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Review ~ The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 1

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 1 edited by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cover via Goodreads

From hitRECord, the immensely popular open collaborative production company, and its founder, Golden Globe-nominated actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, comes The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1.

The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories.

To create The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known within the hitRECord community as RegularJOE–directed thousands of collaborators to tell tiny stories through words and art. With the help of the entire creative collective, Gordon-Levitt culled, edited and curated over 8,500 contributions into this finely tuned collection of original art from 67 contributors. Reminiscent of the 6-Word Memoir series, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 brings together art and voices from around the world to unite and tell stories that defy size (via Goodreads)

I nabbed this little volume at San Diego ComicCon. I’ll be honest, I purchased it to get at a free Sherlock tote, but the book honestly intrigued me. It was different, small and red and hardback, in a world of door stoppers, overpriced paperbacks, and electronic files. Previous to it, I had no idea about Joseph Gordon-Levitt and HitRECord, though it doesn’t surprise me. Gordon-Leavitt seems to be the type to parley his fame into projects he wants to do. (I imagine his continued career will be a bit like Clint Eastwood’s–does what he likes and, generally, you’ll like it too.)

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is what it says on the tin. Slim and smaller than a mass market paperback, the stories are very short, just a few evocative sentences at most, and quirkily illustrated. You can consume this book all at once, or maybe just nibble at a time, but you can definitely come back for seconds.

There are two other volumes which I haven’t read yet. And they’re stocking-stuffer sized!

Genre: Super Short Stories
Why did I choose to read this book? Intrigued
Did I finish this book? (If not, why?) Yes
Format: Hardback
Procurement: Booth at ComicCon