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Finally Finished!!

Discussion in 'Joyland' started by Nomik, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. Nomik

    Nomik Carry on

    Ive always been a fast reader. Honestly, I can read a tome in a few days---no problem. Part of my issue is having a little one; when your kids are little, it is difficult to read.
    These sound like excuses...in truth, I can't tell you why it took me so long to finish Joyland, but I'll try.
    It was a good little novel, complete with all of the usual Stephen King characters and colloquialisms. As an English teacher, I look for the basic elements of plot in any book. That and the central point of conflict. King's novels are normally a rich mixture of plot and characterization, and Joyland may be the exception here. I don't want to have to hide this little commentary behind a spoiler, so I will say that this was a very character driven book. I enjoy the first person point of view; a technique few can successfully pull off. I also like the little hearts marking the top and the bottom of each section.
    Oh heck ....here
    this whole book is basically a flashback sequence, and a good one at that. I can't tell you what an utter joy it was to read about places I'm so thoroughly familiar with, like UNH and the dining hall, and Hamilton Smith (the actual English department building). Even Joyland itself carried a hint of Canobie Lake, a New England amusement park. His description of the little secret passages for Howie throughout Joyland were enticing; almost as though the reader were privy to inside information(that and all the carny talk). I lived (loved....silly autocorrect)this book!
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  2. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    I've said this countless times on this site, Joyland is my favorite book of his from the 2000s. It's also one of my top 5 SK books of all time. I am so happy you enjoyed it!
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  3. 80sFan

    80sFan Just one more chapter...

    Definitely a great book, something for everyone, in my opinion.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....I gotta rank it right up there as well....it was sadly uplifting, if I can use such a term....
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  5. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Not strictly horror, but, yes, it was a joy to read.
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  6. Hill lover35

    Hill lover35 Well-Known Member

    How did you like it, i loved Joyland, I loved the sex sceen with delvin and holly?

    That was Awsome, not the direction i expected him to go...
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  7. Nomik

    Nomik Carry on

    Except her name was Anna, I think.
    I did like it. The whole book was excellent.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

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  9. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Joyland was a huge pleasure to read. Joyland was a very huge pleasure to read.
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  10. Hill lover35

    Hill lover35 Well-Known Member

    Right got, oops, I read it in the summer
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  11. hliasdio

    hliasdio Active Member

    I read it in the summer and still think about it. Loved it.
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  12. Nomik

    Nomik Carry on

    I have read that SK actually used one of my all time favorite places, Canobie Lake Park, as his muse for the Joyland amusement park. I just went there for the first time in over twenty years. Wow! Lot's of new rides, but it is still the same wonderland it was during my youth. I'd like to share some pictures of the inspiration for Joyland with you.
    This is us! (Kevin and I, Danny and little Alex)
    The Pirate Ship
    Alex mistook this for the "terror go round"
    The new roller coaster (scary vertical drop, lot's of loops)
    Kevin being a goofball
    The other rollercoaster (The original, rickety wooden "Yankee Cannonball" is the best, but I didn't get a picture)
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  13. Hill lover35

    Hill lover35 Well-Known Member

    Did you see Bowie the hound
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  14. Nomik

    Nomik Carry on

    There were different kind of characters, and they really freak me out for some reason.
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