Book Review: Joyland, Stephen King (2013)

November 6th, 2013 1:02 pm by mad mags

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four out of five stars

* Caution: Minor spoilers ahead wie viel kann man auf netflix downloaden! *

“Those are things that happened once upon a time and long ago, in a magical year when oil sold for eleven dollars a barrel. The year I got my damn heart broke tomtom mydriveen. The year I lost my virginity. The year I saved a nice little girl from choking and a fairly nasty old man from dying of a heart attack (the first one, at least) pinterest gratis downloaden. The year a madman almost killed me on a Ferris wheel. The year I wanted to see a ghost and didn’t…although I guess at least one of them saw me firebird 2.5. That was also the year I learned to talk a secret language, and how to dance the Hokey Pokey in a dog costume. The year I discovered that there are worse things than losing the girl spiele für windows 8.1 kostenlosen deutsch.

“The year I was twenty-one, and still a greenie.”

Ghost story, murder mystery, coming of age story, supernatural thriller – Joyland is all of this and then some, spanning a variety of genres stitched together in a way that’s uniquely Stephen King win 1809 herunterladen. While the book’s artwork suggests a dime store pulp novel (and yes, there is a bit of that), Joyland is so much more: spooky and at times unexpectedly touching, with plenty of Scoobie Gang fun thrown in herunterladen.

It’s the summer of 1973, and college student Devon Jones has taken a job at Joyland, a mom and pop amusement park/carnival in North Carolina, to help pay his tuition and get over a girl. (There’s always a girl!) In addition to discovering an unexpected talent for “wearing the fur,” Devon soon finds that Madame Fortuna – Joyland’s resident psychic – isn’t completely full of bullshit: just as she predicted, he meets a young girl in a red hat and a little boy with a dog. And, yes: one of them has “the sight.”

I won’t spoil the plot beyond the details revealed in the passage quoted above (which was, I think, a lovely way to wrap up the book), but suffice to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the novel’s varied plot lines, and the way they dovetailed together by story’s end. I listened to the audio version immediately after finishing Lisey’s Story, and was struck by the similarities between the two. While distinctly different, Joyland and Lisey’s Story have a number of elements in common: ghosts, other worlds, men who hate women – and the strong (yet far from flawless), well-rounded female characters who ultimately vanquish them. I especially loved Annie Ross (she’s an atheist, yo!), who (along with the help of her dying son and a cranky old ghost) comes to our hero’s rescue in the story’s climax.

As for the audio edition, reader Michael Kelly doesn’t exactly have a voice made for narration (too scratchy, with an aversion to clear enunciation), but I’ve heard worse.

Four stars, in part because the story does get off to a rather slow start.

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