BOOK REVIEW: Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

I have to say, I don’t agree with the statement of the cover being unpretentious. It is absolutely a marketing triumph, as stated, but just like any other book this cover is cunningly designed to draw the eye with it’s alarming loud red, iconic typewriter image and the name of Tom Hanks all over it. It’s far from simplistic! The artwork and title are designed to appeal to all ages, those many thousands of readers and writers who are typewriter obsessed and will be magically drawn to anything linked to vintage typewriters. It also has a sixties look, which is very popular at this time with young and older readers.

So please, don’t be under any illusions this cover is in any way simplistic. It’s like any other cover, it loudly says ‘buy me!’

Despite the clever cover design, I’m still very interested to read this book of Tom Hanks short stories. If it’s as good as described here, I hope he goes on to write a lot more.

Let’s get this out of the way now, so I don’t have to mention it too much during the review of ‘Uncommon Type’. Yes, it’s Tom Hanks. The prolific, award winning, Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks. Yep, the person that voiced Woody in Toy Story, that’s him. You didn’t know he was a writer…well he is, and judging by ‘Uncommon Type’ he has a ‘BIG’ future (Ok I’ll stop dropping in the film titles now before I get carried away).

I wanted this review to focus on the man, the writer the typewriter enthusiast Tom Hanks; for him to be judged solely on his writing credentials and nothing else. I am a huge fan of Tom Hanks and it could be easy for me to float his ego with an outpouring of beautifully constructed sentences that tell you he’s the best writer ever…but I guess acting is a lot like…

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