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Joyland - Stephen King

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Published: 1st June 2013
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A STUNNING NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME!

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.

""I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we're going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book."" - Stephen King

About the Author

Stephen King has written dozens of bestselling books including The Shining, The Stand, and The Green Mile. Film adaptations of his work include "Misery" and "Stand By Me". In 2003, King received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

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4.2

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  • Well written (3)

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    4.0

    I am Stephen King Junky

    By bigrevkevo

    from Benalla, Victoria

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      Comments about Joyland:

      As I am a great fan of Stephen King books, I am an avid reader of all his writings....

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      5.0

      COMPELLINGLY BEAUTIFUL

      By Greggorio

      from Adelaide SA

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Informative
      • Page-Turner
      • Well Written

      Cons

      • A Bit Slow

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      Comments about Joyland:

      This novel is a fine coming of age story set in a fun park on the North Carolina coast. It is also a love story, and also happens to be an excellent example of the horror genre by the well established master of the field. The story focuses on three young college hopefuls - Devon, Tom and the red-headed stunner, Miss Erin. By definition, we all learn valuable lessons at this juncture of our lives, but over that classic summer, young Jonesy and his friends learn much more than the average 21 year old will ever learn.

      Social commentary abounds in Joyland, like it does in many other Stephen King classics. The first one to jump up and poke me in the metaphorical eye came from page 99, paragraph 4:

      ' ... A boy with bad thoughts needs to be visiting a haunted house like he needs arsenic in his mouthwash. Kapish?'

      This is not overly deep but it is a nice reminder to stay on the safe side of the street, and keep away from the metaphorical shadows that exist on the edge of our consciousness, tempting, tempting, always tempting...

      Mr King's writing style is subtle, sweet and as always, potentially terrifying. His ability to turn on the scare factor virtually at will after moving the reader virtually to tears is legendary, and just before we hit the half way mark of this tome, we are gifted with the supernatural highlight of the book so far as the trio of friends (and soon to be lovers) decide to experience "horror house" for themselves. Their first mistake. As it turns out, this exercise affects just one of the trio, but the specified party member is never the same again.

      Talk about a high cost of admission.

      Anyway, the second half the story takes an interesting twist when Devon meets and befriends Annie and young son Mike Ross. The story gains depth and credence from a horror perspective when he learn of the psychic abilities of Mike and of course long term fans of Mr King can't wait to find out what happens in this half of the book.

      So, in summary, JOYLAND is at once a fantastic addition to the extraordinary collection that is the library of Stephen King, and also the perfect entree to the forthcoming sequel to one of Mr King's early classics (THE SHINING).

      The purchase of this book is another no-brainer.

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      3.0

      not the best SK, but a good read

      By Dea the reader

      from Canberra, ACT

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        4.0

        Good, solid read.

        By Dark Rose

        from Perth

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        • Easy To Read
        • Well Written

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        • Not What I Expected

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        Comments about Joyland:

        I've read all Mr King's books and although this one is still very entertaining and engaging it didn't give me as much 'chill factor' as many of his past reads. Still engaging enough for me to finish in 2-3 days. Intriguing characters as always.

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        5.0

        good titlle

        By booky

        from Ardrossan

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        • A Bit Slow

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        i read everything by king and love them all

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        ""Joyland "is one of Stephen King's best novels." - Horror Movie Reviews "This book is one of those thrills we come across every so often when least expected!" - Hellnotes ""Joyland "is one of Stephen King's best novels" - Horror Movie Reviews "King saved the big scares for Dr. Sleep, but Joyland is ultimately superior." - Complex's Best Books of 2013 "Set in a dying amusement park in the south, "Joyland" features a ghost and a serial killer, but the real heart of the novel is a coming of age story, one that took me vividly back to my own youth, working the rides at Uncle Milty's in Bayonne." - George R.R Martin ""Joyland" is full of nostalgia and some really sweet moments that had me tearing up. It's easy to forget that anything else is going on, you're so wrapped up in the lives of these characters.4.5 out of 5 Stars (read it, read it now)" - Only The Best SciFi "This one's a must for King fans and may also attract YA readers." - "Library Journal" ..".period murder mystery with a heart...King brings his usual finesse to this tale's mystery elements" - "Publishers Weekly" ..".the book...features some of King's most graceful writing...ruminative, amused, digressive, marvelously unaffected, and finally, devastatingly sad." - "Entertainment Weekly" "An amusement park and murder figure into a coming-of-age tale in this miniature thriller with a hint of the supernatural." - "Los Angeles Times" "Undeniable...charm [and] aching nostalgia...[JOYLAND] reads like a heartfelt memoir and might be King's gentlest book, a canny channeling of the inner peace one can find within outer tumult." - "Booklist" "Wrapped in a gloriously pulpy cover, "Joyland" is a coming-of-age story set in 1973 at a North Carolina amusement park -- creepy! -- that's haunted by a murderer." - "Time Magazine" "Stephen King's carny-saturated "Joyland" evokes the ghosts of summers past -- literally." - "New York Magazine"""Joyland," by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime, June). An old-school, pulpy paperback ghost story set in a North Carolina amusement park." - "Departures Magazine""King's latest thriller, a PG-13 pulp paperback crime novel takes place at a remote carny park where college kid Devin is desperate to see the ghost of a girl whose murderer might still be lurking around the hot dog stands." - "Cosmopolitan Magazine" ""Joyland" is a joy. A gem whatever its genre." - "Tor.com" "This is a wonderful return to old school King." - "We Love This Book """Joyland" is a fantastic story. This is a compelling and yet oddly gentle tale of a young man experiencing the ache of heartbreak and the curve-balls life can throw at you." -"Geek Native" "From horror authority Stephen King comes some hard-boiled action, with all the elements of a good crime novel--including the early '70s, southern secrets, carnivals, and a meddling college kid." - "The Daily Muse" "If you're a King fan you may want to set this on your wishlist " -" Bookmuch" "This Joyland is not innocent, of course. Its retro thrills include an enticingly steamy cover, Hard Case Crime's sensually tactile paperback format, and a cover line that asks, "Who Dares Enter the Funhouse of Fear?"" - "New York Times" "It's good to have a book like this now - simple, sweet, and not a little scary - to remind us that among the prequels and sequels, the epics and the TV miniseries, Stephen King can still spin one hell of a little yarn." "As usual, King slips in and out of genre effortlessly, but it's gratifying that at the core of "Joyland" exists a story worthy of being called a Hard Case Crime." "Misdirection and red herrings abound, delightfully, and the weather-ravaged denouement could play out as the conclusion to a Donald Westlake or Lawrence Block novel." - "FEARnet " "Red meat for any Stephen King fan." - "TalkStephenKing.com " "This is a Stephen King novel that you can start on your vacation and actually finish before the flight home." - "Men's Health," Selected By Amazon "A remarkable tour-de-force." - "Comic Book Resources""This is Stephen King at his emotional best." - Florida Times-Union "It is easy to connect with Devin as well as many of the secondary characters as King develops this descriptive, entertaining tale of personal growth and murder." - Luxury Reading" ""Joyland is pretty much perfect in its pursuit of diversion." "This story of a broken heart, a summer job and a beach amusement park -- infused with ghosts, killers and a boy with "the sight" -- is lovingly streamlined. It starts strong, ends stronger. Sturdy finales are never a given with King, but this one, Constant Readers, will have you gasping and, ultimately, blinking back big fat tears." "The ultimate "beach" book from one of literature's slyest entertainers." - "Tampa Bay Times" "As you read the dialogue, the book becomes less a story about a summer's mystery than a tale of entry into another, coexisting world, one with its own rules, codes, and language." "The splashy and aggressively sexy packaging is the tip of the iceberg." - LA Review of Books

        Stephen King

        Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

        Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

        Visit Stephen King's Booktopia Author Page


        ISBN: 9781781162644
        ISBN-10: 1781162646
        Series: Hard Case Crime Novels
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 288
        Published: 1st June 2013
        Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.6  x 2.2
        Weight (kg): 0.25