** spoiler alert ** I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I had seen the movie before, and really enjoyed it, but wasn't looking forward to the book. I like a bit of action in my books, and I was under the impression that this was going to be about a man sitting in a room for however many pages. Well, it was about that, but it was also so much more. Stephen King has a tendency to sometimes stretch things out longer than they need to be, and I understand why. He's going for the suspense angle, but a little bit of that goes a long way for me. Case in point, I refer you to Cujo where the characters spent around 150 pages sitting in a car. That's just not something I enjoy all that much. However, it was different with Misery. The story takes place over the course of 6 or so months, and there's plenty of stuff that happens in Paul Sheldon's (the writer) room. But the real star of this show is Annie Wilkes. This woman is completely insane. She has some kind of psychotic-manic-depressive condition going on. She is completely unreasonable, and blames Paul for her own actions which she claims are due to something he did. First off, she kidnaps him, and thinks it's divine providence, and it's her right or duty to keep him until he writes a new Misery novel. She buys him a typewriter with a missing "n" and paper that smears. He points out that the paper smears, and she flips her shit, smashes his knee, and leaves him locked up for over two days without his pain pills. It's pretty agonizing for him. Throughout the book he loses his foot due to an axe because he was thinking about escaping. Later he loses a thumb because he made an offhanded comment about the missing "n" on the typewriter. By the end of the novel he is almost completely cowed by Annie, but has enough testicular fortitude left to try to kill her. He succeeds, somewhat. Well, let's say that she wouldn't have died without him. I enjoy following characters that are insane, and this did not disappoint at all. The sad thing is that I can follow where Annie is coming from when she gets upset, though my reactions are, thankfully, nowhere near as severe. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys horror and suspense.