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  • Hardcover
  • 355 pages
  • Cell
  • Stephen King
  • English
  • 14 March 2019
  • 0743292332

10 thoughts on “Cell

  1. 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 orIn 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 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 orIn 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 date.Many have compared Cell to his earlier epic, The Stand On the surface, the novels are quite 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 farmature 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 muchgraceful and easier to stomach than the work of Ayn Rand.As 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 beings.Many 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


  2. says:

    3.5 Stars..Ok, I do believe I m with the don t like the ending readers on this one, but oh what a beginning Clay is happy..he just sold his first graphic novel and can t wait to share the news with his estrangedbut lovedwife 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 nightto get h 3.5 Stars..Ok, I do believe I m with the don t like the ending readers on this one, but oh what a beginning Clay is happy..he just sold his first graphic novel and can t wait to share the news with his estrangedbut lovedwife 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 nightto get home to his sonturns out to be the only option.Overall, 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 spoilerhope we get to find out what happened to Tom s cat and the rest of the gang And remember Assume makes an ass out of you and mehide spoiler


  3. 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 ba 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, quite 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 mydepressive 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


  4. 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 zombies.I 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 whe 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 zombies.I 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 lotand there could have beenThe people who didn t use their phones had to figure out what happened and the new rules of the game Rule 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 talkabout the plot, so I m going to get Spoilery.Spoiler Warning The 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 quarters and they blow up around 1,000 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 beenclean 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 fairytale.I 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


  5. 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 9 11, 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 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 9 11, 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, MURICA There 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, butof 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 ethanol.This 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 quality 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 quality of the recording, which, in my honest opinion, is utter dogshit.Before 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 muppet view spoiler Obvious Tie Ins Charlie the Choo Choo the Dark Tower series The 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 comics Conspiracy 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 In summation I was hoping the sudden stop at the end would be eased by the knowledge of what was to come, but it didn t happen Cell is still a three star read and I m sure it will remain that way for all my days Especially since I see no reason for me to ever read this again This one is fine for a first read through, as the ending can be a little shocking in a Wait what kind of way, but the novel definitely doesn t withstand the test of time, nor does it withstand a second read through.Final Judgment Only slightly better than ATT


  6. 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 require 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 wantingon that level.


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    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 jungle Cell 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 l 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 jungle Cell 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 family.Okay, 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 thought.The 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 unique portrayal of zombies.I 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


  8. says:

    For some reason, I had seen quite a few bad reviews on Cell before I read it Not one to usually dislike a King novel, I did go into this one without the highest of expectations and ended up being very pleasantly surprised.The story centers around a mass event that turns anyone who happens to be on their cell phone at the time into a zombie Mass chaos ensues and a small group of survivors bands together and tries to figure out what is going on and how to stop it Some of the plot line does have For some reason, I had seen quite a few bad reviews on Cell before I read it Not one to usually dislike a King novel, I did go into this one without the highest of expectations and ended up being very pleasantly surprised.The story centers around a mass event that turns anyone who happens to be on their cell phone at the time into a zombie Mass chaos ensues and a small group of survivors bands together and tries to figure out what is going on and how to stop it Some of the plot line does have some similarity to The Stand, but the characters are fairly unique, the dialog is good, and the action keeps rolling along at a fairly brisk pace I really liked this novel I knew that I probably would, but it was a nice surprise that it was as good as it was I am of the opinion that not everything that Stephen King writes is destined to be a classic, but the majority of his work is well above average and I feel that one day he will be given his long overdue kudos and be placed in the literary canon with the other greats of modern literature


  9. says:

    Stephen King does zombies Wellkind of We ll get to that in a bit.But first, here s how I think this book came about Way back in aught 6 2006 , or just before because Cell was published in 06, but who knows with King, am I right But anyway, we ve come a long way since that time Everyone was getting cell phones and they were just about getting to every last person around I imagine him having this conversation with, let s say, his son, Joe Hill.Stephen Wow, cell phones have really gotte Stephen King does zombies Wellkind of We ll get to that in a bit.But first, here s how I think this book came about Way back in aught 6 2006 , or just before because Cell was published in 06, but who knows with King, am I right But anyway, we ve come a long way since that time Everyone was getting cell phones and they were just about getting to every last person around I imagine him having this conversation with, let s say, his son, Joe Hill.Stephen Wow, cell phones have really gotten popular lately Everyone seems to have one Joe Yeah Dad, come on, get with the times already, man Stephen Well, at least we ll never get rid of these landlines right Both are VERY necessary useless joke probably not in King s character, just wanted to make fun of how we used to still had landlines when everyone was switching to cell phones But seriously, I am SO sick of people being on their cell phones all the time You can t even have an honest to goodness conversation with a person without someone bombarding you with a call Can t we just have real conversations with human beings any Instead, we talk to electronics and let them control everything we do, sacrificing our humanity If only there was a way to put an end to this nonsenseI ve got it Cell starts out as your basic zombie book People are going about their normal business when suddenly lots of people start going crazy and attacking other people while a few people escape unscathed for a while until they get attacked.Well, Stephen King made a couple of changes to the normal zombie mythos I think we can call it mythos now Here, the zombies are created by a pulse that occurs through cell phones All the people using their cell phones at the time of the pulse as its known throughout the book are immediately changed into what is essentially a zombie Those without cell phones or not on them at the time are saved.It s not exactly clear whether they are or have to be dead or not, some are, but not all, but they all have the same traits, which are pretty zombie like They go crazy, they attack people including their own kind, and make survival the number one priority for those who weren t turned.They are known throughout the book not at zombies, but as phone crazies Boy did I hate that term after a while It s just so dumb It s also descriptively appropriate, but meh Call them walkers, call them phoners even, but phone crazies just bugged me to no end.In addition, the zombies only come out during the day and therefore leave the night to the survivors.Cell follows Clayton Riddell, a survivor of the pulse who happened to be in Boston at the time of the pulse He lives in you guessed it Maine but he s not a writer, he s a comic artist, completely different , which is where his family is located at the time of the pulse and provides the impetus for Clay and his group of survivors to head north.I did enjoy this book, but to talk about why I didn t enjoy it enough to even reach the 4 star threshold, I m gonna have to get into some spoilers These aren t huge, ruin the book spoilers, just possibly ruin a part of the first 200 pages quarter of the book You ve been warned Begin mild spoilersI could gointo Clay s group because they do play a large role in the novel, but I just don t have the time nor the energy at the moment Know they re there and they are some great characters.The reason I wasn t a huge fan of this particular zombie book is that King almost immediately kills the whole reason I read zombie books I read them for the constant suspense and scare that the people we ve grown close to are going to get eaten, turned, die, whatever.King introduces telepathy into the zombie mythos While it s an interesting and unique take, I realized toward the end that it pretty much killed this particular zombie novel for me.Because the zombie apocalypse occurred through the pulse, the phone crazies bleh are connected somehow, they can even communicate in a way telepathically It begins through large gatherings where they sleep during the night while getting essentially reprogrammed telepathically.While they are communicating telepathically, they begin to flock just like some types of animals birds in a v for instance While they flock, they don t attack humans It just stops.There sthat happens and they do begin to do some muchdevious things, but the survivors, and especially our little crew we follow, are essentially immune from the day to day zombie attack.Bigger Spoiler, for the novel I Am Legend as well While I m still within the spoiler section of my review, I also wanted to add that I totally thought he was going to go I Am Legend with the zombies, making the zombies the new society and the survivors the outcasts It seemed to be going there, but didn t in the end end spoilersI enjoyed this book, it had great characters as expected and a good enough story to keep me enjoying it It also had an interesting take on zombies that, while I applaud King for his creativity and boldness, kind of killed the zombie part of this zombie novel.3 out of 5 Stars Recommended with reservations


  10. says:

    I love Stephen King but his stories always give me nightmares This one is no different On a beautiful autumn morning everyone on a cell phone is simultaneously hit with a message that scrambles their brains and turns them into zombies From there the story gets progressively scarier and weirder Really good story and I have another reason to not talk on a cell Texting only


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CellThere is a reason cell rhymes with hellOn October , God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at ,, 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 will get for his boy Johnny Why not a little treat for himself Clay is feeling good about the future That changes in a hurry The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone Everyone s cell phone Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch black night of civilization s darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest natureand then begins to evolveThere is really no escaping this nightmare But for Clay, an arrow points home to Maine, and as he and his fellow refugees make their harrowing journey north they begin to see crude signs confirming their direction A promise, perhaps Or a threat There aremillion 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


About the Author: Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.