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review 2017-09-26 15:54
Misery / Stephen King
Misery - Stephen King

Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one 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 furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty.

 

I read this for the “Terrifying Women” square of my 2017 Halloween Bingo card.

I suppose Annie Wilkes is a terrifying woman. She is definitely written as mentally unstable and cruel. I suppose that, for a man, she would be terrifying, but in real life women face situations like these far too often. Read books like My Story by Elizabeth Smart or 3096 Days by Natasha Kampusch. Heck, just pay attention to your newspaper—there are frequently abductions and murders of women. And they aren’t fiction.

What truly fascinated me in this novel was a bit of insight (maybe) into King’s writing process. I loved the idea of finding the “hole in the paper” into which the writer could disappear, writing until inspiration left or exhaustion threatened.

Interestingly, the novel also seems to be slightly prophetic—writing about a car accident, including multiple leg fractures and a broken hip, the pain of those injuries, and how uncomfortable is was to write afterwards. But this was published in 1987 and King’s real-life car accident didn’t happen until 1999.

Well structured, well written, but not really my thing.

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review 2017-09-26 00:37
Mr. King is a Genius
11/22/63 - Stephen King

Frustration ! OMg I was inner screaming at these time traveler to move, act, jump, run, think, run, run, or just do it now, through the whole story. it was a bit overwhelming with all the time line crossovers and realignments etc, but Mr. King hit a home run with this book. It just boggles the mind thinking about all the little things that could cause massive changes int he future if altered. Going back to that time felt so real, it was written so visually. The ending was bittersweet, and left me feeling like I'd been battered a bit too.
Excellent audiobook, fantastic narration.

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text 2017-09-25 22:24
Reading progress update: I've read 302 out of 1477 pages.
It - Stephen King

Man, Stephen King really goes deep with character development in this one. I love it. And Steven Weber reading the audio book is flawless. I love, love, love his reading.

 

I regret it took me this long to finally get around to Stephen King's It, but I am really digging the audio book.

 

Been meaning to get to this book for the longest time, but as I said before I have a hard time sticking with longer books since I'm a slow reader. This is where the audio book is perfect. Definitely makes the commute to work and home easier.

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text 2017-09-25 12:03
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 420 pages.
Rose Madder - Stephen King

FYI:
This is my first King book and maybe my last (unless I do decide to give IT a try)


He seems to come off asshole'ish in this book and from my understanding, he has done this at least one other time in one of his more recent books (don't remember which one). He seems to be a bit too daggone comfortable with the derogatory racial slurs and calling women out their names while describing their features more sexually than anything else. But, I guess he writes more with men on his mind? Knowing more men pick up his books. And from what I generally see from the male readers I come across, men tend to gravitate more towards male authors than females (As I said, that is my experience with what I personally see)

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text 2017-09-25 02:41
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
11/22/63 - Stephen King

Time doesn't want to be changed, now beaten, scared and..... only 3.5 hours to go

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