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review 2019-06-11 03:49
Review: Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Waiting for Tom Hanks - Kerry Winfrey

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

Waiting for Tom Hanks is a light, fluffy read that’ll make you want to curl up and watch a ’90s rom-com after you finish it. Like our heroine, Annie Cassidy, I grew up watching rom-coms like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail with my mother. These movies have always been joyful, brought hope, and made you want to find a Tom Hanks-like person of your own. Author Kerry Winfrey drew me in immediately with her buoyant tone and clear love of rom-com tropes.

Waiting for Tom Hanks is a bit of a difficult book for me to review. I wanted to love it; the nostalgia factor alone could easily sell me on this story. But I struggled a lot with Annie’s character and – try as I might to like her – she simply wasn’t the Meg Ryan/Sandra Bullock/Nora Ephron hybrid she envisioned herself as. Annie is a writer with dreams of becoming the next Nora Ephron and finding her very own Tom Hanks. Her obsession with rom-coms was endearing at first and Ms. Winfrey did show why these movies touched Annie so deeply. But Annie’s insistence on framing every event in her love life through the lens of a movie did start to grow tiresome as the story went on. She showed a distinct lack of growth and maturity, and nowhere was this more apparent than in her relationship with Drew. Drew Danforth is a Hollywood hottie filming a rom-com in Annie’s neighborhood. To Annie, Drew is no Tom Hanks and despite the fact that he’s never anything less than nice and patient, she’s pretty rude to him for a good portion of the book. Why Drew falls for her is beyond me and I really wanted to shake the man and tell him to run for it. He’s a funny, likeable hero who loves his family and is genuinely kind to the quirky characters of Annie’s hometown. So why he sticks around a person who runs hot-and-cold, believes every tabloid headline she reads, and alternates between trying to shove him in and push him out of her fantasy narrative is beyond me. The plot requires it, is all I can say.

Annie is the center of Waiting for Tom Hanks and I just couldn’t connect with her. But fortunately Drew and a strong supporting cast lifted the book back up. Annie’s sci-fi/fantasy-loving uncle charmed the heck out of me, her best friend, Chloe, was vibrant and endearing, grumpy coffee shop owner Nick made me smile, the even grumpier Dungeon Master Rick made me smile, and even the slightly odd duck Gary made me laugh (and want to get the details on his marriage because that guy has one crazy interesting story, I’m sure of it). So even though Waiting for Tom Hanks didn’t quite live up to the promise of its premise, I would still read more of Ms. Winfrey’s work.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2019/06/review-waiting-for-tom-hanks-by-kerry.html
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review 2018-09-13 01:00
UNCOMMON TYPE: SOME STORIES by Tom Hanks
Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks

A series of short stories with a common thread running through them.  Watch some of them carefully or you will miss the thread.  I enjoyed all the stories but my favorites were the three that had Anna, MDash, Steven Wong, and the narrator in them.  I liked these characters and their friendship.  My other favorites where with Hank Fiset.  He is a reporter who takes on a variety of topics, such as coffee shops, places from his past, New York, and the press room.  I liked his style.  Tom Hanks is a clever writer.  I will read him again, especially if it has the narrator and company in it.

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text 2018-09-11 03:50
Who'd a thunk it?
Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks

It was in a sale pile and I like Tom Hanks so I bought it. I don't know why I did because I usually avoid books written by celebrities. But, you know what? I really liked it. The stories were well written. The characters were interesting and diverse. And, of course, the narrator was really good.

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review 2018-07-04 12:58
Kolekcja nietypowych zdarzeń - Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks od lat jest aktorem znanym z wielu ról filmowych między innymi tytułowego Forresta Gumpa oraz Paul Edgecombe’ a więziennego strażnika z filmu „Zielona mila”.

Tym razem jednak Hanks postanowił zabrać się za pisanie i tak powstał zbiór 17 opowiadań pt. „Kolekcja nietypowych zdarzeń”, który ukazał się nakładem Wydawnictwa Wielka Litera.

Większość z opowiadań utrzymana jest dosyć mocno w amerykańskim klimacie i chociaż są one różnorodne to mają jeden punkt wspólny. Jest nim maszyna do pisania, na niej bowiem koncentruje się oś tekstów zawartych w wyżej wymienionym zbiorze. Dodatkowym akcentem podkreślającym ów fakt są poprzedzające każde z opowiadań czarno-białe zdjęcia różnych modeli maszyn do pisania.

Autor nadaje nakreślonym przez siebie postaciom wiele różnorodnych cech charakteru, aby czytelnik mógł odnaleźć w nich człowieka z krwi i kości, z całą gamą targających nim emocji, a niejednokrotnie pełnego sprzeczności, zawieszonego pomiędzy rzeczywistością, a marzeniami.

Tematyka opowiadań jest zróżnicowana, tak samo jak różnorakie jest spojrzenie autora na poruszane w nich kwestie. Na wiele rzeczy przecież patrzeć można pod rozmaitymi kątami i zmieniając perspektywę, co z kolei wywołuje subiektywne refleksje, które nie są obce także samemu autorowi.

Mnie osobiście jedne teksty podobały się bardziej, a inne nieco mniej. Przypuszczam, że z Wami będzie podobnie, choć same preferencje, co do konkretnych tekstów mogą być oczywiście inne.

Niemniej jednak książka ta jest swoistym literackim pudełkiem czekoladek w wykonaniu Toma Hanksa, więc jeśli chcecie skosztować co nieco i przekonać się jak sprawdził się w roli pisarza to zapraszam do lektury.

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https://ksiazkowoczyta.blogspot.com/2018/07/tom-hanks-tym-razem-w-literackiej.html

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review 2018-02-06 02:06
My Review of Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks is a book of short stories. 

Being absolutely enamored with Tom Hanks, I had to get this book. There were several stories that I loved and some I liked, but none that I didn't. Tom has a way of telling stories that get your attention, and I could actually hear him telling these stories because these stories ARE Tom Hanks. Overall, this is a decent collection for Tom's debut. 

Purchased from Amazon.

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