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Joyland

King, Stephen (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Joyland
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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
Statement of Responsibility: by Stephen King
Distributor: New York :, Random House,, 2013.
Subject Headings: North Carolina Fiction. Life change events Fiction. Murder Investigation Fiction. Cold cases (Criminal investigation) Fiction. College students Fiction. Carnivals Fiction. Nineteen seventies Fiction. Amusement parks Fiction. City and town life North Carolina Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Life change events
Murder
Cold cases (Criminal investigation)
College students
Carnivals
Nineteen seventies
Amusement parks
City and town life
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Jul 18, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Classic King in the vernacular portrayal of average-joe characters. Love the slang and the easy descriptions of carnival life. Still, it's a bit King Lite. I found the premise disappointing and the whole thing felt a bit rushed and not as fully developed as most of his work is. The plus side of that is that it's not as long as many of his more recent novels - a quick, fun, easy read. And not on the horror side, for anyone who (like me) has no interest in reading gore. More on the mystery/supernatural side.

Jul 16, 2014
  • I_sing_the_Body_Electric rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A bit of a slow start but the ending makes up for it. Overall, its a decent book.

Mar 22, 2014
  • Colleens_library rated this: 3.5 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.

Jan 24, 2014
  • mrhyno rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

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.

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

Absolutely unable to stop reading - great entertaining book

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!

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Jun 12, 2014
  • smaster rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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

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

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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