Cell There is a reason cell rhymes with hell On 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 boun

  • Title: Cell
  • Author: Stephen King
  • ISBN: 9780743292337
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There is a reason cell rhymes with hell.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 piThere is a reason cell rhymes with hell.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 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 natured then begins to evolve.There 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 are 193 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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    1. 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.

    183 thoughts on “Cell”

    1. 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 more. 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 [...]

    2. 3.5 StarsOk, I do believe I'm with the 'don't like the ending' readers on this one, but oh what a beginning!Clay 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 so [...]

    3. I don’t know where to start. I don’t know what to say. I own about 30 Stephen King books, I believe I have read them all. Strange enough, it seems like just as I started getting into the King of Horror, his talent began to dwindle. I think it was when I was in sixth grade that I started digging him and becoming a fan, and at about that same time he began to put out books that pretty much anyone with a brain will concede are not nearly the clean-up hitters that his first works were. Carrie, P [...]

    4. Ωραίο βιβλίο με συνεχή δράση, όχι όμως από τα καλύτερά του.Το σίγουρο είναι πως με προβλημάτισε. Κλείνοντας το, αναρωτήθηκα.Αν όντως υπήρχε μια κοινωνία στην οποία κάθε κλήση από κινητό μετέτρεπε τον αποδέκτη σε ζόμπι, τότε τραγούδια όπως «Αναπάντητες κλήσεις παντού» της Π [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. Stephen King does zombies! Wellnd 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 pop [...]

    9. "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 [...]

    10. Odličan početak priče, radnja sasvim zadovoljavajuća iako se javlja osećaj već viđenog i onda bezvezan završetak. Jednog sasvim običnog dana dobar deo ljudi je, na prvi pogled ničim izazvano, potpuno podivljao. Momentalno počinje borba za preživljavanje - određen broj ljudi koji deluje kao da je izgubio razum bez problema napada svoje prijatelje, članove porodice pa i kućne ljubimce i hladnokrvno ih ubijaju na najbrutalnije načine. U svom ovom haosu Klejton Ridel, Tom Mekort i Al [...]

    11. I would give this one 31/2 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. ;-)

    12. Yay! Another successful King re-read! I read Cell when it first came out and I loved it. I’ve wanted to do a reread since hearing the whispers about the movie production. All I needed to hear was John Cusack and I knew it would be gold. I mean, seriously. The guy has to be one of the most underrated actors ever.Then came the announcement of Samuel L. Jackson joining the cast and I removed any doubt from my mind. SOLD.Clay Riddell has just sold his first comic. He’s about to make a shit-load [...]

    13. that was one hell of a ride!!!Great apocalyptic thriller! It has very chilling moments and intense too! there are also some sad moments especially during the end! That ending had me with an open mouth i could not believe it was over i think it leaves your imagination and curiosity on air, on what will happen later!I first saw many negative reviews about the book wich i honestly don't know why they exist okay it's not perfect but it's not awful either! the possitive aspects are:+Great story. espe [...]

    14. De los mejores libros de King. Me recordo a The Stand, pero claro, esta es una version mas ligera.El apocalipsis golpea en forma de señal telefonica. Zombies vivos persiguen a los no conversos.Que les deparara a los cuerdos, quienes deben luchar para sobrevivir.Creyeron que iban a encontrar un spoiler? Pues no.Si quieren saber algo, lean el libro!(No lo juzguen severamente por las primeras paginas. Al parecer ni el propio autor sabia que camino iba a tomar, pero despues de un rato encuentra su [...]

    15. My overall feelings on this book? Meh but in a good way. I'm a huge Stephen King fan, but I think I'm going to start defining my adoration for him by a certain era. I find I love his earlier stuff, but don't particularly love (or sometimes even like) his later stuff. 'Cell' is a good example of how a former master of horror has now become a much more average author. Now, this is not a bad novel. It varies from alright to good, rarely achieving greatness, but scoring points for story, some pace, [...]

    16. 4.5Once again Mr. King shows why he is a master. I wouldn't rank this one among his best, but that is because he has done so many masterpieces that it is hard to compete. But I still thought this was a great book. King used some basic concepts; cell phone usage, zombies, and yet he presented a tale that was unique and creative. This one was short compared to his average novels and because of his entertaining, free-flowing script, this was another one of those books that was a breeze to read. I c [...]

    17. I am actually not the biggest Stephen King fan. I went through a kick where some of my favorite old-ish movies, I was going back and reading the books they had been made from - Jaws, The Exorcist, Silence of the Lambs. So of course, I wound up hunting down quite a few Stephen King books.I kept seeing this book on the shelf at the library, and the blurb intrigued me, so finally I checked it out and read it.I really, really liked it! I am a fan of apocalypse/zombie themes, movies, whatevs, and thi [...]

    18. Zombie sotto carica Inqualificabile romanzo che anela al ribaltamento di alcuni cliché horror ben radicati - le figure di riferimento sono Matheson e Romero - , ma crolla in maniera ingiustificata a causa di un ritmo fiacco nonché una narrazione che scivola pietosamente nel manierismo più becero.Pietra tombale anche sui personaggi: insipidi, apatici e tratteggiati con una svogliatezza disarmante.Il finale da ulcera gastrica è la ciliegina sulla torta di un'opera che King poteva tranquillamen [...]

    19. It’s the best book I’ve read after A Song Of Ice And Fire! The characterization and the narration is incredibly amazing. It catches the reader’s interest from the first line to the very last word. Yes!The story starts minutes before The Pulse occurred and takes us through the entire scenario in perfect detail. You’ll get a feeling that you are right next to the lead, Clayton Riddell and are experiencing each and everything. The craziers or the phone-crazies are easy to picture and seem s [...]

    20. So this is a King re read for me. I reviewed it the first time at 4 stars and I'm deciding now, upon reading it again, to dock a star.Let's start with Clay, I like Clay as a protagonist but he's not one of King's more memorable main characters. If we were to rank him, he'd probably fall somewhere towards the middle. Kind of forgettable. I actually thought Tom would be a better main character; he had better lines.The first part of this book kicks ass! I love the opening scene in the streets when [...]

    21. This was a classic Stephen King novel! Roller coaster ride of thrills, twists, and turns! I read the first half of the book in one night as I could not put it down. Last night I finished the other half. The book is about cell phones that get hit with a pulse phenomenon that practically turns the human race into zombies. It was a different kind of zombie experience. You have a rag-tag of survivors that are trying to get out of the city and they meet up with other survivors along the way. Definite [...]

    22. No me gustó este libro de King. La idea desde el primer momento me pareció ridícula, y no me equivoqué. Y no solo es ridícula, sino que tiene un final bastante insatisfactorio. Además, como dato de color: jamás me han gustado los zombis.

    23. DNF-60%I have tried reading this book for no shit over a month, at 60%, I just can't anymore, life is too short and there are so many books out there for me to read and love. I'm bored and frustrated. The start was really strong and drew me in but then it just went downhill from there. This is pretty much a zombie apocalypse novel with the course being cell phones. Like I said the start was strong, but then it just got weird, slow and boring. Zombies with supernatural powers? Generally, I like m [...]

    24. You know, I'm pretty sure he said he was retiring a few years ago. Not that I'm complaining, mind you - this was a fun read. I just figure we should never trust a writer when they say they're done. This is like crack to them, I suppose.With this book, King is back to my favorite story type of his - world-spanning apocalypse. Ain't nothing better than the end of the world, in my judgment, and The Stand is still one of my favorite King books.In this one, though, he takes a slightly different appro [...]

    25. Un libro de King que la verdad casi no termino. La primera parte es excelente, ágil, cautivante, cruda: lo cual es de esperarse de mi autor favorito y, pensé que este libro me iba a encantar porque es uno de mis géneros favoritos en el mundo: post apocalíptico.Pero, sinceramente, las últimas 200 hojas fueron confusas, difíciles de seguir, lentas y simplemente quería acabar el libro de una vezNo me conecté tanto como normalmente hago con King y sus personajes y la verdad tampoco me creía [...]

    26. There have been many who have compared Stephen King's Cell with his earlier Apocalypse-Now effort, The Stand. And there are some good reasons, End-of-the-World setting, the survivors polarized into two camps, one camp, arguably no longer even human, a big bang ending in an arena like setting, etc. But there are differences as well. When King wrote The Stand, it seemed to mark a moment in that writer's life where he was becoming overt in things religious. The Stand is a battle between good and ev [...]

    27. Esta última lectura de King era una de las más esperadas; llevaba no sé cuántos años queriendo leerlo y no la encontraba por ninguna parte, así que agradezco muchísimo a la editorial por habérmelo enviado. En primer lugar, quiero puntualizar los puntos malos de este libro, que, aunque no son demasiados, le restaron mucho a mi experiencia y dejaron mis expectativas por los suelos. Pero no se alarmen, también tiene puntos muy positivos. Lo primero que le faltó a este libro fue CONFLICT [...]

    28. Cell is an apocalyptical, complicated novel. It has one of the best beginnings King has written, but that's probably the only exciting thing in the first half of the book, besides the fast pace. However, as the plot moves forward, the book gets better.In the first half, it didn't seem I was reading a King. I neither cared for any character but Alice and Rafe (the cat), nor wanted to know why the Pulse had happened. It was simply odd. Even the "phonies" (as they're called) weren't creepy. Just st [...]

    29. A small group of survivors of the so call "The Pulse" event , which happened during our obsession with cellphones, comes together and goes from place to place, searching for a safe heaven and a word about their loved ones who turned into zombie-like drones commonly refereed to as "phone-crazies" in this book. That's the basic premise of King's spin on the otherwise beaten to death and left to die idea of zombie infestation. The story was fun (although I think it had a much bigger potential)but f [...]

    30. I was in high school when Peter Benchley’s epic book Jaws became a movie. I used to laugh long and loud at my then-youthful friends who wouldn’t go near the water that summer, and if they did, they spent lots of time furtively glancing around them to make sure the evil shark wasn’t anywhere near, never mind that they were swimming in a public pool or local reservoir. Why do I tell you all this? Because I’m having just a wee bit of a problem picking up my wireless phone on the first ring [...]

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