I thought for a Stephen King book, this one was a bit sappy. A coming to adulthood book, lost loves, a crippled boy etc. It really never got exciting. I was pretty much bored. I really wish King would go back to his later writings. More thrill and gore that catches you at the begining and never lets you go until the very end.
Its a good book, and interesting, but lacks the real gripping narative I've come to expect from Stephen King. The elements of the mystery at the heart of the story seemed undeveloped, I found myself being uninterested in learning who the real killer was and felt the ending was rather rushed.
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
By the time I found out who the bad guy was I didn't even care nor was it surprising even though I didn't suspect him. It wasn't scary or thrilling or suspenseful...just blah. I wouldn't waste time on this one...it is seriously lacking.
This book was engaging from the first chapter. It was another great example of king's ability to develop characters that become friends. I didn't want it to end.
This was an easy read. It kept my interest, though the end was a little predictable. I loved the narration, which in my opinion, can make or break a book.
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
I know had I sat down and listened to this book that I could have finished it in a day or 2, but it is a really great book! I've read parts of other Stephen King books and this one was somewhat different. I had to wonder if there was a little bit of Stephen King's youth wrapped up in the story.
Joyland takes place in 1971 when the world was a different place. The man writing the book, Devin, is writing about his life the year he was 21-years-old and he took time off from college to work Joyland in the summer. He experiences the loss of a first, big break-up and learns a secret language as well as a whole new world working for an amusement park. He gains lifetime friends and works to solve the mystery of who killed Linda Grey in the "haunted house?" Along the way, he saves some lives and learns some valuable lessons.
College student comes of age while working a summer job at a third-rate carnival. Told from the grown man's point of view looking back 40 years to that fateful summer, King's story masterfully blends youthful awkwardness and aspirations into 1970s carnival life. However, the murder of a young girl suddenly pops up well into the book. Solving the murder emerges as the apparent point of the book, but is in fact a distraction from the easygoing pace of the nostalgia-drenched coming-of-age story.