This is a Meme, created by me, to highlight a book every Friday that I have read in the past up to December 31,2009.
Today's Flashback Friday Feature is Misery By Stephen King. I read this book back in 89'/90 just before it came out in the movie theatre's. This is the original book cover I had.
Misery By Stephen King
- Pub. Date: November 2009
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
- Format: Mass Market Paperback , 352pp
- Sales Rank: 19,545
Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a bestselling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.
Unfortunately for Sheldon, Annie is mad; mad that he killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain, in his latest book; mad that he wants to escape; and of course, mad in the most extreme clinical sense of the word.
To set the world straight, Annie buys Sheldon a typewriter and some paper, drugs him, locks him in a room, and forces him to bring Misery back to life in a novel dedicated to her. Fear of physical torture is Sheldon's greatest motivation. One wrong sentence and she is likely to smash his legs with a sledgehammer, cut his thumbs off with a hacksaw, or much, much worse. But writers have weapons too. . . .
Misery was my very first Stephen King book. It was so suspenseful I just couldn't put it down. Annie Wilkes and Paul Sheldon were such great characters. At first you think Annie is there to help Paul and soon we come to realize just how crazy and delusional she is. Poor Paul is simply at Annie's mercy and must do what ever it takes to survive. This book is the reason i am such a big Stephan King fan. When the movie came out I was pleasantly surprised that the movie was identical to the book with only a real minor difference at the end. It is VERY RARE to watch a movie adapted from a book to so completely resemble the book. I found the same thin happen in Stephen King's book The Dark Half. The movie once again was almost identical to the book. If you like suspensefull books you really need to check out Misery. It truly was an AWESOME read and by far my favorite of all his books.
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