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Hardcover Misery Book

ISBN: 0670813648

ISBN13: 9780670813643


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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY"The Washington Post - Kansas City Star - BookPage - Bookish" Who is A. N. Dyer? "& Sons" is a literary masterwork for readers of "The Art of Fielding, The Emperor's Children, "and "Wonder Boys"--the panoramic, deeply affecting story of an iconic novelist, two interconnected families, and the heartbreaking truths that fiction can hide. The funeral of Charles Henry Topping on Manhattan's Upper East Side would...

Customer Reviews

20 ratings

Stephen King Fan

Received a very nice copy of this book, almost looks brand new. Can’t wait to read it.


This book was amazing full of twist and turns I was obsessed!!

very good read with some flaws

starting with the positives, this book is extremely descriptive and detailed - leaving no blank spaces and easy to follow. king gave a descriptive insight to how exactly the main character was feeling and every internal conflict he was having which i loved; rarely anything was up for interpretation or imagination. it also gave an accurate representation of mental illness and never romanticized or idolized it for one moment. now for the negative (or what might seen negative for some people). i believed the book was very slow, and although i have the patience for that, some may not. but personally, i believe it made the action scenes even more special. overall, i loved it.

Not as expected

No dust jacket came with this book when it was advertised as having one.

Wish I knew it wouldn't be the original cover

I thought it was going to be the cover advertised since I collect that style. It was for my collection. A bit disappointed. Overall it's a great book though

very good condition!

I have not yet gotten a chance to read the book but my review is based merely on the condition of the book i got, i was not sure what cover i was getting to be honest, and since it was only 6 dollars with shipping i didn’t really care. when it came in it was a BEAUTIFUL hardback with the exact cover i wanted( the one with the man in a wheelchair and the shadow of someone with a weapon) . it had the dust jacket but it had a cup stain on it (wiped it down with a wet wipe and it was all clean.) the book itself had the pages in pretty good condition although a bit old looking (but what did i expect) and the previous owners name is still on the book. i am a SUCKER for old books so none of these were a issue at all! so excited to get my Stephen king collection started!

Bought Very Good got a torn dust jacket

Love the story did not like the copy

Loved the book, disappointed in the quality.

I have purchased many books through this site and have been more than happy. This book was purchased in "acceptable" condition, but should have been listed as poor condition. The cover had multiple creases and was on the verge of tearing, and the pages were yellowed and wavy, as if they were at one point wet. I feel like I over paid for a book in this condition. And yes, I have purchased "acceptable" before, and never encountered these issues.

horrible condition

i bought this book for my birthday and when it came today it had no cover, the binding is basically gone and pages are falling out. i couldve bought a brand new copy on amazon for what i paid for this horrible condition..

Collecting Stephen King hardcovers

I am so happy with the condition this book is in...has the dust cover without a crease or tear in it...The story is about an author who has a car accident during a blizzard. His "number one fan" finds him and the what happens during his "recovery" cannot even be imagined..another awesome King read.

No book jacket included

Bought this as a birthday gift and was extremely dissapointed that the book did not include the book jacket, as advertised. I would have never bought the book if I knew it wasn't going to included a jacket.

Was really excited about this copy

I havent read it yet, but im disappointed that it didnt say it wouldn't come with the cover. I wouldnt have purchased it. I wish i could return it.


Come in damaged the last page was ripped apart

My first Stephen King novel

Loved this book, I’ve only see the movie so reading the book was amazing. I love being able to read the main characters thoughts and feelings as he navigated how to stay alive and not get on the bad side of his kidnapper. If you’ve only seen the movie you MUST read the book because there is so many differences between the two it’s insane. Loved the book more than the movie.

Love, love, love.

I love Stephen King's writing, and this story was the epitome of his style. A simple idea was taken and churned out to be horrifying and wonderful at the same time. I started in the morning and, with no original intention, finished the whole book in one day. I actually tweeted at Stephen King when i finished thanking him, then felt weird about it considering what the book is about.

Tense and Emotional Story

I read this book and I liked it. It inspired me to read more of Stephen King`s books. The scene that stood out for me the most was when Annie hobbled Paul. It was so attentive to detail that it felt like I was looking at a picture inside of the book. This scene showed just how deep Annie`s paranoia went. Paul hadn`t done half the things she was accusing him of and his legs were healing, but what she did to him pushed him back to the beginning of his torture. You should read this book because it is so good that once you pick it up you can`t put it down. ~submitted by my student Jake

A must for writers

Paul Sheldon finishes a book he's proud of, unlike the bestselling Misery series he's been churning out. On his way home, he crashes and is "saved" by his number one fan. Annie Wilkes turnes out to be horrifyingly insane, torturous, homicidal and more than a bit suicidal. The book centers on two characters isolated in the Colorado high country. Still the book is deep and gripping. Sheldon struggles mightily to get free and it seems the novel is a bit autobiographical as King reveals the character's ideas about popular fiction and its merits. A must for writers. It hits home hard and has an engaging, intimate perspective that demands you to connect with Paul Sheldon's plight. CJ West Author, Taking Stock

So vivid!

It's common knowledge Stephen King can take a simple idea and turn it into a 500,000 word marathon; it's one of the reasons MISERY is one of my favorite King novels, because--for a change--King gets into the meat and potatoes of his story from the first page (and he doesn't let up until the last). Consequently, the novel is one of his shorter works. The beauty of this book is not so much the helplessness and horror of being captive to Annie Wilkes as it is the inner workings of Paul Sheldon's brain. Bestselling author of the Misery Chastain series (a character he has come to loathe), Paul talks to himself throughout his ordeal in Annie's Rocky Mountain hellhole. This self-dialoge is riveting, entertaining, and often downright funny. In fact, the humorous undertow throughout the book makes Annie's "behaviour" even more alarming and frightful. Nothing like copping a chuckle while Annie is wielding an axe or being destructive on a riding lawnmower; yet King pulls it off, page after page. I'm an allegorical kind of guy, and I can't help but think MISERY is a novel about Stephen King himself and the hell he was putting himself through during his substance abuse days. Writing, euphoria, pain, addiction, terror: all were in vogue for both Paul Sheldon and Stephen King in the 1980s. MISERY is King at his dysfunctional best. --D. Mikels, Author, THE RECKONING

Misery will haunt your days and nights...

I have never read anything written by Stephen King as I don't particularly like that genre. But a friend insisted that I read Misery, and I was astounded by King's talents. I was hooked from the very first page, and Misery is a book that will haunt yours days and nights long after you've finished. Paul Sheldon is a popular writer celebrating the completion of a new book, when his car goes off a mountain road in a snowstorm. He finds himself with shattered legs, being held captive by a former nurse, Annie Wilkes. Ironically, Wilkes just happens to be his number one fan. While she's nursing him back from near death, Wilkes reads his latest book, where he kills off his popular character, Misery Chastain (a sappy, high-drama character whom Sheldon has come to loathe). She decides that Sheldon will write a new novel (just for her), in which he brings Misery back from the dead. And believe me-Wilkes has her methods to keep Sheldon writing! Sheldon soon discovers that he's like Scheherazade, and the best way to stay alive is to keep the stories coming. Wilkes is a true psychopath, and the mind games that Sheldon plays will have you riveted. His ultimate goal is to escape, but Wilkes is one shrewd character, and his getting out alive is slim at best. Misery succeeds on so many different levels. The characters are so very well developed. In trying to figure out how to deal with Hurricane Annie, Paul also learns much about himself while he is trying to survive. Misery is filled with lots of symbolism-especially in the writing of his new book, Misery Returns. King also gives us a good look at the art of writing. He talks about the difference between a hack, a popular writer and a literary writer. While King is certainly a popular writer who is sometimes accused of being a hack, Misery reads more like a work of literature. We see what sometimes motivates a writer to write, and we can only imagine the rabid, crazed fans that any popular figure must contend with. It's also interesting to see how readers take ownership of fictional characters, and how distraught they can become over their demise. Also, as gruesome as much of this book is, Sheldon still can see much humor and irony in his situation which lightens the load just a bit. I never expected to enjoy Misery (or any Stephen King for that matter) as much as I did. It certainly won't be my last.

Stephen King's MISERY---One of his Best!

MISERY is one of those novels that made me want to hug myself in enjoyment. With its cleverly ingenious humor that somehow mixes so well with its occasionally gruesome violence, this is a novel that made me wish I had written myself! I bought and read this book 12 years ago, and have recently unearthed it from a box that had been stored in my garage since I moved into my new home three years ago. This brought back some great memories, and I'd like to share them with you.Narrated in first-person by Paul Sheldon, a famous writer of cheesy romance novels (starring a heroine named Misery Chastain) who crashes his car in the middle of the snowiest winter in the middle of Colorado and is rescued by local nurse Annie Wilkes, who happens to be, as she immediately lets him know as soon as he comes to, his "Number One Fan." She also happens to be, as he soon finds out, obsessed and dangerously crazy. Her care of him soon becomes a prison, one from which he knows he must escape, someway and somehow. It will prove to be difficult, as he is bedridden with two badly broken legs. When crazy Annie reads Paul's latest installment of the Misery series and finds out, to her horror, that he killed off her beloved heroine, all hell breaks loose. When she finds out that he did this to finally exit the romance-novel arena, and was working on a more street-savvy book starring a troubled teenage boy, she makes him start on a book entitled "Misery's Return." As distasteful as this is to him, he is not in a position to argue his way out of it, knowing that Annie holds all the cards and has him completely at her mercy. After all, it's hard to argue with a big, strong woman who carries an axe, and who, by the way, saved your life.MISERY is a taut thriller that understands its two main characters, the introverted and reserved Paul Sheldon and yes, even Annie Wilkes in all her irrationality. King loves her even as he simultaneously (and hilariously) makes fun of her quirky speech, which he dubs "the Annie Wilkes Lexicon." MISERY is a real page-turner (I read the entire 250-page book in one day) that is full of suspense and dark humor. I love it in all its ooginess, and if you haven't read it yet, then you'd just better do it now, you dirty bird!MOST RECOMMENDED; AGES 17 & UP

Misery Mentions in Our Blog

Misery in The Gothic Elements of V.C. Andrews and Stephen King
The Gothic Elements of V.C. Andrews and Stephen King
Published by William Shelton • March 16, 2022

The gothic element in American literature spans many genres, and has woven an ever present thread from Washington Irving's famous equestrian, all the way down to Stephenie Meyer's interpretation of the heirs of Vlad the Impaler. Leveraging the fine works of previous generations, two Twentieth Century American authors, Stephen King, and V.C. Andrews, created characters and settings which distilled the gothic element to a rarified degree.

Misery in It's Our Day! Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with Us
It's Our Day! Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with Us
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • August 08, 2021

August 9 is our day! And we're making the most of it. Here we share some of our favorite ways to celebrate National Book Lovers Day, our favorite books about bibliophiles, and fun qualities that book lovers share.

Misery in King Had Gotten Into My Blood: Devoted Fans Try to Inspire a Stephen Skeptic
King Had Gotten Into My Blood: Devoted Fans Try to Inspire a Stephen Skeptic
Published by Amanda Cleveland • July 12, 2021

Fifteen years ago, I read Carrie and it inspired me to never pick up another Stephen King book again. But I want to understand! So to celebrate Billy Summers and understand the phenom, I asked his biggest ThriftBooks fans to tell me what they love so much. Maybe they’ll inspire me to pick up a King title and give him a try?

Misery in Long Live The King: 9 of Stephen King's Best Books
Long Live The King: 9 of Stephen King's Best Books
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 11, 2019

It's been quite a week for Stephen King with the releases of both It Chapter 2, the movie and his new novel, The Institute. But then again, with about 80 books and dozens of hit movies to his name, maybe it's just like any other workweek. In any case, we're superfans and wanted to showcase a few of our top picks from the versatile author. (Psst, it's not all horror)

Misery in From Page to Screen
From Page to Screen
Published by Devin B. • April 24, 2017
With a slew of book adaptations from a variety of genres hitting the television screen this month, don’t miss out on your chance to compare the original books to their TV counterparts. We’ve also rounded up the latest film/TV announcements so you can get a head start.  
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