Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Return of the King: "The Cell" by Stephen King

In some ways, this was a welcome return to the old Stephen King. In other ways, it was still...not good.

1. Plot more or less made sense.
2. A lot of action and some great scary bits.
3. Starts out in Boston, so the locations were wonderfully familiar.

1. Character development almost nil.
2. None of the gymnastic wordsmithing that I count on from King.
3. In general seems kind of rushed.

The impression I got from this was that someone had made a bet with King that he couldn't write a book with no more than two paragraphs in a row of description or a limit on the number of sentences that didn't include an action verb. The book was all plot and no story, if that makes sense. I never got a clear picture in my head of any of the main characters, nor were any of them particularly compelling. It's not a bad read, but as far as zombie books go, World War Z was 100% better

CBR11 #4:Pretending to Care - The Pretenders (Cemetery Girl #1) by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden

I wanted to like this, but...I just didn't. I don't know if it was too short, or whether it would have more appeal for a YA audience...