I love when King writes about childhood memories of the 50's and 60's (thus my love for 'It' and 'Stand By Me'). That is why I liked the first of this five part story, which is actually five different short stories with nothing in common with the exception of the characters. The first story 'Low Men In Yellow Coats', King writes of childhood relationships and thier hardships, which I feel is the root of his finest writing, however, he doesn't quite explain who the Low Men In Yellow Coats are at all, and by the end of this story you are left wondering what it was all about as far as they go. The other four stories deal with pre and post Vietnam, none of which I really enjoyed, as Vietnam was before my time and I could not relate with anything. This element, along with the difficulty to maintain my interest with the characters and their problems only took away from the thrill of reading this book. Of all the characters in the five stories, I found I didn't really care about any of them, with the exception of one or two. These were characters which were featured in the first and last stories. The others are nothing more than fillers really, and I found them to be tedious. In conclusion, I found all of these stories to have more than one thing in common: none of them have a point.