I was lucky enough to have an ARC of this and then received as part of a Ninja trick or treat book swap– this was my treat! I didn’t read it straight away as I had quite a few books to read but I started it January 11th and it was my first book for Beat the Backlist, so finally I have read my first Backlist book and can move on to my second.
The second is called Thin Air by Michelle Paver, it was from a Book Fairy ring I joined (I’m a sucker for giving and receiving surprise books!) Anyway:
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks.
Tom Hanks is a natural storyteller, each gem of a story is engaging with interesting characters that come to life off the page. Stories that dip into the heads of the characters and make you feel for them and follow them until the last sentence.
I’ve never been to America but these stories capture the atmosphere of the US so much that I feel as though I have been. There’s such a variety of tales: modern, nostalgic stories set in the 50s, stories about: time travel, a trip into space, a struggling actress, a man named Assam travelling to America with such a story! Even news articles. Not one of these stories are boring and each one features a photo of a typewriter and mentions a different model. There’s even a story about a women with a typewriter.
There is something so likeable and charming (just like the author) about these well told stories and I could read them over and over again.
This book is like a homage to the typewriter, this is a picture of mine, which I received for Christmas not too long after receiving this book. It’s funny how things coincide.