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Cell
Cell
Author: Stephen King
ISBN-13: 9781416524519
ISBN-10: 1416524517
Publication Date: 11/21/2006
Pages: 512
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 706 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 13
The King of Weird creeps us out again with this new bestseller. All hell breaks loose one afternoon when people's cell phones start ringing. You simply won't believe what mankind is capable of and who (or what) is pulling the strings. But not everyone is affected, including Clay Riddell who didn't have a cell phone that day. Clay desperately wants to find his family, especially his son, which he sets out to do with naive hope and unyielding resolve. He picks up a few stragglers along the way and together they take on an inconceivable force. The action starts on the very first page, so be prepared for a wild ride from the very beginning. And remember - don't answer the phone.
VeganFreak avatar reviewed Cell on
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.
LaurieS avatar reviewed Cell on + 504 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Cell is about the end of the world via cell phone. It's very timely, considering you can't get a darn coffee without having to hear someone else's onesided conversation.

One afternoon people are going about their annoying conversations when suddenly all who were talking on the cells turn into bloodthirsty, violent "phone crazies". And those who own a cell but weren't using it at the time and make the fatal stake of calling their loved ones, or 911, to find out what the hell is going on, turn all crazy as well. Soon most everyone has reverted into a raving lunatic. The story follows a small band of survivors who were lucky enough to avoid the cell phone crazy making message as they make their way in this strange new world. It's very violent, often sad and some of the action eerily takes place in my neighboring town! Though the ending had me pulling my hair out, I remained entranced until the last word.
Kit avatar reviewed Cell on + 68 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Stephen King is one of those writers that can put feeling into each and every word and in doing so can creep you out! This is the story of Clay Riddell, who was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction. And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone...
Stephen King will make you think twice about picking up your cell phone.
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Helpful Score: 5
Reminds me of his older work... the best book I have read by Stephen King in a while. It was hard to put down!
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Helpful Score: 4
While I enjoyed this book more than I have others written by S.K. recently it still reminded me a lot of The Stand. I guess certain themes are going to repeat. What really got me about this book was how much we take cell phones for granted--and boy, I look at my cell phone two or three times now before I use it!
Bibliocrates avatar reviewed Cell on + 252 more book reviews
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: 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
The "OLD" Stephen King is back! All King lovers must read this book. I stopped reading him at about Dolores Claiborne but picked this one up recently. It is a bit gorey but the story is fabulous and reminiscent of the older King books that wowed me.

Cell phones relay a pulse that drives all those listening literally insane and they are taking over the world.
GreytMama avatar reviewed Cell on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
You might think twice about your cell phone addiction. It only takes a little paranoia to see how this scenario could happen. Just pray terrorists don't develop this capability!
cozynblue avatar reviewed Cell on + 36 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Awesome book. Stephen King at his best. I didn't want it to end.
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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
King's way of writing always manages to make you feel like you are there.
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Helpful Score: 3
Enjoyed this book though it did give me pause to use my cell afterwards.
dalpal avatar reviewed Cell on + 64 more book reviews
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Story hooked me right away--finished in a day!
IlliniAlum83 avatar reviewed Cell on + 166 more book reviews
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Loved this book. Have read most of Stephen King's books. This was more sci-fi to me with the technology theme and without the supernatural theme or gory unnatural creatures that some people expect of a horror book writer. I'm always telling my family to not get so attached to the phone and computer--will they ever learn?????????
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Brutal. The interaction between the "normies" was good and believable, though.
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I think I have read all of king's books but this is the first one that really * weirded* me out....very bloody...very graphic.....I kept reading it because I enjoyed the basic story..but there were times when I had to put it down and walk away from its *nightmare of the living dead* scenes.
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I havent read King in awile but decided to start again. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book. Kept me interested. Kept me in suspense.
that70sgirl avatar reviewed Cell on
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
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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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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Helpful Score: 1
Stephen King is back! More like his early stuff. Loved it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I was disappointed in this book. I used to read a lot of SK books, so I decided to try this one out. To be honest, I wondered if he was just trying to see if he could sell another book without having to put any effort in it. I kept waiting for something significant to happen. At the end, I realized it had been a waste of time.

I am surprised by all the positive reviews on this book. I thought it was the worst SK book I have ever read.
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I have been disappointed by some of King's books in the past, but this one was actually pretty good.
mcpenguin5 avatar reviewed Cell on + 93 more book reviews
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Wow! I just stayed up till the wee hours to finish this, I couldn't put it down. Old-fashioned Stephen King, held my undivided attention all the way through.
izzybru avatar reviewed Cell on + 47 more book reviews
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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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An absolutely FANTASTIC book. One of King's finest fictions. Very quick, compelling read and an incredible spin and reinterpretation of the tried and true zombie story. Definitely the best zombie story I've read!
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Helpful Score: 1
Much better zombie story than the movies!
JavaMonster avatar reviewed Cell on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Cell is another End of the World scenerio by Stephen King. He's even more ruthless in Cell to his characters than he is in The Stand. It's a brutal book that shares some vibes with (believe it or not) with The Talisman. Push aside any surface similarities with The Stand, and go with the cell-phone flow. Worth reading.
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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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By far my favorite Stephen King book since The Stand. Makes me think twice about picking up the cell phone!
mcpenguin5 avatar reviewed Cell on + 93 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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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I am an avid lover of all Stephen Kings books and have read most of them (some of them two or three times!), but this is the first book of his that just jumped right over all the "leading up to" stuff and just jumped right into the craziest story I've ever read! It starts with a guy just walking down the street and suddenly there is people jumping off roofs, walking into traffic, etc. Trust me you will not put this down until it is done.
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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!
mcrow avatar reviewed Cell on
Helpful Score: 1
I was recommended this book by another zombie fan who read some of my reviews here on Amazon. Sure, I've read some of King's novels, what self described fan of horror hasn't? So when I was told that one of the most prolific and famous authors of all time took a shot at Zombies I had to check it out.

The story follows one man's (Clay) story as all hell breaks loose and he tries to make it home to his son. The story starts with Clay doing some shopping, celebrating the sale of his first graphic novel. Soon things go down hill fast as people seem to have lost their minds and have begun tearing each other apart. The city is in chaos and all Clay can think of is getting to his son.



Ok, so what about the zombies? Well they are not exactly zombies in the sense that zombies generally are dead, the "Phoners" in Cell most definitely are not dead. In the beginning of the book they are more mindless animals in a blood rage while later in the book they become more intelligent. They don't really eat flesh or brains either like zombies do, they just like killing people. As a zombie purist I have to say that they are not zombies but in some ways Zombie-like.



With the bit about zombies out of the way I will state that this was a great apocalyptic survival novel. People are hiding out trying to scrape by and avoiding the Phoners, power in many areas starts to go, whole cities are destroyed and humans are becoming the minority. There is a distinct helplessness and doom feel to the book which I live in any survival novel.



Once again King manages to play on the common person's fears to spin a great story. If you are a father what could possibly be more frightening than the thought of your kid being torn apart? For a society so dependant on cell phones, what could be scarier than cell phones driving us mad? How about facing someone who is driven to bestial rage and knowing he will kill you on sight? Then imagine thousands of these Phoners roaming your streets. Kings writing style only adds to this fear inducing read.

Now, what was King trying to get at with this Cell's plot? Nobody really knows but could he be pointing out that Cell Phones are some social plague? Everyone has probably noticed the total loss of manors we've seen in last 15-20 years and part of this surely has to be due in part to cell phones and people's need to be in contact at all times. Another spin: Brain cancer. There has been speculation that cell phones could cause cancer so in the realm of fiction it's not a far stretch that they could drive people nuts.

As for the story, this one is action from start to beginning. What starts out as a straight forward zombie like novel ends up being more of a supernatural survival story. Many characters come and go in the story but the only one we really get to know well is Clay. There are plenty of gory scenes for those who like them and lots of twists to keep you turning the page. However, the ending (while sad) was kind of anti climatic and leaves you hanging. The book seemed to be building and building tension leading me to think that there was going to be a big "bang" at the end but it never really materialized.

In the end the book was still highly enjoyable and I would recommend it to any horror fan. King's tribute to George Romero, while not quite zombies, was a truly fun read with great imagery and spooky feel.
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Helpful Score: 1
Stephen King does it again. Totally freaked me out but I couldn't put it down! He can take normal, everyday items and twist them into a nightmare. You'll never look at your cell phone the same way again. Great book!
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very good story
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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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Scary tale, futuristic and bleak.
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awesome .. I love King books!!!
daedelys avatar reviewed Cell on + 1756 more book reviews
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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.
Farmerswife avatar reviewed Cell on + 52 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Only Stephen King can make a cell phone terrifying!
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Feels like old King.A very good read.
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Classic Stephen King imagination and style. Very good book.
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This was a great book by Stephen King written with his usual genius. Loved it!
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Once again Stephen King shines in the book. The story takes place in modern day society, normal everyday people in everyday situations, that is... until something goes terribly wrong. Not just effecting a small town, but all towns across the U.S.

This was a wonderful book! I will read it again one day, but for the mean time I will keep a close watch on technology today and the things that can go wrong or right with it. I highly recommend this if you are a Stephen King fan. Even if your not a fan this book will keep you going until the end and then it will leave you wondering.....
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Exciting, cross country epic story about travelers after a world gone crazy by cell phones.
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Awesome story. Not as horrific as other works, but very easy to read. ****
rolltide1al avatar reviewed Cell on + 223 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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!
candieb avatar reviewed Cell on + 239 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This book tried too hard. It really wanted to be as good as The Stand, but it just wasn't. Not even close. The premise was interesting, but there just wasn't enough "meat" here to really love the story. The character development was weak, it was missing the information that would have wrapped up the book well. I wasn't in love with the ending, but didn't hate it either... I dunno. I was disappointed. I miss King's old stuff...
Kmarie avatar reviewed Cell on + 528 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Interesting idea although somewhat implausible at times. Not for the faint of heart!
rockmom66 avatar reviewed Cell on + 47 more book reviews
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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.
trekie70 avatar reviewed Cell on + 290 more book reviews
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A fair book, not one of King's best, but an OK read.
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In a world gone mad, what are the right choices? Can the old morals survive? This is the story of what happens when a world goes mad - all thanks to the joys of modern technology. Within a matter of hours the world disintegrates from what we know today to a dark age the likes of which no one could possibly have predicted.

This book reminds me of The Stand, where the world is turned on its head thanks to a deadly flu virus. "CELL" is much the same in that it takes something we know and love, something we trust, and turns it into a weapon of mass destruction. If you liked The Stand, you will like this, too.
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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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A great fast read!
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updated "night of the living dead"... only much scarier
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A really great science fiction novel in the true style of Stephen King. It grabs you from the first minute and continues nonstop until the end.
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Really a fast read. I could not put it down. I had to find out what would happen.
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I totally enjoyed this book about an apocalypse that began with one cell phone call. As usual, King's abilty to write about everyday life and how everyday things are affected by a disaster is incredible. It sort of reminded me of King's "The Stand", except not as long and a much quicker read. The only thing I didn't like about it was the ending.
katethegreat avatar reviewed Cell on + 69 more book reviews
A surprisingly good novel. Although, some may complain there is no closure at the end, I thought it was a fantastic ending.
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Grabs you right from the first page and doesn't let go. Excellent suspense and horror combined!
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wow...S.K is back!! I loved this book! I almost hate to put it up for"adoption" !! And believe you me, next time your on your cell phone, you'll think about this story :)) I know that I have
silentrob avatar reviewed Cell on
This wasn't the best Stephen King book I've ever read, but it's still far better than most horror novels out there. It started slowly and parts of it reminded me of both Matheson's "I am Legend" and King's own "Pet Sematary"... however, it's still worth a read. The premise alone is very interesting.
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I just couldn't put this book down! It was awesome and the loss of sleep was worth it. King just holds your attention to the very end with Cell.
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A great book! You will not want to put it down!
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It could probably happen!
Bettyjean avatar reviewed Cell on
Reminds me of the Stephen King of old which is a good thing but book was not as good as I'd hoped. It's unfortunate but I think as far as horror goes, his well has run dry.
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Great book - starts out fast and keeps going. I could not put the book down - I read it in 2 days. You honestly think about never using your cell again.
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Not bad, reminded me a bit of The Stand, but a easy read.
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Interesting premis, but the ending was stupid!
paigu avatar reviewed Cell on + 120 more book reviews
Another chilling but fun read by the King of horror. "Cell" is a shorter version of "The Stand"- another look at apocalyptic America brought upon by our excessive use and reliance on the cell phone. Couldn't put this book down!
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excellent reading, King at his best
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Great book! Easy read!
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Stephen King is awesome pool side reading...not quite as scary as alone in a house at night...but I read it at night and was totally creeped out.
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awesome!
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Where were you on October 1st at 3:03 PM?
Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autymn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.
And the apocolypse began with the ring of a cell phone . . .
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This book hits the ground running and really makes you question your use of a cell phone. Couldn't put it down.
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What can I say.....Steven King.
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Classic King....couldn't put it down until it was done.
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OUTSTANDING! Can't wait for the movie in 2007!
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Pretty enjoyable
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This is a great book. It made me afraid to use my cell phone!!
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Excellent story, Mr. King tosses you right into the meat grinder and keeps dragging you through the muck and mire until the last page.
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i'm not one for science fiction, but my husband enjoyed this one.
bibliocat avatar reviewed Cell on + 76 more book reviews
One of his most strangest stories ever. Starts out with a very interesting idea and gets stranger and stranger... ultimate King....
His ending... you won't believe.
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Two thumbs up for SK on this one. It'll grab you right from the start.
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Not his best but far above the recent duds like Rose Red and Kingdom Hospital. There is a virus which is transmitted through cell phones that causes people to become homicidal maniacs. The majority of the population become mindless killing machines (rather like zombies) and the rest have to try and stay alive. A small group sets off on a trek to try to reach a survivors camp. They end up waylaid at a boarding school in New England and find that the "zombies" are getting smarter and seem to have a hive behavior. They plan to trap a large group and kill them but things don't go as smoothly as planned. I'd give this one a solid 7 out of 10. This is kind of like The Stand crossed with Night of the Living Dead.
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I wasn't as impressed with this book as some of his others. Hard to keep my attention. A good book, but not great.
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I like King's stories and this did not seem like one of his books. It starts off very fast and grabs you in the first couple pages but it loses steam even before the halfway point in the book and just drags until the end.
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I liked this book a bit more than I have more recent books by king...
it is really kind of sweet how he almost makes you afraid to use your cell phone for a while! Suspenseful and fast read
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I really enjoyed this book. I love Stephen King, and this one is vintage. The world falls apart, a cross country trip ensues, and of course we end up in Maine. Excellent read.
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Stephen King is at it again another quick read that draws you in quickly and leaves you wondering if he could have done a little more on the ending. A great read to fill some time during a flight not the very best of Stephen King but still has areas of heart thumping "what if's"
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I really enjoyed this book by Stephen King because it goes straight to the story line within the first few pages with sudden action that gets the plotline going quickly. It was hard to put down because you wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next, with characters one starts to care about and hope they survive. Cell's premise is that suddenly there is a signal coming through on cell phones that suddenly turn people into zombie like creatures that attack and start to dominate the world. The band of non-cell phoners battle with wits and will to try to survive in the quickly changing world they find themselves in. It was one of the better Stephen King novels I've read in awhile.
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An apocalypse caused by cell phones. Zombies, great main characters, humor (poking fun at the average cell phone user), drama, loss -- this is the King novel I've been waiting for.
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This book was ok if you've never read The Stand. It reminded me of The Stand, and was extremely predictable. However, in true King fashion, you are sucked in and can't put it down.
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Excellant read the outcome of the book is up to you you'll see
kben avatar reviewed Cell on + 10 more book reviews
Fast paced and easy to consume, the master of horror gives us another tale of the apocalypse, this time through the convention of every day technology.

Some have pegged Cell as a redux of The Stand, but that alone speaks volumes. There's another writer who often retold his own stories: William Shakespeare.

Others have complained that the ending left more to be desired. But the ambiguity works. It's not about the details outside of the lives of the survivors. Rather, this is a story about their survival.
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I have to say, this book did freak me out in some places. I was VERY disappointed with the ending! It was a great read though. I had it finished in a matter of days!
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reading this book now....or rather, TRYING to read it. I know Mr. King can be verbose, but the beginning of this book seems to go on and on and on, ad infinitum. I haven't decided to quit on it yet...but I don't find myself looking forward to going back to read it. I will, however, give it 20 more pages before I decide I can't read this one....???
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I usually do not like King books, it seems to take him 80 pages to get to the point or explain the color of the clouds, etc. This book started right off very fast and kept me reading until the end... although I thought the ending could have been better, but hey, I actually read a Stephen King book all the way through and enjoyed it!
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I am an avid Stephen King reader but lately I am left unimpressed. The Cell seemed to renew my faith in his writing, it's a page turner!
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A page-turner. I couldn't put it down.
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Starts great, kind of leaves you hanging at the end.
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best King book I've read in a while.
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Good, scary story. More like the "old" Stephen King than some of his more recent works. If you've ever been a little paranoid about cell phones--maybe this book isn't for you!
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Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes,Without warning,carnage AND CHAOS REIGNED.oRDINARY PEOPLE FELL VICTIM TO THE BASDEST,MOST ANIMALISTIC DESTRUCTION.aND THE APOCALYPSE BEGAN WITH THE RING OF A CELL PHONE.
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I really liked this book. It took me a while to read because it is pretty thick. It was very interesting though, one of those books that really makes you think! I give it 4 stars! It is in like new condition!
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Starts out real fast and has a good story and message. One of King's best in recent years.
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Wow. First King novel I've read in 4 years and I couldn't put it down. Fast-paced action and great story keep you guessing. Stephen King is still a master.
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Creepy. Made me want to not answer my cellphone after I read it.
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what a great book! so creepy and scary!
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VERY GOOD - EASY READING
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What a book!!!! Stephen King What more is there to say!
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Loved it!
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85% of this book is really good. The way Stephen King drops you at the end is a real letdown. For me , at least. The premise is solid and the action/characters are very well drawn out. But that ending. Yikes.
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Stephen does not like cell phones and neither do I. Otherwise, tired Stephen King Armageddon.
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Where were you on October 1st at 3:03 p.m.?

Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.

And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone....
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This book reminds me of the King in his heyday. The story is great, one we all could relate to (or wouldn't find so far-fetched) and has the King flair in telling it that keeps you hooked.
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Cell is classic Stephen King. It's slightly reminiscent of The Stand. Simply put, it's about what would happen if someone interfered with cell phone frequencies. Highly readable, hard to put down in places, those who love Stephen King should love this book.
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I loved this book! The action started right from the beginning and kept me going until the end.
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I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick-read and grabs your attention. It reminded me a bit of "The Stand". The only thing I didn't like was the ending-it ended too abruptly for my tastes.
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A great read. Wouldn't expect anything less from Stephen King. AWESOME!!!
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great book----as usualy Stephen King delivers in a spooky way!
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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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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 am not a Stephen King fan, but had to read this one for my book club.
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Another solid story from Stephen King. The book makes a thought-provoking statement about the prevalence of and our reliance on our wireless technology and always being "connected." This isn't my favorite King book ever, but it kept me reading and interested until the very last page...I wish it had gone on for a few more pages!
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More madness from the King of madness.
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It's good - typical Stephen King. The ending leaves a lot to be desired, but that is also typical S.K.
One thing it will do - even if you have finished reading it, the next time your cell phone rings - you will hesitate to answer it.
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loved it...
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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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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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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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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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Scary...typical King excellence!
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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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Loved It !!!!
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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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EXCELLENT. I REFUSED TO PICK UP MY CELLPHONE FOR AN ENTIRE DAY AFTER READING THIS
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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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Book was predictable
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Cell is the best of Stephen Kings books. Is a world much like today, where everybody has a cellphone glued to their ear, and people are controlled through this cellphones.
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updated "night of the living dead"... only much scarier... hard to put down really
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I haven't read a Stephen King book in a long while, but I am so glad I picked up this book. I like "end of the world" books and this is definitely one, but different from any I have read recently.

People are going about their normal daily activities when cell phones start ringing and when people answer they get turned into "phone crazies", even one who was just trying to listen in when her friend got "the call."

Clay is in a town miles from his family when this happens. He doesn't have a cell phone, so he doesn't end up turning into one of the violent phone crazies. His sole thought is to get home to his son. Along the way, he ends up picking up others and they help and support each other along the way. It kept me reading and interested to the very end.

As with any apocalyptic type book, there is violence and death, but there is also some humor and friendships being built in the chaos that follows. The action starts almost on the very first page and never stopped. It was a very good read and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys action, thriller type books.
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First off, I've never been so glad that I don't own a cell phone! Secondly, Stephen King has penned another gruesome winner, going back to his days of blood and gore. CELL starts off with the Pulse, where everyone who owns a cell phone answers a call and subsequently goes psycho. Back to their basic days of kill or be killed, these are slobbery creatures with no morals, emotions, or human qualities besides the desire to destroy.

Enter Clayton Riddell, a man happy to have never given in to the need to purchase a cell phone, who watches the people on the street of Boston go murderous. He hooks up with Tom, another "normie" and Alice, who watched her mother go crazy and kill a cab-driver, to escape the city. Clay is heading home to Kent's Pond, Maine, to check on the well-being of his estranged wife, Sharon (who doesn't own a cell phone) and his son Johnny (who does).

What follows is the groups trials and trevails as they're inevitably pushed towards Kashwak, the NO-FO zone. You'll have to read CELL to figure out what this means, but believe me, it's well worth your time and effort!

Stephen King has returned to his days of blood and gore, guts and more blood, and the result is a winner. If you love horror, or King in particular, you won't go wrong picking up a copy of this latest winner.
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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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Kings newest........top notch
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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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Great book... King always delivers..
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usual king novel- good read, didnt like the ending
buzzby avatar reviewed Cell on + 6062 more book reviews
Too meandering, not one of his better books.
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I hadn't read a Stephen King book in a long time because he started getting into the serial novels, which wasn't my thing. King hits it out of the park with this one, once again though. Great book, couldn't put it down.
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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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Great!!!
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A gopod read, but I found the ending to be a disappointment.
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This book was awesome. I couldn't put it down. Great read.
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Very good. Creepy but classic King!
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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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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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Typical Stephen King, but a whole lot easier to follow!!! It was a great story with great characters! Loved it!
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The storyline for this book is very intriguing and thought provoking. Once again, Stepehen King, who is already possibly THE most talented author of our time, for some reason is compelled to resort to more graphic language and raunchy content than is necessary to get his point across. I have never understood why he does this...he doens't need to...
I have always found with King, you just have to put up with these sleezy parts if you are going to read his work. To get to sample his brilliant writing skill and storytelling, without these distractions, the tasteless content can be skimmed over.
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Stephen King at his best.You'll think twice about your cell phone after reading this.
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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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Typical Stephen King - scary, creepy, and manic! Makes you reconsider the convenience of a cell phone.
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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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[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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Wow!!!!!What a great story!!!
gibby357 avatar reviewed Cell on + 57 more book reviews
Better than most King novels of late but still lacking that punch to the gut. Just when you thought it would get crazy it goes in another direction and becomes more about details and less about action. The ending was horrible and predictable. There are better Zombie novels out there than this one.
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edge of your seat read... cant put it down til the end!
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IF YOU LIKE STEVEN KING'S BOOKS, THIS IS A MUST.
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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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A very creepy premise -- "What if some unknown force could turn most of the world into walking zombies, using their cellphones?" A great, truly scary opening followed by a road trip from and into hell. You'll look at your blackberry and iphone a little more suspiciously after this.
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One of my favorite books of all time! It has everything one could possibly need-zombies and a constant fear of death. I would tell anyone that loves "Dawn of the Dead" (or 'Shauwn of the Dead') to pick up this book.
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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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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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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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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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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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Liked this book, didn't care for the ending
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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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I initially didnt enjoy this read. It grabbed me and then slowly let me down until I didnt really care about what happeend.

Because I am such a SK fan, I always read everything at least twice, to pick up things I didnt get the first time. The next time I read, I loved it. I loved the characters, and their relationships, and the happy and sad events that they encountered.

This is not for the faint at heart as there is a lot of bloodshed but I assume you know that if you know anything about SK. Regardless, prepare yourself before you get on the rollercoaster.
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This book almost makes you afraid to use your cell phone! Another great Stephen King book!
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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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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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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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I love all SK! This is quite gory for those with weak stomachs.
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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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Not his best work, but a good read nonetheless.
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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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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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The book was okay, but I was hoping for a more intriguing ending.
Ariadnae avatar reviewed Cell on + 356 more book reviews
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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Classic King! You might get rid of your cell phone!
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Alittle hard to read at first but in the end it was good.
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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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Good book. I think this is Stephen King's way of looking at The ending of times.
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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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Clayton Riddell, a struggling artist from Maine who is estranged from his wife, Sharon, and his young son, Johnny, has landed a graphic novel deal in Boston. As he begins to allow himself to celebrate, somebody, somewhere, triggers "The Pulse," a signal sent out over the global cell phone network that instantly strips any cell phone user of their sanity, turning them into bloodthirsty, homicidal creatures.
Civilization crumbles as the Pulse's victims, dubbed "phone crazies" or simply "phoners", attack each other and any unaltered people in view. In the first few hours of chaos, Clay is thrown together with Tom McCourt, and fifteen-year-old Alice Maxwell.
In the first few days the phoners begin "flocking", migrating in lockstep, only to disappear at dusk every evening. They also begin to regain a semblance of intelligence, and forage not only for food, but also radios and CD players.
On the trek north one days sleep spent at Gaiten Academy, a prep school with one remaining teacher, Charles Ardai, and one surviving pupil, Jordan. They discover where the phoner flock goes at night, stuffed into the Academy's soccer field with radios and speakers throughout the field, playing a selection of random songs each night.
Ardai demonstrates that the phoners have become a hive mind, and are developing psychic and telekinetic abilities. The five of them decide that they must destroy the flock before its powers grow even stronger.
The sleep that follows is filled with a horrendous dream, in which everyone sees themselves in a stadium, surrounded by hundreds of phoners who broadcast a grim telepathic threat in Latin. A disheveled man wearing a Harvard University hooded sweatshirt approaches, bringing their death.
When they wake the man dubbed âThe raggedy manâ leads the flock on bloody reprisal on all other normals in the area, and orders the protagonists to head north to a spot in Maine called "Kashwak", where there is no cell phone reception. The flock psychically compels Ardai to commit suicide after writing the word "insane" in multiple languages. Clay and the others bury him and travel north, mostly because Clay is still determined to go home.
I liked this book because of the twists and while I am not a huge fan of King this work restored my faith in the author. I have also discovered that it will soon be made into a tv mini series, not a movie with Eli Roth at the helm as was stated in 2006. :(
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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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One of the better SK books I've read in a long time. Not like his normal stuff, really good.
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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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First off, I've never been so glad that I don't own a cell phone! Secondly, Stephen King has penned another gruesome winner, going back to his days of blood and gore. CELL starts off with the Pulse, where everyone who owns a cell phone answers a call and subsequently goes psycho. Back to their basic days of kill or be killed, these are slobbery creatures with no morals, emotions, or human qualities besides the desire to destroy.

Enter Clayton Riddell, a man happy to have never given in to the need to purchase a cell phone, who watches the people on the street of Boston go murderous. He hooks up with Tom, another "normie" and Alice, who watched her mother go crazy and kill a cab-driver, to escape the city. Clay is heading home to Kent's Pond, Maine, to check on the well-being of his estranged wife, Sharon (who doesn't own a cell phone) and his son Johnny (who does).

What follows is the groups trials and trevails as they're inevitably pushed towards Kashwak, the NO-FO zone. You'll have to read CELL to figure out what this means, but believe me, it's well worth your time and effort!

Stephen King has returned to his days of blood and gore, guts and more blood, and the result is a winner. If you love horror, or King in particular, you won't go wrong picking up a copy of this latest winner.
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MASTERPIECE I believe this book is quite different than any other SK book. He has really done it this time AMAZING. Once again I spent most of my time on the edge of my seat unable to do any thing but be sucked into this book. SK's books seem to have wore out the seat in my favorite reading chair.
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I have been a long time fan of Stephen King but got away from his books for awhile and started reading Dean Koontz and others. I felt this book did not peak my interest as quickly as some of his others and found myself reading it very slowly. I found it alot easier to put down than some of his other books. All in all it was enjoyable.
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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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This book is horrible. The concept is simple - people addicted to cell phones turn into zombies. How is that different from reality? The worst King book I've ever read - and regretted wasting time on!
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The only things I didn't like about this book was the use of cell phones and the end.
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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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MMMM!! MMMMM!! King is getting his snap back. He sort of stumbled for awhile. But Cell returns King's fans to familiar wordplays and drama that we love so much.
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Loved it - Stephen King!
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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.
daedelys avatar reviewed Cell on + 1756 more book reviews
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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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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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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Great book, reading it now but have two copies.
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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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Stephen King at his best ... and he does NOT own a cell phone!
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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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Excellent. Thoroughly entertaining.
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This is not King's best book, but a must for all Stephen King fans' libraries.
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I thought it was pretty good. I did want more information at the end though.
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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 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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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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Harrowing...Entertaining...Cell is hard to put down.
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Very graphic. A little too much for my taste.
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Stephen King can really write em. This one's hard to put down. But, don't give the enemy any ideas, Steve.
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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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Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.

And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone....
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WHERE WERE YOU ON OCTOBER 1ST AT 3:03PM?

Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on the brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction....

And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone.....
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It was ok
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I have a library of SK's books. This one was like the books of old...thrilling and scary. I like the "impossible" bbbuuuttt maybe feeling I felt with this book.
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Quick read...beach book....very today.
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Excellent.
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I love it
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great ride
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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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Steve o does it again.Draws you into his weird world where everything goes to Hades.I'm not a big fan, but readable, and no killing the dog.
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it's an ok read
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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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A really good read. Surprise ending, if you like that kind of ending.....
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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.