Sunday, March 19, 2006

Scare Your Mule

He's in pretty good form in this one, with that perfect use of language and dialect for which I love him. I always knew cell phones were gonna make us crazy, just not how. Well, heeeere we go! Cell phones! Dooming us all! I'm giving Stephen King's "Cell" a Brain-Candy Thumbs-Up. Fast read, engaging, with characters you actually care about, and an ending that hearkens back a little to his early short stories, and doesn't cop out. (I'm lookin' at YOU, James Patterson.)


And one extra tidbit: My sister, her husband, their 8-year-old son, and my mom all took off on Friday for a 4-day weekend around Branson. Unfortunately, they didn't go to any shows, so I won't be getting an "I *heart* Andy Williams" t-shirt or a set of Presley Family novelty Hillbilly Teeth. It is too sad. And here's the thing, just to illustrate that Andrea and I each married a certain, um, "type" of man: As they drove through the main drag, passing the Yakhov Smirnoff Theater, Andrea says, "Hey, there's YAKHOV!" To which her high-larious husband responds, "YOOKOUT!"

Yep. It's high quality, sophisticated humor that those of us in THIS family enjoy.

And then we all got together and discussed Dostoevsky. For real.


  1. I've been so horribly disappointed by SK's novels of the last decade and a half that I'm still not sure about this one. Maybe I'll wait for the library, which translates to me being number 100+ in line for it.

  2. See...this...THIS is why I love you.

  3. trying. not. to. give. in. and. read. new. king. novel. Whew.

  4. Kevin, I TOTALLY understand. This one reads more like a short story, really. It would BE a short story, except for the, um, well...length. Which is not much, but longer than a short story, and a tiny bit longer than a novella.

    I have to admit, though, that I do love how everything he's written in the last several years has somehow, on some level, tied back in to the Gunslinger series, and back in to his own earliest books. I mean, come on--that's impressive! He must have a heckuva flow chart of characters and plots somewhere, and a heckuva brain to match.

    mochaaaaaah--what, cuz I said, "scare your mule?" That's how WE roll.

    Celena, you know you want. to. click . it. bwahahahaaaaaaa.

  5. So it was Patterson you were referring to the other day. I was curious about that, Belinda.

    I've not read a King novel in a few years and I've only read about half of Patterson's last 5 or 6 books. I like certain aspects of Patterson's work and other parts I don't like. His Alex Cross books appeal to me the most but some of the lovey-dovey stuff within them irritates me. Of the "popular" authors though, it's Patricia Cornwell that I'll rant about every so often. :-)

  6. I think I'm getting too old. The last James Patterson book I even attempted had a severed dog in it. I shut it and gave it away (the book not the dog).

    Now, I know S King is notorious for victimizing small New England type towns, and children and animals are almost always mutilated in some way, shape, or form. Will any of that be found in Cell?

    I think Geo, Dinks, and I are gonna have to visit now. Or move to LR.

  7. I don't usually read Stephen King but this particular book got a really good review in the Washington Post and I like the concept behind the book (particular as I realize how addictive cell phones are) so might give it a go. Thanks for the review.
    (ugh Russian literature, all death and gloom).

  8. I have never read Stephen King and probably never will. I just can't bring myself to that yet.

    I have read Patricia Cornwell's early stuff and really enjoyed the science part of it. Getting into the criminals mind started bugging me so I haven't read anymore.

    Your blog appears to have been corrected and all your sidebar is up with your profile now.

  9. Won't read King. Read him for too many years and my brain is still oozing out my ears. I'm currently against anything that makes me think.

    However, I love me some men with warped senses of humor.

  10. The thing about me and SK...well, I'm a fan. Just a diehard fan, for the last...almost 30 years, since I read "Carrie" after my mother told me not to (she was right, by the way). I've only been sorely disappointed a couple of times, and I got over it. The common thread that is now running through EVERY book, and tying back into the Gunslinger epic (which, BTW, I happen to REALLY enjoy--we still can't make tuna salad without calling it "tooter fish" around here, or sandwiches "popkins"), I find just brilliant. I know *I* couldn't do it.

    He can even go back to books he wrote long before he started that Gunslinger series and somehow "backweave" (yeah, I made that word up) the new stories so that it seems like he already had them in mind 20 years ago when he wrote the old stories!

    And for every semi-stinker, you've got a Shawshank, a Stand, a Talisman, a Body, etc. I'm sticking with it, and just hoping he keeps writing long enough for us all to find out where it all goes.

    I have to admit that, since his accident, the "gore factor" has increased exponentially. I have gotten to where I skim through any depictions of gore and grossness. I'm a good skimmer, and can do it without missing one word that is of import to the story--learned that from reading James Michener, because sometimes we JUST DON'T HAVE TIME to read the description of every freakin' blade of grass on the tundra.

  11. It's now on my book wish list. See what power you have over me?

  12. This is good news. I got the book last week but have yet to read it. Now I KNOW it will be good...

  13. dixie--but don't hold me responsible if you don't like it!

    Mr. Fab--I don't feel so responsible for you (thank God), since you aready bought it. The free pass on this one is that it is so short, and such a fast read. Even if you hate it, you haven't wasted much time.

  14. I am right there with you, B, on being a die-hard SK fan. I haven't read everything of his, for the simple fact that most of them are so long, and once I start, I can't stop. I will literally stay up the straight 36 or 48 hours it takes me to read a typical SK novel. I haven't read any of the series books, DT or Gunslinger, because I feel it would possibly kill me.

    Although I heartily recognize the genuis that is the mind of SK, what fascinates me more is where and how did all of this come from? I must know the process. Maybe because I am a writer myeelf, but I am always curious on these matters.
    So, even if you don't care about writing in and of itself, being a SK fan I would highly recommend his non-fiction work, "On Writing."
    His accident occurred right in the middle of writing this work, and it reflects great changes in his outlook, noticable in the book, and subsequent novels. It's awesome, and gives a SK reader more insight into the novels even, for pure enjoyment.
    I just recently found my copy of "On Writing," while scouring through some boxes from the move, and had just started perusing through it again, and then happened to read this post of yours. So, I guess I will have to now sacrifice about 36 straight hours of my life to read Cell. But, as always, I'm sure it will be worth every minute.