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Loved it

Discussion in 'Joyland' started by silverypapermoon, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. I was surprised by some of the negative reviews on amazon. It was a really wonderful tale. I loved all the characters and felt like the amusement park b/c my strange little home for awhile. And (spoiler alert)
    I loved how Annie saved the day at the end.
    The ghost really hung like a beautiful shadow over the book. To me it was a book written by an author at the top of his game, and masterful from beginning to end. A beaut.
     
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  2. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...and he writes quite well of the insular world of the carnival folk...
     
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  3. He really does, not that I know a plumb on dang on thing about it, but his books are just so good that you want to know more and more and more.
     
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  4. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Joyland was written in "pulp fiction" style. Love the book. Have you read The Colorado Kid ? -- another pulp fiction style book by SK.
     
  5. No I haven't checked that one out, thanks, Spidey. Yes, I love how the characters in Joyland talk, it was such a joy to read.
     
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  6. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    Hi, welcome to the boards, as many people around here know by now (I bleet on about it enough) I loved joyland. I loved the carny folk, the language, the 70s setting, the pulp fiction style, I liked virtually all the characters at some point. I am mystified as to how this can be such a love/hate book.
     
  7. Neesy

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

    I liked the descriptions of when he was in the big animal costume, how he really got into the 'groove' of it all.
     
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  8. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...another writer that studied the "other world" qualities of carnival life. and wrote about it with a deft touch-is Dean Koontz....i.e. Twilight Eyes, The Funhouse, portions of the Odd Thomas series etc...
     
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  9. Runner 5

    Runner 5 Member

    I couldn't believe all the negative things I've seen about this book, too. I hesitated reading it just because of that, and imagine how surprised I was when I finished the book and realized that I consider it to be among my top 10 SK books!
     
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  10. The Space Cowboy

    The Space Cowboy play my music in the sun

    I dived into this story without having read any reviews.

    Kinda flummoxed to find anyone could have a bad opinion of this book. One of his best pieces of work in years, in my opinion.
     
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  11. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Agreed. I liked it better than Doctor Sleep, Revival, or either of the crime fiction books. It was lovely.
     
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  12. Runner 5

    Runner 5 Member

    There's been a handful of his books that made me teary at the end. This one made me flat-out cry.
     
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  13. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    It hit me where I live, inside myself.
    It was like biting into a small, bittersweet, exquisite chocolate that lingers on your tongue and keeps hitting on your tastebuds

    Step into the SK time capsule and let yourself go, especially if 21 was A Long Time Ago (it was for me, and good riddance).

    Oh, just forget about the rest of the world for a few hours and read it.:encouragement:
     
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  14. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I liked it much more on the second read.
     
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  15. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    I'm just into a reread of Joyland and once again, I just can't help think that many of these characters, the situations and tone of the book would have been much better suited to a sequel of The Shining. After reading Joyland the first time and then Doctor Sleep, I was so, so disappointed in Doctor Sleep. Joyland is just about perfect in my opinion.
     
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  16. 80sFan

    80sFan Just one more chapter...

    I really liked "Dr. Sleep", but Joyland was just about perfect to me. All the emotions and atmosphere. I felt like it was a story that would pretty much appeal to anyone, so yeah, I don't understand the negative reviews at all.
     
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  17. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I loved both Joyland and Dr Sleep a lot. They both jumped to my favs list as soon as I read them.
     
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  18. PatInTheHat

    PatInTheHat GOOBER MEMBER

    Yeah he was pretty "with-it", almost made me break out a Teddy Bear and wait for my mooch, um, sucker, uhhh, mark, um uhhh most valued customer:cool:.
    Alright I'm lookin' to break the ice, who wants to learn how to play my game, Step RIght Up One In To Win The Big One, WE GOT CHOICE OVER HERE:rolleyes:!!!
     
  19. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....did you have kitties to help run your tip?.....
     
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  20. PatInTheHat

    PatInTheHat GOOBER MEMBER

    Nah but I did run some nice tips with Trixie The Show Turtle, think she had a watet sking act down Miami way before we hooked up...no seriously, I 'toured' with a turtle, Gopher Tortoise actually, and she brought in some decent dough, was quite the little earner, played a crowd like a 'bona fide agent' for watermelon and strawberries..hey she was much too classy, a 'prima donna' some might say, to work for just peanuts;)
     

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