Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Review: Joyland by Stephen King

Another good historical novel by Stephen King (if something set in 1973 can be considered historical, which I think it is). It's about being 21, having a broken heart, and working at an amusement park. It's about death, injustice, and forgiveness. It's only incidentally about a ghost and a serial killer. It's also short (for King) at about 1/5 the length of 11-22-63, for example. It's not big on the surprises, really, but it's got a nice little plot. King's skill at foreshadowing comes through in this one, and he even directly addresses his views on the soul (obliquely, but it's there). All with a beautiful, simple last scene. What's impressive is that this is an average book for King. I don't know how he does it.

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