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About the Author

Christopher Allen lives in Germany with his partner of 15 years. His fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous places both online and in print. He edits for two litzines and writes reviews for Books at Fictionaut. In 2011, Allen was a finalist at Glimmer Train and also nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479160253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479160259
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,500,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jdogg on September 3, 2012
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Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (A Satire) is the good-time read for these times indeed. Allen skewers all our sacred cows with his boundless wit, a keen eye for character, and deft use of language and word-play. In a word, Conversations with S. Teri O'Type is just plain FUN. Highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon-Kunde on September 7, 2012
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If you've ever read Christopher Allen's blog "I must be off", you will expect to laugh out loud while enjoying Allen's beautiful way with language. He has now stepped off a plane to create the ultimate literary anti-closet weapon: the main character in these 'Conversations', Teri, who helps the narrator, Curt, onto and along 'the road to greater gayness', is both a trickster and an elegant guru. As I followed the story, I realized how the initiator and the initiated were both two sides of one character, and how the whirlpool of words unleashed by Allen, hides well-known family skeletons: «Your mama knows. Mamas always know.» Along the way, as a bonus, you'll also learn everything there is to know about moisturizer. A fierce farce indeed, and a fine read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelli A on September 13, 2012
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This book is a wonderful read. It is worth every cent. It will have you laughing no doubt. It will make you think about the everyday stereotypes we have about gay men in our society. It is unique and keeps you wanting more. I strongly advise anyone to read this book, especially those who are battling self identity problems. It will uplift you.
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Witty and heart-warming about the search for self-acceptance

Curt Child is gay but wants to look and act more gay to help him attract a man and make everyone see that he's gay so he doesn't have to tell them directly, including his own parents.

To help him be more overtly gay, Curt consults an old friend, S. Teri O'Type. He is a guru of all things (stereotypically) thought of as gay, a gayru. As his gayru, Teri tries to teach Curt how to act, talk and dress more gay, where to go clubbing, what dog breed to choose, which tv-series to like, how to become a Pink Swan, who in Friends is not a gay man deep down (and it's not the female characters), and much, much more.

All of this is described as dialogue between Curt and Teri and his very gay little dog, Cary Grant. The dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny, satirical, witty and at times surreal, with surprising word plays and associations and leaps of logic, plus some nicely recurring images. It's a little like watching Alice in Wonderland taking lessons from the Mad Hatter. And it does bring out your inner drag queen:

- "A cute little girlfriend does not a straight boy make." It seems like a tangent from the dog discussion, but I have to concur. I used to be one, with one, though wasn't one. Like a one plus-one-is-zero situation, I reckon.

- "Are you absolutely sure?" he wouldn't stop asking. And when I said that I was very sure, he pouty-smiled at me as if I'd claimed to have an IQ of 230.

- "Of course there is," Teri shouts from the bedroom. "They're right on the other side of that wall, behind the sodding Yucca, you goat. Can't you hear the applause?" "Really? They're applauding? For me?" I say, examining the walls in vain for an audience.
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What do you do if you're a gay man but your OMG - Oh! Mighty Gayru - tells you you need to be more noticeably gay? You're just not gaythin or gaylicious enough, your gay mien lacks pizazz? You're the Chandler of Friends?! You listen, maybe go on a journey towards Greater Gayness, deal with A Jack Russell named Cary Grant, (love the name) and you come out knowing more, in spite of, or because of your inner S. Teri O'Type.
This is a cleverly written look at what some people believe to be 'norms' in this beauty, thin worshiping, have-to-be-like-the-rest culture we find ourselves somehow drowning in - gay, straight or otherwise. Is there such a thing as Greater Gayness? Is there such a thing as the 'norm?' No, actually, there isn't. But there is such a thing as a great satire written lovingly by a very observant, talented writer. Can't recommend this piece of witty (LGBT) fiction highly enough.....errrr....read the book :)
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I am not a professional writer, nor do I consider myself extremely well-read. I am just an average girl who likes to get her teeth into a good book. "Conversations with S. Teri O'Type" is one of those books that you will want to read more than once. A real page-turner, it made me laugh out loud one minute and come close to tears the next. It is very witty, very cleverly written and contains page after page of innuendoes, hidden references and plays on words that had me guffawing! However, beneath the light-hearted, very amusing surface, this book got me thinking about stereotypes in general and how society too easily and quickly categorizes people and expects a certain kind of behavior from them. I know I am guilty of doing so myself.
Please read this book. As I mentioned above, it is one you will want to read more than once. Well done, Christopher Allen!
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By Hart Johnson on September 14, 2012
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This satirical piece from the perspective of a 'dysfagtional' gay man--a man who... likes men, but seems to be lacking in all the traits that would clue anyone ELSE into that matter (most particularly, potential partners)... as he goes through the mentoring process with his 'gayru' is hysterical. It is worth it for the vocabulary... sorry... homoculary alone. The juxtaposition of the extreme stereotypes and the clueless narrator will have you falling out of your seat laughing. (your dog, too, if you have a discriminating sort)
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