Year 12, Book 72

72. Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

This is a collection of short stories by Tom Hanks. The common thread amongst them is that they all feature a type writer of some sort. Sometimes the typewriter figures prominently in the story and sometimes there is just a typewriter mentioned in passing. This book fell prey to my general feelings about short stories, which is that I don’t love them, and the general rule of compilations of works like short stories, which is that they rarely all can reach a level of greatness. There’s usually some winners and a lot of so-so or not-so-great stories. That was pretty much the case here. There were a couple that I found completely lovely, but for the most part they okay, and there were one or two that I didn’t really care for at all. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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