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Cell by Stephen King

Updated on February 6, 2018
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Kim has many hubs on entertainment especially movies, and actors. she wrote for Squidoo and now has her own blog

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I'm starting this with my notes of some quotes and vocabulary I ended up looking up. As this is a book review, well I can only write what comes to mind, so I've also included reviews of TV adaptations of King's novels for filler as we have to have a certain amount of content. Instead of just being able to get to the point and having no filler so the writer's page can look and sound better.

Since making this and having read the book a second time, a movie adaptation was made and sadly it was not memorable other than Samuel L Jackson and John Cusak starring. I say stick to the book. You can find the trailer and my review coming up.

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 holds the truth and I LOVE THE METAPHOR~

Cell: A Novel
Cell: A Novel

I've read this a while 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 texting 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 compare 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.


Cell (2016) movie adaptation

Movie REview

The city of Boston descends into mayhem when a signal turns thousands or millions of cell phone users into crazed zombie killers.

Clay Riddell, played by Cusak is a man who is fighting against a mysterious mobile phone broadcast that transforms cell users into zombie killers. Working with Tom McCourt (Samuel L. Jackson) and Alice Maxwell (Isabelle Fuhrman), Riddell struggles to try and stop whoever is behind the attack, and reunite with his son.

This will be the third time that Jackson and Cusack have worked together, having partnered on another King adaption, the 2007 horror film 1408 as well as 2015’s Chi-Raq. This will mark Cusack’s third King adaption in total, as he also appeared in Stand By Me.

Though it explores the zombie trope which has been somewhat overdone of late but, zombie by definition is someone dead (sometimes brought back by a voodoo spell). This starts as anyone speaking on the phone at the time of the pulse are all turned, so here the term is more of a metaphor.

When I read the story and added cell + zombies I absolutely LOVE the metaphor! If you are like those of us who do not always have our eyes or ears glued to our phones, you may see what I see... those of you that do (especially those of you that can't look away for a second when crossing the road... ) ZOMBIE is the Perfect word for you all.

Before you open your mouth in a defensive argument (which proves it a perfect term) You've got your arms out in front of you (though slightly bent to have the phone or a tablet in reading distance) you look like the old zombie stereotype with their arms out walking slowly (sadly couldn't find the image I wanted) while groaning (oh wait that's my groaning at hearing your conversation...from down the street!)

What the Fu.....(oops sorry almost flubbed there) Why do they have this in an airport? I don't remember that, and sadly I no longer have my copy as I gave it to someone to read.

Unlike the book (or so I remember) this starts in an airport when the signal comes through, turning all with phone (or earbud) to ear into raging serial killers some even foam at the mouth. In the book it happened in a square or park type area near an innocent enough ice-cream truck.

Clay fights to survive and find his son while battling the the evolving horde of 'phoners'

I think what I loved most about the book was the metaphor. While the story is good and different from most, to me the metaphor was so much better in an ironic funny (yet uncomfortably...awkward) sort of way.

The zombies are of a hive mind, thanks to the pulse while they were on their phones. I did see a scene from the book in the trailer. Of course the movie shows some of the more memorable moments from the book like the horde sleeping in the football field and a few other touches.

If you have not seen it yet and have read the book... Skip it. if you haven't read it then it's a toss up, though I have read the book twice (and sadly gave it to someone 2 summers ago and now we broke up never got it back)

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

Haven: Based on the Colorado Kid

Original 1990 trailer

It (2017)

Excerpts of my reviews

Before I saw the 2017 version of IT, over the summer one of or a few TV stations were showing the original made for TV version. Luckily I was house sitting and they had a DVR. Basically, the only thing I found scary about Tim Curry's Pennywise was the dental bill, he's more camp than scare. In my point of view, the only way to do a proper book adaptation is either as a TV series for a full season or so or as a 2-4 hour movie (likely would be done in 2 parts).

The movie adaptation was so much better. More 'fun, scarier (if I could ever be scared at a movie for any reason.(so far the score for creeping me out is the Insidious demon and Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise)

The First thing to know about the 2017 movie It is not a Remake, Redo or Reboot. A remake would entail using the 1990s mini-series as the source material. This is of its own adapted from the book. They are both 2 separate entities. What was able to be adapted to network or cable TV guidelines in 1990 would be different to what is allowed today, however still there would be limitations if it were on television today even if the 1990 mini-series was made for the theater, there are different regulations to what would be shown in the final edit. We would likely get a darker version now, then what could, should, would have been if it were made for big screen then.


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    • Zodiacimmortal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @TheMinuteIdea LM: For this.. No Prob!

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      TheMinuteIdea LM 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the great review

    • Zodiacimmortal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 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 

      4 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.

    • Zodiacimmortal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 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 

      4 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.

    • Zodiacimmortal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 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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      4 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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      4 years ago

      Stephen King writes some good thrillers.

    • Zodiacimmortal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 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?)

    • Zodiacimmortal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

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

    • tazzytamar profile image


      4 years ago from chichester

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

    • Scindhia H profile image


      4 years ago from Chennai

      I have not read Stephen King. Must try soon.

    • Zodiacimmortal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 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!

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      4 years ago

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


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