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Review: Uncommon Type: Some Stories

Title: Uncommon Type: Some Stories
Author
: Tom Hanks
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Release Date: October 17th 2017
Pages: 405
Genre(s): Short Stories
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

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

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Review: Let It Snow

81pQoNpy7JLTitle: Let it Snow
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: October 2nd 2008
Pages: 352
Genre(s): Young Adult, Romance, Short Stories
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon
❝ Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses. ❞
The synopsis is slightly misleading. Only slightly. Because the stories weren’t exactly hilarious and the last one was anything but charming! I did not know two of the authors before starting this, but I usually love John Green’s books and this one kind of disappointed me in comparison to his other ones. True, it gets you in the holiday spirit, but don’t expect much more from it!