Misery's Return
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This is for Stephanie and Jim Leonard, who know why. Boy, do they.
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"I'm your number-one fan!"
Then he would look at the blank screen of his word processor for awhile. What fun. Paul Sheldon's fifteen-thousand-dollar paperweight.
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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... (0-451-15355-3)
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