Catch Up Reading Challenge – Review 10

Joyland by Stephen King“People think first love is sweet, and never sweeter than when that first bond snaps. You’ve heard a thousand pop and country songs that prove the point; some fool got his heart broke. Yet that first broken heart is always the most painful, the slowest to mend, and leaves the most visible scar. What’s so sweet about that?”

Having read The Colorado Kid, Stephen King’s first novel published by Hard Case Crime, I knew to not expect a “horror” story. But, I didn’t expect such a great story of love, loss, and murder.

A lot of people, more talented than myself, have written reviews of King’s latest tale. And, I will leave it to them to debate everything from writing style to publishing platform.

I will just say, READ IT! It’s a quick read (i.e. perfect for summer vacation). You’ll love some characters, suspect some of evil-doing (be right about some and wrong about others) and possibly relive some events in your past.

This is one more example that King is not just the “king of horror” but also the High Prince of a great story.

Here is an updated list of books I will be reading for the 2013 Catch Up Reading Challenge:

  1. Wizard & Glass: The Dark Tower IV by Stephen King
  2. Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower V by Stephen King
  3. The Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI by Stephen King
  4. The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII by Stephen King
  5. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
  6. Carrie by Stephen King
  7. Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
  8. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (due to be published in 2013)
  9. Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
  10. Joyland by Stephen King
  11. The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
  12. Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore

About Paul H-C

Just an avid reader in the little town of Bangor, Maine (Yes, that Bangor...home of Stephen King). When I'm not reading and drinking coffee, I sell cell phones by the sea shore.
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4 Responses to Catch Up Reading Challenge – Review 10

  1. My husband loves Stephen King and I am not so sure if he knew of his other work. I will recommend this to him, he loves crime and mystery novels and shows so I sure he will love it! Thanks have a great weekend.

  2. Doesn’t look like you have many titles left!

    • Paul H-C says:

      Nope, currently reading “The Wind Through the Keyhole” and then just have to wait for “Dr. Sleep” to be released and I will have completed my challenge. 🙂

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