The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

The tiny book of tiny stories is just like the first although I thought it was a bit darker than the first installment. Each page is a delight and each story will leave you pondering the thought behind each one for hours. There are some truly melancholy and some seriously silly little gems. I think my favorite one is: "I'm tired of being tired of being tired of being." Which just hit me at moment of sheer despair and when I turned the page a whole new emotion hit me. This book will appeal to fans of Six Word Memoirs. Fingers crossed the site will continue to explore these micro stories and more volumes will be published.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
Last year I had the privilege of reading and reviewing The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 1. I fell in love with it. So I was really excited when volume 2 came out. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is a charming collection of short stories that is told through art and verse. Joseph Gordon-Levitt works with thousands of entries to come up with this unique little book. On the back of the book there's a quote, "The universe is not made up of atoms; it's made of tiny stories." I think this quote describes the book perfectly. If you've not had the opportunity to experience the tiny stories yet, you need to. I've read through the book multiple times already, and I love it. It's amazing how a story can be told in so few words.
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I just wanted to give a shout out for The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories 2. I was fortunate to read and review the first volume when it came out and am glad to report that this next book is just as enchanting. The Tiny Book is a collection of illustrations and small statements, so that you find a tiny poem/story for every 2 pages.

The book is a collaboration of different artists - "HitRecord" curates submissions from the public to come up with a careful selection that combines humor, hope and just a little darkness. It's the sort of book that I would have loved as a teenager and still enjoy now, many many years later. The book's cover says: "The universe is not made of atoms; it's made of tiny stories."

There are stories of love (some sad and some happy), I prefer the sad ones and sort of wonder which ones appeal to other readers. There are some that are humorous, that make you take a look at the world around you or poke fun at language. For instance, one of my other favorites refers to loopholes.

The book itself is tiny, easy to carry with you. It's beautifully done with nice thick paper. It's a good book to keep and/or to give to someone with a love of language and a sense of humor. I recommend it highly!

ISBN-10: 0062121634 - Hardcover $14.99
Publisher: It Books (November 13, 2012), 128 pages.
Review copy courtesy of the publisher.
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VINE VOICEon December 12, 2012
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Volume 2 is a fun collection of short stories. Some of the stories are quirky, which I liked. The illustrations that went with the stories were great. I almost could tell what some of the story were about by just by looking at the pictures. I did not need the words to go with them.

In addition, I like the idea of how this collection of stories came about. I checked out Joseph's website, HitRecord and it is a very cool site. Everyone should check the site out. There are stories in this book for everyone.

Some of my favorites are:

One day she looked

Up and discovered an

Opening in her planet,

She wondered if she

Wasn't alone after all.

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I just need some time away

To remember why I stay.

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After you died I realized that

I never really liked hunting.

I just liked hanging out with you.

After reading this collection of stories, I am inspired enough that I just might have to upload a story of my own on the HitRecord website. I would suggest giving this book a look. It is worth every penny of the purchase price. I love when people can come together and share what inpires them. This book show cases some of that and more.
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on December 11, 2012
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is back with more stories that are accompanied with vivid illustrations that entertain with each turn of the page. Although each story is just a few words or a few sentences long, the reader can't help but be left with a big impression of just how talented the participants are. Each story and illustration is truly unique and brought a smile to my face as I made my way through the book.

I'm not the only one in my household that enjoys this series. I shared the first volume with my son whom enjoyed the illustrations and reading the stories. I'm very happy to have shared the newest volume with my all of my children that range in age from 3 to 18. I loved watching them discover creativity in different forms and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to share this with them once again.

It's books like this one that can really spark the imagination in a person when they least expect it. The witty, clever stories are enjoyable while the illustrations are artistic and special. I'm looking forward to the next volume of tiny stories and discovering a new group of talent.
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on March 12, 2013
This is another, amazing collection of stories and illustrations in the Tiny Book series. I reviewed Volume 1 last year and was so taken with the project in general, that I didn't hesitate even for a moment when Volume 2 was offered to me earlier this year. HitRECord, founded by Joseph Gordon-Levitt invites writers and illustrators to contribute to these volumes via the HitRECord website.

These works are short, super short. We're talking one to two pages long with only a few lines of text. The novelty is that it's tiny, can be held in a pocket and whipped out whenever you have a moment. My daughter walked off with Volume 1, but I've had Volume 2 on my desk for a couple of weeks now and I can't tell you how many have stopped by to check it out.

What I like about this series is that it makes art and stories accessible to all people, even non-readers. There is not one person I've shown this book to that did not find it interesting in some way. And the book itself is just lovely! I can't wait to have the entire series sitting on my shelf.
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Once again a collaboration of many talented people being us this beautiful tiny book. I adored it. There were so many great stories in this one. There were a lot of stories about hair too, so if you like hair.... But, seriously. If you haven't heard of these books or been to hitrecord you are seriously missing out. Even if you don't have a creative bone in your body, as long as you can appreciate art you should check these out. These little tiny books are perfect to flip through again and again.

One of my favorite stories in this one came from this record [...]. I just really love it.

Disclaimer: I was sent this item to review. This however does not influence my opinion.
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on April 19, 2015
I like books. Real books with real paper. But a book like this makes me thankful for my e-readers because this is the kind of book I will not "delete from device" so that I can read a page or two when the mood strikes me and my surroundings are leaving me wanting more. Stories AND drawings. Even just going to a page and looking at the drawing makes me smile, and sometimes I need a smile. Yes, you can read the whole book in about 30 minutes, but the joy and purpose of these books is going back to them over and over. Next week I may decide it's a five star book and in a month maybe a four star, but I've only read each story once yet so the pleasure is still in the middle.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
After reading the fantasy filled third volume, I immediately bought the first two volumes of TBTS. This volume is by far my least favorite. Apart from a few wondrous gems, most of the works are banal and uninspiring, like a 14 year old goth girl's suicide attempts solely for attention. Darkness, death and loneliness are recurring themes of this volume, and when they are scrabbled in the a mess with other random stories, the result is distractingly depressed.
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on December 12, 2012
I absolutely adore Tiny Stories. Just a few words and a small image sends the imagination soaring! Each story has a story inside of it and allows your mind to interpret it in so many ways. It feels like the book caters to my emotions. I can read it a thousand times and get something new from it each time. I challenge you to pick one story within these beautifully illustrated pages and read it in different emotional states. You'll feel the magic with each word...I promise :)
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