Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than thirty books including the epic The Dark Tower series, On Writing and Bag of Bones. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.
With Cell, King returns to his roots as an author of horror/suspense. Playing up to our fears of technology, he uses the ubiquitous cell phone as the transmitter of a demonic "pulse" that instantly turns listeners into murderous zombies. Only technological Luddites (i.e., those without cell phones) survive the devastating effect. In a plot that plays out like a shorter, simplified version of The Stand, we follow three unaffected characters ("normies") as they carefully make their way from Boston to the most remote (cell-free) areas of Maine. The considerable acting talents of Campbell Scott do justice to the reading, but the audio program is so badly and unevenly spliced together that the total package cannot be recommended on its own merits. It will be popular, however, so libraries should purchase as demand warrants.-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
What if a pulse sent out through cell phones turned every person using one of them into a zombie-like killing machine? That's what happens on page six of King's latest, a glib, technophobic but compelling look at the end of civilization-or at what may turn into a new, extreme, telepathically enforced fascism. Those who are not on a call at the time of the pulse (and who don't reach for their phones to find out what is going on) remain "normies." One such is Clayton Riddell, an illustrator from Kent Pond, Maine, who has just sold some work in Boston when the pulse hits. Clay's single-minded attempt to get back to Maine, where his estranged wife, Sharon, and young son, Johnny-Gee, may or may not have been turned into "phoners" (as those who have had their brains wiped by the pulse come to be called) comprises the rest of the plot. King's imagining of what is more or less post-Armageddon Boston is rich, and the sociological asides made by his characters along the way-Clay travels at first with two other refugees-are jaunty and witty. The novel's three long set pieces are all pretty gory, but not gratuitously so, and the book holds together in signature King style. Fans will be satisfied and will look forward to the next King release, Lisey's Story, slated for October. (Jan. 24) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
King has inspired a whole generation to read...a fabulous teller of stories who can create an entire new world and make the reader live in it - ExpressNobody does it better - Daily Telegraph