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ISBN13: 9781781162644
ISBN10: 1781162646
Condition: Student Owned
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Staff Pick

Joyland is the perfect Stephen King book for those who aren't as into his regular horror and gore style but still want to be spooked. In Joyland, we follow the life of a college student working at an amusement park with a troublesome past and rumors circulating about a haunted ride. The spookier parts of the story are sprinkled tastefully throughout the book and it doesn't rely on a large shock factor. I recommend this book to those who enjoy speculating who the culprit is and aren't as concerned with being on the edge of their seat throughout the book. Another great read by one of the times' greatest authors.
Recommended by Koa, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

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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.

Review:

"This one’s a must for King fans and may also attract YA readers." Library Journal

Review:

"[P]eriod murder mystery with a heart...King brings his usual finesse to this tale’s mystery elements." Publishers Weekly

Review:

“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

Review:

"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

Review:

"Stephen King's carny-saturated Joyland evokes the ghosts of summers past — literally." New York Magazine

Review:

“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

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.

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Susan Aluma, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by Susan Aluma)
I'm a huge King fan, but this book is different than his others. It isn't super scary and the characters actually bring memories of friends from.college. They are likeable. This is a fast read that I was sorry to see end. A nice change of pace from a great author.
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Susan Aluma, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by Susan Aluma)
I'm a huge King fan, but this book is different than his others. It isn't super scary and the characters actually bring memories of friends from.college. They are likeable. This is a fast read that I was sorry to see end. A nice change of pace from a great author.
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katiesever, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by katiesever)
I actually really enjoyed this book. I think I read this after coming off of Under the Dome so it was just such a pleasant experience to read a shorter, sweeter, stephen king novel so quickly after that giant headache of a book. There are things in here that I'll probably remember forever.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781781162644
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Hard Case Crime
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130604
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.03 x 5.02 x 0.75 in 0.56 lb

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Product details 288 pages Hard Case Crime - English 9781781162644 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Joyland is the perfect Stephen King book for those who aren't as into his regular horror and gore style but still want to be spooked. In Joyland, we follow the life of a college student working at an amusement park with a troublesome past and rumors circulating about a haunted ride. The spookier parts of the story are sprinkled tastefully throughout the book and it doesn't rely on a large shock factor. I recommend this book to those who enjoy speculating who the culprit is and aren't as concerned with being on the edge of their seat throughout the book. Another great read by one of the times' greatest authors.

"Review" by , "This one’s a must for King fans and may also attract YA readers."
"Review" by , "[P]eriod murder mystery with a heart...King brings his usual finesse to this tale’s mystery elements."
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Stephen King's carny-saturated Joyland evokes the ghosts of summers past — literally."
"Review" by , “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.”
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