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Cell: A Novel

A book by Stephen King

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The new, slimmer King

  • Feb 8, 2006
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Finally, a new book by Stephen King that doesn't feel like you're holding a concrete block when you're reading it! This new, slimmed down King is a throwback to his earlier, shorter books, and I, for one, appreciate the change. The prose is more sparing, the plot moves along quite quickly, and the tension never ceases. My only quibble with the story is that it seemed to end just a bit prematurely, but I'm sure Mr. King wanted to leave just a bit of doubt about the outcome in his readers' minds. That's his prerogative, and I can't really argue with it, because I enjoyed the book so much!

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review by . January 08, 2007
It all starts off with a bang, or should I say pulse, that literally turns artist Clayton Riddell's world into a moaning, groaning, biting world of zombies. Clay had just completed what seemed to be a great business meeting with a company interested in his comics work. He walks outside with celebratory gifts in tow when havoc breaks out by an ice cream truck. Then havoc breaks out in the local park. People begin biting, eating, hacking, slashing, etc. each other. This is just a brief summary of …
review by . April 20, 2006
This is almost a Richard Bachman book. Simple, direct, bloody and not too full of itself. It's almost the anti-thesis of THE DARK TOWER. (Which is kind of funny to say, since much of the book involves a small group of unlikely companions traveling by foot along unfamiliar roads, confronting one crisis after another.) It feels very much like a book wanting to be a movie.    Yes, it is a zombie story, of sorts. Everyone in the world who uses a cell-phone has their brains/programming …
review by . April 09, 2006
In a world that is currently under seige by all manner of technology, the cell phone stands out as the one most people cannot do without, and the one most likely to be abused and exacerbate how rude we can all be to one another....in his most recent novel, King demonstrates how he feels about this particular piece of progress. It's a beautiful morning in Boston, until Clayton Riddell, a Maine artist about to make good, witnesses chaotic and inexplicable human behavior that seems to be related to...what …
review by . March 20, 2006
What would happen to society if a mental "reboot" signal was sent through the cell phone system all at once? That's the premise of Stephen King's latest, Cell.    Clay Riddell is celebrating his first major cartoon contract, and is looking forward to getting home to his wife and son. But all that changes in an instant when a strange signal is sent out to all the cell phones on the cellular system. Those who placed a call or were on the phone are turned into mindless deranged …
review by . February 06, 2006
"Cell" is definitely a novel that hearkens back to Stephen King's origins in the raw, brutal side of the horror genre. It doesn't pull its punches, and as a result it's a fun read.    Make no mistake...I've enjoyed King's recent work quite a bit. "From a Buick 8" and "The Colorado Kid" were both departures for King, and to me were signs of a maturing author coming into his own. Those books had a complexity and an ambiguity that King's never really explored in the past. "Cell" …
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Witness Stephen King's triumphant, blood-spattered return to the genre that made him famous.Cell, the king of horror's homage to zombie films (the book is dedicated in part to George A. Romero) is his goriest, most horrific novel in years, not to mention the most intensely paced. Casting aside his love of elaborate character and town histories and penchant for delayed gratification, King yanks readers off their feet within the first few pages; dragging them into the fray and offering no chance catch their breath until the very last page.

In Cell King taps into readers fears of technological warfare and terrorism. Mobile phones deliver the apocalypse to millions of unsuspecting humans by wiping their brains of any humanity, leaving only aggressive and destructive impulses behind. Those without cell phones, like illustrator Clayton Riddell and his small band of "normies," must fight for survival, and their journey to find Clayton's estranged wife and young son rockets the book toward resolution.

Fans that have followed King from the beginning will recognize and appreciate Cell as a departure--King's writing has not been so pure of heart and free of hang-ups in years (wrapping up his phenomenal Dark Tower series and receiving a medal from the National Book Foundation doesn't hurt either). "Retirement" clearly suits King, and lucky for us, having nothing left to prove frees him up to write frenzied, juiced-up horror-thrillers like Cell. ...

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ISBN-10: 0743292332
ISBN-13: 978-0739464335
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner

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