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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 : Hard Case Crime/Titan Books, 2013
Edition: First Hard Case Crime edition
ISBN: 9781781162644
Branch Call Number: M KING STEPHEN
Characteristics: 283 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 13, 2019

The book was okay I did have a hard time reading it but I finished the book. The end part the book was interesting. This was my first Stephen King book and I have to say I was a little bit disappointed!

Oct 22, 2018

Once again Stephen King writes a book that perfectly evokes a time gone by--in this case, 1973--with a twenty-one-year-old protagonist that reminded me of the wonderful hero from King's novel 11-22-63. Both of the heroes are sensitive and kind, yet very brave, and love women in a way that makes you want to step into the pages of the books and be with these men.

Joyland is an amusement park dedicated to giving people fun. Even though it's a "third-tier" park, they do their best to give folks a wonderful time, which I loved.

The plot is driven by the unsolved murder of a young woman who was murdered in a house of horror ride four years earlier.

At its core, Joyland eloquently depicts many types of love--parental love, passion, unrequited love, and enduring friendship.

Dec 01, 2017

I picked this up as i was walking by and was glad i did . I wanted something to fill the gap as i was waiting on another SK novel to show up in my reserve . I almost put it back thinking this would be a spooky carny story but i was completely and satisfactorily wrong . Was a quick read great story telling . I hope SK revisits this character with another story to tell from his youth would love to read more.

CRRL_MegRaymond Nov 17, 2017

A small town amusement park as only Stephen King can depict it.

abmckinney7 Oct 26, 2017

A Stephen King must read! It is a quick read and has plenty of punches packed in! Definitely check it out!

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.

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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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