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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Queen's Ferry Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983907110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983907114
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,563,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theodore Carter's fiction has appeared in The North American Review, Potomac Review, and A cappella Zoo. He has also published in genre mags and themed anthologies focused on humor, horror, erotica, super powers, and Jimi Hendrix. His book of stories The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob and Other Matters of Importance was released by Queens Ferry Press in 2012. You can find out more at www.theodorecarter.com.

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A friend chose this for our book club -- I don't think I would have picked it up on my own. But I enjoyed it so much that I was moved to write my first-ever review. The topics of the stories might seem a little oddball, but somehow Carter makes it work, even for those of us not drawn to oddball topics. The stories are so compelling that I couldn't put them down. They're often very funny, but mixed in with the humor are compassionately-drawn, very human characters (though not all of the characters are actually human!). Several of the stories are quite touching, some are even a bit frightening, but what all of them share is that the ideas are so unique and fresh but also so well-executed. These are incredibly imaginative stories, and that's a big part of their appeal, but they're also driven by plain old-fashioned good writing. A truly amazing debut.
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I loved the short stories in this book! The author blends reality with absurdity, and adds just the right amount of "tongue in cheek" humor to keep the reader engaged, and of course, laughing! At the end of each story I was left wanting to know more...for example, did the boy who walked on water list this feat on his college application?
If you find yourself looking at the world with a permanent head tilt, you need to "buy the blob"...you'll love it!
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This book has a universe of sights, characters, and places to offer. Carter's range of voices and style is phenomenal. There's the moving titular piece, "The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob." Then there's the ultra-weird "Max's Colossus Proboscis," a strange and fascinating case of having an overactive sense of smell. And so much more. My favorite is the "The Who Doin' Doll," a darkly funny version of "Sredni Vashtar."
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This an excellent collection of short stories. Each one is different exploring various subjects such as zombies, blobs and other paranormal phenomenon. The stories compelled me to read the book straight through.
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I am highly suspect of the high ratings this book received - were they written by the author's family? I picked this up at a local arts fair thinking it would be an interesting and whimsical read - however, it ended up being a huge disappointment. Think of the awfully-trite stories that appeared in your high school literary magazine, only this was written by someone purported to be an actual, adult author. Think of the most random characters no one would ever care about - but hey, quirky amounts to originality, right? [*eyeroll*]. I think that was the main beef I had with this book: the author cares more about throwing together the most random events and characters into the pot, stirs, and thinks that justifies a story - without instilling any pull at all for the reader to grasp. I get that that a lot of small-press works are mere vanity projects for unemployed MFAs, but this takes the cake. Sorry, but this gave me a headache. I wish I could get a refund!
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