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Phones from Hell

Advantagessome interesting and new ideas

Disadvantagesthe ideas arent fully formed. the ending isn't all that great. lots of unanswered questions

"===All the books=== The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity for my book shelf. Finally Iíve been getting the time to get through the huge pile of stuff that has slowly and surely built up. Iíve cleared most of the books that I deemed to be quick reads and decided to start picking up the thicker, bigger books. This excites me to no end. If you donít love a good book then I donít know what to say to you. The next book that jumped out at ..." Read review
29.04.2013

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Phone a Fiend Review with images

AdvantagesAwesome detailing and narrative

DisadvantagesEnvisaged Nicholas Cage on a hill-top with his arms stretched out wide

"...psychotic tone directly from the cell phone, the phone-users morph into maniac zombies who feed off the flesh of non-phone-users. Gothic horror mists over the normality of urban city life Ė King paints a startling realism that envelopes Western culture _(Who could forget that Crazy Frog ring tune?)_ and gender, from the struggles of what modernity means to the shattered euphoric dream as illustrated by the comic book graphic artist and protagonist ..." Read review
24.06.2013

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Who You Gonna Call?

AdvantagesA standard, non "Dark Tower" novel from Stephen King

DisadvantagesVery little that is truly original

"Ever since the publication of 2002's "From a Buick 8", Stephen King's focus has been on finishing his "Dark Tower" series. There has been the odd side trip, into non fiction for "Faithful", his review of the 2004 Boston Red Sox season and the more recent "The Colorado Kid", which was really little more than a short story and not being in King's usual horror style. Not being a great fan of "The Dark Tower", it was with great anticipation I awaited ..." Read review
05.03.2006

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Community Level 4Kes30

Kes30

When good mobiles turn bad!

AdvantagesDecent idea, it's written by King

DisadvantagesNot his best work

"...needed to be explained - Cell didn't do that. The mysterious signal sent to the phones was never explained satisfactorily beyond the terrorist attack - no clever theorizing here which I would expect from King (call me fussy) - to me, this meant that King has just had the great idea for the book and then got lazy and not tried to expand, just fallen back on the apocalypse theme which worked so well in the Stand. As a stand alone novel, it is ..." Read review
01.06.2006

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Community Level 6markd_uk

markd_uk

Is Your Number Up?

AdvantagesExciting, gripping, a welcome return to mainstream horror from King

DisadvantagesNone, except for the ending. Frustrating as hell.

"...soon as I could pre-order Cell I did, the synopsis on the inside jacket cover gripping - - "Civilisation 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. It was as if it had been waiting to go. On October 1, God was in His heaven, the stock market stood at 10'140, and most of the planes were on time (except for those landing and taking off ..." Read review
08.05.2006

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Community Level 4Pyrokeet

Pyrokeet

Cell.

Advantagesa new stephen king book!

Disadvantagesseems slightly rushed

"This is my first book review so please bear with me and let me know how to improve it! Cell, Stephen King's latest venture - out now in hard back copy, immediately tells us the central theme of the book by its title and the images on the front cover - cellphones. This is slightly unusual for King to choose such a short, descriptive title, but this is about the only break from King's normal style that we see. The plot of this story is (as outlined ..." Read review
13.04.2006

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Community Level 6bonsi6337

bonsi6337

The King warning on cell phones!

AdvantagesFor King fans, it's another book by the master of horror and suspense

DisadvantagesIf you are not a King fan, then its another book by King!

"...on their mobile phones (or cell phones). Hence the title - Cell. The event that turned the majority of humans into prehistoric becomes known as the Pulse. Clay's first thought is one of survival - after all no-one wants to be killed. He saves the life of another man and they in turn save the life of a young girl. And these three embark on a journey together, a journey to discover what has happened to their fellow men and women and also Clay's own ..." Read review
30.12.2007

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Community Level 3OddGodHMK

OddGodHMK

Good, but perhaps not great

AdvantagesFantastic read, involving storyline and characters, long

DisadvantagesSome formatting errors, not horrifying at all, inconclusive ending

"...be happy with the way CELL closes. I can understand the concept of letting the reader find their own ending, but that's just not as satisfactory as having an actual ending to go by. Thus, I was not massively impressed when I reached the ending. === Overall === I would say that CELL is worth a read, especially if you're a fan of Stephen King. If you're not, for the reason he writes horror, then check it out, because it's not that horrifying ..." Read review
23.02.2008

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Community Level 6Shortsharp...

Shortsharpshock

My kids are phone zombies already!

AdvantagesUnique take on the zombie genre, has a fear factor.

DisadvantagesPoor logic to plot, suspect characters, no passion in writing.

"...seem to be those without cell phones. A dawning realization strikes terror into Clay's heart. His son has a cell phone, it is rarely charged but what if it was at the time of "The Pulse"? Clay and his new found friends Tom and Alice escape across a burning Boston in a race against time to get to his son before he switches on his phone. "Cell" is the long awaited novel for Stephen King fans as it is the first in many years to have no obvious association ..." Read review
07.03.2006

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Community Level 4mongo_bong...

mongo_bongocat

A Luddite's Dream Review with images

AdvantagesA pretty good page turner

DisadvantagesFairly run of the mill stuff

"...was anticipating some chilling reading. The Cell starts with a bang. A serious event happens that effects a large number of people around the main character 'Clayton Riddell'. This incident revolves around mobile phones. Seemingly anyone that is using one at this particular moment is suddenly turned into a psychotic zombie, or seriously brain-damaged. The mobile phone is the weapon of mass destruction. A pulse has been sent by some unknown ..." Read review
17.06.2006

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Community Level 5wendybull

wendybull

Throat Ripping Good Story!

AdvantagesExcellent stand alone story with possibilities for more

DisadvantagesEnding a bit of an anti-climax

"...setting us up for a Cell 2. Or even better, maybe this will be made into a film, which would be a pretty good one I think, and he was setting this up for a Cell 2 on film! Whatever happens in the future with this story, it will go down as one that I thoroughly enjoyed and will read again in a year or so when the kids give me the time again and if you have not read it yet I suggest you do. If you liked The Stand then this will appeal but don't read ..." Read review
20.09.2006

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Community Level 6paulhanton

paulhanton

Who ya gonna call?

AdvantagesGood, entertaining read.

DisadvantagesNot groundbreaking.

"...the first few pages of Cell hooked me, it read pretty much like a King work of old, maybe not as gruesome, but certainly edgey. The basic storyline starts with a young comic book artist (maybe another King experience, he has published comics) called Clay sucsessfully selling his new comic to a publisher which means he, his wife and young son will have a better life, then of course, in true King style, something mucks it all up. That something ..." Read review
16.01.2008

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Community Level 6Angelus

Angelus

Stand Lite

AdvantagesHas a 'What If' feel about it

DisadvantagesNothing new

"...that above, I didn't dislike Cell and actually found it an enjoying read at times, even going as far as being happy I shelled out the extra couple of quid to get the Hardback edition - but it does have a lot of similarities to The Stand, the 'Pulse' wiping out a lot of the world, A 'Good Vs Evil' storyline, The central characters first hearing from the leader of the evil via dreams, and a climatic ending - it was all done 28 years ago in The Stand, ..." Read review
15.03.2006

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Community Level 6oldchem

oldchem

Cell from Hell Review with images

AdvantagesGood Story, entertaining, quick read

DisadvantagesDisappointing ending, not as descriptive as other King novels

"== CELL == ===STEPHEN KING === I have come to the decision that Stephen King doesn't care much for modern technology-or the people who've created much of what we now rely on for everything in life day to day. In some of his other books, King has created worlds where Man-made viruses wipe out more than 99% of the world's population leaving the survivors facing a battle of biblical proportions. Cars inhabited by evil spirits kill people, ..." Read review
08.11.2009

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Community Level 1PanTaLemon

PanTaLemon

Dissapointing read from an up and down author (Cell - King)

AdvantagesYou'll still be able to use your phone

DisadvantagesStrangely Kingless feel

"...one of his low points. Cell was in fact the first Stephen King book I attempted to read, and knowing of his renown as a world famous horror writer was massively dissappointed. After stopping a quarter of the way through and working my way through such classics as "It" and "The Stand" I returned to "Cell" to finally finish it - I often wonder why I bothered. * Daily Mail ..." Read review
16.06.2009

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