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The Sun Is A Billiard Ball (English Edition) von [Christopher Meeks]
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This is a novella (10,500 words) taken from the collection "Months and Seasons." "The Sun is a Billiard Ball" weaves two stories around each other like a good French comedy. The first tells the tale of Albert, a car dealership owner in Santa Monica who finds blood in his stool one morning, and on this particular day, the craziness of his sales staff charge at him full force. Will Albert survive? The second story involves a young man named Wade who has just slept with a woman named Jazz, who he met the night before at a club. He loves her, but a secret she reveals bring them both to Santa Monica. Will they survive?

A literary writer who uses humor, Christopher Meeks is known for his award-winning short story collections that include "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea" and "Months and Seasons," as well as his novel, "The Brightest Moon of the Century." Carmela Ciuraru in the Los Angeles Times describes Meeks's fiction as relentlessly probing, honoring his characters' lives, "treating them with the dignity and introspection they deserve."


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  • Verlag: White Whisker Books (17. März 2010)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003CYKWT0
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HASH(0x9a6b1d80) von 5 Sternen Perfect Short Story Talent 4. Juli 2011
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For those readers fortunate enough to have read Christopher Meeks' first short story collection - THE MIDDLE-AGED MAN AND THE SEA - and discovered the idiosyncrasies of Meeks' writing style and content, rest assured that this new collection - MONTHS AND SEASONS - not only will not disappoint, but also it will provide further proof that we have a superior writer of the genre in our presence! Meeks is an observer of the human condition, and that does not mean his view is lopsided or focused on only one realm of characters. True, he does create characters that have strangely vulnerable aspects that alter the way they interact with those around them. But in the end, these are people we pass in the street or sit next to on the bus, or notice in the strange places of Southern California like malls, funky parties - or just 'around' the neighborhood or cities. But his strange creations have just the right amount of 'normalcy' that in our eyes could make them part of the unnoticed woodwork: in Meeks' eyes (and pen) they become extraordinary seeds for terrific stories.

This download offers a perfect example of just how ingenious a writer Meeks is. In 'The Sun is a Billiard Ball' we watch the interaction of two couples' lives: one couple is dealing with the husband's discovery of bloody stools while the other couple is facing the spectre of HIV testing, and the manner in which their lives intersect is one of the examples of the Chaos Theory. It is brief but contains more story than most full novels. That is his gift: terse, succinct, no nonsense gift for grabbing our attention, dallying a bit to infect us and then it is over. Just like that! Grady Harp, July 11
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HASH(0x8dfe5558) von 5 Sternen Knuckles deep-down to the core of the matter... 2. April 2006
Von Adam Daniel Mezei - Veröffentlicht auf
There is a fundamental truth to all of Chris Meeks' writing which defies the standard literary form. Whether as a dramatist, a pragmatist, or a futurist, Meeks' works traverse that sensitive and permeable membrane between reality and fiction; always leaving an indelible imprint. Less an entertaining yarn -- which this story so genuinely is -- and more an instructive machete cutting through the claptrap of the "live-decadently" poobahs, The Sun is a Billiard Ball portends a possible tragic scenario anyone of us might find ourselves in at any given time in life. For instance, in reading about the character Albert's travails, I was right there with him as he underwent his examination, cringing along with him as his physician coldly went about his diagnosis. I felt deeply and intrinsically what character Jazz must have been sensing as she received the sordid news of her irreversible fate -- a still-pernicious malaise the developed world is so shockingly flippant about.

Meeks chose these particular characters, I believe, because he had to deliver this vital message via this form. Meeks doesn't claim to be a polemicist, and neither should any writer in truth be. Yet the voice which beckons from these pages doesn't merely leap -- it ricochets -- into your grey matter and sticks there.

Billiard Ball will move you to action. It will inspire you to change your ways, to alter your more corrosive habits. You know, the ones we all find facile one-off excuses to continue doing, only to pay that burdensome price months later when we least expect it. There are no free lunches, and Meeks makes this painfully clear.

You won't be the same after reading this story. This 30-odd page tale is less day-in-the-life story, but more a call to action for Ms. and Mr. Everyman.

I encourage more of the same. I suspect part of the reason author Meeks hasn't posted more similar compelling tales is because it -- and god-forbid (tongue firmly in cheek) -- might shock us into a permanent and positive change.

Billiard Ball will get you to reassess the way you look at waking up in the morning to the things you place in your mouth as food. You'll see yourself in the mirror differently, to be sure, and this is the real mastery of Meeks' writing.

While others are out there seeking futile answers from the usual suspects of drugs, alcohol, and self-disrepect, within a tight handful of pages Billiard Ball at least offers you more than a palm frond of hope.

Like a magnet, it will coax you along a path. If it doesn't, you don't have a pulse.
HASH(0x8dfe5528) von 5 Sternen Four Stars 15. August 2015
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awesome book by such a tantalized author
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