A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.
A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game–and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!
Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. At this point I’m convinced that there isn’t anything that Tom Hanks cannot do. Uncommon Type is a really decent début and just as funny as it is charming.Continue reading
Before this current age of broadcasting acquisitions and mergers, local TV stations were owned by the broadcasters, not investment firms. They lived to tell the stories of their communities. In Murder at Broadcast Park, the CBS station located in the rich resort town of Santa Barbara becomes it’s own story. “We never want to be our own news,” was the mandate from Barry Burke, the station’s news director. Except in this case, people are dying. With three murders, more affairs, but no suspects, investigators peer behind the scenes of the local news. Pull the veil off to find twists, turns, and secrets behind the scenes of this resort TV station and its cast of TV professionals. Nothing is off limits.
Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Even though Murder at Broadcast Park has the potential to be a great book, in large because of the setting and plot, it fails to live up to that potential and isn’t really my cup of tea.Continue reading
In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, for The Secret History by Donna Tartt.Continue reading
Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street, uses his unique insight and his background as a Special Investigation Branch Investigator to solve three complex cases that have eluded the police.
The TV adaptation of the Cormoran Strike books premiered on BBC on the 27th of August. So far, episodes have premiered on both The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. Despite the fact that only wrote about The Cuckoo’s Calling on my blog, I love the entire book series and was really excited when I heard that it was being adapted for television. The TV series has largerly lived up to my expectations, in part because of the superb casting and acting.