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WHERE WERE YOU ON OCTOBER 1ST AT 303 PM?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 destructionAnd the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phoneback cover

10 thoughts on “Cell

  1. says:

    Focusing on one main plot element can go wrong if the writer is no plotter and doesn´t construct a finetuned metaplot around the fictional deviceWithout the extreme problem of the suspension of disbelief especially after the first half of the book it would be the used interesting characterization with some horror elements but it´s a bit Sci Fi and dystopia too and that ruins the whole thing Similar to Langoliers King can´t deal with these things and for any reason this can even be felt in the parts that have no techno elements integrated It´s a bit as if subconscious discomfort and nervosity reduce the uality of his writing a curse a uantum parasite not wanting that he tells us the truth about the universe Stupid aliensKing had the idea to write something with this fancy new smartphones and thought it could be mixed up with some dystopian nightmare psi stuff survival elements but it just doesn´t ignite never It´s everything the characters behave unreliably the explanations for how and why it happens are ridiculous how the plot continues and finishes is yuck just don´t read it I´ve not read Cujo because of the bad reviews sadly read this one before focusing on meta scores but at least he doesn´t remember writing it because of being wasted and I see no similar explanation excuse or whatever in this case Could also be possible that he was so invested in writing Lisey´s story that was published the same year and has personal elements in it that he just didn´t really care about the uality of this one It´s a special irony because his The Stand is the masterpiece of apocalyptic literature possibly the best one ever written which makes this one look even worse and unnecessary The meanwhile first and only derision of fans too because I can´t believe that he didn´t notice that there is something wrong here What I did especially notice is that it´s uite interesting before the chaos breaks out and everything worsens afterward as if King would have started cheerfully and thought after a while whatever I´ll just finish this one without love for the artI deemed it impossible but this is a bad King book not fangirledboyed readers who don´t like the writing style so much might even give it a 2 star ratingTropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue

  2. says:

    Literary critics can moan all they want about Stephen King's penny dreadful oeuvre but his mastery at the craft of storytelling is indisputable King writes his novels like a seduction the story unfolding delicately and deliberately As any Stephen King fan knows his coy expository chapters often take up the first hundred pages or In Cell however the reader is brutally dragged into the main action unspeakable senseless violence within the first seven pages Cell is by far King's most brutal transgressive work to dateMany have compared Cell to his earlier epic The Stand On the surface the novels are uite similar an apocolyptic event threatens the very existence of the human race as a band of survivors struggle to come to terms with the carnage and avert further catastrophe Cell however is the far mature novel of the pair The Stand was in many ways a novel by an idealistic youth whereas Cell is filled with the trenchant and world weary observations of an adult The subtext is laden with so much chillingly apt futurist rhetoric that it is as though the author had Marshall McLuhan whispering plot devices and metaphors into his ear as he labored over his typewriter King manages to explore several of the major sociocultural conflicts of our time most persuasively the end of the era of individualism and the rise of collectivism here symptomatic of heavy reliance on technology Whereas many dystopian novels are almost comically blunt when expounding upon the dangers of collectivism King's horrific plot and action give his metaphors a sort of subtlety that renders his subtext much graceful and easier to stomach than the work of Ayn RandAs the epigraphs indicate it is also a meditation on the intrinsic violence of the human race King clearly feels as though the world is out of control and wants to find out why His preferred genre horror is an excellent one with which to consider the depravaties of modern life The Stand was a novel that if not upbeat was at least optimistic a reflection of the times in which it was written There was also violence but it had its own biblical logic if violence can ever be called logical In Cell the violence is senseless oppressive and omnipresent There seems to be little promise for a better world at least not one inhabited by human beingsMany reviewers took issue with the unresolved ending Considering the subtext of the novel however the reader will find that the ending's abruptness actually informs the sense that Cell besides being an excellent horror yarn is a meticulously painted portrait of the horrors of global culture The many crises of our time are still developing and mutating The end is not yet it seems in sight

  3. says:

    35 StarsOk I do believe I'm with the 'don't like the ending' readers on this one but oh what a beginningClay is happyhe just sold his first graphic novel and can't wait to share the news with his estranged but loved wife and 12 year old son; and as it turns out luckily does not own a CELL phone While deciding to celebrate with an ice cream all hell breaks loose on the streets of Boston and afterward crazies are everywhere thousands of them and travel by night to get home to his son turns out to be the only optionOverall I did like this Stephen King sci fi thriller but it does have its lulls and did end a bit too abruptly for my taste With reminders of Night of the Living Dead and graphic gore probably not for everyone but for me bring on the movie view spoiler hope we get to find out what happened to Tom's cat and the rest of the gangAnd remember Assume makes an ass out of you and me hide spoiler

  4. says:

    I suddenly realised half way through this book that it is really a zombie novel After a shower I felt better and rationalised that this was occupying my wouldn't normally read this slot in my book consumption; sigh of relief I must admit that I did enjoy some of King's early novels but this was so far fetched and ridiculous Am I really saying It wasn't? The plot is simple Somehow someone sends a pulse through the mobile phone system which wipes clean a person's mind and sends them back to basics and they become unreasoning killers Those that survive the bloodbath begin to flock together and develop a sort of telepathy Meanwhile those that didn't hear the pulse and survived the bloodbath also group together and a struggle for survival begins Sometimes books like this are good mindless fun and I do enjoy well written thrillers King does write well and is a natural storyteller; but there is something insidious at the heart of this Basically and this is actually said in the book when everything is stripped away from men and women; what is left MURDER This uite simply is the Doctrine of The Fall not Mark E Smith's rather good Manchester band as found in the Old Testament We are born in sin and are wicked at heart; our first instincts being to kill rather than care for each other That is the problem with this book; that premise Nature and nurture matter not; we are hard wired to Murder In my depressive moments I realise we have created an economic system which destroys the weak and poor rather well and we regularly elect governments that play and build on xenophobia and the evils of those who are different However in my heart I believe we all have that spark that would rather care for others than destroy them That's the problem with this book

  5. says:

    This is Stephen's spin on Zombies These things are Zombie like but they aren't really zombies These things seem to still be alive needing food not just brains and if you cut them they will still bleed Yet they no longer think and they are fairly mindless like a zombie Stephen riffs off zombiesI found this book entertaining and I didn't want to put the story down Stephen is amazing at writing characters and I was drawn in by Clay Tom and Alice We meet them in the heart of Boston when the pulse goes out and the world gets extremely crazy There was blood and gore and violence in this book but I have to say I was expecting a lot and there could have been The people who didn't use their phones had to figure out what happened and the new rules of the gameRule 1 don't use a cell phoneRule 2 Zombies sleep at night or they go away and so the night is safe and the day is dangerousrule 3 these zombies flock like birdsI want to talk about the plot so I'm going to get SpoilerySpoiler WarningThe main bad zombie comes toward the middle of the book when they are in New Hampshire The gang finds their way to an Academy and they find out what the zombies do at night they reset and look like they are sleeping Clay helps to move some gas tankers in the middle of their sleep uarters and they blow up around 1000 of them They get less blood thirsty and they evolve They are telepathic and communicate through dreams and speaking to your mind or they can take over your body They can also fly Yes Flying zombies How the zombies were defeated was a solid ending but the last chapter was a downer He leaves the ending on a cliff hanger or with no answers given which I don't mind that device when used sparingly but Clay has a kid and the kid was up in Maine when the pulse happens so he is looking for the kid the whole book The kid was turned to a zombie The gang blows up the zombies at the climax and Clay hopes his son wasn't there Clay goes looking for his kid and his kid isn't dead of course I think the book would have been clean and bold if he didn't find his kid and meet up with Tom at the end I don't like the fact that he was able to find the kid It feels too neat somehow for this book It made for a weak finish to the story in my opinion It seemed like a fairytaleI thought this was middle of the pack as far as Stephen King books go This was an engaging read and I enjoyed my experience reading this but it's not one of his best either It's right in the middle of the pack It certainly conveys how society walks such a thin rope of functioning and anarchy It does make one think It's apocalyptic Now I need to see the movie Take away be wary of technology

  6. says:

    Five stars for the first half One star for the last 200 pages wherein King drags his ass like a dog infested with roundworms Cell is a five star read all the way up to the halfway mark You got crazies running around nom nom nomming on tender bits and a likable crew of misfits trying to stay alive Underneath it all King is stoking the fires of 911 trying to keep the fear alive a full five years after the towers fell in a half ass attempt to scare you with real world issues The Phonies I do not type that word with a straight face speak in a garbled almost arabic language Slap turbans on King's version of zombies and you have a strong argument for racist propaganda Did King do this on purpose? Mayhap he did Mayhap he didn't Either way 'MURICAThere's this climax that takes place around midway through the book King shits the bed after that What action you do find on the downhill side of this novel is tired rehashed bullshit from the first half of the book It's honestly like reading two different books King even repeats the big scene in the middle further down the road but by then the cool factor has disappeared You can't have barbecue every night friends and neighbors It's fucking great on Friday especially when beer's involved but of a pain in the ass on Saturday because you're still hungover from the night before and that goddamn grill is making you sweat pure ethanolThis is either my second or third read through of Cell Can't remember but it's certainly not my first Because of this I let Campbell Scott read it to me He does a fine job at the narration but the production uality is iffy at times Sounds levels are fucked He'll be really low one minute not whispering just low and then he'll be loud not yelling just loud Sometimes the tone of his narration changes as if he's started reading as another character I still don't think this is his fault I think it's the uality of the recording which in my honest opinion is utter dogshitBefore we hit the Conspiracy Theory section of our program I must say that I firmly believe King got in way over his head with this book There's a reason why The Stand is 1200 pages long and Cell is only 450 Maybe Cell started as a short story or a novella and it just kept on going or maybe he always meant for it to end the way it did Either way the final product makes it seem as if King just got tired of writing this particular book and stopped I can dig open endings but to follow Clay on his hunt only to receive the ending we get here I don't know man that's kind of a dick move Oh well it's Uncle Stevie Whatcha gon' do right?Here there be spoilers for all of King's books Only click on view spoiler if you've read through King's entire catalog I take no responsibility for your sadness and despair at having something spoiled because you can't take instruction ya muppetview spoilerObvious Tie Ins Charlie the Choo Choo the Dark Tower seriesThe Dark Wanderer comic obvious nods to the Dark Tower universe especially since they are graphic novels and this came out around the time MARVEL started working on their DT comicsConspiracy theory I believe this version of the King verse is another beam altogether from the beam of the Bear and Turtle The Stand happens on one beam as witnessed in Wizard and Glass and Cell on another This is how you can have two end of the world scenarios in one universe hide spoiler

  7. says:

    This book begins with a huge BANG No setting the scene no gliding over Castle Rock or Derry and visiting some of the cast just page one KICK OFF Our mobiles our bestest friends become our worse enemy in fact our bestest friend makes us become our own worse enemyThe downside to King's relentless high tempo start is that he book never really reaches those heights again On first reading in 2007 I gave this book 6 out of 12 as I was kind of peed off with the direction the book takes On second reading with expectations of a hi intensity book throughout now off the table and me with an updated review 'Much better on reread A signal is sent to all mobile phones changing the world forever A nail biting journey in this sci fi slash horror with lots of nods to geekdom' I gave it 8 out of 12

  8. says:

    While this isn’t one of my top favourite King books it is a thoroughly enjoyable read nonetheless I find it’s one of those candy reads it’s easy and entertaining and doesn’t reuire you to think too deeply I like the whole idea I really enjoyed seeing King’s spin on zombies What made me enjoy it less than other King stories is that I didn’t fall in love with any of the characters I did enjoy them but nothing about them really spoke to me and the story left me wanting on that level

  9. says:

    I would give this one 3 12 stars I've read better and worse by King Not very scary interesting idea and take on a kind of Zombie like Apocalypse Great book to read while waiting for a plane ;

  10. says:

    What Darwin was too polite to say my friends is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest or even the meanest but because we have always been the craziest most murderous motherfuckers in the jungleCell is an apocalyptic tale about mobile phones that wipe the user's brain getting rid of any humanity and leaving behind only aggressive and destructive impulses The story focuses on the main character Clay who is on a mission to find his estranged wife and son Now living in a post apocalyptic world and unable to use mobile phones for fear of becoming crazed maniacs Clay and his group must navigate their way in an attempt to find out what has happened to his familyOkay so I actually really enjoyed this book I loved the premise of it and found it terrifying to even consider what it would be like if such an event occurred in real life I loved how it was the use of mobile phones that created these crazed zombies especially because if something like this did happen your first thought would be to call your loved ones to check they're okay So I kinda loved that detail added an extra layer to the story I thoughtThe characters were so so Clay was fine but I think I actually preferred Tom I also really liked Alice so I wasn't overly happy with her storyline The zombies or phonies as they were called in the book were downright horrifying I really liked their behaviours and how they were used within the story The fact that they were only active during the day and then rebooted at night It felt like a uniue portrayal of zombiesI thought the story moved at a great pace especially at the beginning It was non stop terrifying The pace did slow down a bit particularly towards the end but I was still very much interested and eager to see how it all panned out But then that ending THAT GODDAMN ENDING Left me feeling so infuriated and angry I absolutely hate endings like thatI was so annoyed by it that I felt like deducting a star but then maybe in hindsight I will look back and like the ending similar to how I feel about The Sopranos so it can keep the star for now I thought it was a great read apart from the ending and very much underrated in the Stephen King universe If I ever meet Sai King I will slap him across the face for that endingbut then hug him and declare my undying love