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Joyland : A Hard Case Crime Novel - Stephen King

Joyland

A Hard Case Crime Novel

Paperback

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.

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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Joyland
 
4.2

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Pros

  • Easy to read (4)
  • Page-turner (3)
  • Well written (3)

Cons

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4.0

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from Benalla, Victoria

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    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

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    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

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers

    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

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    from Canberra, ACT

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    Pros

    • Page-Turner

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      • Gift

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      4.0

      Good, solid read.

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      from Perth

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      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Well Written

      Cons

      • Not What I Expected

      Best Uses

      • Quick Read
      • Travel Reading

      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

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      from Ardrossan

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      Pros

      • Easy To Read

      Cons

      • A Bit Slow

      Best Uses

      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading

      Comments about Joyland:

      i read everything by king and love them all

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      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: 283
      Published: 1st June 2013
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.6  x 1.8
      Weight (kg): 0.37