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Cell Paperback – May 1, 2011
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Storytelling - the ability to make the listenener or the reader need to know, deamd to know, what happens next - is a gift . . . Stephen King has this gift in spades. * The Times * Very clever and brilliantly written . . . you won't use your mobile for days. * Guardian *
About the Author
Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than fifty books. His novels include Carrie, The Shining and Revival. His novel Under the Dome is now a major TV series. His novel 11.22.63 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. Many of his books have been turned into celebrated films including Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Over the years, King has had various cameo roles in film adaptations of his books as well as playing rhythm guitar in the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band made up of some of America's bestselling and best-loved writers He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.
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Updated Review: July 1, 2016.
I love Stephen King and have been a fan of his work for as long as I can remember. When it comes to this book, "Cell" I can't help but read it over and over again. When my husband bought me a Kindle Fire HDX for Christmas I was thrilled. Too bad you can't get ebook versions of all the books you already own, but since you can't, this was definitely one of the books in my collection that I had to buy again for my Kindle. Absolutely Love this book!
King's storyline gives us an alternate version of a zombie apocalypse. Those who were unfortunately using their cellphones, directly or indirectly, turned into zombie-like creatures who are driven by hunger and anger, begin to maim and kill, ripping apart anyone they see. Everyone who was "Not" using their cell phone, attending a meeting by speaker phone, or even as tweens tend to do (listening without the speakerphone feature, with heads together) at the time of the Pulse are spared, from the pulse that is.
Our main character, waiting in line at the ice cream truck stares in shock as those around him, basically turn bat-sheet crazy, attacking and killing, even eating one another, well, ripping their throats out with their teeth anyway, not really eating like the typical Zombie fare.
With the vivid imagination of Stephen King, so many events were clear to my mind's eye. I'm sure that instead of a bus being driven intentionally into the lobby of a hotel, the movie version (starting at the airport instead of the park) will have airplanes intentionally crash landing instead.
Our main, secondary and other characters hide from the phone-crazies as the city burns. And that's just the start of the book. As things begin to settle, the phone crazies evolve into a flock-like collective, who like birds begin to exhibit a type of telepathic communication. That's when things get Really interesting.
I can't wait to see the differences between the book and movie, especially now that it's finally arrived.
No noticeable typos, errors in sentence structure, well developed characters, well thought out storyline. I love this book so much I currently own Paperback, Kindle, hopefully soon in Blu-ray format as well. Highly Recommended.
As with many of SK's books the human element is the main story not the events going on in the world, they are just a backdrop. There are several threads that seem like they might go somewhere interesting only to be resolved with very little satisfaction.
And as is his style SK leaves the ending to the reader to fill in, which kind of leaves the story seem unfinished.
In comparison with the general fiction market, Cell is quite a competent thriller. There are some quite vivid and haunting scenes, particularly the carnage in the immediate aftermath of the Pulse and the unnatural behaviour of the phoners as the effects of the Pulse develop. But when compared to other Stephen King novels it does not really measure up.
King has already done the post-apocalyptic novel, and it is hard to see how you could top 'The Stand' as a creepy character-based thriller in such a setting. Cell really demanded such treatment to make it work, with extended backstories and layers of detail to show us how they world has changed. I kept expecting that we were being set up for a satire on modern telecommunications and its effect on our culture. How much more blatant could you be than turning cellphone users into violent, gibbering idiots? But instead King veered towards the style of 'The Road', a minimalist work where it is more important to create atmosphere than to tell a strong story. The cellphone ends up just being a zombie-making device. This makes Cell unsatisfying in the end, because the characters are not fleshed out enough to make us care, and there is not enough narrative impetus or resolution to make us enjoy getting to the end. While The Stand probably suffered from a little too much explanation towards the end that destroyed the mystery, in Cell we have no proper explanation at all of the Pulse and its purpose. I'm not even sure that the human brain works in such a way as to make what happens even remotely plausible.
Cell is better than most thrillers out on the shelves, but not among the best of Stephen King's novels by any means.
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