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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: Joyland

Joyland is Stephen King's serial killer/murder mystery set in an amusement park. It is a short quick read, but a lot of fun and well worth your time.

As time goes on I've come to appreciate Stephen King's writing more and more. His voice is incredibly authentic, and serves the narrative perfectly. What's more, his narrative works on two levels: one is that of an old man in his 60s recounting an event that took place in his youth. The second is that of a man explaining how a carnival works.

King deftly sketches out all the main characters quickly and succinctly while still making each of them 3 dimensional. Like all mystery novels, every detail's important in the novel, and casual scenes described earlier in the novel become important later. Yes, like all King novels there's hints of the supernatural in the novel, but King has great restraint and a little goes a long way.

In any case, the novel is very readable, moves along at a good pace, and has next to zero padding. While not deep literature or even deeply moving, it's a fun read kept me coming back to it over and over again.


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