Review: Joyland by Stephen King

JoylandFirst, let me point out that this is my first Stephen King book. And unfortunately, its not his best work to begin with.

Carny/Carnie. If you can relate or you had past (or still have) experiences with carny life than this might be for you. It has a vivid and in depth description of carny life including history, culture, language and ambiance/environment. Also it takes into consideration beginners or newbies. While the protagonist’s still trying to get the hang of it, readers get to experience it with him—beginner style—so you get to learn and progress with the character. Although there are times that it can get too much, especially in the latter part since the protagonist would usually speak in fluent carny language.

Intriguing. Spell Inriguing: A murder took place in one of the carnival rides. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it ends there. That’s the only part of the book that caught my attention. Sadly, it was short lived.

Let’s talk about the protagonist, please.


And his ex. Ooohh, his ex I did not give one tiny, itsy, little shit about her. Me half of way through the book: What is this a crime novel or a memoir?

Besides that, it was average. There’s nothing really good or bad thing to say, but it just had a lot of hit and miss. Also this is part of a series (Hard Case Crime), maybe that restricted him to explore more since (I guess) he had to comply with the elements of the series. I just felt like it wasn’t as good as I was hoping it to be since it’s still Stephen King, so what could possibly go wrong? Well a lot.

Actual Rating: ✰✰✰

Do I like it: Uhm, I guess

Recommended: To Stephen King collectors, a new addition to the King’s works

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 520)


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