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Leah's Bookshelf

Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic


I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.


My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

Cell: A Novel

Cell - Stephen King Cell did not disappoint. Okay, maybe the ending, just a smidgen, but not enough to dock the rating. King offers an interesting take on the zombie sub-genre, one that I'm still thinking about. These "zombies" scared me more and, as any good horror story should, spoke directly to the current state of humans and what they fear. As usual King's characters were at once alive and real; the world equally relevant and believable. The opening rivaled that of any end-of-the-world type book I've read to date: I could only put it down once and only did so to work. Being emotionally invested in the characters and their survival was the main reason the ending didn't completely satisfy me.~POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT~King's "zombies" and the cause of their, um, condition won't be a totally foreign one to movie geeks. Films like The Signal and Pontypool featured the same type of "zombie."NOTE: If you're a diehard zombie purist, this book will be another example of a writer, page or screen, applying the "zombie" label to what you would not classify as such.