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Clayton Riddell is on the way home after he sold his comic work when a man bites off the ear of a dog. A woman charges to a vendor. Numerous distant screams. Before Clayton knows it, the world is already in chaos. He realizes that the cell (phones) makes a person crazy when he listen to it.  Clay, together with his pick-up friends, Alice and Tom, races from Boston across Kent Pond when he remembers that his son owns a cell. Stephen King’s “The Cell” pulls off a not-so horrifying thriller in a gory zombie tale.

Cell (2006) by Stephen King

When I was reading “The Cell”, Stephen King’s “The Gunslinger” keeps reminding me that this is not worth the time but I am actually impressed to see a dramatic improvement from his writing, which is reasonable since King admits he haven’t been in writing workshops until, I guess, when he started writing the second book of the Dark Tower series. In this work, he chooses the words carefully and manages to tickle you in serious moments but one thing is still disappointing, he’s not a compelling storyteller or should I blame it to the plot? In the middle, when the dynamic trio escapes to an English boarding school, or even before that, the story slouches, no not being a slow pace but it gets boring. He narrates the zombies and what they are doing but it gets worn-out to see the little progress of these creatures. At first, zombies eats another zombies, then they learn how to team up and start to flock to right then to left, then they start to sing and on and on. It would have been fine if these things plays a great role or even a satisfying epiphany in the end, but no they just get blown up. This just shows that these zombies’ deteriorated brains can’t think well. (more…)

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The Gunslinger searched for the man in the black, for any hints on his quest to the dark tower.

The series was highly recommend by those I asked. This book got raved reviews on amazon. They enjoyed and even categorized it as their favorite but I did not.

Frankly, I was disappointed after I read it. The story keeps on giving bits of information with nothing to relate in the later part of the book. In fact, when I reached halfway I didn’t understand anything. I know it’s a mystery book but the problem is he presented it with too much ambiguity and it appears to be dull and boring. Although I can’t discount the fact that S. King had put splendid imagery, It was just too much.

Reading 300+ pages about traveling with no sense of fulfillment was the far most I dreaded. True, he had presented some flashbacks in between the travel but it was not sufficient to let you turn page after page. In addition, those flashbacks gives minuscule details to let you infer what was really going on. I won’t deny that there are some actions. And if these helps, there are only two that are worth of your attention.

The story world was confusing. I don’t know the status of the title Gunslinger or even grasp the importance on why should Roland go to the Tower (book’s storyline). What was the danger? I don’t know. What are the consequences? I don’t know. The climax of meeting the man in the black was rubbish. Why can’t he just appear to him then when in the end he’s going to help him, willingly? I can’t find any unreasonable reasons.The book leaves more questions than answers.

Most had persuaded me to continue for the next book since they said that was the start of the real deal. But I am just upset to continue reading the whole series. I wish I did not read it. I know that many people have claimed that the Dark Tower Series was great but certainly the Gunslinger was a bad book to start the it.

PS: I read the unrevised edition. But I doubt if there are much of a change.

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