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King, Stephen (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
Authors: King, Stephen, 1947-
Title: Joyland
Publisher: Westminster, Maryland :, Hard Case Crime,, 2013.
Edition: First Hard Case Crime edition.
Characteristics: 283 pages ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
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ISBN: 9781781162644
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Report This Mar 22, 2014
  • Colleens_library rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

King focused on suspense instead of gore. Easy to read in a day or two. The characters were believable and the descriptions brought back many fond memories of local carnivals.

This is my first time commenting on a book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has suspense, great characters and lots of nostalgia. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone. As KateHillier stated, it is a coming of age "finding one's self" and reminds you of the Green Mile and The Body (more like the movie "Stand by Me"). So if you want a great read, but don't want to dedicate a lot of time to it, this is a good choice, as it isn't your usual Stephen King novel, which is usually 500+ pages.

King changes direction from horror in this affectionate tribute to pulp crime fiction. It’s a lively mystery mixed with a coming of age story involving a teenage boy who works at a theme park in North Carolina over summer.

Report This Oct 30, 2013
  • shapjul rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I won't say it is great, but it is an enjoyable and quick read. It really does remind me of a novel (a pulp novel) from a different era, as I think it is meant to do. Good for a plane ride (but not a really long one) I think.

Report This Oct 26, 2013
  • smichal rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

At first I was very interested... couldn't put it down... after a while still nothing was happening. slow build. Nothing much happens till the last 20% of the book.

Report This Oct 19, 2013
  • Jac25_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely unable to stop reading - great entertaining book

Report This Oct 16, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stephen King certainly know how to do nostalgia. I'm not too much older than the young Devin and I felt as old as the older Devin. I may need to lighten up a bit! Anyway the book was fantastic. Not his usual horror fare (think of this more along the ways of The Green Mile or The Body or the nicer parts of It). It's a kid finding his way and himself while doing a job at an amusement park, and everyone loves amusement parks ;) A mystery does appear and there is an important connection with a young boy but it's basically a coming of age story. Don't avoid it because it's not scary and don't avoid it because of other reviews. You'll be missing out.

I loved it. Very evocative of my youth at amusement parks in 1973. Not meant to be a great deep novel so people should realize this when being critical. Just look at the art of the cover and realize he meant it as a tribute to the dime novel mysteries. Every meal is not required to be French cuisine, sometimes a beer and hot dog hit the spot!

I'm a little tired of the whining about this book. It wasn't King's best novel, but then I seriously doubt if he meant it to be. It's a murder mystery and a coming of age tale intertwined by the best author of our time. Let me say that again... it's a murder mystery written specifically for the Hard Case Crime imprint. Read it for what it is... a good story about a young man learning some important life lessons. On the way he manages to solve a crime and also helps a young boy going through an end of life struggle. Pennywise the clown isn't murdering kids. Stop expecting King to rewrite "IT" every time. This is a good book and a great example of the variety and breadth of King's talent.

Report This Sep 26, 2013
  • claireswazey rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Yuk. Ordinarly I like King. His style is lucid and he can generally spin a good yarn, with the very occasional lapse in judgment. But this book? Oh god, so booooring. On and on about a lot of extraneous details. Didn't really build up the suspense. What a piece of crap. Plus he had details like somebody microwaving something in 1973. Yes, microwaves existed then, but most people didn't have them.

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Report This Jun 27, 2013
  • blfritz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Report This Jun 16, 2013
  • absamuels rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When Stephen King meets "What I did on my summer vacation." Add some premonitions and a mysterious murder to a hard-boiled story, and you have a good summer read. Just don't go to any amusement parks for a few days afterwards.


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Report This Jan 31, 2014
  • arrobins70 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The last good time comes to all of us" - Devin Jones

Report This Jan 30, 2014
  • arrobins70 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Hell must have been full that day" - Devin Jones referring to a despised co-worker whose life he saved.

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