Joyland by Stephen KingJoyland by Stephen King


byStephen King

Paperback | June 4, 2013

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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.

"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
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 ...
Title:JoylandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:TitanLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good start on the Road to Stephen King If you are looking to start reading from the writings of the master, Joyland is a great start. It's not as intense as many of his other books, but its a nice way to ease you into his writing style.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Late-Era King Novel This is far from your typical Stephen King novel, but it's a great crime novel set in an amusement park in the 60s.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Woven Tale Feels like sitting down for a cup of coffee with an elderly gent who is more than happy to reminisce with you. A beautifully woven tale of love, lust, and loss. Rich in character, utterly captivating, and overflowing with feeling, this work reminds everyone why King continues to be an author without parallel.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Maybe not a "typical Stephen King" book, but it explored many of his favourite themes. Very atmospheric!
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked It A Lot Kept me guessing until the very end.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I was Expecting It was a fast read and a good story. However, lacked the fear that Stephen King usually puts into his books and the mind/head games that he plays with his readers
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun read This is a different kind of book from Stephen King. A mystery novel that has the King magic.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Like Crime Novels? My roster of books usually consists of Political Science and History Books...I picked this one up solely because the cover spoke to me. Lo and behold all-- I've found the perfect novel to start and finish very quickly. It's mystery and reveals are just what you need if you are in a reading rut. Hopefully I can find more KING books like these to speed through! Great character builds and relationships.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I love this crime novel! I wasn't sure in the beginning, but King should really write more crime and mystery novels.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps you guessing This book was fantastic! It truly makes you feel like you're working at a carnival and has an unexpected ending that keeps you guessing! I loved being transported into the life of a carny with a loveable character like Devin Jones!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun book to read This was a fun, quick mystery novel, loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! It was a nice, quick, fun read. However, I wished there was more horror to it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My First King This was the first Stephen King book, and I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I bought this, expecting to only read it once. But I read the book about four times, with the same amount of interest. A good concise and interesting book. Worth buying and reading!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK I was not really feeling this one. Don't get me wrong, it was interested in some parts but not everything. I do not why, maybe it was the main character I dont know but I could not finish it. I stop nearly 3rd of the book. Sorry
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable I was actually expecting this to be horror but it was more a coming of age story with a bit of crime involved. This was my first Stephen King novel and although I did enjoy the plot, I was more fascinated by his writing. I would definitely suggest anyone who hasn't read any Stephen King yet, to start with this novel first.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. Different Great read. Not your typical Stephen King novel.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining read It was a really good book, except the fear factor was lacking in comparison to some of King's other works.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun book to read. I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Built myself up to nothing I was really excited when this book came out and was thrilled that Stephen King came out with another novel. I really can't believe I wasted time on this.. It wasn't what I thought. I expected so much more... I was not "Thrilled", or entertained. Read only if you have read through all his novels, and waiting for your other fav authors to release something new.
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Joyland Great story that keeps you reading way after you should be putting it away and getting back to the chores of the day
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was alright.. Personally I did not enjoy this novel so much. I had a difficult time reading but I kept going since it seemed everyone loved it so much. I figured the good parts were to come but no..
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Joy To Read King at his very best, a mystery for the ages. A brilliant narrative brought to life in a way only Stephen King can. It drew me in right from the start and I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Joyland I have been struggling so bad lately, that it isn’t even funny. Some things I don’t want to talk about here just yet (but they are definitely good things!). The struggle has been for me to find a novel that I can actually get into. I have picked up so many and put them down again after 10 or so pages. By the time this novel arrived from, I had almost given up hope due to my deteriorating attention span. However, King managed to do it again, he pulled me and and kept me there happily. I had a hard time putting this book down and would often find myself struggling to stay awake just to figure out what was going to happen next. The novel is well written, it takes place in South Carolina at an old time, small amusement park named Joyland. The main character is Devin Jones, a college student who goes away to work for the summer. He hears about a murder that happened at Joyland and becomes obsessed with seeing the victims ghost. I really don’t want to give to much away about this novel, but it does NOT disappoint. It’s about growing up, moving on, wanting to see something you believe in, wanting to make a change in your life, it’s about hurt, love, loss and doing what is best for you.
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Joy land Good old fashioned thriller crime story
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice A good read....could possibly fit as a movie. Any ideas as to actors for main parts?
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice A good read....could possibly fit as a movie. Any ideas as to actors for main parts?
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good as usual I've been reading Mr. King for 25 years and hopefully 25 more! I'm never disappointed!
Date published: 2014-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Joyland Nice, tight, fast-moving suspense.
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Joyland Nice, tight, fast-moving suspense.
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I wish there was more about the killer & his victims, & how the little boy helped the girl
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King never disappoints Another winner. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Joyland Just finished this months bookclub read. Overall I liked it. A little slow at the beginning but overall an ok book. Is it the best Steven king has written. No but quite happy it didnt freak me out like Misery did. At leaast I could read to the end.
Date published: 2014-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Only wish it was longer!
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of his genuine surprises. Not a surprise in terms of ending, but just not the book you expect. A master storyteller at the top of his game.
Date published: 2014-04-22
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: 2013-09-06
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: 2013-07-27
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: 2013-07-12
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: 2013-07-01

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 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.” –    "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." – “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 “[a] fun book with a touch of winter’s chill around the edges”