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Omicron Ceti III
by Thomas P. Balázs (Goodreads Author)
A triptych of nine darkly comic stories, Omicron Ceti III opens a window onto the margins of American middle class intelligentsia. A high school English teacher rumored to be an undercover agent for the FBI, an international investment banker driven to extremes in his quest for a culinary soul mate, and an orthodontist’s son obsessed by the number three are a few typical c ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published January 28th 2012 by Aqueous Books
(first published January 8th 2012)
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If the works of Anton Chekhov and Chuck Palahniuk were to have an affair, then Thomas P. Balázs's "Omicron Ceti III" would be the resulting lovechild (one might say they also detect a hint of Donald Barthelme). While each story is highly individualized, they come together as a homogeneous work of art with similar themes. One such theme is the heavy usage of the seven deadly sins (more on the ethical side of things rather than religious, although religion is also a commonality). That being said, ...more
An absorbing and varied collection of stories, of which my favorites were "A Secret War" (about a teenager, afraid of his own developing homosexuality, who stalks a homosexual teacher) and "April Paris," a blast back into the decadent New York City of the 1980s.
Thomas P. Balázs lives, writes, and teaches, not necessarily in that order, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A transplant to the South from New York by way of Chicago, his short stories have appeared in The North American Review, the Southern Humanities Review, and many other journals not all of which contain the word "Review" in their title. He has won a couple of awards, gotten a bunch of nominations, ...moreMore about Thomas P. Balázs...