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4.57  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The stories in Klim's new collection include tales of controlling women and ne'er-do-well men trying, well, to do well if they could; an upscale chef helping to prepare a condemned man's last meal; best friends who find themselves in a middle eastern battlefield; a rocket scientist on the drink who gets lucky; a heartbreaking and haunting tale of a neglected boy and what h ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Hopewell Publications (first published April 12th 2011)
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Kai Hunter
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kai Hunter by: FirstReads
If I could, this would have gotten 4.5 stars. It is a group of stories centered around how good people handle not so good things happening to them as they live their lives. I was hooked from the very first pages. If I could have come up with a good enough reason to stay home from work, I would have finished this in one day. The words flow and create very vivid imagery so that you feel the characters in the stories. It's a toss up between True Surrealism and Complete Exposure as my favorite story ...more
M.V. Ghiorghi
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully crisp and often poignant, with a touch of wry humor, the stories of ‘True Surrealism’ haunt you even after you finish reading. From their first lines, you don the skins of the stories’ characters - a lovelorn salesman who lost his job and can’t support his emotionally fragile wife, a perfectionist chef cooking the last meal of a condemned, an unhappy girl who lost a pageant, even a desperate man married to a nudist. Klim’s merciless magic keeps you spellbound, cringing in their pains ...more
Bonnye Reed
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-or-pdf
This electronic copy of short stories was a gift from the author. And again, Christopher Kline has produced fiction that is compelling, deeply detailed and peopled with full characters you probably know and not necessarily like but certainly understand. Thank you Christopher Kline for sharing your work with me. I am in awe of your imagination.... I could not put this book aside for ordinary things.
Ann Morris
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Klim’s stories are songs interweaving various genres to portray the true and surreal lives, visions, and hopes of his well-developed characters. Miraculously, he paints a portrait that can be clearly recognized of a man’s desperation, a child’s heart breaking, a mother’s unreachable goals, and yet we see the glow at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Songs, tapestries, all woven of the intricate words and what must be the memory of someone who has lived everywhere, in every period of time.
Walt Giersbach
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Christopher Klim is every bit as entertaining as a speaker (where I met him) as he is a writer (with my reading of “True Surrealism”). This anthology of nine stories is remarkable for Klim’s “invention”: “Girl in Landscape” begins with a child in a beauty pageant tour and ends as filial abuse and the most poetic death. But the narrative weaves in the counterpoint of the girl’s past lives being exploited in 1800s London and as a child in Nepal sold as a sex slave.

“The Dog” is a beautiful natural
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Ava Armstrong
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Klim weaves a tight-knit series of stories. These leave the reader surprised at the end of each one -- and wanting more. True Surrealism put me somewhere between possibility – and reality, always wondering what could be?

The first story about a man who lost his job but kept the truth from his wife was nothing short of enthralling. It ended in a way I did not expect with a lesson learned. Likewise, The Final Ingredient, which was a about a chef who was driven by perfection kept me ent
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Kay
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Short stories can be frustrating because when they are compelling like many in this collection are, I want to learn more about the characters. On the other hand, I am grateful when a short story's topic leaves one feeling uncomfortable--not because it is bad, but because it covers painful areas. This collection covers both but much more of the former for me. Many dealt with the struggle for perfection, meeting someone else's standards or their own insistence on perfection, which is very relate-a ...more
Jason
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The nine wonderful tales in “True Surrealism” are each a testament to talented author Christopher Klim’s intriguing imagination. Each story is astonishingly unique and explores the lives of people ranging from a girl in Nepal to a boy and his dog.

The people and places Klim writes about are described in vivid and alluring detail and offer profound parables for living our own everyday lives. If “True Surrealism” were a television series, Klim would be a modern-day Mark Twain hosting a show like “
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Jennifer Roche
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nine Realistic Stories From Christopher Klim

True Surrealism by Author Christopher Klim provides the reader with his unique style of reality set in various suburban settings. Klim provides the reader with a taste of his version of no nonsense, tell it like it is reality set in a nostalgic Americana setting that all readers can relate to on some level. Familiar settings such as a local diner, and common issues that his characters face such as the loss of their jobs allow them to become more relata
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Dori Dupré
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I normally don't read short story collections, but this one was absolutely outstanding. Each story had completely identifiable characters, right down to the little girl's different lives in Girl in Landscape. Christopher Klim brings his sophisticated story telling style to several typical life tales. While many authors prefer to write in one voice or another, or in one genre or another, his ability to narrate one story in first person and then another story in third person or to write one story ...more
Keri Walsh
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love a good book of short stories because you can just pick them up intermittently, without having to delve into chapters of content to get to the good stuff. I like to jump around out of order-- its a fun, unconventional way to read! I like writing Klim's work because of his character development; you end up feeling like you heard the story first hand from an old friend. I get to live vicariously through them. This book works for me, because I connected with many of the themes and "morals" (f ...more
Ted Prokash
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Klim is clearly an accomplished storyteller. At times his stories remind me much of John Cheever, with his East Coast sensibilities and his focus on exploring the dynamics of power and maleness within the family dynamic. Klim displays remarkable diversity here, the best example being Girl In Landscape, where he transcends time and place to tell of the travels of a girl's soul that achieves sublime bravery in the face of the most abject victimization.

The stories of True Surrealism are vivid and
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Rachel Beaver
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Who doesn't love a short story every now & then? Not getting bogged down, no involved character development, or complicated motives. They are short, to the point, entertaining or emotive, & usually leave you wanting more. Klim's collection didn't disappoint! The further I progressed the more I liked the tales he selected. The final 3 had to be my favourites - Coffins had me near tears; Satellites, Cigarettes & Whiskey had me laughing; & Complete Exposure had me cringing at the "g ...more
Julie Failla Earhart
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nine short stories make up Kilm’s first published collection. The collection’s title gets to the heart of the author’s message: there is a bit of surrealism in every day life.

Each story lingers long after its completion. Readers will find a story about a runaway dog, a chef who aids a prison cook fix a favorite client’s final dessert, and friends who find themselves on an Middle Eastern battlefield. Each story seemed more like a real slice of life rather than an imagined scenario! The stories a
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P.S. Winn
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of thought provoking stories. The author is what I like to call Reader friendly. The stories flow and you find yourself turning page after page and hoping the stories never end. This also means the author has done an amazing job in making the stories a quick read because of a great writing style. Each of the stories left me with easier a smile or an awed expression and that means this author did his job by writing enjoyable short stories with just the right quirky twis ...more
Dabinique Magwood
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Christopher Klim excels in this novel of short stories with characters that are all too real. Christopher brings these characters to life as you read page by page and become one with the characters and their situations. These stories will draw you in and leave you wanting more. This is one of the best novels of short stories that I have read so far, and I cannot wait to read another from Christopher A definite 5 star
Jennifer Delaney
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a book of True Surrealism stories! Plain and simple it takes basic human traits that you see constantly and puts them into "their scenarios." It's to me like watching a train wreck. It's fascinating to see the way the event played out and what happen to the train but sad and horrifying at the same time. I kept saying that I wasn't going to read the next story and then of course I did.

This is a book to read over and over when the moment strikes you!
John D.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent, entertaining, and educational book. I’m an award winning novelist in a (very) different genre and I was fascinated by the diverse, rich vignettes in this book.

There are many arrows of truth and good insights into the textured richness of ordinary life.

Highly recommended. Bravo, Christopher Klim!

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R.D. Preston
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As I read each story, Mr. Klim puts you in the story with his description of the characters and what they are doing. So far I have enjoyed the book thoroughly. Each story providing a little bit of flair. After finishing the book each story providing an insight to lives the chapters were written about. I enjoyed every story.
Savannah Hill
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's a spellbinding story, I couldn't put it down. This author sucked me into his story from the very first page. I genuinely cared about these characters and really experienced their emotions right along with them. It's refreshing to see such an intelligent plot perfectly played out. This is the first book I've read from this author and I will certainly be reading more from him. I am hooked.
Elizabeth
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
A short book of short stories, "True Surrealism" is filled with a variety of characters and situations. Each short story grabs the attention and hold it through to the finish. Rather than appearing jumbled and disconnected, the book is held together with the hidden meanings that are like gems scattered through out. A fantastic quick read, that left me only wanting more.
C. Kris
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Klim's incisive way of revealing surrealism in everyday life—the fantastic, incongruous, and absurd that too often goes unnoticed —gives this collection of short stories the sparkle of originality. His skill as a writer makes it a swift and rewarding read.
Taylor Troncin
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pre-2016-read
I won this book through a goodreads giveaway.

I tend to enjoy short stories a great deal and would love to write my own collection one day. So, I entered in this contest in order to find some inspiration to start writing again. (And I think that mission was successful!)
R. Hill
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A refreshing variety of short stories with very different themes and topics. Not what I would normally choose to read, but a nice change of pace. Nice to be able to finish an entire story line in minutes versus in hours. Worth the time invested.
Karen Boyce
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This collection of short stories is one of the best I have ever read! I love the selection of tales that display the range and talent of Mr. Klim. I highly recommend it!
Laura Dobb
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Before anyone rates this as obvious, I know short stories are short, but I wish I could have got to know the characters better which would have maybe given me a better grasp of what I was reading, although what I did read was written well and enjoyable
J.J. Lair
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first story dragged, but get past that and the stories get really good. The story a boy the beauty pageant contestant vs. child labor in the past was really well done. I liked that story. The smoker was a good one.
Valerie Hubert
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I think the writing was good and I liked the story ideas, but I don't like reading when I cant get attached to characters and with the stories being so short I just couldnt connect with them.
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Christopher Klim's books include the novels Jesus Lives in Trenton, Everything Burns, The Winners Circle, and Idiot!, as well as the short story collection True Surrealism.

His book list contains only books that he loved or are important to him for various reasons.
“The smell of grease in the Horseshoe Diner was strong, like the residuals of every meal that had ever been cooked over its open griddle. I lingered in a corner booth near the window, speaking to my wife Ava on the cell phone. With as much free time as a corpse, I pondered past mistakes, but I kept the call short before she asked too many questions and revived the dying thoughts in my mind. A man was a sharp and useful tool, I thought, as long as he never paused to consider it.” 2 likes
“I had built a life where nothing failed expectations—bills were paid, heaters kept heating, roofs never leaked. We could be framed and shot by the Good Housekeeping paparazzi, and they would never catch a brick out of place, a shrub overgrown, or our boys in shoes or pants a half size too small. Our life was perfect, until I ruined everything.” 1 likes
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