First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin.
First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther.
Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
Misery by 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 always said I would never read Stephen King, yet here I am reading Stephen King. I have given in to the peer pressure!! I decided to chose Misery as my first King novel because it is the one that intrigued me most. I love the idea of an author being kidnapped by their biggest fan. It also seems to be highly rated among my friends on Goodreads.
I love that the reader is instantly thrown into the story and that it takes a second to get your barrings. You start to figure out what is going on as the main character puts the pieces together for himself. King has done an amazing job as setting the tone for the story and Annie is already a thing of nightmares, and we are just getting started! We are told early on the Misery (the main character in Paul’s series) is killed in his latest novel, which Annie is currently reading. I can only imagine how she is going to react to that!
Some of King’s language is questionable but I was prepared for that. He also is beating this tide metaphor to death, but I can already tell that he is a skilled writer. He seems to be an expert at setting and tone. I am starting to understand why he is so beloved.
I am so captivated by this book at the moment and I have a feeling that I will be finishing it this weekend. Look out for a full review!