Release Date: October 17, 2017 by Knopf
I said I wasn't going to review any more books, but a friend of mine loaned me the ARC of Tom Hanks' book a month before it appeared in stores. (Yes, THAT Tom Hanks.)
The short stories in this collection, for the most part, entertain quite well. Most fall into mainstream/general fiction. A couple might tilt toward adventure.
Hanks writes with the skill of a seasoned novelist. Fantastic descriptions. Interesting characters. Vividly speakable dialogue. (No wonder, considering his day job.) The stories read quickly even at a collective 403 pages (at least for this ARC) including one screenplay.
I might fire off only one criticism. I expected more from the implied typewriter theme. Hanks weaves a typewriter into every story and a couple of tales center on the machine, but in most, the stories offer a cameo at best. Often, a character is doing something unrelated and hears someone typing in the distance, for example. In cases like that, I felt attention leech away to the insignificant event solely to give place for that story within this volume. It felt forced. After seeing the title, reading the blurb, and then seeing press-release photos of Hanks standing in front of antique typewriters, I wished for something more than largely token appearances.
However, these distractions in no way ruined any of the stories, and I eagerly look forward to his next book.
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