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CELL

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

King's apocalyptic cautionary tale suggests that cellular communication could be as pernicious as it is pervasive. Artist Clay Riddell has just traveled from his native Maine to Boston to sell his first graphic novel when all hell breaks loose. Vehicles crash at random. Language turns to gibberish. Bystanders devour the flesh of strangers. As King (From a Buick 8, 2002, etc.) describes this urban ... Read full review

Review: Cell

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Joe Hartlaub

For a guy who was planning to take a break from publishing, Stephen King sure has been busy. His "break" lasted all of fifteen minutes. It included FAITHFUL, a fine book about the 2004 Boston Red Sox, cowritten with Stewart O' Nan; THE COLORADO KID, a deceptively lowkey work that may be the penultimate mystery novel; and now CELL, the topic of this discussion. If MISERY was as King indicated a ... Read full review

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Cell shows me that even going into the 21st century Stephen King has not learned a thing and still has not developed. But at this point it doesn't matter because people by the thousands will buy his books just because his name is on it. The first few pages were incredibly painful to read. He drags on descriptions like he always does, mentioning insignificant details such as "a man of no particular importance to history..." well then why do we care? And why does he love overused and unnecessary commas? You see these things stopping the flow of writing for no reason in the first paragraph, and several paragraphs after that.
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"East along Boylston Street in Boston". Who is going to remember this? Why is it important? Strong writing is tight writing, trim the excess. I have a feeling editors are scared of the man for some reason. He keeps using unnecessary helping verbs that weaken the writing like "had", which tells a story, not shows.
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Page 2, "tinkle of an ice cream truck"? What, are they playing the sound of shaking nickles in a plastic jar? Do ice cream trucks tinkle when the electronic xylophone chimes "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" He uses parentheses---which is very unprofessional---to describe a completely unimportant detail. The writing of details and action is direct, but it's buried deep in a sinkhole and rotting under a thick slab of muddy excess. He's done his homework to get terminology and locations right but it's gobbledygook.
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I find myself skipping whole paragraphs of this nonsensical garbage. For whatever reason, King enjoys stopping to tell his stories to shower readers with useless details. In the beginning and on page 6 we STILL don't know what is going on, or why. We know Clay appears to be the main character but there is no threat.
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By the time we finally get some "grimdark" action out of Mr. King on page 8, the pace is JUST fast enough that I can read entire paragraphs but I have seen young teenagers write better anime fan fiction. He has a young girl bit a woman and there is a showering jet of blood... which would not happen when you bite someone's neck. Unless her teeth are swords.
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There are more footnotes and stopping of the story to explain extra details and it is clear that King is afraid he will get his technical labels wrong or try and prove his understanding of the world and how much time he puts into inserting only as much real-world things. Unless he's advertising; King likes to insert a lot of copyrighted real-world material.
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When we reach an anticipated car wreck, you can see over-the-top, unrealistic action as how an ice cream truck is hit broadside and FLIPS WILDLY and people are ducking and running, did a land mine for a tank just hit it? Sure the scene is flashy, but every police officer, race car driver, and moderately intelligent person is rolling their eyes at how ridiculously unrealistic that is.
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I can clearly see through the attempt at a gut-wrenching scene with the theme of Sesame Street theme (which would be illegal copyright infringement and that is not the song ice cream trucks play, I don't know how someone as old as King does not know this) playing from the ice cream truck during this attack and "carnage". He is trying to invoke a forced theme of chaos and wrongness. And perhaps the biggest irritation for me is, all the children suddenly vanish. Can modern artists not push the limits anymore into what is taboo and truly dark?
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I picked through random pages across the book, but it is all the same. I skipped the introductory description for the novel which could also contribute to my lack of empathy for King's absurd attempt at creating literature.
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Mr. King, I hope you are reading: This is why Stephanie Meyer's book 'Twilight' sold more copies than all of your books combined and why hardly anybody in the writing industry study your material for good writing.
 

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I loved this book. The characters were well developed. Tom was my favorite, I just loved his friendship with Clay. I also loved the father-son relationship between Clay and Jordan. It was cute. It did leave a few questions hanging....actually the ending was just a cliffhanger, period. But that`s where the imagination comes it right? I wrote a few chapters on what I think what would happen after the end of the book. Writing your own ending of something with a cliff hanger is fun 

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This was an amazing book. I am reading it again after reading it and loving it several years ago. Also, I have recommended it to 'non' readers and even THEY loved it. Highly recommended. You can't read the first 7-10 days and not be hooked. King starts the novel off in pure magnificent chaos!

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Pretty good.

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This is the first Stephen King book i had ever read and i love it. I hope there will be a sequel.

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The beginning to middle was amazing, and I'm a middle schooler. From the middle to the end, it got kinda....bleh.

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one of stepen king's beast book I give it a 100%.

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