Hearts in Atlantis Paperback – 1999
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The second part is about as electrifying as a gas lantern; we meet Pete Riley and some other King-like characters, we're reintroduced to Carol Gerber from part one, and the whole story focuses on the addiction to the card game, Hearts, with antiwar sentiment thrown in for creative balance, or imbalance.
In the third story, one of the characters from part one leads a triple life and poses as a blind man. Ho hum. Next we meet Sully again, and this time he encounters objects falling from the sky during a traffic jam. Woah..where did this come from? And finally we meet Bobby again who meets Carol again and who tells us Ted has something planned.Read more ›
The first story "Low Men in Yellow Coats" is pure gold, and I can see why the film adapatation would pick this story in particular as its plot (although I still need to see it sometime). The relationships between Bobby Garfield, his mother Liz, his first love Carol, his friend Sully, and especially his close friendship with the old man Ted Brautigan make this story pull you in like a powerful magnet and not let you go until the end. At many points of the story, I felt myself emotionally attached to much of what went on, even losing my cool a bit from time to time (just a bit ;) ). The plot does well to tie into the Dark Tower series (of which I'm between books 4 and 5 at the moment), and yet keeps itself to what's ultimately important in "Low Men," in how Bobby handles the conflicts thrown at him. This story alone makes the book worth a read, especially for DT enthustiasts.
Unfortunately, King put his best story first, and left the other four as a fizzle down to the end. It wasn't necessarily that I didn't enjoy the stories, it just felt like half the time King was dragging on and not going to the action quickly enough. It's not as if King is a slow author (incinuating a waste of words), but he can leave a reader thinking "why does this matter at all? Just go on!!Read more ›
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A trip down to the 1960's in an Interesting interwoven four stories by Stephen King. The 60's was a time of lost innocence and Stephen King brings out his interpretation of this... Read morePublished on June 9 2014 by David Cavaco
One of the least "spooky" books by King. Anyone growing up in North America in the 60s or 70s can relate in some manner to the main theme of the book.Published on March 1 2014 by Charles
this book was one of the best books I ever read.D'ont you know that they made a movie out of the book? Read morePublished on March 1 2006 by Amazon Customer
this is one of my favourite stephen king books.
the story is by turns, spooky, heart-warming, heartbreaking & enraging,
stephen king knows how to get under the... Read more
I'm not a big thriller fan, and this is not a thriller. I want to read more king books because of this one.Published on July 14 2004
Everything who has read King knows his writing is flowing and easy to read. This book is NOT a horror story! Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by Purple Shades
Fortunately, I had read the Dark Tower series before I read this book, but after I finished it, I thought to myself that King was really alienating anybody who hadn't. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by Denny Gibbons