[Book Talk] Misery by Stephen King

Book Details:

Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Read: September 2017

Synopsis:

Return to the gripping, suspenseful classic #1 New York Times bestseller by master storyteller Stephen King!

Bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon thinks he’s finally free of Misery Chastain. In a controversial career move, he’s just killed off the popular protagonist of his beloved romance series in favor of expanding his creative horizons. But such change doesn’t come without consequences. After a near-fatal car accident in rural Colorado leaves his body broken, Paul finds himself at the mercy of the terrifying rescuer who’s nursing him back to health—his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes. Annie is very upset over what Paul did to Misery, and demands that he find a way to bring her back by writing a new novel—his best yet, and one that’s all for her. After all, Paul has all the time in the world to do so as a prisoner in her isolated house…and Annie has some very persuasive and violent methods to get exactly what she wants….

My Thoughts

This is now my second Stephen King novel and I am hooked! I can’t believe that I used to find his books boring and I’m so glad that I decided to give them another go. I adored this book. Annie Wilkes is such a great character and really drives this psychological thriller. I had just read You by Caroline Kepnes which features a character who can go from happy to insanely pissed off in a matter of seconds and that was Annie Wilkes as well. This book is such a page turner in that you never knew what was going to set her off and I just had to know what was going to happen to Paul!

This book is also a movie and I was happy that it was on the TV the week I was planning to finish reading. I knew Kathy Bates was the character of Annie and so I had her in my head the whole time I was reading, but always pictured Stephen King as the writer. It was fun to see how the movie writers pictured the book versus what I had in my head and I thought the book was definitely better. The movie was amazing and Kathy Bates was freaking awesome, but Stephen King just adds so much description and almost paints the story as a movie in your head as you read. I just love his writing!

So, this was my second Stephen King novel and I’m so excited to dive into another! You can say that he has a new fan now – thank goodness he has so many books to read!

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October Scary Book Recommendation: Stories For Nighttime And Some For The Day by Ben Loory

October is one of my favourite months! With the cooler weather, the leaves falling from the trees, the furnace coming on, AND the scary books and movies! This month I’ll be sharing some of my favourite spoooooky books with you!  

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Penguin Books | July 26, 2011

Loory’s collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables is populated by people–and monsters and trees and jocular octopi–who are united by twin motivations: fear and desire. In his singular universe, televisions talk (and sometimes sing), animals live in small apartments where their nephews visit from the sea, and men and women and boys and girls fall down wells and fly through space and find love on Ferris wheels. In a voice full of fable, myth, and dream, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day draws us into a world of delightfully wicked recognitions, and introduces us to a writer of uncommon talent and imagination.

Obviously, the thing that drew me into this book was the cover – I LOVE IT. And I love short scary stories and really, Ben Loory is a MASTER at this. This book blew me away and just writing about it now makes me want to read it again, it was that good. I loved that none of these stories were normal but all were scary. Some were a little more quaint and others were like little nightmares. I LOVE this book.

What is one of your favourite spooky books? 

October Scary Book Recommendation: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

October is one of my favourite months! With the cooler weather, the leaves falling from the trees, the furnace coming on, AND the scary books and movies! This month I’ll be sharing some of my favourite spoooooky books with you!  

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 25, 2012

In this captivating thriller, Amish teen Katie secretly lets an injured stranger into her isolated community–but has she also let in the plague that is destroying the outside world?

I’m such a weirdo, but I adore books that feature Amish characters, especially when they take place on an Amish colony. This book, in particular, had me gripped right away because there was something about the innocent of the main characters in the story that made this so much scarier. AND there are vampires!

What is one of your favourite spooky books?