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Joyland VS Doctor Sleep

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by King fan from trinidad, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. King fan from trinidad

    King fan from trinidad Order of the rose

    Hey king fans!

    I just wanted to know which of the two novels stevey wrote for us last year you thought was the better one. I personally prefer Joyland, even though Doctor sleep was amazing and it was great to be back with Dan.
  2. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny the Great & Wonderful

    For me, it's like comparing apples to oranges. I loved them both for different reasons
  3. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Who is this 'Stevey" you speak of? (any relation to Stevie Nicks? :adoration:)

    so, to answer your question - Joyland was good in a different kind of way - I like it as a love story and a mystery.

    I think that Doctor Sleep was pretty cool too, but I did not compare it to the original "The Shining" since that was written so long ago and I did not feel like doing a reread in anticipation of Dr. Sleep coming out.

    I was pretty thrilled to go to Chapters the day Doctor Sleep came out to buy my own personal copy (now that I am older and not a poor starving student or young housewife any more!)
  4. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Strike a pose.

    Both have their strengths and weaknesses, therefore I can't pick.
  5. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I preferred Doctor Sleep. Joyland would have been okay save for the end that would be a spoiler if I posted so I wont. Or...to be honest, I could have done without the politics coming from a narrator who had all the time in the world to be political during a very political time--the 60s, Viet Nam--and it isn't until the end that he becomes political. That bit about the heart took me right out of the story.
  6. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I loved Dr. Sleep. I gave up on Joyland.
  7. bigkingfan91

    bigkingfan91 Well-Known Member

    Dr. Sleep for me, but I loved Joyland as well. I like the longer novels to be honest, sometimes the shorter ones seem like so much story has been left out and could have been included. But he hit home with Joyland for me, just by the ending.
  8. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    I liked them both. but Doctor Sleep has become one of my favorites.
  9. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Like most everyone here, I liked both. Joyland rang the chimes a little clearer and louder, though.
  10. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    Joyland was my favorite of the two, but I liked them both (of course!)

  11. notebookgirl

    notebookgirl Well-Known Member

    Tough question. There was so much anticipation surrounding Dr. Sleep, it was hard not to get excited about it. Joyland to me was a different read as it was slated as a "Hard Case Crime" book, not my typical fare. Also, in my mind, there wasn't as much hype for me when it came out. However, after reading, it was amazing and it became little more treasured. Of course, though, Dr. Sleep was the book I have signed by King. It's also a great read and has this extra bonus factor about it.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I prefer Joyland...and calling our "leader" Unca Steve or Steve as opposed to the juvenile Stevey...
  13. Autumn Gust

    Autumn Gust Well-Known Member

    Joyland, for me, had a kind of dreamy, nostalgic tone. When I was little I lived for a while down the beach from Ocean View Amusement Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. King really nailed the whole amusement park/carnie vibe. Dr. Sleep wowed me in a different way. It is scary book but it also has strong themes of hope and compassion. The best thing, though, is the constant tension that flows throughout the story; it picked me up early on and swept me along until I couldn't put the book down-- I just HAD to know how it all turned out. I think both books succeed in what they set out to do.
  14. King fan from trinidad

    King fan from trinidad Order of the rose

    Can't we have the compromise of uncle stevey? :p
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  15. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Joyland for me all the way. I am not a fan of Doctor Sleep. I much prefer the former over the latter for story, writing and characterization. While Joyland has quickly become one of my top ten SK books, Doctor Sleep is one of my least favorites.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...how about Unky Stevey???...OK, I just spit up in my mouth...:biggrin-new:
  17. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    It's gonna have to be Joyland for me, all the way. I think it's one of the top ten novels King has written, so far. The story is awesome, the characters are real and believeable, the setting is great. King was able to put me into the story from the first chapter (like alot of you I had a hard time adjusting to the 'voice' in this one), but once I got the flow down, it was a fantastic read! He made me cry- that, to me, is the ultimate in a great book. Dr. Sleep was a great read also, but it just left me feeling kind of flat. I guess with all of the hype I was expecting more from it. Maybe after a re-read it will move up towards the top of the list for me.
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  18. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Stop it or we're going to have an on-line version of Lard*ss Logan here......
  19. Ben.

    Ben. Well-Known Member

    Joyland. Doctor Sleep had its moments and was intriguing (not necessarily scary, aside from a few minor jolts), whereas Joyland feels more complete. It's become holiday reading for me.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN


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