Book Review - A Stephen King hat-trick

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A work colleague recommended Stephen King's 'The Cell' to me as his favourite novel, so I thought I would give it a go. Then, with still days left to go of my holiday I rummaged through my kindle and thought I would give some other Stephen King's a go.

Click here to buy 'Cell'

Book synopsis - The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world. Within hours, those receiving calls would be infected.

A young artist Clayton Riddell realises what is happening. He flees the devastation of explosive, burning Boston, desperate to reach his son before his son switches on his little red mobile phone . . .

Book Review - As a novel recommended by a colleague and a quick read during a holiday I would definitely recommend this. Everyone turning into telepathic zombies by their mobile phones - what's not to love. It's quite lengthy and a lot of the story is walking narrative, but there's lot of fun blood and gore interspersed. The characters are a bit 1-dimensional and the convenience of the central protagonist finding his son despite the majority of the humans in North America dying and no communication links surviving is a bit tenuous. However, it was easy to read, never boring and modern.

3/5 - good fun


Click here to buy Dolores Claiborne

Book synopsis - The story unfolds in one continuous chapter, told in the first person by the cranky, 65-year-old housekeeper, Dolores, who is explaining to police officers and a stenographer how and why she killed her husband, Joe, 30 years ago. At the same time, in her rambling monologue, she insists that she did not kill her longtime employer, Vera Donovan

Book Review - i found this book as I was scanning through my Kindle and couldn't go on the internet for book suggestions. I recognised the name, so thought I would give it a go. I LOVED this book. Written in a casual, matter of fact tone of voice, similar to 'The Shawshank Redemption', where an older, wiser seen-it-all hero talks through their experiences and traumas in a seen-it-all, worn-the-tshirt kind of way

"Vera was right when she said that sometimes a woman has to be a bitch to survive, but bein a bitch is hard work, I'll tell the world it is, n I was so tired."

Dolores works her whole life taking care of her husband, her children, her crabby employer, always putting others first and she winds up alone afraid of ghosts and blaming herself, like her rich employer. 2 women who've lived totally different, class-separated lives, who wind up with the same fate. Both alone, both tired and both haunted by their own ghosts.

4/5 - loved it, really moving, gripping and thoughtful

Click here to buy The Running Man

Book Synopsis - Every night the whole nation watches the ultimate live game show on TV, as the contestants try to beat annihilation at the hands of the hunters in order to win the billion dollar jackpot. And now there is a new contestant, the latest Running Man, staking his life while a nation watches.

Book Review - I wound up reading this because I figured I'd read 2 Stephen Kings, so why not another. The first words from this novel had me hooked immediately "...Minus 100 an counting".

One of those novels where you don't see how the hero is going to escape but you desperately want them to. Totally tense and as easy to read as you need a holiday novel to be.

3/5 - just because I was totally in the mood for a tense, exciting read. Filled the spot perfectly.

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