Saturday, March 13, 2010
Book 17-Cell by Stephen King
Let me start this blog off with the fact that I LOVE Stephen King. He has the knack of making stories that chill the blood and cause shivers to creep down peoples spines. Personally not my own, but I can see how some people get the creeps from his writing...although..as I am I horror junkie, it takes a lot to make me scared in book, tv show, or movie.
In the beginning, Cell reminded me of Stephen Kings books Desperation, and The Regulators (The Regulators he wrote as Richard Bachman). These two books were Stephens best in my opinion. They included a great plot, superb character development, and my personal favorite, all out gore. I mean what gore loving fanatic wouldn't smile when reading a book and the first few lines talk about an animal nailed to a speed sign?!? (don't get me wrong! I am an animal lover, but lets all remember this is a work of FICTION!! No animals were hurt during the writing of this novel...that I know of...).
So Cell starts out with Clay Riddell walking home after securing a deal with a publisher for the graphic novel he has created. He has picked his estranged wife a glass paperweight (paid for with the money he received as a deposit from the publisher) and is stopping for ice cream, when he hears screams from the park across the street.
He sees people attacking each other, a man ripping his dogs ear off with his teeth, and next to him one girl gets off a cell phone call and proceeds to attack a business woman beside her, ripping her throat out with her teeth. Blood, gore, explosions, it was like a breath of fresh air. I thought, Yes! back to the old Stephen!! Alas, I was excited early.
The book continues on with Clay and a few "Normies" (those not affected by what ever is going on, the take to calling it "The Pulse") Tom and Alice making their way across country trying to find a save haven, and Clays wife and son.
I was totally into the book, and enjoying it until about the middle of it. Then I was kind of like..."Uh ok...can we pick up the pace a bit?" Don't get me wrong...I enjoyed the book, but it kind of "stood still" for a good chunk of the book.
And it totally pissed me off, because it didn't come to an ending that closed the story. Damn cliff hangers!!! UGH!!!
Anyway book 18 is Bloody Mary by J.A. Konrath!