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I read this one way back when it first came out, and it's one of my favorite King novels. It depicts real-world horror, nothing supernatural about it; it also deals with the dynamic between authors and their public, with popular book-marketing genres, and with writing in general, in a way that's revealing and also very, very funny. [When the typewriter started losing keys I just about lost it myself... although younger folk who've never used a typewriter might not empathize as strongly as I did!] Even the book-within-a-book, the "Misery Chastain" romance novel, is hilarious while at the same time reflecting the genre with deadly accuracy.
[The 1990 film version was quite good, and reasonably faithful to the book - too much so in a few scenes! - but it couldn't quite manage some of the manipulate-the-reader tricks that the book can! There's a TV Tropes page on the novel and film, with some entertaining tidbits.]
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