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Cell by Stephen King
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Jan 14, 2012

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bookshelves: horror, zombies, technology
Read in May, 2012

As with most King tales, I loved the story idea. Cell phones that send out a pulse and turn everybody on them into zombies.

The opening was intriguing and sucked me in and then after the first fifty or so pages I don't know what went wrong (???) but I couldn't get into it for a very long time in both reading time and years (literally). In fact I tried to get past the first 100 pages on three separate occasions, only to persevere the final time and get to about page 250 before King's magic put the spell on me again until the end.

This was the very first ebook I bought when it first came out, back on Microsoft's now-retired format. A bit ironic considering technology and horror share a common bond in this tale. Mr. Gates is even mentioned in one humorous passage as not being somebody you'd want to grow up as (in this fictional reality) -- because he probably has a dozen cell phones. I enjoyed the ending and appreciated that King didn't keep this tale going for another (needless) 500+ pages. Put this all in a blender and the rating comes up somewhere in the middle. Wouldn't recommend this to first time King readers, he has a lot better novels, but for those who have read the bulk of his work, it's worth checking out.

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