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If you have read his book "On Writing" he has a small biography that parallels this book in nature. The story line and the details were intriguing. The only distraction from this was his constant potty mouth. He must have needed filler to flush (not flesh) out the book. I do not know if that is a recent phenomenon of they all are that way. The movies are not that way.

This is one story with a few rest spots that make some think it is a series of shorts. Do not attempt to read this out of order as each relies on knowledge of the former. The first phase, about the "Low Men", is the only real supernatural section. And as he points out it is the moral environment around the story that makes the supernatural scary. In this phase he also does a dissertation books including "The Lord of the Flies." There are real close corollaries to "The Day the Earth Stood Still" single mother, kid named Bobbie, and a mysterious border. The second phase Deals with a collage life environment, which is a background for molding character and characters. I do not want to tell too much detail, as that is why you read the book. The third phase is broken into two parts, one a story of Willie during and after Nam, then the whole set of previous characters surround by death and near death experiences.

The not so loose stories ingeniously ties together by a certain object that travels throughout the times to add as a catalyst and a conclusion.

Hearts in Atlantis ~ Anthony Hopkins
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If you have read his book "On Writing" he has a small biography that parallels this book in nature. The story line and the details were intriguing. The only distraction from this was his constant potty mouth. He must have needed filler to flush (not flesh) out the book. I do not know if that is a recent phenomenon of they all are that way. The movies are not that way.

This is one story with a few rest spots that make some think it is a series of shorts. Do not attempt to read this out of order as each relies on knowledge of the former. The first phase, about the "Low Men", is the only real supernatural section. And as he points out it is the moral environment around the story that makes the supernatural scary. In this phase he also does a dissertation books including "The Lord of the Flies." There are real close corollaries to "The Day the Earth Stood Still" single mother, kid named Bobbie, and a mysterious border. The second phase Deals with a collage life environment, which is a background for molding character and characters. I do not want to tell too much detail, as that is why you read the book. The third phase is broken into two parts, one a story of Willie during and after Nam, then the whole set of previous characters surround by death and near death experiences.

The not so loose stories ingeniously ties together by a certain object that travels throughout the times to add as a catalyst and a conclusion.
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on 9 January 2000
How does he write so much GOOD fiction? Low Men in Yellow Coats is his best novella other than the Langoliers and the Mist. It whets my appetite for another Gungslinger book. I hope he's thinking aboout it.
This book is primarirly about CARRYING PEOPLE. I think this is what King is getting across in these stories. Whether it's someone you care about greatly or is just a companion or is just a colleague, you will do yourself good by helping out.
Another group of thought provoking stories from Mr King, and of course, a great list of characters.
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If you have read his book "On Writing" he has a small biography that parallels this book in nature. The story line and the details were intriguing. The only distraction from this was his constant potty mouth. He must have needed filler to flush (not flesh) out the book. I do not know if that is a recent phenomenon of they all are that way. The movies are not that way.

This is one story with a few rest spots that make some think it is a series of shorts. Do not attempt to read this out of order as each relies on knowledge of the former. The first phase, about the "Low Men", is the only real supernatural section. And as he points out it is the moral environment around the story that makes the supernatural scary. In this phase he also does a dissertation books including "The Lord of the Flies." There are real close corollaries to "The Day the Earth Stood Still" single mother, kid named Bobbie, and a mysterious border. The second phase Deals with a collage life environment, which is a background for molding character and characters. I do not want to tell too much detail, as that is why you read the book. The third phase is broken into two parts, one a story of Willie during and after Nam, then the whole set of previous characters surround by death and near death experiences.

The not so loose stories ingeniously ties together by a certain object that travels throughout the times to add as a catalyst and a conclusion.
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on 25 July 2001
I bought this book not knowing what to expect, the days of Salems Lot and Carrie have given way to works such as The Green Mile and Hearts in Atlantis. I simply couldn't put this book down. Although I was not a 60's child it still brought back the memories of those innocent days (without the Low Men of course) and the story just keeps getting better from there. Kings clever use of interweaving characters keeps a consistancy with all the stories which among many other facets makes this one of the best novels I have ever read.
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on 2 March 2003
I enjoyed this book, as it was diffent to anything he had written on before. It was perhaps not so chilling as his earlier books, but still worth a read. His work does seem to be coming away from the scarier stuff, and becoming perhaps lighter. I have yet to see the film, but am always reluctant as they do seem to tamper with the original books, with exception of perhaps Misery, which was only slightly off from the book. Please try this book, it is definatly worth buying.
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on 24 November 1999
Having read many of his books I was expecting the usual "horror story" instead I entered a private world of the characters in the first story. Low Men In Yellow Coates introduces the characters in the other four episodes outlining the relationships between the main characters and is the only story in the horror genre. Hearts In Atlantis captured college life in the 60's for those whose interests were social rather than academic and the students addiction to the card game takes the reader on a tour of their emotions and human frailties. The three remaining stories are weaker and shorter than the first two but without them the book would seem to be pointless. Kings attention to detail and his familiar references to his other works and, for me, his use of song lyrics, is a welcome reminder that you are with an old friend. as one who loves Mr Kings horrors, I found this one of his most compelling, engrossing and enjoyable books and was left wanting to know more about these "kids" after I had finished (it took me two days) this great book. This book may not be for the Stephen King purists but in my opinion is a book not to be discarded lightly.
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on 30 June 2004
Almost all of King's books have a link to the Dark Tower, some subtle, some blatant, this is one of the latter. Being a Dark Tower fan i read it for the purpose of filling in some blanks but to say this is only a Dark Tower Book isn't doing it Justice.
The book is five short stories set in the 60's but all tie together nicely, Bobby Garfield the lead guy in the First story shows up in the last set years later for example.
The first Story, the long men in yellow coats is the Dark Tower story, the Longest and the best. The foundation is Classic King: Smart, likeable kid, living with his strict and aloof mum. Their lives change when Ted, an elderly, charming and friendly man moves into the apartment above them. Bobby and Ted hit it off and Bobby soon becomes entangled in Ted's past and what he's hiding from.
Like most Quasi Dark Tower stuff (for example Little sisters of Eluria in Everything's eventual) this story has two levels: Fans of the former will see the link but people who just want to enjoy this story can, the plot is rich enough.
Bobby and Ted make a great partnership, I hope i see more of Ted in The Dark Tower series.
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on 24 January 2000
Buy this if you like Stephen King's less horrific writing and like audio books. The narration of this book is superb and the writing is some of Stephen King's best. The book never really scares but isn't intended to however, like so many other of his stories, is grabs the attention and you want to know more about the characters.
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on 6 September 2007
I love this book and it's my favourite King novel, although there are others (ofcourse) that come a very very close second. In response to what another reviewer said about having to read The Dark Tower to understand about the Low Men, I haven't read TDT series yet but I didn't get confused by the Low Men at all, you just have to go with it when it's King and accept that you wont always understand everything or have everything spelled out for you. And of course the idea is that anybody can be a Low Man depending on how they choose to live their lives, the idea works on two levels- fantastical and moral. There is so much heart in this book on King's part and that's what I feel from it more than anything, they're aren't just stories, the characters feel so real, for the few days or weeks (depending on how you read) that they spend with you you enjoy their presence in your life and you mourn their passing when the book is finished. It's just a beautiful book.
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