Charactered Pieces

Charactered Pieces❮Read❯ ➪ Charactered Pieces Author Caleb J. Ross – Tbjewellers.co.uk With Charactered Pieces, Caleb J Ross presents a varied world of familial discord, one where a dead fetus evokes compassion than its mother Charactered Pieces where two brothers offer the destruction With Charactered Pieces, Caleb J Ross presents a varied world of familial discord, one where a dead fetus evokes compassion than its mother Charactered Pieces where two brothers offer the destruction of a family legacy as a birthday gift for their aging father My Family s Rule where one brother s love of Holocaust documentaries pushes his family through the aftermath of his assumed suicide The CampCharactered Pieces peels away the superficial armor of public life to reveal the flaws beneath and treats those perceived weaknesses not as hidden sources of pain but as reasons to celebrate life.

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  • Paperback
  • 66 pages
  • Charactered Pieces
  • Caleb J. Ross
  • English
  • 10 January 2019

10 thoughts on “Charactered Pieces

  1. says:

    Caleb J Ross just gave me an eyegasam reading his short story collection, CHARACTERED PIECES His sensual words dances across my vision and stroked my being to full arousal I can now count myself as part of the minions who heterosexually swoon at the words of Caleb J Ross Thanks Bookedpodcast.com Charactered Pieces is a small collection of short stories that can best be summed up as examinations of the human condition Familial relationships are dominant themes in this book and I ve heard th Caleb J Ross just gave me an eyegasam reading his short story collection, CHARACTERED PIECES His sensual words dances across my vision and stroked my being to full arousal I can now count myself as part of the minions who heterosexually swoon at the words of Caleb J Ross Thanks Bookedpodcast.com Charactered Pieces is a small collection of short stories that can best be summed up as examinations of the human condition Familial relationships are dominant themes in this book and I ve heard the term Domestic Fiction or something akin to that used to describe the author s tendencies toward genre Call it what you will, Ross has a unique way of describing human relationships Thatthen anything is what is on display in this collection.Typically I don t comment directly specific content in my reviews but I wish to break the rule here The story, An Optimist is the Human Personification of Spring was moving I have not had that deep an emotional reaction to a story in quite some time and I certainly can not recall ever being that emotionally vested in a story that short Brilliant work there among a collection of already top notch writing.I m very glad I was introduced to Caleb J Ross from a great podcast BookedPodcast.com This is not the type of work I would have picked up off a shelf or internet browsing I m so very glad I was coaxed to read him though I absolutely intend to further devour Caleb Ross writing

  2. says:

    I m the author, but it s cool if I review the book, right True, it seems obvious that I would think this book is worth a 5 star rating, thus negating the need for me to comment But, when the opportunity to be an egomaniac arises, I take it.Seriously, though, there s some good stuff on these pages.

  3. says:

    Part of the curriculum of any swimming class is confidence in water To demonstrate this, a child in their first year of high school will be required to jump, or dive, into the deep end of the pool and swim a full length using their chosen technique I had, three years previous to this happening, passed both bronze and silver certificates in swimming lengths of the pool However, I had never jumped into any amount of water that exceeded my height It was a new school, with new friends and peers Part of the curriculum of any swimming class is confidence in water To demonstrate this, a child in their first year of high school will be required to jump, or dive, into the deep end of the pool and swim a full length using their chosen technique I had, three years previous to this happening, passed both bronze and silver certificates in swimming lengths of the pool However, I had never jumped into any amount of water that exceeded my height It was a new school, with new friends and peers I was as skinny white kid, half naked and scared witless that if I jumped, and couldn t reach the bottom, I would drown But equally, I was sacred that if I chickened out, my peers would ridicule me forever, and I would be known throughout the school, and most probably my hometown, as the boy who never dives.The same feelings as I had as a twelve year old boy with toes were perched at the poolside rippled through me again when I picked up Charactered Pieces by Caleb J Ross I had heard, from the reviews by authors like Stephen Graham Jones that this book can change you I didn t want to change I was happy with my simple life But equally, the fear of living a life without reading this book scared meSo when I received my copy from the author, and it arrived with the mild scent of ACID cigars staining every page, I held my breath, counted to three, and jumped.The characters observed through Caleb s eyes are jaded They are wistful and broken They are no one we know, but each is familiar as a distant relative, or a story we heard a friend recount about someone they knew And for me, that was the most haunting part of the experience From the protagonist in the title story with her Fetus in Fetu sister s leg hanging from her stomach, to the weekend father in The Optimist, all the way to the reflective father in My Family s Rule, a part of their lives, good or bad, stays with you You put the book down, and they re still there No matter how many showers you take, or other books you read, their lives are now in yours, and that is the power of Caleb s writing I remember when first reading The Optimist thinking it was similar to another story I had read, possibly by Michel Faber in his collection The Fahrenheit Twins unsure without checking , and likewise, I began thinking it would end in a similar way, with the father repenting for his mistakes In truth, as I neared the end, I allowed my guard down for this reason This was my first mistake Without giving too much away, Caleb sucker punched me, and I ended up having a physical reaction to that story I had to stand up, walk out of the room and hold my baby daughter for a while It was something visceral I rarely feel when reading stories, but there it was, forewarning that one should never assume that any story in this collection is predictable.The title story was again, another revelation Lori works in a jewellery shop selling flawed jewels to rich people and is struggling to cope with defects in her own life Her mother, once a beautiful actress, but, due to a freak incident involving a shotgun and her face, now works as a sex line caller, constantly berates her daughter for being too ugly In an attempt to disguise her daughter s flaws, she employees a make up artist who does little but makes Lori feel worse about herself And while worlds apart in life, the dead foetus of her unborn sister unites both mother and daughter with sickening, but humorous consequence The story is beautifully told, and if there were any criticism to be had, I would say it ended too quickly The characters were well observed, and the potential was staggering For selfish reasons I latter approached the author in the vain hope he ll address my plea to make this a novel I ll keep my fingers crossed on that one But it goes to prove the desire Caleb s writing evokes.It is a great achievement for any writer to see their work in print, but to produce a piece that could, given time, be a significant bit of storytelling of our age, is awe inspiring For personal reasons I am indebted to Caleb for allowing me to read his work Like the boy of twelve years, I jumped into those deep waters with little hope of ever resurfacing the same person, or ever resurfacing at all I was anxious and fearful of the consequences And just how being forced under the water allowed me to appreciate the world above it, by the same token Charactered Pieces forced me to take that first breath again after turning that last page with a greater appreciation of life, even if it is flawed and imperfect

  4. says:

    Caleb J Ross Charactered Pieces may have an unconventional structure that succeeds on some levels and fails on others, but it s a solid short story collection from the Outsider Writer s Press Without a doubt, Caleb J Ross is a talented writer His short stories are widely published, and even if there is a little too much Chuck Palahniuk influence for my taste not overkill, just enough for me to wish the influence got buried deeper , it s easy to see why his work is spreading far and wide T Caleb J Ross Charactered Pieces may have an unconventional structure that succeeds on some levels and fails on others, but it s a solid short story collection from the Outsider Writer s Press Without a doubt, Caleb J Ross is a talented writer His short stories are widely published, and even if there is a little too much Chuck Palahniuk influence for my taste not overkill, just enough for me to wish the influence got buried deeper , it s easy to see why his work is spreading far and wide The people in Charactered Pieces are flawed in unconventional ways, but their desires and struggles are everyday familiar Unfortunately, the structure of the collection gives away the meaning of this title far too soon A title s meaning should rarely be given away early and if it is, its meaning should change as the book progresses , but the title story, Charactered Pieces, appears first Therefore, instead of the reader finding the meaning later in the book, allowing them to reflect on the stories that have passed and shifting their view of what s to come, the meaning strolls out on page two It s a pity, because everything the cover, the table of contents, the title and the theme is centered around this one story, so even though these aspects are executed well, the fruit is cut from the vine way too early.Additionally, I m not a fan of shock writing Sure, shocking is subjective, and while I believe that little is shocking any, I still know when something feels like it s trying to shock subjective again, I know, and shock writers always deny they re trying to do this anyway , and Ross occasionally fails the smell test Sometimes this shock factor wrecks a promising story as is the case with An Optometrist is the Human Personification of Spring, a creative story told with fortune cookie papers throughout but most of the time, Ross injects a level of heart, allowing the reader to reconnect with these odd characters humanity My Family s Rule a piece about two brothers who take their aging father to a demolition site as a way of letting go uses the shock factor well, making it questionable, and as a result, the piece is easily my pick of the collection Other standout pieces include The Camel of Morocco and The Camp This may sound like a lot of criticism, but again, for the most part, Ross stories are solid I just wasn t sold on the structure Where Charactered Pieces does succeed in this area, however, is in the final piece, A Chinese Gemini Based on the structural failings thus far, I thought it was foolish to introduce the lone nonfiction story as a closer that place where you re leaving the final impression in the reader s mind but the piece even if I would ve gone all New Yorker on it and chopped it a page short , about Ross meeting a lonely woman in Las Vegas, continues the theme of the collection, serves as a good commentary on the stories preceding, and makes up for the premature title giveaway With this strong final effort, I m looking forward to seeingfrom the Outsider Writer s Press and Caleb J Ross whose debut novel, I Didn t Mean to Be Kevin, hits late 2011 Three stars

  5. says:

    The stories in Charactered Pieces cover a lot of ground, such as family tension, personal identity, aging, depression, strangers, deathand oh yeah, a fetus in fetu In other words, the hallmarks of good literary fiction But wait, there sRoss doesn t write dull, self congratulatory literary fiction His sentences are lean, stripped of the unnecessary, leaving only words that bring the characters to life The characters are wonderfully flawed as the title suggests , their hopes, joys, The stories in Charactered Pieces cover a lot of ground, such as family tension, personal identity, aging, depression, strangers, deathand oh yeah, a fetus in fetu In other words, the hallmarks of good literary fiction But wait, there sRoss doesn t write dull, self congratulatory literary fiction His sentences are lean, stripped of the unnecessary, leaving only words that bring the characters to life The characters are wonderfully flawed as the title suggests , their hopes, joys, fears, and cynicism bubble to the surface between what s said and what s left to the reader s imagination Whether it s a former demolition worker watching the pillars of the past become forgotten dust or a down on his luck father cleaning up other people s messes in a fast food joint, we feel their pain and frustration and it recalls familiar moments in our own lives Each character lives in a world that s built by their idiosyncrasies as much as their decisions These stories are not so much about overcoming adversity or creating solving conflict as they are about offering glimpses into other lives, lives that startle and surprise us, but that we ultimately sympathize with Instead of spoonfeeding morals, Ross does a great job of letting the characters tell the story.I m really excited about this new voice in fiction, and I eagerly anticipate his future releases Thanks to Outsider Writers Press for recognizing this superb talent and publishing the first book of what is sure to be an interesting and successful career

  6. says:

    When you open this book, there s a title page that simply says Charactered Pieces , nothingIn a handwritten note, the author, Caleb J Ross, wrote at the top of this page, right above the title, Sal, you are one of the As I read through this short story collection, I began to realize that the author s message to me was actually true These are stories about flawed, broken people who care This isn t an existentialist pity party These are, as the back cover states, stories of hope I When you open this book, there s a title page that simply says Charactered Pieces , nothingIn a handwritten note, the author, Caleb J Ross, wrote at the top of this page, right above the title, Sal, you are one of the As I read through this short story collection, I began to realize that the author s message to me was actually true These are stories about flawed, broken people who care This isn t an existentialist pity party These are, as the back cover states, stories of hope I hope that the people who read this book can connect with that This is a very fine collection of stories, and an impressive debut by the author Like every collection of short stories, not everything works But what does work here is potent For a short story to work for me, it has to be impactful, so much so that I don t want to read another one without some time passing Such was the case with almost all the stories in this collection They linger Well done, Mr Ross

  7. says:

    The stories of Caleb Ross have a tendency to stick sideways in my brain Most of them have interesting plots, poetic prose, and they flow quite nicely The thing is, there s often an subtle element of surrealism that I can t quite pin down effectively There seems to be one detail that s off, and the way characters react to it is never quite what I would have expected.I went through the whole book with the feeling like it was a very lucid dream Reaching the last page, I didn t have as much to s The stories of Caleb Ross have a tendency to stick sideways in my brain Most of them have interesting plots, poetic prose, and they flow quite nicely The thing is, there s often an subtle element of surrealism that I can t quite pin down effectively There seems to be one detail that s off, and the way characters react to it is never quite what I would have expected.I went through the whole book with the feeling like it was a very lucid dream Reaching the last page, I didn t have as much to say as I usually do about books Perhaps it s the length, the book is around fifty pages, but I think it also has something to do with the stories feeling like complete thoughts I just didn t see much I could criticize about the volume

  8. says:

    This collection of stories is one of the best I ve read in a long time The short form has always been my preference I admire when a writer can take us immediately in and then release us in short duration When it works, it is exhilarating Caleb J Ross delivers this.The stories in Charactered Pieces are dark, sometimes disturbing, and anxious I found a theme of parental angst stream through many of them It was enjoyable to spend some time in the mind of Caleb J Ross, but in the end, it was This collection of stories is one of the best I ve read in a long time The short form has always been my preference I admire when a writer can take us immediately in and then release us in short duration When it works, it is exhilarating Caleb J Ross delivers this.The stories in Charactered Pieces are dark, sometimes disturbing, and anxious I found a theme of parental angst stream through many of them It was enjoyable to spend some time in the mind of Caleb J Ross, but in the end, it waspersonal I believe a story is successful when you discover something about yourself after reading it I highly recommend this collection

  9. says:

    There is a great variety of fiction in this collection The one thing they have in common is the power that resonates, the echo of the stories after you ve closed the book Flawed characters are always the most captivating, layered, and human, and these stories are no exception I ve read a lot of stories by Ross, and this is a great compilation of his work He s been widely published online and in a handful of anthologies, but I always enjoy his work This is a great way to get to know his writ There is a great variety of fiction in this collection The one thing they have in common is the power that resonates, the echo of the stories after you ve closed the book Flawed characters are always the most captivating, layered, and human, and these stories are no exception I ve read a lot of stories by Ross, and this is a great compilation of his work He s been widely published online and in a handful of anthologies, but I always enjoy his work This is a great way to get to know his writing

  10. says:

    A big sigh That s what I did when I got to the end of Caleb s collection of short stories It s obvious to point out that each of the stories has its own personality, but there s something in every one of them that provoked the same reaction from me they reminded me how to feel compassion in the face of repugnance The writing is carefully measured, deliberately crafted to draw upon a certain melancholy but in a way that doesn t disuade you from reading on these characters do move you and l A big sigh That s what I did when I got to the end of Caleb s collection of short stories It s obvious to point out that each of the stories has its own personality, but there s something in every one of them that provoked the same reaction from me they reminded me how to feel compassion in the face of repugnance The writing is carefully measured, deliberately crafted to draw upon a certain melancholy but in a way that doesn t disuade you from reading on these characters do move you and leave you pondering a good while after you ve closed the pages Top rate

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