Nick wants a cell phone so he can talk to his girlfriend, Jen, after school, but he doesn't have a lot of money. The used phone he buys seems like a bargain, until the phone calls begin -- strangers calling night and day, some begging for help, others making demands. Nick wants to get rid of the phone, but something prevents him, and, s...more
The winner of this year’s prestigious Caldeshit Award is Hell Phone by William Sleator. This unfathomably bad novel not only wasted my time, it also ruined me as a human being. Now, you might be inclined to suggest that I was ruined before embarking upon this particular feast of words, but fuck you.
You’re not going to read this book. You know it, and I know it. So sit back and put your feet up as I dazzle you with the (dun dun DUN) entire plot of this book (for those of you who have issues with...more
R.I.P William Sleator
I've yet to read a bad book by him.
All Nick wanted was a cell phone so he could talk to his girlfriend, Jen, in the evenings. What he got was a nightmare he would have never imagined.
Nick's mother, who works hard every day, usually from daylight to sometime in the night, doesn't earn enough money to keep much food in the house, much less afford to keep the phone turned on. Nick works almost every day himself in the hospital cafeteria after school and has saved up money to buy a cell ph...more
But as soon as Nick turns the phone on, the calls begin. A sobbing woman begging for help. A pushy man who urges Nic...more
Hellphone, by William Sleator fits under the category; 'science fiction or fantasy book' as it contains paranormal fantasy with a tad of scifi. This category was interesting as it has a wide range of books within it to choose from.
The quote from this novel which I found the most interesting was "you killed him!" because it clearly stated what the main character had do...more
All Nick wants do is talk to his girlfriend, Jen. But, being poor, Nick must buy a cheap $20 used phone. What’s the catch? Nick cannot change the number or return the phone; there also is no caller ID on it. When Nick goes home to his trailer and turns on the phone, It rings. But nobody has the number-right? When he answers the phone, a man begins t...more
As the main character, Nick, with the help of his new phone and new found friends he goes on a journey of revenge and jealously. Nick’s mission contains...more
When one thinks of a cellphone, one does not associate it with bad things. If anything a cell phone has become one of humankind's most useful gadget. With technology accelerating everyday, one could say the cell phone is "humankind's best friend." The tremendous amount of things that can be done on it are countless. Without one, many people say their life would be disastrous. In this book however it is quite the opposite. A teenagers life changes completely from white to black when he purchases...more
But as soon as Nick turns the phone on, the calls begin. A sobbing woman begging for help. A pushy man who urge...more
Nick's mother, who works hard everyday, usually from daylight to sometime in the night, doesn't earn enough money to keep much food in the house, much less afford to keep the phone turned on. Nick works almost everyday in the hospital cafeteria after school and has saved up money to buy a cell phone.
After school one day, before he headed to work, Ni...more
I'm sad because the premise of the book is B-movie-tastic and has a lot of potential, but Sleator just threw plot-curveballs in there that make little sense whatsoever. Like they are so loosely jointed it's a miracle they even string together.... I'm not as turned off by the writing style as some people are. I thought that although it wasn't the best, it was readable....more
The first thing that really put me off from the book was how it was written. In the beginning it seemed a bit choppy and out of sorts. Then it started to get better and it did flow easier and become easier to read. However, the story was just so far fetched, it did not seem plausible.
Yes, I get that there are plenty of other books out there that have very far reaching themes, it just felt like there were so man...more
It was funny and totally insane and it thoroughly entertained me. And I think that is the point of a good book. It doesn't have to have some amazing mind-blowing plotline, it just ha...more
I found that this book had a really cool, and enticing plot. A 2nd hand Hell Phone just sounds really awesome! Even though it brought nothing but trouble, I still wouldn’t mind buying one.
I would recommend this book to readers that enjoying reading modern murder stories with a devilish twist embedded into them. It’s a book that I think Fr...more
Events get very twisted and strange for Nick. I can only say that the author depicts hell in a way that would truly be considered hellish and...more
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For more than thirty years, William Sleator thrilled readers with his inventive books. His House of Stairs was named one of the best novels of the twentieth cent...more