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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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Cell by Stephen King

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I loved the idea of everyone being turned into morons by their mobiles. There are good point about the novel as a whole: good narrative drive and everything's drawn in primary colours. It's essentially a zombie story built on the same framework as The Stand and more than a few similarities to Spielberg's version of The War of the Worlds. Beyond the mobile idea there' really nothing original about it. Even the ending is Pet Sematary esque. Ultimately I found it a little unsatisfying, perhaps, because of the light characterisation it never really rises above the story.

What really annoyed me (and this is a spoiler) was the first bombing. At this stage they don't know what's going on. They think the mobiles have caused the problem but correlation is not causation. They can see the condition of the zombies is improving and they know there's some sort of organisation up north. For all they know they're killing people that can be saved by egg-heads. But I suppose the story demands explosions. ( )
  Lukerik | May 13, 2015 |
King's take on the zombie apocalypse novel! For him, the root cause is "The Pulse" as delivered through a cell phone! From then on, it's the phone crazies vs. the normals! It's a pretty good, quick read, and it gets to the action right away! The main character is Clay and he picks up some help along the way. And his main adversary is the Raggedy Man, who is pretty dang creepy! I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending, but it does work.

Spoler alert:

I did not like that the origin of "The Pulse" is never given. Nor how it would enable the phone crazies to gain the powers of telepathy and levitation. Very frustrating for me. ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Mar 4, 2015 |
I loved this book. I have seen many reviews in the last year on other Stephen King books that rant about how bad this book was, and honestly I just don't understand why people weren't transported by the story.

King walks us through an apocalyptic experience that rather than the world being destroyed, the essence of humanity is wiped out. It is not the population, but our evolution of knowledge and technology that destroys us. It is our technological tower of Babel, the cell towers and signals that destroy civilization in this tale.

It was absolutely fascinating to imagine a world that was destroyed by the technology it reveres and the only ones not effected are those that are not held hostage by their cell phones.

It was an amazing experience that I enjoyed tremendously. My best friend and daughter are on board with most of the other reviewers, they didn't like the book. But as for myself, the imagination of this story is unique and delivered the way only Steven King can bring it to you. ( )
  jlsimon7 | Mar 1, 2015 |
"The event that came to be known as The Pulse began at 3:03 pm., eastern standard time, on the afternoon of October 1. The term was a misnomer, of course, but within ten hours of the event, most of the scientists capable of pointing this out were either dead or insane. The name hardly mattered, in any case. What mattered was the effect."

Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his graphic novel project.

His joy at finally being offered the deal of a lifetime is short lived by an event called The Pulse which causes everyone using their mobiles phones at the time to have their brains rewired…and ...well mayhem and murder aplenty ensue

Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a mobile phone.

In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son (who does own a mobile), he is joined by Tom McCourt, a man he meets in the meleé immediately following The Pulse and a young girl, Alice, who they rescue from being killed by one of the “phoners.” The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “phoners” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man.

A rather unique spin on the zombie genre, high entertaining with engaging characters makes this a very readable romp framed between a cinematic opening and an ambiguous ending… King's words describe it perfectly like "cheap whisky . . . very nasty and extremely satisfying." The pulse is never explained and this left to conjecture and speculation both by the characters and the reader.

King does have a message regarding humanity and how much of it is left when "Civilization slips into its second dark age” as Clay says "This is how it goes when the bottom drops out," Clay realizes. "This is how we act." and it is not nice at all
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  jan.fleming | Feb 9, 2015 |
A história começa momentos antes do Impulso. Momentos antes do mundo desabar. E tudo porque algo (um vírus informático talvez...) é enviado a todos os telemóveis do mundo, levando a que todos aqueles que atendem a chamada, enlouquecem...
Seguimos a história do ponto de vista dos sobreviventes, dos normais, aqueles que não tinham telemóvel ou que perceberam a tempo que este era o veículo da loucura.
A ideia é boa, não é? Infelizmente a história é contada de uma forma pouco ou nada cativante. A primeira sensação que tive foi que estava a ler um guião de um filme. Os diálogos existiam mas o raciocínio das personagens é quase inexistente. Foi, por isso, muito difícil identificar-me com eles, sentir pena ou horror com elas. Por vezes (demasiadas até...) desejei-lhes a morte para acabar com o meu sofrimento e acabar o livro de vez.
Por falar em horror, as descrições das partes mutiladas e cheias de puz de uns e outro são óptimas, tiram a fome a qualquer um. No entanto, são tão gratuitas e desprovidas de dramatismo que a nem isso é interessante de ler.
Esperava mais do Stephen King. Li o "Carrie" há muitos anos e lembro-me de ter adorado. O que é que aconteceu afinal? Estará o Stephen King cansado de escrever, ou então com a sua escrita tão mecanizada que já perdeu a sua paixão pelas palavras?
Fraco este "Cell" e não fiquei nada contente com o fim... Fraco, muito fraco... ( )
  tchetcha | Jan 15, 2015 |
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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
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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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