Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Cell: A Novel

I was not sure if I wanted to read Stephen King's latest novel, "Cell", because, let's face it, I judged a book by its cover. I saw the bloody cell phone and assumed that this book was about some stalker with a cell phone. I don't know why I jumped to that conclusion, but the whole cover really turned me off of reading the novel. I managed to pick up the book after ready a tiny article stating that it was more of an apocalyptic scenario and I love those!
I liked this book, but I did not love it. I found the characters to be surprisingly 2-dimensional. One thing I love about Stephen King’s writing is the depth of his characters and how you feel as if you really know everything about every insignificant person. I love that omniscient viewpoint, but it's missing from this novel. The characters remain characters and never become real.
I did enjoy the plot of this novel as it was inventive and managed to keep me entertained even if this was a caricature of a Stephen King novel. I miss the old Stephen King.