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I Give Stephen King’s Joyland a 5-Star

JoylandJoyland by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Admittedly, I’m not a die-hard King fan or self-proclaimed King expert like many on this board are; therefore, my 5-star may seem to be overly generous.

But I truly enjoyed this book. King shows some outstanding good writing in this book, following many of his own good advices, such as always resorting to sensory feel, artfully crafted dialog and tightly woven interpersonal logic of emotion.

And King exposes his sensitive side in this tale, starting from the narrative of a young lad heartbroken from his first love, to how a kite flying in the sky brings joy and wonder to the hearts of a young boy living on borrowed time, and his loving mother who’s always had trouble conforming to the social norms, and that of the lad himself who’s fate keeps depositing him into some extraordinary circumstances.

King had me early at “my shadow walked with me on the sand” when the lad walked to work in the morning and “my shadow walked with me on the water” when the lad came back from work at dusk. What a vivid picture. What a brilliant, yet understated observation. An author almost has to have done that commute on foot across that beach, in order to be able to describe it with such ease and grace.

Well done Mr. King.

M. Eigh, author of the now popular KDP’s Best-Kept Secret Revealed: How to Embed Videos and Widgets in Your Book Description.

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