Book Spotlight–5/8/2011

Misery by Stephen King

I stopped reading Stephen King after slogging through the extremely unsatisfying 1,000+ page Needful Things. But I took a shot on Misery and it was like coming home. Here was the King who had given me It and Pet Sematary and The Shining.

Author Paul Sheldon is rescued from a near-fatal car crash by his biggest fan, the deranged and murderous Annie Wilkes. When Annie finds out that Paul has killed off her favorite fictional character, Misery Chastain, she keeps Paul prisoner and forces him to write a new book chronicling Misery’s triumphant return.

Filled with the horror, gore and compelling characters that were once King’s trademarks, Misery deserves to be counted among his best works. Unfortunately, it also convinced me to give The Dark Tower a try. Gave up after the Wizard of Oz ending to Wizard and Glass. L-A-M-E!

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