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Cell: A Novel (edition 2006)

by Stephen King

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Title:Cell: A Novel
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Pocket Star (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
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A truly amazing story about one man's quest to find his son as the world we know falls apart around him, and all the chaos starts by something that our modern age can't seem to live without. ( )
  Emery_Demers | Oct 13, 2016 |
I wanted to read this since the movie was coming out. I laughed, cried and was disappointed. 95% of the book was actually a decent read and kept me on the edge of my seat.

For the rest of the review, visit my blog at: http://angelofmine1974.livejournal.com/106244.html ( )
  booklover3258 | Jun 20, 2016 |
This book was so intensifing that I could'nt put it down. I realize while sitting there reading the book that I was getting no air. The monster of the storm had me holding my breath The Author made me feel like I was there tring to survive the storm. It was a true story and The Author took me completely through the massive storm. I have been on a boat in rough waters before but nothing as destrutive as this.....Amazing

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
"Cell" has a great underlying premise: The human brain is an organic computer that has a basic operating system, which is capable of being erased. In this case the erasure is triggered by a "pulse" that is sent out to millions of people through their cell phones. The twist comes when the "normies" (those that had their phones off), realize that the "phoners" ( those that had their phones on), are evolving over time. They appear to be developing more sophisticated traits that are, in some cases, superior to those of normal humans. For instance, they communicate via telepathy and move around by means of levitation.

From the first page to the last, you're hooked. It doesn't matter if the reading calories are empty; you can't stop reading. That's why Stephen King, above everything else, and perhaps in spite of everything else, has remained one of the best selling author in the world. You just can't stop reading him. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I resisted starting Stephen King's Cell mostly because cell phones have evolved so much since 2006, as has our relationship to them. What was once a new and feared gadget is now more common than ever. (Seriously, it's only a matter of time before we think of ourselves as cyborgs, and not in a sarcastic way.) And King's a bit of a technophobe, at least in his stories, so I thought whatever anxieties cell phones caused 10 years ago would be so much worse today. Also, I'm not really into zombies so there's that too.

Turns out most of my initial impressions were unfounded. Cell is a fun, post-apocalyptic adventure. Give it a try. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Mar 8, 2016 |
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If you have ever worried that using mobile phones might scramble your brain, Stephen King suggests you may just be right. It all happens at 3.02pm one afternoon, when everyone in the world using a cellphone suddenly becomes a violent maniac.
added by stephmo | editThe Guardian, Matthew Lewin (Feb 25, 2006)
 
Stephen King is supposed to have retired. A year ago, he published the final part of his seven-book Dark Tower saga with the book of the same name - a novel so crushingly disappointing that, reluctantly, all but King's most ardent fans were forced to agree with the author himself that it was probably time for him to stop and enjoy the royalties from his 40 or so bestsellers.
 
Cell is Stephen King's first full-length novel since his threatened retirement in 2003. Of course, this most prolific of authors has not been idle during this period, penning a collaborative non-fiction book about baseball, a regular column for the popular US magazine Entertainment Weekly, several short stories, and even a short (and slightly puzzling) noir novel, The Colorado Kid, for small publisher Hard Case Crime. This is the first of two new novels to be published this year, with Lisey's Story to follow in October.
added by stephmo | editThe Independent, Matt Thorne (Feb 12, 2006)
 
This is the way the world ends... not with a bang, but a whimper.
— T. S. Elliot


Actually, it ends with a "pulse" -- an errant cell phone signal that wipes away the user's humanity, 'rebooting' their brain back to something basic... primordial... and evil. Even those within earshot of the gray matter draining signal suffer a kind of evolutionary epilepsy, reverting to a state of pure impulse and mental confusion. As the feeling consumes its host, madness takes over, and there is only one way to satisfy this cruel craving. The insanity must be met with violence, quelling the instinctual bloodlust that lay dormant inside every person's DNA. Thus the world ends, and it's the very people who protected and prospered upon it who are now intent on taking it down.
added by stephmo | editPop Matters, Bill Gibron (Feb 9, 2006)
 
If the stretch of years between Sept. 11 and last fall's Kashmir earthquake has reminded us of anything, it's that history can take a drastic turn in one day. Stephen King jumps into the middle of one such day on the opening pages of Cell, his first full-length novel since he came off what has to be the shortest-ever retirement not involving professional boxing. Happily wandering Boston after selling a comic-book pitch, artist Clay Riddell watches as the world goes mad when a mind-wiping electronic pulse turns everyone using a cell phone into a violent zombie.
 

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The id will not stand for a delay in gratification. It always feels the tension of the unfulfilled urge. - Sigmund Freud
Human aggression is instinctual. Humans have not evolved any ritualized aggression-inhibiting mechanisms to ensure the survival of the species. For this reason man is considered a very dangerous animal. - Konrad Lorenz
Can you hear me now? - Verizon
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The event that came to be known as The Pulse began at 3:03 p.m., eastern standard time, on the afternoon of October 1.
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Cell is an apocalyptic horror novel concerning a New England artist struggling to reunite with his young son after a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell-phone network turns masses of his fellow humans into zombies.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0743292332, Hardcover)

Witness Stephen King's triumphant, blood-spattered return to the genre that made him famous. Cell, the king of horror's homage to zombie films (the book is dedicated in part to George A. Romero) is his goriest, most horrific novel in years, not to mention the most intensely paced. Casting aside his love of elaborate character and town histories and penchant for delayed gratification, King yanks readers off their feet within the first few pages; dragging them into the fray and offering no chance catch their breath until the very last page.

In Cell King taps into readers fears of technological warfare and terrorism. Mobile phones deliver the apocalypse to millions of unsuspecting humans by wiping their brains of any humanity, leaving only aggressive and destructive impulses behind. Those without cell phones, like illustrator Clayton Riddell and his small band of "normies," must fight for survival, and their journey to find Clayton's estranged wife and young son rockets the book toward resolution.

Fans that have followed King from the beginning will recognize and appreciate Cell as a departure--King's writing has not been so pure of heart and free of hang-ups in years (wrapping up his phenomenal Dark Tower series and receiving a medal from the National Book Foundation doesn't hurt either). "Retirement" clearly suits King, and lucky for us, having nothing left to prove frees him up to write frenzied, juiced-up horror-thrillers like Cell. --Daphne Durham

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It may seem odd, but it's true--something as simple as one phone call can change the world forever. And that's exactly what happenes on October 1, when a single pulse is simultaneously transmitted through every cell phone on the planet. After the Pulse, an unspeakable transformation occurs. People everywhere begin devolving into inhuman killing machines--and civilization as we know it grinds to a halt in a terrifying riot of violence.… (more)

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