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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.
Publisher: London :, Titan Books,, 2013.
Edition: First Hard Case Crime edition.
ISBN: 9781781168493
Characteristics: 1 online resource (283 pages)


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Oct 10, 2017

In an amusement park, helpful ghosts help the hero escape death and find the villain. Imaginative and fun to read.

Aug 06, 2017

Stephen King never disappoints. Tolstoy could have taken some points from him. :)

Jul 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this book quite a bit. I was unsure of what to expect since it was not a typical Stephen King book, but I have to say it flowed closer in a vein to The Body (Stand By Me,) than something like Carrie or Cujo. It was a well written story about college age kids and summer jobs in the Carnival type circuit. By the time that I was done with the book I actually felt like I was leaving friends behind. King is amazing at rounding out characters, even small roles that are only present for a few pages and making you feel as though you are really there and seeing all the things he is describing right along side of him. This is a really great book and I would highly recommend anyone looking for a fast read who may not enjoy all of the typical King "horror" aspects. This was basically just a really good story.

tritonesub Aug 12, 2016

Wow, was not expecting this book to be so good. Strong thriller until the en, with just a touch of supernatural. Totally believable, very compassionate, tale of innocence lost but in a beautiful way. Classic Stephen King in great form.

Jul 18, 2016

This is only the second Stephen King book I've ever read (Bag of Bones being the first) and it was truly one of the best books I've read in a long time. It had that cozy mystery feel to it- one of those themed ones where the protagonist teaches you something and then goes on to solve a murder. It read quickly, had interesting characters and a little bit of behind the scenes amusement park action too. I thought perhaps that with the novel being set in 1973 I would find it difficult to relate to the time period- but with a few minor detail changes the story could have just as well have been set in the current decade. King has a way of writing that makes me want to keep going- to finish the book in one sitting. I'd recommend this to anyone who's looking for a quick beach read, or someone who's new to King and doesn't want to commit to one of his doorstop novels quite yet.
I almost wish there was more about Joyland here- I would have loved to learn more about the rides and the shys. All in all, highly recommended.

Jul 04, 2016

Really enjoyed this book. Could not put it down and read it in less than 30 hrs. Page turner to say the least!

Mar 22, 2016

Really enjoyable yarn by Stephen King- it has the feel of some of his early works.

Dec 31, 2015

Fantastic novel with just the right amount of supernatural to keep you hooked. I haven't always been a fan of his endings, but Stephen King hit a homerun with "Joyland". I'd love to see this one turned into a movie for sure.

Jul 07, 2015

Although the book was slow to start, it became increasingly interesting as the book progressed. King makes what should be a mundane tale about a college student taking time off to work into a narrative about growing old, meeting new people, and forgetting old ones. It deals with many issues that young people living on their own might deal with such as heartbreak and a lack of money. In that sense, the book becomes quite relatable to its target audience which seems to be college students. The book does not begin to pick up until a little bit before halfway through the book. Everything before that is set up for what is to come. Because of this, readers might be discouraged to read it. Despite the author's reputation and the sticker on the book, Joyland does not seem to be of the horror genre. Yet it does have some graphic elements and deals with dark subject matter. It is not a read for everyone as it focuses most on the emotions and thoughts of the narrator. But for those who are willing to wait Joyland proves to be a satisfactory novel. The characters are fleshed out and well developed and as a result the reader becomes attached to them. King also makes it so that the main character (Devin Jones) is always present but other sets of characters come in at certain parts of the plot. This makes it so the reader is not bored of the same characters and introduces variety. Overall, Joyland is not overbearing but poignant enough to move the reader making it a enjoyable piece of crime fiction.

Jun 30, 2015

What a fun read. A coming of age story in traditional King fashion. A mystery with a few horror threads tied in. Perfect summer read. (and an easy one)

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Jan 31, 2014

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

Jan 30, 2014

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


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absamuels Jun 16, 2013

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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