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.

Pros:
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.

Cons:
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

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