Some Thoughts on Joyland by Stephen King

Joyland Cover

I read Stephen King’s new novel Joyland earlier this week and I really enjoyed it. I don’t want to rehash the plot here or give anything away but I do have a few comments that others considering reading the book might find helpful.

The book is a murder mystery and the story is a good one. Of course it is a good one. This is Stephen King we’re talking about.

What surprised me most about the story is the tone. King captures the same muted, underwritten tone and style that I loved so much in Hearts in Atlantis and From a Buick 8. It is a quietly-written story that still manages to chill, thrill and keep you on the edge of your seat. At least, it did these things for me. I enjoyed every minute of the read.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.