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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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. :)
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.