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I'm an avid Stephen King reader. One of my favorite books is THE SHINING. I've read it so many times and watched it on TV quite a few times. Talk about scary. That it is.

Another one that was great was MISERY with Annie Wilkes, a crazy book fan. Mr. King is very precise in his work. He makes it real, as if it could happen in our lives. He brings out the horror and terror in a way that we can realize it could happen, that makes it even scarier.

To start JOYLAND is about an amusement park and a 21 year old worker going through day to day life. Later we see Devin and he is much older and relives his version of JOYLAND. This is definitely a thriller with a little romance thrown in. Plus it is a coming of age novel.

Devin in the second vision tells of the year he lost his virginity. Mr. King always comes down to the nitty gritty of life. You can't explain life, any emotion can appear at any time whether we like it or not.

Readers will not be disappointment here. JOYLAND lives up to all expectations that past King writings have done. There is never a dull moment and never a disappointment. I hope Mr. King writes many more novels and keeps us on the edge of our seats. He had me turning the pages as fast as I could read. It’s hard to explain it, you just live it.

Thanks Mr. King for another superb book.

I give this book a solid 5 STARS. The cover get 4.5 STARS.

Book Blurb for Joyland


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

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2013 5.00