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Subject: Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
Date Posted: 8/30/2008 12:22 PM ET
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Anybody truly love this book as much as I do?  It's easily one of my top five favorites of all time, and it surprises me that I never hear it discussed!  I think it's one of King's best.  Am I alone in this?  Maybe the book just happened to strike the right chord with me...

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 12:25 PM ET
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I love the title story the most - the lost pet signs and the "low men" are great aren't they? When that book came out, my SO snuck over to my parents house and drew some chalk drawings on the sidewalk like in the story, and then left a "lost cat" sign on my car. My Dad came in all confused, but then when I explained what it was, he thought it was funny. Edited 'cause I think I got it wrong - it wasn't the title story...it actually had the "low men" in the title. Obviously it has been too long since I read this, and I need to re-read!

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Date Posted: 8/30/2008 7:25 PM ET
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I thought it was excellent!

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 9:52 PM ET
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I really enjoyed it as well, but I hadn't thought about it in a while.  Now I want a reread!

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 11:52 PM ET
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I usually end up re-reading that one just about every year.  I always think it's a good book for those who would like Stephen King but can't take the gore.  Also, I seem to remember that they made a big deal of the movie, which turned out to be awful and not even close to the book. 

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 4:51 PM ET
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I quite enjoyed the section the movie was based upon, but the rest of the book bored the bejeezums out of me, my husband and son.  All great King fan's.  There was something about the movie, perhaps the characters, or the music, maybe the screenplay, that I thought just exquisite.  I loved that movie and have watched it many times.

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 7:35 AM ET
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I heard it all on tape, read by King. The title story was best. Have had the mvie on my shelf for years but somehow I am never in the mood.

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 12:06 AM ET
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I agree that the title story was the best.  I would love to listen to King read this one....think I'll look into the audiobook!

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Date Posted: 9/6/2008 3:26 PM ET
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I haven't read much King, but I am starting to like his short stories...I just ordered Hearts in Atlantis

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 10:53 AM ET
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JK H, sometimes I would just pop the movie in and let it play while I was doing something else.  The music and narration are so enticing though, and I would usually stop what I was doing and watch.  The aura of the movie, and the time, are reminiscent of his movie Stand by Me.  Of all the marvelous work Anthony Hopkins has done, I rank this among his best.  So grab that movie off your shelf...

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 11:09 AM ET
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Wow, Bonnie...I'm starting to second-guess my opinion of that movie!  Maybe I should watch it again....I remember really disliking it the first time I watched it.  I'll have to give it another chance!

And Matt, I'd love to hear your opinion of the book when you finish it!

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 2:00 PM ET
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Tasha, haven't we all read or watched something we absolutely hated, then for some reason, maybe we were coerced, we tried again and loved it.  I have many many times.

Yes, give the movie another chance.  Let go of the "horror" aspect of it, the men in black which in the movie just aren't all that important.  Let the tenderness of the relationships wash over you, because that is what King does best I think, relationships, humanity. 

If you do give it another chance, please, please, let me know what you think.

Now, I am off to swapadvd to see if I can get a copy as mine was on VHS and I gave it away when I moved.

ETA: Got it!  And no wonder I love it so much!  The screenplay was by William Goldman, one of my favorite authors and a great screenwriter.  Why, a while back Lester and I were talking about Goldman and his work...

(He wrote the book Boys & Girls Together, a classic, & Marathon Man, & Magic, among others.  Also did the screenplays for Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid; The Princess Bride; Misery; ad infinitum.

 



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Date Posted: 9/7/2008 4:01 PM ET
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I just picked it up yesterday thinking about re-reading it.  I'm definitely going  to now - thanks!

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 3:54 PM ET
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I truly love this book. there have been two occassions that I've had serious urges to re-read it, because there were messages I needed to see. I got the message both times. It's pretty cool

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 2:16 AM ET
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I've said similar things before, I know, but I'll say it again.  Stephen King is the best short story writer of his generation.

I reread this shortly after I joined, thinking "Oh, I'll just read it once more and then post it." 

Since then I've wised up to the fact that I will never be able to part with a single short story collection of his, but especially not this one.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 12:00 PM ET
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Chris, I so agree with you...King's shorts are the best.  (Now, you all know I mean his short stories and not his bvd's.)  Even his works that were made into movies--the best came from his short stories: Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, Green Mile (a series of novellas).

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 9:51 PM ET
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So I'm planning to watch the movie again this weekend.  Finally have the chance...I'll report back if I have any change of heart!  :) 

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 10:45 AM ET
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Tasha, just let David Morse's voice as he narrates, and the old music wash over you.  I see and hear it now as I write this, eagerly awaiting for it to arrive from swapadvd.  Maybe I'll be watching along with you.

Hey, report back even if you don't love it!

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 2:11 AM ET
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Ooh, David Morse narrates?

Now I have to check it out too!

 

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 8:17 AM ET
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Thanks for the rec, I'll add it to my list.  I used to read Stephen King quite a bit years ago, but the gore started turning me off.  I remember reading Four Seasons, I think that's the one with Stand by Me in it....

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 10:25 AM ET
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Okay, so I finally watched the movie last night...never got to it last weekend.  I will say that I liked it a lot more than I did the first time I saw it.  I guess my problem is that I hate how so much detail needs to be left out of the movie.  And I understand that there's no way they could include every bit of info from the book.  I don't know...I always prefer books to movies (don't we all?) and I just need to accept that the movie is based on the book only.  Right?  :)  But Bonnie, I'm glad I watched it a second time.  It was worth it!  I did pay attention to the narration and the music.  You're right...they are wonderful!

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 10:30 AM ET
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Tasha, good post with fine points.  Based on the book...so true.  And in this case, it was really based almost exclusively on one section, if I remember correctly.  Very glad you posted back, but even more glad you enjoyed it.  Don't you hate praising a book or movie, really building it up, and having others hate it!

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 4:25 PM ET
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Well, I had floors to wash and polish so I popped in the movie.  My husband came in and started watching and so we started lunch.  Good grief, I sat there with a bolus of pizza in my throat as I tried not to cry as the g-men are taking Ted away and Bobby runs after the car, crying.  At last I could swallow, and we are at the end, David Morse talking to Carol's daughter, giving her the photo.  What a tender scene!  Then I started it over so I could finish the floors.

Oh, I wouldn't have missed a minute of it.  Not one minute.  Not for the whole world!

 

ETA: And don't you just love that Celia Weston as she tells Bobby the truth about his father.  I just loved her in this role. 



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Subject: Hearts in Atlantis
Date Posted: 10/21/2008 6:28 PM ET
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I have read almost every Stephen King novel, novella, short story collection -- including his writings as Richard Bachman, which are some of his best -- and, except for the title story, Hearts in Atlantis bored me to tears. I have posted the hardcover version on my bookshelf if anyone wants to read it and see what they think...

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 11:09 AM ET
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This is the only SK book I've not read and I remember getting it and then stopping before I finished the first story.  But that was years ago, and judging from the posts here, I think I'd better give it another try!

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