Book Review: Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks


Title: Uncommon Type

By: Tom Hanks

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories

Pages: 405

Release Date: October 17th, 2017

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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!


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The hype around this book is better than the actual stories.

I was really hoping that everything within these covers would be a fantastic story that would make my mind spin and my mouth to say, "wow."... but sadly, it fell short. It wasn't that the writing was bad, because it was well put together, no qualms there. It was the stories themselves.

There was nothing within these pages that really intrigued me. Not a single laugh, no deep thoughts, no interesting quips. The stories were just bland.

I had hoped for more, but sadly this one fell short for me.

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