Uncommon Type: Some Stories (Signed Book)

Uncommon Type: Some Stories (Signed Book)

by Tom Hanks
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Uncommon Type: Some Stories 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Tom Hanks is amazing. I had a moderate expectation for this book and his writing proved to be very entertaining and went beyond that expectation and in fact this is a great book. Shame on me for even thinking about doubting his ability. Enjoy!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Tom Hanks tells lovely tales and I enjoyed every minute!
cloggiedownunder 4 months ago
Uncommon Type: Some Stories is the first print book by American actor, filmmaker and author, Tom Hanks. This is a collection of seventeen quite diverse stories. They vary not only in subject matter, but also format. Many are straight narrative, but there’s also a screen play and a series of newspaper columns from the Tri-Cities Daily News/Herald entitled Our Town Today with Hank Fiset. Hank muses on modern news consumption and production compared with that of fifty years ago; he shares his opinion of New York City; he reminisces on significant moments in his life as punctuated by a typewriter bell; he describes a return to analog by a typewriting evangelista. Typewriters feature heavily: there’s a typewriter on the cover; there’s an image of a different model of typewriter at the beginning of each chapter; sometimes, a typewriter is an integral part of the story, sometimes it has a minor role, and sometimes it just gets an incidental mention. Many of the characters are appealing and a particular quartet who reappear twice after their initial tale might be well suited to have their own novel (in fact, one of their stories was published in a separate volume in 2014). The stories are an ideal length for dipping into, but also interesting and different enough to read without pause. Topics are many and mixed: refugees in the present day (or near future) and from a half a century ago; travel by car and plane as well as time travel, space travel and travel down memory lane; ten pin bowling; surfing; motel accommodation; moving house; the public relations junket; making it on the stage; the heavy toll of wartime service. Hanks gives the reader laughter and romance, loyal friends, wise words and plots that aren’t entirely predictable. It’s easy to imagine Hanks himself as the narrator in many of these tales: his voice is really there, even in the print version. This is an outstanding debut, and if Hanks ever tires of Hollywood, he can certainly direct his energies to the keyboard (whether a typewriter or electronic), as more tales of this ilk would definitely be welcome. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love short stories. Tom Hanks writes good short stories . He develops plot and characters quickly and ends stories successfully. I loved the two threads of antique typewriters and Mdash.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Wonderful! Each story was completely different, yet drew me in. I loved how they each had some reference to typewriters, some centered around them while others merely moved them aside in a closet. Nice common thread.
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HeyerF4n 6 months ago
I was disappointed because I really wanted to like this book, as Tom is one of my favourite actors and I was excited about having the opportunity to review it. What I got was a collection of short stories, with an old fashioned feel about them. Unfortunately they didn’t hold my interest and I struggled to finish the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
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