Joyland

JoylandJoyland by Stephen King
Published by Hard Case Crime on June 4th 2013
Pages: 283
ISBN: 1781162646
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Joyland is not a typical Stephen King book. If you are looking for horror, supernatural gore, scary clowns, vampires, fire setters or children who come back from the dead, or any other really scary parts – you will not find them in this book. This book is not like the typical books Stephen King wrote in the 80”s.

I had not read a Stephen King book in many years prior to picking this book up. Don’t let the cover turn you off, this book is a jem! It is a mystery, and a unique coming of age story. Another great book by Stephen King. He is a fantastic storyteller and he has done a great job telling this story. I often go years without reading a King book, but when I do, I am always reminded about just how gifted a writer he is.

First I will start off this review by stating that I think this is a great book to read for those who have never read Stephen King before, for those who do not like horror novels or being scared. This is Stephen King doing what he does best – tell a story. This is the Stephen King whose Novella “The Body” inspired the movie “Stand by Me”, This is the Stephen King who wrote the novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” which inspired the movie The Shawshank Redemption. This is also the Stephen King who wrote “The Green Mile” which inspired the movie by the same name.

Joyland is not a typical Stephen King book. If you are looking for horror, supernatural gore, scary clowns, vampires, fire setters or children who come back from the dead, or any other really scary parts – you will not find them in this book. This book is not like the typical books Stephen King wrote in the 80”s (or since then).

I had not read a Stephen King book in many years prior to picking this book up. Don’t let the cover turn you off, this book is a jem! It is a mystery, and a unique coming of age story. This book is about love and loss, growing old and those who never get to grow old. Stephen King is a fantastic storyteller and he has done a great job telling this story. His characters in this book are well developed as is the plot which has a couple of twists and turns. The story is told from the perspective of an older man looking back on a pivotal summer of his life.

Devin Jones, a college student, takes a summer job at Joyland hoping to recover from a broken heart. But as it turns out Joyland was once the scene of a viscous murder and a ghost of the murdered girl sometimes haunts a popular ride at the park. Intrigued, Devin sets out to solve the murder. Over the course of the summer he also meets a young mother with a dying child. This summer and it’s revelations will change his life forever.

This is a smaller book by King. Well worth the read. I think this book will surprise readers who have not liked King in the past or who do not like horror.

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