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Cell [Hardcover]

Stephen King
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27 Feb 2006

'Civilization slipped into its second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist. By Halloween, every major city from New York to Moscow stank to the empty heavens and the world as it had been was a memory.' The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world. Within ten hours, most people would be dead or insane.

A young artist Clayton Riddell realises what is happening. And together with Tom McCourt and a teenage girl called Alice, he flees the devastation of explosive, burning Boston, desperate to reach his son before his son switches on his little red mobile phone…

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Large Print edition (27 Feb 2006)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340921447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340921449
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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'In matters of the imagination, Stephen King invariably springs for the triple somersault with a double twist, even when a swan dive might do. He ferrets in the shadows of paranormal gore, shedding markers of popular culture like a magpie spilling its stash. His eye for detail stamps him apart from most popular writers - that and his refusal to bow to limits.' (The Bulletin, Australia)

King has inspired a whole generation to read...a fabulous teller of stories who can create an entire new world and make the reader live in it (Express)

Nobody does it better (Daily Telegraph)

King has carved, bloodily, his own particular niche as a horror writer...his are tales so cinematically told that they vividly appear on the screen in your mind...With gleeful energy and stomach-turning detail King describes the destruction of downtown Beantown (The West Australian)

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Don't miss CELL: A topical and terrifyingly plausible novel from the hard drive of the King of contemporary horror.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not at his best, but he's still on form... 13 Feb 2007
After the conclusion to the Dark Tower series, Stephen King said he might think about retiring. He lasted all of about eighteen months before The Colorado Kid appeared, swiftly followed by Cell. And thank God he couldn't keep away.

Cell starts fast and then keeps coming, twisting from bizarre to even more bizarre and finally bordering on the ridiculous at its climax. As with all of King's work, it's beautifully crafted, with believable characters (even the cameos are sculpted in great detail), good locations and a thumping plotline that holds your attention.

Cell has a lot of the qualities that made King's earlier work stand out; unpredictability, suspense and graphic violence all combine with the human elements and the interactions between the characters to create something which is simply a pleasure to read.

The premise (cell phone pulse drives all cell phone users into murderous frenzy - only old people, young children and the technically inept survive - cue struggle for survival a la 28 Days Later) seems a bit silly at first, but it's executed so well that by the time you're 20 pages in, you don't care.

If you're new to King, this would be a pretty good place to start, as it has a trademark blend of tongue in cheek humour and horror, but without stretching to thousands of pages like some of the earlier epics (though if you like this, It, The Shining and, in particular, The Stand are all must-reads).

A stand out point in this book is that King seems to have found a way to get around his notable difficulty in reaching an ending. The technique employed will either leave you desperate for more (as it did me) or perhaps feeling a little cheated. I liked it, others clearly haven't. Why don't you read the book and decide for yourselves?

Hat's off, Mr King, you've done it again. Hopefully, the recently released Lisey's Story offers yet more of the same!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story, but not spectacular 16 Jun 2008
An event, the Pulse, hits the world and throws it into mayhem. Everyone using a mobile phone at the time (or afterwards) is affected and the majority of those attack each other and the normal people left behind. The streets aren't a safe place to wander and locking yourself up in a secure house might be the one thing that keeps you alive, at least in the beginning.

We pick up the story of Cell just before the Pulse with Clay, your average guy who has just hit lucky with his comic book art work. As he wanders through the streets he lets his mind wander until the cell's start ringing and people start going crazy. Horrified at what is going on he deals remarkably well with the situation and manages to help where he can. As things get worse he hopes that his son, left with his mother back home, is okay - after all, he does have his own little cell phone. With his mind set on this, Clay does the only thing a parent would do in this situation and make his way all that distance back to him, regardless of what he might find.

I quite enjoyed Cell with it's first few chapters of zombie like action and horror before it changes to a more science fiction based plot point that hovers just beneath the surface. The story takes us on a journey through the city before heading to the highways and roads strewn with abandoned cars and the 'normies' left over walking along them - King does a rather good job at presenting a realistic situation here.

The story is split into sections, each reading similar to a short story but using the previous information as it's basis. It was nice to read like this as it broke the book up into more managable sections.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mixed feelings on this one people. The groundworks here follow two typically successful formulas.

1) This is, as many other reviews here will tell you, almost a complete rehash of The Stand, arguably Kings best work yet. This puts King in an immediatley unenviable position. The writer excelled himself with the Stand so surly something so similar is only going to compare unfavouably. It does. The opening establishment of a "2nd Dark Age" is done far to quickly, leaving the only character we really know as Clay. I feel that at a story like this should be epic- but at only 400 pages I guess it was obvious that was never going to happen, the Stand introduced a flock of great characters then thrust them into apocolypse, what this does is take one character and thrust him in and out of catastrophe in as few chapters as possible- not a terrible idea, but not the best either.

2) The other typically successful formula used here is the Zombie-story. This isn't so much Night of the Living Dead, but it certainly reminds of that kind of thing, which for King seems pretty preliminary, but then I guess after nearly 40 years of writing your resevoir of ideas is going to start running low.

Another con here is the end, it tells you nothing, you don't find out how the characters turned out, how it all truly began, or why, you just accept what little you are told and live with it.

Although this is not Kimg at his best you still can't help be absorbed by the King of Horrors ability to create truly frightening and gruesome moments and love them. The Raggedy Man whom you'll meet about half way through is one of Kings many great villains. Which is why this is still a definite must have for an fans of King and horror alike.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You know as you read it that here is someone who cares about the genre...
Stephen King’s writing always has a quality that draws you in, even in his weaker stories. Read more
Published 5 hours ago by David Rushton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic story, Stephen King has some imagination and it comes out of the mundane , ordinary, everyday things!
Published 13 days ago by shirls
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 24 days ago by Jacqueline Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic King...
Great, fun read... it really is classic Stephen King in everything about it.
Still looking forward to seeing an adaptation of this sometime
Published 26 days ago by Sam Barrett
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Published 1 month ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is an excellent book that has plot twists and jumps throughout.

Highly recommend! The first Steven King book I have ever read.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charles Coia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Master class in storytelling again !
Published 2 months ago by fatmanbat46
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
No cause, only effect. A disaster without resolve - and ours is a window into a limited timeframe. Wonderful, thanks
Published 2 months ago by David Cloake
4.0 out of 5 stars IS THAT THE PHONE RINGING, DEAR?
It's with a sense of ominous trepidation that, at page forty-eight of the latest paperback version of CELL, the 2006 classic horror story penned by the most enduring and loved... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Greggorio!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read./
Published 3 months ago by Alexander Wylie
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