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From international bestseller Stephen King, a high-concept, ingenious and terrifying story about the mayhem unleashed when a pulse from a mysterious source transforms all cell phone users into homicidal maniacs.

There’s a reason cell rhymes with hell.

On October 1, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston. He’s just landed a comic book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making art instead of teaching it. He’s already picked up a small (but expensive!) gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he’ll get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay’s feeling good about the future.

That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone’s cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization’s darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

There’s really no escaping this nightmare. But for Clay, an arrow points home to Maine, and as he and his fellow refugees make their harrowing journey north they begin to see crude signs confirming their direction. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat...

There are 193 million cell phones in the United States alone. Who doesn’t have one? Stephen King’s utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn’t just ask the question “Can you hear me now?” It answers it with a vengeance.

Topics: United States of America, Maine, Boston, New England, Suspenseful, Adventurous, Psychological, Angsty, Violent, Zombies, Apocalypse, Text and Instant Messages, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Survival, Murder, Family, Death, Crime, Road Trip, and American Author

Published: Scribner on Jan 24, 2006
ISBN: 9780743296724
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Me encanta.! El final es algo... Ah!! Tienen que leerloread more
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Loved this book. One of my favorite King novels. The only thing I disliked was the way he handled the ending. It smacked of sequel. Then one never came.
The whole premise was interesting as heck to me. As a matter of fact I was scared to use my cell for the longest time! It's written in typical King fashion, very detailed, down to the last minute detail. I guess that's why the ending annoyed me. Simply too many What if's. Still, I loved it. It was a fun , scary read. read more
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Hard to put down.read more
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I really enjoyed this book. If kept me intrigued, right to the very end. read more
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What if one day at a particular hour everyone on the planet that had a cell phone attached to their ear and was talking suddenly got their brains zapped through that cell conversation. Turning you into a not dead but ,every bit a killing zombie like person with deadly intentions for all those not zapped. The thing I most enjoy about King is the way he takes you into a world that gives you the feeling of being right there. I can get totally lost in his books. Sometimes I get so emotionally invested in a book it some times stresses me out makes me feel wiped out which is not bad just with King I can get just as into something without all the heart-tugging. He just makes you sink into his books but always with the background comfort zone of it's okay relax enjoy the journey it's all just King's mind thinking. This book was pretty good. Not one of my favorites but definitely one I was glad I read. Typical King fashion...imagination is everything. Would have made it to my 5-star list but I hated the way it ended, although, this to was not a surprise as King has a way of always leaving the reader hanging.read more
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My original rating was three stars, but overnight it dropped to a mere two stars. Why? Well, I figure that during the last 50 pages of a Stephen King book I should be turning pages like a crazy man, but I was bored! Plus, I didn't feel emotionally invested in these characters, even the father/son relationship that is a theme throughout, and ends on the strength of this relationship. If you cannot get me emotionally involved with the characters after 450 pages, then that is a fault in the writing. Oh well...at least it was quick, and fairly painless.read more
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Creepy…but really, isn’t this just half a book? Love the idea…but for me, most of the book felt like a rough draft…I mean, it was the stand, only cooler, ya know…with zombies (zombie-ish anyway) but just where it should have been taking off at the end for the “rest of the story,” it just ended…either this is a sequel in the making or we’ve been left with a boat-load of questions. Really, I enjoyed it and read it practically one sitting (and all in one day)…but I can’t get past the “it didn’t feel completed to me” feeling I was left with…it was definitely a nice departure from what he was writing in the 90's, but it’s still not quite the classic King I loved to read. Ok…but not great. B-read more
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A rather bloody story told through the amazingly personal characters that only Stephen King can create. This novel deals with the bitter struggle of whether it is OK to kill another human, even if the other human is intent on killing you.read more
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I bought this because I'd kind of gone off reading. I was really struggling to get into Wolf Hall, and decided perhaps I needed to read something dumb. I hadn't read Stephen King since I was a kid, but I had vague memories that he was a good story teller. So it proved, and I really enjoyed this, even it was miles away from the sort of thing I usually read. It was a sort of group road-trip story, but set after mobile phones had turned everyone crazy. The characters were only sketches, but still worked really well, and the story was just about plausible enough to keep me page turning.read more
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I remember now what I used to enjoy about reading Stephen King... just page-turning fun. It's junk food for the brain. Not that it has no literary merit; a story about cell phones turning people into zombies with a hive mind is what it is. Like most stories of the cataclysmic event we don't really learn the true cause of it all, but it's the story of survival that appeals to me. I recommend it. I think I'll move on to Under the Dome.read more
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I'm not a huge Stephen King fan, but then I'm not generally a fan of horror. Even now, I can't look at the cover of Salem's Lot without getting the heebie-jeebies (and it's been almost 20 years since I read it). Some of his works like the Green Mile and the Stand, I have really enjoyed. The Stand, I thought was exceptional and read it once a year for about five, seven years or so. I don't know what I would think of it now.In the airport, the same place as I picked up Cross Bones, I bought the Cell. Released in the States in January, the French version came out March 1st. Guess which one I read.Cell was engrossing. I mean, I started it last night, read it on the bus and read it at my lunch break and started again at 17h and just finished it. Nice thing about King, simple vocabulary and phrasing.Not a lot of character development in this book. You could pick out the red shirts a mile away. And King seems to have moved from absolutism (only in the sense that there is a black/white right and wrong) to nihilism. There was no explanation for the apocalyptic event in the book. There was no right or wrong in the events that had occurred. But, still King tells a good tale. I would recommend checking it out of the library rather than spending 27 euros on it as I did.Originally posted March 9, 2006read more
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This book was a new spin on the tired zombie theme, couple that with Stephen King's bizarre mind and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.read more
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This has got to be the only book that had me not wanting to touch let alone answer my cell phone for days. The details are riveting, you live the story with Stephen Kings awesome style of writing!read more
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I thought this book was action packed and full of suspense. But I stopped reading it because I felt that at most points it had a lack of action, suspense, and had way too much back story. But I still reccommend it to people who enjoy Stephen King thrillers.read more
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This book reminded of the Stephen King of old, which I thoroughly enjoy. (I have been disappointed in some of his more recent works). Great characterization, I felt connected to several of the characters and even saddened when one was killed. I felt the ending could have been better; I was a little let down, overall a great read.read more
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Wow! Stephen King is back! Good old fashioned blood and guts, with an excellent "it could actually happen" storyline.read more
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The book terrified me!!! I had never actually read a Stephen King novel, only seen his movies. Granted this novel was not as scary as some of his others, such as IT. However, this book made me not want to use my cell phone anymore.What surprised me about this book was the humor in it. I never knew that Stephen King was so funny. There are some great one-liners in the book, such as one teen girl asking if an automatic weapon is legal in the state and another character answering anything is legal now. The use of a lot of four letter words also was a bit surprising but not out of place since it is the end of the world and everything.The end of the book was a let down. The reader is left hanging, but overall, I really enjoyed this book and would like to read more of Mr. King's work now.read more
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This is one King book that I'll gladly put in my top ten King stories. I liked that there was some serious sci/fi mixed into the horror and that the real culprits who started the zombification (okay, so I might have made that word up) through the pulse are never discovered as this made it even more sinister. I found this book to be more believable than most King horrors because it made me think "Just maybe, this is all possible."I even liked the ending immensely though it was less of a climax than one might expect. I think it could translate very well to film. All in all, this book was an honest-to-goodness page turner.read more
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Oh, how the mighty have fallen. I cannot fathom how such a great writer hashed out such a bad book.read more
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First King novel in some time for me. I used to devour his works when they came out for years, but I really thought that in later years the quality of his novels dropped slowly. I decided to give this one a shot since I had just read a similar book with a similar premise. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this quite a bit. Enough excitement, suspense and surprise to keep me turning the pages. I found a couple minor issues with the book that I felt I should mention. First, Kings politics came out early on, there was even a blame Bush moment early on. The politics seemed to come out of nowhere and really didn't add to the story. Knowing the time frame this was written in, I almost put the book away as I didn't feel like being preached to. But the politics ended almost as abruptly as they started so I'm glad I keep reading. Second issue, the ending. No surprise here for those who've read King before. Endings are not his strong suit and he definitely kept you hanging on this one. Not is worse ending by far, but still I would have liked a bit more closure.read more
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The only reason I didn't give this a better rating was the ending. It was lacking! I give it 4 stars because the rest of the book was great. A real page-turner.read more
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I don't know what to think about this book. Part of me loved it. The premise that something so integral to the world today could effectively bring about the end of that world is beyond chilling. It's positively brilliant. The interaction and chemistry between the characters who found each other and banded together after the phone apocalypse was well done. Some moments were searingly touching. The leader of the phone crazies was straight from Hell. But part of me went "Huh?" Telepathy? Telekinesis? Levitation? Seriously? The mental image of the levitating conveyance of phone crazies was a cross between hilarious and ridiculous. But I have to admit that Stephen King got me at the end. Heartwrenching anguish is what I felt... until the last sentence. I really love endings like that. I can play with them in my head forever. So while some aspects of the book made me wonder what happened to Stephen King's imagination, others were breathtaking in their ability to evoke such strong emotions and reminded me why I have remained a Constant Reader of King's for all these years. While overall not my favorite from the Master of Horror, Cell was enjoyable and is recommended.I do NOT recommend, however, the Recorded Books audiobook, narrated by Campbell Scott. The editing on this book was horrible. Scott's voice changes pitch dramatically during sentences that were obviously spliced in as corrections. It was annoying and distracting.read more
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Such a quick read. I'm dying to know certain things. Such as - how plausible is this? Could something like this theoretically be accomplished? How would it work? Who did it? Was it terrorists, like the characters theorized? What happened to them? What would have happened if you could have taken one of the original phoners and kept them in some kind of a medical containment room and studied them? What exactly would their body be doing to itself? Where did the Raggedy Man come from - i.e., how did the "flock" first begin to come together and form their collective hive-mind? Was someone behind that? Or are we supposed to just believe that this is some kind of Jungian collective unconscious at work? Ok, whew, I'm out of questions. But it was a nice, fast read. Though I agree with the reviewers who said it had quite a bit in common with The Stand. And funny, in real life with the swine flu scare, it seems that we've come full circle as a society, and are now more afraid of the superflu than we are of our own technology again. But this is King doing what I like to see him do most - the fast-paced scare. Only he could make cell phones that kill people anything other than laughable, even for an afternoon.read more
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A little different than King's usual fare. I liked it!read more
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This is one of those novels that seemed to have started out as a short story and really only as a means of passing the time. A once-fact about Stephen King is that he writes every single day of the year except Christmas and Father's Day. I am certain that since his accident and his disintegration of his sight that value might have changed. With that said, I am sure there are days (as I experience myself) when certain ideas get explored without any real excavation and extraction. I believe Cell is one of those ideas. What is lacking in this novel is his trademark extensive character development, which I feel separates King from other genre writers. In spite of that, there is enough heart within the players to feel some warmth towards, thus not all is lost. Another aspect that was continuously prevalent was the amount of gore—it is a very bloody story. Though this goes along with the territory of zombies (or, in this case, zombie-esque) and is executed quite well; excuse the pun. My final thoughts are that I feel this certainly is not the best; this would not turn me on to his fiction if I had never read anything by King beforehand…fortunately I have. The ending is one that I liked, though. It was not the happy ending that is so common in Dean Koontz novels. The ending in Cell leaves you hanging, but I prefer it that way—one could always use their imagination to spur on in their head what may or may not happen. Overall, it was entertaining and it never really got boring—just a tad dumb and lacking any real meat. One phenomenon I have noticed in the reviews I have read is that those who have never read King really liked this book; others who are very seasoned do not seem to like the novel at all. It is a departure. I feel like it was only published because of the King name and as a filler between what ever came out before this and to what comes afterwards. One has to pay the bills.read more
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stephen king phones it in. not an objectively bad book, but we've come to expect more from the first name in creepiness.read more
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Not his best, but not his worst either. It reminded me a lot of The Stand with a bit of standard zombie movie thrown in. Quite likable characters, though the open-ended conclusion left me a little disappointed.read more
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So, I'm iffy on this book. I gave it four stars because I really liked it, but I'm not quite sure why to be honest.The plot had great potential: cell phones making people into pseudo-psycho-zombies and only those without cell phones maintain their sanity. Scary, as I have a cell phone primarily for work and I get called at all hours. 3:03 on October 1st? Entirely possible.The ending was a bit...eh, to say the least. The characters were interesting, but sometimes did things that made me blink a bit. Maybe I missed something, but Tom seemed to go to two extremes while I was reading. But that can be forgiven by the fact that the apocalypse is upon them.Of course, true to King form, the ending became a bit wacky and some things just made me go, "...really?" but overall, I enjoyed it.read more
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I have to honestly say that this is a fun book. I was completely prepared to not like the ending as I generally don't like the endings to his books. Instead of being a convoluted cesspool of crap at the end it was actually very entertaining. In a nutshell this book deals with a modern apocalypse when people who are on their cell phones at the time of "the pulse" are infected and turned into zombies, or zombie-like humanoids. Honestly a quick read, but kinda worth it.read more
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I hate giving a negative review, but this really was awful. There is nothing positive I can say. I thought the story sounded like a good idea, especially as everyone has a mobile phone these days, but instead of being thought provoking or scary, this was laughable, predictable and I really couldn't care less. I'm sure it will be made into an equally ridiculous movie some day.read more
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Me encanta.! El final es algo... Ah!! Tienen que leerlo
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Loved this book. One of my favorite King novels. The only thing I disliked was the way he handled the ending. It smacked of sequel. Then one never came.
The whole premise was interesting as heck to me. As a matter of fact I was scared to use my cell for the longest time! It's written in typical King fashion, very detailed, down to the last minute detail. I guess that's why the ending annoyed me. Simply too many What if's. Still, I loved it. It was a fun , scary read.
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Hard to put down.
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I really enjoyed this book. If kept me intrigued, right to the very end.
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What if one day at a particular hour everyone on the planet that had a cell phone attached to their ear and was talking suddenly got their brains zapped through that cell conversation. Turning you into a not dead but ,every bit a killing zombie like person with deadly intentions for all those not zapped. The thing I most enjoy about King is the way he takes you into a world that gives you the feeling of being right there. I can get totally lost in his books. Sometimes I get so emotionally invested in a book it some times stresses me out makes me feel wiped out which is not bad just with King I can get just as into something without all the heart-tugging. He just makes you sink into his books but always with the background comfort zone of it's okay relax enjoy the journey it's all just King's mind thinking. This book was pretty good. Not one of my favorites but definitely one I was glad I read. Typical King fashion...imagination is everything. Would have made it to my 5-star list but I hated the way it ended, although, this to was not a surprise as King has a way of always leaving the reader hanging.
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My original rating was three stars, but overnight it dropped to a mere two stars. Why? Well, I figure that during the last 50 pages of a Stephen King book I should be turning pages like a crazy man, but I was bored! Plus, I didn't feel emotionally invested in these characters, even the father/son relationship that is a theme throughout, and ends on the strength of this relationship. If you cannot get me emotionally involved with the characters after 450 pages, then that is a fault in the writing. Oh well...at least it was quick, and fairly painless.
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Creepy…but really, isn’t this just half a book? Love the idea…but for me, most of the book felt like a rough draft…I mean, it was the stand, only cooler, ya know…with zombies (zombie-ish anyway) but just where it should have been taking off at the end for the “rest of the story,” it just ended…either this is a sequel in the making or we’ve been left with a boat-load of questions. Really, I enjoyed it and read it practically one sitting (and all in one day)…but I can’t get past the “it didn’t feel completed to me” feeling I was left with…it was definitely a nice departure from what he was writing in the 90's, but it’s still not quite the classic King I loved to read. Ok…but not great. B-
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A rather bloody story told through the amazingly personal characters that only Stephen King can create. This novel deals with the bitter struggle of whether it is OK to kill another human, even if the other human is intent on killing you.
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I bought this because I'd kind of gone off reading. I was really struggling to get into Wolf Hall, and decided perhaps I needed to read something dumb. I hadn't read Stephen King since I was a kid, but I had vague memories that he was a good story teller. So it proved, and I really enjoyed this, even it was miles away from the sort of thing I usually read. It was a sort of group road-trip story, but set after mobile phones had turned everyone crazy. The characters were only sketches, but still worked really well, and the story was just about plausible enough to keep me page turning.
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I remember now what I used to enjoy about reading Stephen King... just page-turning fun. It's junk food for the brain. Not that it has no literary merit; a story about cell phones turning people into zombies with a hive mind is what it is. Like most stories of the cataclysmic event we don't really learn the true cause of it all, but it's the story of survival that appeals to me. I recommend it. I think I'll move on to Under the Dome.
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I'm not a huge Stephen King fan, but then I'm not generally a fan of horror. Even now, I can't look at the cover of Salem's Lot without getting the heebie-jeebies (and it's been almost 20 years since I read it). Some of his works like the Green Mile and the Stand, I have really enjoyed. The Stand, I thought was exceptional and read it once a year for about five, seven years or so. I don't know what I would think of it now.In the airport, the same place as I picked up Cross Bones, I bought the Cell. Released in the States in January, the French version came out March 1st. Guess which one I read.Cell was engrossing. I mean, I started it last night, read it on the bus and read it at my lunch break and started again at 17h and just finished it. Nice thing about King, simple vocabulary and phrasing.Not a lot of character development in this book. You could pick out the red shirts a mile away. And King seems to have moved from absolutism (only in the sense that there is a black/white right and wrong) to nihilism. There was no explanation for the apocalyptic event in the book. There was no right or wrong in the events that had occurred. But, still King tells a good tale. I would recommend checking it out of the library rather than spending 27 euros on it as I did.Originally posted March 9, 2006
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This book was a new spin on the tired zombie theme, couple that with Stephen King's bizarre mind and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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This has got to be the only book that had me not wanting to touch let alone answer my cell phone for days. The details are riveting, you live the story with Stephen Kings awesome style of writing!
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I thought this book was action packed and full of suspense. But I stopped reading it because I felt that at most points it had a lack of action, suspense, and had way too much back story. But I still reccommend it to people who enjoy Stephen King thrillers.
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This book reminded of the Stephen King of old, which I thoroughly enjoy. (I have been disappointed in some of his more recent works). Great characterization, I felt connected to several of the characters and even saddened when one was killed. I felt the ending could have been better; I was a little let down, overall a great read.
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Wow! Stephen King is back! Good old fashioned blood and guts, with an excellent "it could actually happen" storyline.
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The book terrified me!!! I had never actually read a Stephen King novel, only seen his movies. Granted this novel was not as scary as some of his others, such as IT. However, this book made me not want to use my cell phone anymore.What surprised me about this book was the humor in it. I never knew that Stephen King was so funny. There are some great one-liners in the book, such as one teen girl asking if an automatic weapon is legal in the state and another character answering anything is legal now. The use of a lot of four letter words also was a bit surprising but not out of place since it is the end of the world and everything.The end of the book was a let down. The reader is left hanging, but overall, I really enjoyed this book and would like to read more of Mr. King's work now.
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This is one King book that I'll gladly put in my top ten King stories. I liked that there was some serious sci/fi mixed into the horror and that the real culprits who started the zombification (okay, so I might have made that word up) through the pulse are never discovered as this made it even more sinister. I found this book to be more believable than most King horrors because it made me think "Just maybe, this is all possible."I even liked the ending immensely though it was less of a climax than one might expect. I think it could translate very well to film. All in all, this book was an honest-to-goodness page turner.
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Oh, how the mighty have fallen. I cannot fathom how such a great writer hashed out such a bad book.
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First King novel in some time for me. I used to devour his works when they came out for years, but I really thought that in later years the quality of his novels dropped slowly. I decided to give this one a shot since I had just read a similar book with a similar premise. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this quite a bit. Enough excitement, suspense and surprise to keep me turning the pages. I found a couple minor issues with the book that I felt I should mention. First, Kings politics came out early on, there was even a blame Bush moment early on. The politics seemed to come out of nowhere and really didn't add to the story. Knowing the time frame this was written in, I almost put the book away as I didn't feel like being preached to. But the politics ended almost as abruptly as they started so I'm glad I keep reading. Second issue, the ending. No surprise here for those who've read King before. Endings are not his strong suit and he definitely kept you hanging on this one. Not is worse ending by far, but still I would have liked a bit more closure.
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The only reason I didn't give this a better rating was the ending. It was lacking! I give it 4 stars because the rest of the book was great. A real page-turner.
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I don't know what to think about this book. Part of me loved it. The premise that something so integral to the world today could effectively bring about the end of that world is beyond chilling. It's positively brilliant. The interaction and chemistry between the characters who found each other and banded together after the phone apocalypse was well done. Some moments were searingly touching. The leader of the phone crazies was straight from Hell. But part of me went "Huh?" Telepathy? Telekinesis? Levitation? Seriously? The mental image of the levitating conveyance of phone crazies was a cross between hilarious and ridiculous. But I have to admit that Stephen King got me at the end. Heartwrenching anguish is what I felt... until the last sentence. I really love endings like that. I can play with them in my head forever. So while some aspects of the book made me wonder what happened to Stephen King's imagination, others were breathtaking in their ability to evoke such strong emotions and reminded me why I have remained a Constant Reader of King's for all these years. While overall not my favorite from the Master of Horror, Cell was enjoyable and is recommended.I do NOT recommend, however, the Recorded Books audiobook, narrated by Campbell Scott. The editing on this book was horrible. Scott's voice changes pitch dramatically during sentences that were obviously spliced in as corrections. It was annoying and distracting.
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Such a quick read. I'm dying to know certain things. Such as - how plausible is this? Could something like this theoretically be accomplished? How would it work? Who did it? Was it terrorists, like the characters theorized? What happened to them? What would have happened if you could have taken one of the original phoners and kept them in some kind of a medical containment room and studied them? What exactly would their body be doing to itself? Where did the Raggedy Man come from - i.e., how did the "flock" first begin to come together and form their collective hive-mind? Was someone behind that? Or are we supposed to just believe that this is some kind of Jungian collective unconscious at work? Ok, whew, I'm out of questions. But it was a nice, fast read. Though I agree with the reviewers who said it had quite a bit in common with The Stand. And funny, in real life with the swine flu scare, it seems that we've come full circle as a society, and are now more afraid of the superflu than we are of our own technology again. But this is King doing what I like to see him do most - the fast-paced scare. Only he could make cell phones that kill people anything other than laughable, even for an afternoon.
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A little different than King's usual fare. I liked it!
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This is one of those novels that seemed to have started out as a short story and really only as a means of passing the time. A once-fact about Stephen King is that he writes every single day of the year except Christmas and Father's Day. I am certain that since his accident and his disintegration of his sight that value might have changed. With that said, I am sure there are days (as I experience myself) when certain ideas get explored without any real excavation and extraction. I believe Cell is one of those ideas. What is lacking in this novel is his trademark extensive character development, which I feel separates King from other genre writers. In spite of that, there is enough heart within the players to feel some warmth towards, thus not all is lost. Another aspect that was continuously prevalent was the amount of gore—it is a very bloody story. Though this goes along with the territory of zombies (or, in this case, zombie-esque) and is executed quite well; excuse the pun. My final thoughts are that I feel this certainly is not the best; this would not turn me on to his fiction if I had never read anything by King beforehand…fortunately I have. The ending is one that I liked, though. It was not the happy ending that is so common in Dean Koontz novels. The ending in Cell leaves you hanging, but I prefer it that way—one could always use their imagination to spur on in their head what may or may not happen. Overall, it was entertaining and it never really got boring—just a tad dumb and lacking any real meat. One phenomenon I have noticed in the reviews I have read is that those who have never read King really liked this book; others who are very seasoned do not seem to like the novel at all. It is a departure. I feel like it was only published because of the King name and as a filler between what ever came out before this and to what comes afterwards. One has to pay the bills.
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stephen king phones it in. not an objectively bad book, but we've come to expect more from the first name in creepiness.
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Not his best, but not his worst either. It reminded me a lot of The Stand with a bit of standard zombie movie thrown in. Quite likable characters, though the open-ended conclusion left me a little disappointed.
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So, I'm iffy on this book. I gave it four stars because I really liked it, but I'm not quite sure why to be honest.The plot had great potential: cell phones making people into pseudo-psycho-zombies and only those without cell phones maintain their sanity. Scary, as I have a cell phone primarily for work and I get called at all hours. 3:03 on October 1st? Entirely possible.The ending was a bit...eh, to say the least. The characters were interesting, but sometimes did things that made me blink a bit. Maybe I missed something, but Tom seemed to go to two extremes while I was reading. But that can be forgiven by the fact that the apocalypse is upon them.Of course, true to King form, the ending became a bit wacky and some things just made me go, "...really?" but overall, I enjoyed it.
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I have to honestly say that this is a fun book. I was completely prepared to not like the ending as I generally don't like the endings to his books. Instead of being a convoluted cesspool of crap at the end it was actually very entertaining. In a nutshell this book deals with a modern apocalypse when people who are on their cell phones at the time of "the pulse" are infected and turned into zombies, or zombie-like humanoids. Honestly a quick read, but kinda worth it.
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I hate giving a negative review, but this really was awful. There is nothing positive I can say. I thought the story sounded like a good idea, especially as everyone has a mobile phone these days, but instead of being thought provoking or scary, this was laughable, predictable and I really couldn't care less. I'm sure it will be made into an equally ridiculous movie some day.
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