Showcase: Dutch fantasy

Showcase Sunday is hosted by the Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea and is about showing the books you received, bought and borrowed in the previous week.


Alfa | Devils Trilogy

Hi everyone! I’m back from Hungary. I’ll prepare a post for the coming week with a few photo’s of the beautiful city of Budapest, but I can already say I had a great time. Though I didn’t have much reading time, I did do something bookrelated this week. After I got back from Hungary I went to Elfia (formerly called Elf Fantasy Fair), a fair with everything fantasy. There was a stand of a Dutch fantasy publisher, where I got to meet two writers, Tisa Pescar and Adrian Stone. I bought one book from each of them, Alfa and the Devils trilogy, and they signed them for me, yay! :) I don’t think I’m going to write a review of these, because they are Dutch, but if you’re still interested in reading about them, you can let me know!

Quotable Friday: Cell by Stephen King

“What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle.”

““It’ll be all right, Clay. Really.” “So you say, but you have a persecution complex and delusions of grandeur.” “That’s true,” Tom said, “but they’re balanced out by poor self-image and ego menstruation at roughly six week intervals…””

in Cell by Stephen King

Review: Cell by Stephen King

Author: Stephen King
Title: Cell
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Scribner
Publishing Date: January 24, 2006
Pages: 351
Source: Borrowed at the library

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There is a reason cell rhymes with hell. 

On October 1, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston. He’s just landed a comic book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making art instead of teaching it. He’s already picked up a small (but expensive!) gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he will get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay is feeling good about the future.

That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone’s cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization’s darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature…and then begins to evolve.

There is really no escaping this nightmare. But for Clay, an arrow points home to Maine, and as he and his fellow refugees make their harrowing journey north they begin to see crude signs confirming their direction. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat… (source: Goodreads)

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This is the fourth King novel I’ve read, after reading Joyland, On Writing and Carrie. I must say I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I did the others, unfortunately. This doesn’t mean Cell is an awful book, on the contrary.

The main focus of this story is on the fact that people use their cellphones so much they get totally brainwashed by it, literally. When The Pulse starts, everyone who happens to be making a call through a cellphone becomes a ‘phone crazy’. They turn into what we would see as your usual zombies. The only difference with common zombie stories is that these zombies are telepathic and they seem to be rebooting through music.

I’m not that big of a fan of zombie stories. Maybe that’s why I didn’t like this novel as much as I liked the other King novels. I did like the characters and the way King built the world around the whole zombie apocalypse though. Especially the character of Alice, a fifteen-year-old who lost her mother and father in The Pulse, appealed to me. I think King is a master at describing teenage characters who are slightly more mature than they appear to be, just like he did in Carrie.

I think this is the most gruesome King novel I’ve read until this moment (*knock on wood* I’m not sure what’s more to come). Especially the first hundred pages, where he describes how The Pulse kicks in and how people are turned into ‘phone crazies’ features some heavy and awful descriptions of flying flesh, ripped throats and teared off limbs. I know a zombie story should have those things, but I could have done without those descriptions if you asked me. ;)

If you have reviewed this book, please leave a link to the review in the comments and I will add your review to this post. All I ask of you is to do the same with mine. This way we can share our thoughts and let other people and ourselves enjoy new perspectives on the things we’re reading. Thanks!

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Top Ten Tuesday: bookish wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely girls from The Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about the bookish things on your wishlist. What would you buy if you had all the money in the world? No, you can’t keep on filling your bookshelves. You have to buy things that are no books. So, what will it be?

Are you familiar with The Literary Gift Company? If I had a million dollars (or euro’s in my case) I would totally buy everything in this webshop. Everything you see in the image beneath is available there, so hurry and go fill your virtual shopping cart. ;)