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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: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 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: #1,466,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A real page-turner, it made me laugh out loud one minute and come close to tears the next.
Greenwends
This book interested me in that I'm in a similar situation, although I'm not in my mid-forties, far from it, by at least a few years . . . oh well.
SCAVOLA
For those looking for a comedic, moving read about self-acceptance, I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie on September 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Birkenkrahe 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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By Paul Gardner on December 28, 2012
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A boisterous lampoon, with ironic edgings, of getting
along in a dipsy hs-het world dominated by pizza,
beer-prosecco, Tommy Hilfiger and buds who call each
other dude. The hero and his alter ego evangelize on
Judi Dench, heuvos rancheros and pube shaving while
pop kultur and gay imaging get shagged. Buttercheeky comedy.
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This book really hit home with me as I have similar thoughts on what it means to be gay / why I'm not `good enough' to be gay.

"Curt Child is your everyday man in his mid-forties, but he has a problem. He just can't seem to get gay enough for anyone to notice, and that's why he's enlisted the help of his oldest--and gayest--friend S. Teri O'Type to drag him a few inches down The Road to Greater Gayness."

This book interested me in that I'm in a similar situation, although I'm not in my mid-forties, far from it, by at least a few years . . . oh well. I recently moved back home, leaving my comfortable little world behind. I have to make new friends, but I'm so out of touch with `the gay community'. After 30, you're considered ancient, I've gained weight, there's some gray in my hair, `cause I haven't had a good cut and color in ages, and I can't remember the last time I got my buttocks waxed and buffed, (never). I'm certain my `membership card' will be revoked because I've gotten so un-gay. So, I read this book, because even though it's a satire, I hoped to find nuggets of wisdom to encourage me to be a better gay. I found that wisdom in this book, but not in the way I expected to. Make sure you stay with the book to the second half, where it all starts to add up. This is like Paulo Coelho's `The Alchemist', a simple story until you get smacked in the face by the hand of profoundness. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was fun and meaningful, a highly recommended must-read for any gay man struggling with what it means to be `gay'.
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By Freedom1001 on December 20, 2012
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I found myself doing quite a bit of seesawing throughout this novel - not completely sure if I was captivated or confused. You see, the novel is well written. Really well written, in fact. It's been infused with wit and humour and is all but brimming with relativity to the self-doubt and societal pressures of the main character. I would even go so far as to say that it had a touch of Palahniuk-styling, if, of course, Mr. Palahniuk wrote satire-based comedy instead of satire-based horror.

But then... on the other side of all that fantastical-ness... there was Teri. I realise Teri's character flaws are intentional. And I understand why setting up his persona that way was necessary. None of that changes the fact that I still have a serious dislike for him.

Regardless, the book was a good read and it ended well and as I've said a million times, I'm a sucker for a happy ending. I can't wait to see what Mr. Allen brings out next.
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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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