And so… We Type | Uncommon Type | Review

I love the look of old typewriters.

My Nan learnt to type on one at college and could put some of us, and those that can touch type, to shame.

In his book, Tom Hanks wrote each of his stories on different typewriters and in each story, a typewriter is featured.


A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. 

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game–and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

Netgalley Review

An interesting read, with the focus being on ‘old-fashioned’ typewriters always making a show in each of his stories. All the stories are different, with a few characters popping up throughout – a nice read if you don’t want to read a huge book.

I was looking forward to reading a collection of short stories, it’s a new concept for me after reading a bunch of full-length stories. I have to admit, I’m glad it was a collection of short stories as I didn’t think it would work as a full-length novel (just my personal opinion guys).

All the stories are different with various different themes; space, time-travelling, war stories, the future. There’s something for everyone. Typewriters make an addition in each of the stories and some characters crop up for another part of their story.

I really enjoyed reading a collection of short stories. It’s the kind of thing you can pick up and put down easily, as you don’t need to remember what happened in a previous chapter.

I’ll be interested to see if Tom Hanks does anymore writing in the future and whether he’ll be sticking to short stories? But unfortunately, this short story collection just wasn’t for me, it was an interesting read, but I won’t be picking it up again. (No harm done, just not something for me).

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR?

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