Book Reviews of Cell

Cell
Cell
Author: Stephen King
ISBN-13: 9780743292337
ISBN-10: 0743292332
Publication Date: 1/24/2006
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 764 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 8
I don't read much horror and I haven't been a big King fan in ten or fifteen years, but I did enjoy Cell.

I was surprised by how well written it was and I was hooked by the second page. It was exciting and made me want to keep reading it, because I just had to know what was going to happen to the characters.

I wasn't crazy about where it ended and I felt like there could have been a little more to the story, but it was good.

As I'm sure you can guess by the pool of blood on the cover, this was gory; although, I did not think it was scary.
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Helpful Score: 4
I always knew cell phones were a curse on mankind!Now I am sure. Zombies gore blood orphaned children. Stephen king at his most horrifying. Reminds me of some of his earlier works where man's unthinking actions lead to horrifying consequensces.
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Helpful Score: 4
I know many Stephen King fans were disappointed with this novel, but I really enjoyed it. I was immediately captivated by the story. I may have liked it better if the cause of all the devastation was explained, but King chose to keep his readers guessing with this one, which was fine with me. The ending was great, left me wondering, don't want to give anything away.
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Helpful Score: 3
Loved this book! Read it in 2 sittings, it was very interesting and almost believable!
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is Cell Phone pulse that does some real weird things to the people living in the United States. This is one of the weirdest Stephen King books I have read. It made me not want to use my cell phone for more than a month.
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Helpful Score: 3
Awesome book. Stephen King at his best. I didn't want it to end.
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Helpful Score: 3
King's way of writing always manages to make you feel like you are there.
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Enjoyed this book though it did give me pause to use my cell afterwards.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of the best King books in a long time. I finished it in a day and a half because I HAD too.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is one of those books where you think to yourself "there may be a slight chance this could happen".

It kept me going from the start and didn't disappoint.
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Of course like all Stephen King books a lot of it takes place in Maine, this one a lot of it takes place right outside of the town I grew up in. A real page turner! I love this book, while reading anyone I saw on a cell phone really creeped me out! A must read for any Stephen King fan.
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Helpful Score: 1
A fair book, not one of King's best, but an OK read.
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Just finished reading this book, and it is a bit different from his other recent books. I liked it, but as someone had compared it to "The Stand", I was expecting a bit more drama. It's good, really it is, I was just diappointed. It's not "The Stand"
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awesome .. I love King books!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
This didn't do it for me. I didn't find it scary or suspenseful. I didn't become attached to the characters or get engaged by the premise. I found myself skimming pages just trying to make it through the book. Stephen King is such a prolific writer and, to me, it seems to be affecting the quality of his tales of late.

2 stars out of 5
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When the world's over come with mindless flesheating Zombies, it may just be easier to give up and join them. Prepare to get freaked out- King style!
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A great fast read!
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A typical great book from Stephen King. This was one of the few books that I've read by King and it was an enjoyable read!
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Stephen King goes high tech (and that's quite a stretch for a man who doesn't own a cell phone). His characters, as always, are quirky but loveable and this tale seems more optimistic than what I first expected. I enjoyed it after not reading a King novel for several years.
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very good story
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Not one of Kings strongest showings, but an enjoyable read regardless. The story lines of personal technology being used against us was novel for this genre.
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Scary tale, futuristic and bleak.
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Only Stephen King can make a cell phone terrifying!
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Classic Stephen King imagination and style. Very good book.
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Helpful Score: 1
My favorite SK book yet. Some of his books can be abit hard to get thru due to so many characters or events taking place. I absolutely loved this book. Alot of my favorite books are about "the end of world" and making your way thru it. This was a very easy read. My husband even read it, and there are no pictures in it!!! I just wish this one would be made into a film.
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Helpful Score: 1
By far my favorite Stephen King book since The Stand. Makes me think twice about picking up the cell phone!
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I really enjoyed Cell. I had trouble putting it down! It is engaging and a must read for all and especially for Stephen King fans. It really makes you think this could happen one day......
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This book is definitely classic King. I don't want to spoil the end for anybody, but it definitely keeps you thinking after you've closed the book. I did feel it started a little slow, but then did the usual thing King's books do, and picked up so you can't put it down. After all these years, I'm still amazed at the way this man can write. A must read for fans and anyone who's wants to be freaked out by their cell phone.
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Very suspenseful. The ending knocked my socks off.
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Much better zombie story than the movies!
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I have been disappointed by some of King's books in the past, but this one was actually pretty good.
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Liked this book, didn't care for the ending
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I've read better books by S. King. The book is choppy and a bit weak. It reads as if he put the book together in a weekend.
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A great King read - fast-paced, great inner and out-loud dialogue and (as always) that ever-present fear that is too crazy to be real but also just not-crazy enough to be creepy. Enjoyable main character and a very entertaining read.
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[close] Just finished this one and really enjoyed it once I got into it. Imagine if suddenly a signal was sent out over cell phones everywhere. And that signal caused anyone who heard it to go violently insane. You can't go anywhere these days without seeing people on their phones. The far-reaching impact something like that could have is mind-boggling. And that is just what happens in this book.

The "normies" find themselves walking endlessly, looking for their loved ones and a safe place to rest. As the days pass, they begin to notice certain patterns of behavior with the "phoners" that just may save them...assuming there is anything left to live for.
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cell kind of makes you not want to use your cell phone a lot ever again. stephen king is a great story teller
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Stephen King rocks, but this book just doesn't hold a candle to many of his other works.
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What a great book! I kept picturing this mass hoard of zombie type people taking over everything. They would ever fight with each other using little more than grunts to get their point across. It makes you wonder if it could ever really happen. There aren't very many people that don't own a cell phone nowadays. Maybe next time you answer it you will be brainwashed. :)
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good idea, using cell phones as something not quite right with the world. maybe this book has something to do with king writing a "love story"...? it isnt that great; at least i didnt think so. however, if, like me, you have been a stephen king fan since "carrie", it is probably a must-read!
synopsis: it seems when people answer their cell phones, they become someone (something?) entirely different!
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Engaging, hard to put down, a page turner. I hated the ambiguous ending, it was almost like he got tired and wasn't sure where or how to end it.
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A fun and interesting take on the zombie apocalypse genre ala Stephen King. Includes the wonderful character development typical of a SCtephen King novel and a must read for King aficionados.
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Loved It !!!!
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I have a love/hate relationship with books that end like this but sometimes, it just has to end.

This book makes me think of The Stand, in that its like an end of life as we know it type of book. But it was more entertaining and easier to get through than The Stand.

If you liked the Stand you will like this. If you didn't like the Stand, you'll like this better.

I would love for this to be a fleshed out movie/mini series. Like was done with "Stephen Kings: The Shining".
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loved the story, but i wasn't satisfied with the last part of the book. felt this way about buick 8 as well, but... still a pretty good story.

creepy as hell and just as gory! can't say my cell phone gave me the creeps after, but certainly makes you think about how reliant on technology we are.
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In Cell, King has done little more than rehash The Stand. He recycles huge plot points as well as smaller details, and Cell falls short. Don't waste your time with this novel.
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So Stephen King tried his hand at a zombie book. It was going really, really well until the usual Stephen King flaw swoops in: his own boredom. The ending was terrible. (More so than most King endings) So if you're looking for a book to occupy your time and keep you intrigued for awhile, this is the book for you. If you're looking to feel satisfied upon completion, I do not recommend this one.
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Good book. I think this is Stephen King's way of looking at The ending of times.
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This was more like the old Stephen King books, which I loved to read. i.e. Salm's Lot, The Stand and the Shining.
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IF YOU LIKE STEVEN KING'S BOOKS, THIS IS A MUST.
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Super good King horror. The ending does not leave you up in the air. I know again why I truly hate cell phones!
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Excellent book. I couldn't put it down. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Genius!!!!
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Typical Stephen King - scary, creepy, and manic! Makes you reconsider the convenience of a cell phone.
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This reminded me of some of the older works by King. What made it scary is that it seems like something that could happen now..like tomarrow! It takes something that people use daily and turns it against them. I want a sequel to this one. Make it into a movie someone!!!! I will be an extra just to be involved with this story. It isn't even violence or gore that makes it scary. It is the things that you start to think about while reading this. What would you do?
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King definitely surprised me with this one. Unlike most of his books, the surroundings weren't over analyzed, and the descriptions weren't pages long like his older novels. A different plot that wasn't even CLOSE to being similar to his older books. Short, but still amazing. I'm very glad my father got this for me from a garage sale last year. I don't know why they would have wanted to sell it in the first place.
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This is a great story, keeps you turning the pages. The Ending is a big let down in my opinion, unless maybe he is leaving it open for a sequel.
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Wow!!!!!What a great story!!!
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One of the better SK books I've read in a long time. Not like his normal stuff, really good.
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This book was awesome. I couldn't put it down. Great read.
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i truly loved this book except the ending which disapointd me a bit. i usually dont care for the beginings of stephen kings books because they are slow to get started but this one just jumped right into the gore.......GREAT GREAT book.
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edge of your seat read... cant put it down til the end!
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Went through the whole book wondering what was going on, waiting and waiting, then it finally gets to explaining something, and King just drops it!!!
I have never been so upset with a book! I don't recomend this one, unless you want to be left with a million questions and no answers.
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Typical Stephen King, but a whole lot easier to follow!!! It was a great story with great characters! Loved it!
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Very good. Creepy but classic King!
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I enjoyed this story, but it's definitely not one of my "King Favorites". I've heard this compared to the Stand. I didn't think it came even close to the Stand. But enjoyable nonetheless.
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I love all SK! This is quite gory for those with weak stomachs.
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I really liked this one, but I try not to keep casual fiction around the house unless I will definitely read it again. I bought it as soon as it came out only because I wanted to encourage Mr. King, who had stated a couple of years before in an interview that he would not be writing any more books after his recovery from that accident. It's tragic. It has zombies. It does not have a cover, though, unless I can find it.
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I loved this book....it seems very much like the "old Stephen King" to me. As with all King books, you have to be able to suspend reality.....I found it very satisfying!
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On October 1, God 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 methos is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to it's 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:KASHWAK=NO-FO. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat...
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Great!!!
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definitely entertaining, , fast paced, I finished in a day. I was wary of using my phone for a while !
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Book was predictable
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It was ok, but not up to King's usual quality of book. Could have been a novella or longer short story.
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Kings newest........top notch
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A great read. Wouldn't expect anything less from Stephen King. AWESOME!!!
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I have not read Stephen King for a long time but I really enjoyed Cell. Read it in a couple of days.
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I am not a Stephen King fan, but had to read this one for my book club.
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I've always been a hardcore King fan and still am. I am sorry to say that I was incredibly disappointed with his latest tale.
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Great book, shocking ending. I couldnt put it down.
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I was very impressed with this story. I really didn't expect to care for it as I have no love for any sort of zombie tale, but as per usual, King put a very human spin on outlandish, (hopefully) impossible events.
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Read this over the weekend and thought it was totally engrossing, loved the characters and it very much reminded me of the stand which is my favorite King book. I highly recomend it! 5 stars !
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EXCELLENT. I REFUSED TO PICK UP MY CELLPHONE FOR AN ENTIRE DAY AFTER READING THIS
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Better than some of his later works, not quite as good as some of his earlier, but almost, as I read it in one sitting.
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This is the Stephen King I remember!!! Sort of on the lines of The Stand but with a dialtone. I read this all the way through with only food breaks. Highly recommend this KING book.
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Not the same Stephen King who wrote "The Shining", "The Stand", etc., but for King fans who like the gore and violence approach to a story this is your book.
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Too meandering, not one of his better books.
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The Book was really good, but it took awhile for me to get motivated to read it. Kept having to take breaks...
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A gopod read, but I found the ending to be a disappointment.
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Scary...typical King excellence!
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More madness from the King of madness.
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Classic King! You might get rid of your cell phone!
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A frightening journey into a world gone mad, 3/4 of this book is brillant, however the ending seemed to just fall apart. I was quite disappointed with it and with the numerous political references. I read horror to be scared, not for a political science lesson.
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The book was okay, but I was hoping for a more intriguing ending.
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usual king novel- good read, didnt like the ending
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This book almost makes you afraid to use your cell phone! Another great Stephen King book!
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Great book... King always delivers..
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Great book! If you liked 'The Stand' you'll love this one.
I'm almost afraid to use my cell phone now!
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Maybe it's good... I don't know.
I usually really like Stephen King books,.. but I couldn't get very far into this one. Hope the next person enjoys it more than I did.
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I hate to say it, but since the accident, Stephen King has sort of lost his touch. Dreamcatcher was put down after twenty pages, and I never picked up From a Buick 8. Still I gave this one a try. It's better than those two, but still nothing like the Stand or IT. Still worth reading at least once.
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Stephen King at his best.You'll think twice about your cell phone after reading this.
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It's a sunny afternoon in Boston, and as far as Clayton Riddell is concerned, life couldn't be any better. The Maine-based artist has just inked a lucrative contract for his first graphic novel. But in an instant, his life -- and human civilization -- is turned upside down by an event known as the Pulse, a brain-zapping burst of energy that turns the millions of people with cell phones pressed against the sides of their heads into mindless killing machines. Those lucky enough not to be using a cell phone at the time are spared from the gruesome transformation but must somehow survive the nightmarish aftereffects: cars crashing, planes falling from the sky, hungry gangs of zombies, etc.

It's fitting that King dedicates Cell to Richard Matheson (author of 1954's mutant masterwork I Am Legend) and George Romero (director of the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead) -- two pioneering giants in the "zombie" genre. This post-apocalyptic exploration of the dark side of humanity ("we came to rule the earth because we have always been the craziest, most murderous [expletive]s in the jungle") is chock-full of King's refreshingly sardonic commentary and wit. His newest, a cautionary tale of sorts, brings disturbing new meaning to the popular catchphrase "Can you hear me now?"
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Great book! Reminded me of earlier King books. You will never look at your cell phone the same! I loved it.
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loved it...
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Not his best work, but a good read nonetheless.
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Cell phones becomes the harbinger of chaos and horror in the beginning and becomes the tool of hope in the end.
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Excellent. Thoroughly entertaining.
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I thought it was pretty good. I did want more information at the end though.
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I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK ,IT IS IN THE TIIYPICAL STEPHEN KINK FASHION IT LEAVES YOU WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
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Stephen King at his best ... and he does NOT own a cell phone!
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Enjoyable and thrilling, March 15, 2006
Reviewer: C. Hahn "smood" (Cleveland, OH) - See all my reviews

I admit Stephen King's works in the last several years have been a little more tame. However, I really enjoyed Cell from page one. The action starts right away to draw you in. I thought the characters were sufficiently developed, with the exception of a few minor characters that appear later in the story. I was always wanting to know what happened next and was quite scared for the characters. I recommend sitting to read in larger chunks of time, not in little bits between other activities.
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Great book, reading it now but have two copies.
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This book is not one of his best. If you're a Stephen King fan, you'll probably still enjoy it. It kept me reading into the night (as his books always do). But as a whole, I found it less than satisfying. It's an interesting concept--kind of reminded me of the old Charles Bronson flick about the sleeper soviet agents who went into action after hearing the poem "The woods are lovely dark and deep and I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep." Anyway--NOT one of his books I have to reread and savor again.
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This is not King's best book, but a must for all Stephen King fans' libraries.
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Loved it - Stephen King!
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on October 1, God is in his heven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Mains, 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 lby making art instead of teaching it, H's already picked up a small (but expensive) gift for his long suffering wife and he knows just waht he'll get for his boy Johnny. why not a little treat for himself? Clay's feeling good about the future.
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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 cuase 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: KASHWAK=NO-FO. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat....
There are one hundred and ninety-three 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.
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Sorry I stopped reading Stephens books 5 years ago. They got too weird. Never really liked his books. I don't know what this one is about.