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Cell by Stephen King

Updated on December 5, 2016
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Kim has many hubs on entertainment especially on movies, and actors she wrote for Squidoo and now has her own blog

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The Book holds the truth

I've read this awhile back but re-reading it again as I love the metaphor of it, and I remember enjoying it enough that I kept it that when I wanted I could enjoy it again.

Basically its a zombie book, and one major (ironic) metaphor if you think about it (how people look walking around talking or textng on their cells.. like robots or even zombies right?) So had a laugh about that part of it.

So Clayton Riddle is in Boston to sell his Graphic Novel and he not only does that but sells the sequel as well. After his interview he has time and now money to spend, so he picks up a few things for family and an ice cream treat for himself when a few of the people ahead of him (& around the vicinity) are on their phone and when basically the Z hits the fan! That treat falls on the ground,the whole public square is in chaos and Clayton reasons with himself that he is in shock. He's worried about his family and meets a few people along the way.

The 'Zombies' (or I dubbed 'Phonies') were turned by some signal or something through cell phones and not 100% sure they are actually dead (aside from those that heard the signal attacked others that weren't on their phone at the time). I would liken it to the movie 28 Days later where it was the rage virus that would turn people.

These zombies evolve, they went from crazed the first night to a night or 2 later they are flocking, eating food, listening to music (easy listening) and are part of a hive mind.

I liked what should have (to me been) the Climax (& somewhat is... but why must an author ruin a climax with more story? Sometime you should just leave it off on the climax, instead of going on and writing 'down time'. I mean at least make whatever idea for after that climax an epilogue, but still to me this sometimes still ruins the story. In school I was taught the climax of a story was the end of the book, but all the books I've read always goes on instead of ending with the bang (so to speak) Maybe it would be better to put it at the beginning, as I've seen some TV shows and movies show the end factor then go back to the beginning. If you read You'll understand after the Penultimate 'showdown' or lockup however you may want to phrase it. I will only say it is a twisted happy ending.

My review of the movie

Books Notes

For those of you that have looked at my reading Quests (2013 Year of the Book series & 2014 Reading Room You know I like to make note of the words I was not familiar with while reading, same for favorite lines or character quotes.


I'll babbalah your A-Kazzalah.... (the zombies babble not really so much groan)

but trying to say that out loud, made me laugh. Guess that means I'll Beat your A**


  • Veisimilitude -Apperance of being true or real (but without evidence)
  • Mollified- Pacify, to calm or soothe, make less severe or hard /ridgid
  • Peroration- speaking at lengths in a grandiloquent manner
  • defiles-corrupt, damage, destroy
  • Plebeian-Ordinary citizen of roam (commoner) someone considered 'ill-educatied' thought to behave in a crude manner & have vulgar tastes
  • extemporaneous-performed unrehearsed or prepared but said without notes

The Book King

Assorted reviews

So what are some King books to read...

Besides the most popular classic ones like Carrie, Christine, the Shining & so on?

Well I haven't read the books but I watched the tv series they were made into (Is King the writer with the most movies and TV shows based on his work?)

Under the Dome! I've watched the show since it first aired and am so hooked.

I've watched the TV series the past 2 summers (2013) and love it. The first season's scene when the dome falls is definitely memorable. I haven't heard about any differences or any grumbling about things between the 2 so give it a try. as for the show itself.. Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre and Dean Norris star. In this show about a town called Cedar Mills that out of no where is covered by a dome, no one can get in or out. They do what they can being cut off from all civilization to find out What or who caused it, and why. The 3rd season just don't bother, I watched the whole last season and ended up disappointed in the reason for the dome.

Haven- This was a series on Syfy channel starring Emily Rose, Eric Balfor, and Lucas Bryant; in later seasons Adam Copeland or you may know him better as WWE wrestler Edge, who played one of the cops (or was the sheriff after Bryant's character Nathan.) The series is based on the Colorado kid and ran for 5 seasons. It's a drama, mystery and in ways a love story. I enjoyed the suspense of the series the most.

Under the Dome

The Eyes of the Dragon
The Eyes of the Dragon

I have this (in a first edition cover) Its on the to read shelf let's hope I get to it in 2017


Haven: Based on the Colorado Kid


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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @TheMinuteIdea LM: For this.. No Prob!

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      TheMinuteIdea LM 3 years ago

      Thanks for the great review

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @Country-Sunshine: & EXACTLY the reason why I love the book! The Metaphor is awesome1

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      Country Sunshine 3 years ago from Texas

      This is a great book! I read it awhile back, and could see how the world is becoming more zombie-like because of technology.

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @Merrci: oh thank you! I do appareciate the compliment.

      I have another book of his I can read listed (The eys of the dragon) ... but will likely wait to read that one. (have a variety of books that once I read I give away or sell., & others that I will keep so I try to read a few 'disposeable' ones then one of the keepers.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I loved Stephen King early on, but haven't read many lately. I'll have to try this one. Your review makes it sound promising! Thanks.

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @ebi_boleigha: I know about the show. I mentioned it next to the book sequel. I have another Stephen King novel here.. I think something with Dragon in title.

      I also watch Haven which is based on the Colorado Kid (but never read the book) and frankly after seeing Under the dome I Love the show..

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      ebi_boleigha 3 years ago

      You should try reading Under the Dome- Its a really cool thriller by Stephen King. There's also a seasonal movie which is airing its second season by the end of the year.

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      traveldestinations 3 years ago

      Stephen King writes some good thrillers.

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @tazzytamar: Why not make it your next to read? or are you waiting for the walking Dead withdrawal to kick in> (June/July?)

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @Scindhia H: The flow is good in this one, esp. being as I read it in a week

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I've still never read this, but I love Stephen King so I will get round to it soon!

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      I have not read Stephen King. Must try soon.

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @VspaBotanicals: Cool! I haven't read much Stephen King I may have read one other books of his 'eons' ago!

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      I'm actually watching The Stand right now. I love Stephen King. Thanks for sharing!