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Joyland

by Stephen King

Titan | June 4, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Joyland is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.
A STUNNING  NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME!

The #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.72 in

Published: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Titan

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1781162646

ISBN - 13: 9781781162644

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from King fan? Get this now! Over the last 2 decades, Stephen King's novels have been hit and miss for me. However in "Joyland" he has returned to the addictive prose of novels past that used to keep me reading far longer into the wee hours than I should have, because I just couldn't put it down. In this murder mystery/coming of age novel, a man recalls the summer he turned 21 working at a Carnival. Not since 1996's "The Green Mile" has King been able to weave a tale that has hooked me from page one. The read is like a hot knife running through butter. If you're a Stephen King fan, do yourself a favour and get it right now. I'm giving "Joyland" 4.5 out of 5.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent "Non-Horror" Entry It’s the summer of 1973 and Devin Jones finds himself dumped by his girlfriend. A summer of distraction sounds like just what he needs, so his employment with Joyland amusement park in small town North Carolina comes at an opportune time. Of course the fact that the amusement park is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a girl murdered on one of the rides makes it even more appealing. Through totally unforeseen circumstances Devin finds himself a hero in the park and everybody loves him … except for one carny whose crusty nature seems to make him dislike everyone, and they return those feelings. Throw a severely ill young boy and his strikingly beautiful (but mysterious) mother into the mix and it promises to be an interesting summer. Let me start off by saying this is not a horror story. Yes, there is a ghost, but the ghost is the back-story. I was going to say this book is not “typical” King, but that would be unfair. The Green Mile, Colorado Kid, Stationary Bike and The Body were all exceptional and they were “non-horror novels” with a touch of the supernatural. This book is in the same vein and what I would refer to as vintage Stephen King. Mr. King does what he does best – write a character driven story with a good plot, amusing dialogue, a good dose of intrigue, a little romance and enough of the paranormal to make it “tingly”. At approximately 300 pages this is more like a long, short story (excuse the oxymoron). Although I prefer his monster sized, weighty books I can concede that Mr. King masters the short story. I felt the story starts off a little slow, and I was happy to hear the last about his ex-girlfriend but overall, I loved this one.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from He's the King ! I've always been afraid to read Stephen King's books but I've never been able to stay away. This one does not disappoint .. I couldn't put it down .. I loved the characters .. the suspense .. A great read !
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Joy to Read! Another Stephen King gem! This time he takes us to the early 1970's where a young man comes of age amid an amusement park full of characters, love and murder. The ending is fantastic.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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Joyland

by Stephen King

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.72 in

Published: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Titan

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1781162646

ISBN - 13: 9781781162644

About the Book

A stunning new novel from one of the bestselling 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.

From the Publisher

A STUNNING  NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME!

The #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

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 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.

Editorial Reviews

" 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 An
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