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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Play it again Sam...

Hi guys!
Welcome back to the site that aims to please, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today we're taking a look at the second addition to a growing series of rather unique and HIGHLY creative books.  Volume 1 was featured on my site once upon a time and I was lucky enough to score a copy for review this time around as well (THANK YOU HarperCollins!), so in the spirit of the book, let's cut right to the heart of the matter.  Today's book of choice is...

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2
62 contributors
hitRECord
Joseph Gordon-Levitt & wirrow

From the site (http://www.hitrecord.org)...
Coming off the highly successful publication of Volume 1 (named a best book of the month by editors at Amazon in November 2011), the second book in the series features 62 contributors from the 14,946 contributions to the Tiny Stories collaboration on hitRECord.org. New contributions are already being accepted for Volume 3, at http:// www.hitrecord.org/records/843281, scheduled for publication in Fall 2013 from It Books. The Tiny Stories collaboration began in the spring of 2010 and continues to be a hive of activity. Artists submit their writing and illustrations, and are encouraged to edit and remix others' contributions for the tiny books. As with all of hitRECord's money-making productions, profits for the Tiny Stories series are split 50-50 between hitRECord and the book's contributing artists.

Pretty cool, right?
You have no idea...unless perhaps you've contributed before in which case I offer my hand in congratulations or you've read one of the volumes because they truly shine like the stars they are.

It's hard to walk away from one of these collections without having at least 1 or 2 favorites, myself included.  My first 1 greets us early with a 2 page spread depicting 2 heads in a book with a cover reading, "We must hide (or rather Find) ourselves in fiction"; so true! Reading is an escape for most and yet in some way we still manage to find a piece of ourselves, something we truly recognize in every book we read.  It's amazing what a bit of graphite wedged in wood placed in the right hands can do.  My second pick would be the one that tells of a brief celestral meeting and reminds us all that we hold all things in balance for our own small portion of the universe...in other words, you DO matter in a BIG way.

So, my friends I tell you this, passing the chance up to read this collection of amazing works both in picture and text would be as wrong as a "U" turn taken when flying towards heaven at the end of our days. As wrong as seeing the night sky in all its glory and NOT feeling the vastness of the world around.  As wrong as...well, you get the picture...or perhaps I should work on one for the next volume... *ponders*

Recommended for one and all though young adult through adult audiences may glean more joy from the experience.  Review copy received courtesy of hitRECord (http://hitrecord.org), an imprint of HarperCollins (http://www.harpercollins.com).  This book was released a few weeks back so be on the lookout for it on a book store shelf near you.

Until next time...happy reading!

4 comments:

Alexia561 said...

Can't believe that book 2 is out already, as I still haven't picked up the first one! I remember your review of the first one and thinking it sounded cool and that I needed to pick up a copy...I'm just a terrible procrastinator. *blush*

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I need it :)

Tribute Books said...

I think that's so cool that a Hollywood actor is supporting authors.

kimbacaffeinate said...

This is so cool and I love the idea behind it.

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