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Perfect Union Paperback – February 5, 2010
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From the Inside Flap
"PERFECT UNION is Cronenberg's THE FLY on a grand scale: human/insect gene-spliced body horror, where the human hive politics are as shocking as the gore. This book would make Marx and Thoreau's heads explode. In other words, astounding." --JOHN SKIPP, NY Times Bestselling author of The Long Last Call and The Bridge
"Cody Goodfellow's imagination is a freeway flyer, and his prose is a ride on a rocket-sled. He's one of the two or three god-damned best writers in the Genres today." --MICHAEL SHEA, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Nifft the Lean and Copping Squid
"PERFECT UNION is a weird masterpiece. Influences ranging from Cronenberg body horror, Evil Dead-style gore comedy to a fascinating political dissection of Marx and Thoreau make this a genius horror novel destined to be...loved by the readers ready to get in the ring with Cody. An intelligent socio-political dark Bizarro masterpiece and one of the most original horror novels in years."--MONSTER LIBRARIAN
"Cody Goodfellow is untouched as a breathless reporter of violent action, relating it in hurtling prose full of striking and sometimes hilarious metaphors. The author has hybridized Splatterpunk with the techno-thriller, and the result will not soon leave your memory."--STRANGE AEONS
Top Customer Reviews
Cody Goodfellow has a unique and intelligent style of writing that really hooked me. The details he chooses to add to each scene are not things one would normally notice, and the way they are presented is almost magical. Each sentence is rich.
Perfect Union shows Cody's intelligent bizarreness. He obviously knows about Communism. And bees. And metaphysics. He explores the both the dark and shiny parts of human nature and presents these things in a tapestry of words that is intricate and beautiful and makes perfect sense even though it is utterly insane.
This is a scary story--like an 80s horror movie in parts. It's always brilliant. It's funny. It's bizarro. It's a story about life, and society, and love. It's one of those interwoven mysteries that once you've finished reading it's as if you just opened up a clock and learned how it all works. It's like unwrapping a gift.
Honey has never been both so revolting and weirdly sexy as it is in this book.
Communes gone haywire, deep magic, jealousy, sex, kick-ass fights, personal triumph, political observations, explosions, freaky drone dudes, and a crotchety old guy who lives in a shack. It's pure awesome.
Do yourself a favor and read this most amazing, incredibly bizarre, deeply intelligent, and exciting ride of a book. And then go out and buy all the rest of Cody Goodfellow's books like I did.
Have fun with the super mutated brothers fighting on opposite sides of a hive civil war, with the new family addition, unhappily mutated, caught in the middle.
More intense than Swallowdown's other Goodfellow release, Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, probably because of it's length. If you're one of those who think most bizarro books are too short, this one will keep you occupied for a good long time while melting and remolding your brain into that of a Marxist insect.
It was weird. Have I already said that? Well, it needs repeating.
At first, though, it was a little slow. At least I thought so. I kept thinking to myself: "This is Bizarro? Seems a little...tame, for the genre." But it sure picked up and when it did it was like a freight train full of bees.
The story had a lot to do with Communism, and bees, and how the Hive Mentality of Bees could be used as a metaphor for Communism. I think.
Okay, so I admit it: a lot of the stuff about communism went right over my head. But that in no way took away from the experience that is this book. Goodfellow writes like a man possessed. He is like Palahniuk on crack...throwing out random bits of information like candy as he forces you down a slippery slope of familial responsibility and biological experimentation.
That makes no sense here in the review, but it does if you READ THIS BOOK. It has everything: information, gore, sex, drugs, rock and roll references, confusion, poetics, manifestos, bees, mutants, and incestuous undertones throughout. It is wholly unlike any other books on Communism or Bee Keeping you will ever read.
The details of the commune are satisfyingly perverse and horrific. To put it simply, the commune has literally spliced the communist ideal to the genetic efficiency of honeybees. And just like bees, the people there have become drones, serving their hive and devoid of individuality. Mom was taken in by them because they needed a new queen. They need a new queen because there's been a strike that has thrown the entire hive into civil war.
Besides politics and Cronenbergian horror, Perfect Union is a story about brothers. Dean and Dom are twins, and are just as different as they are alike. Dean is a stern, holier-than-thou conservative and Dom is an anarchistic rebel. Dean is obsessed with structure and discipline, while Dom makes it a point to resist any structure or authority other than his own. They're two extremes, order and chaos, which provides them their own strengths and weaknesses. Before long they're drawn into the political schemes of the commune, and their bodies are horribly mutated (along with their personality). Naturally, they wind up fighting on opposite sides of the strike. Drew, meanwhile, is the hapless in-law, married to Dean and Dom's sister, Laura.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
PERFECT UNION is an extreme exploration of right and left wing paranoia, with headless socialist worker drones, angry dittoheads turned to hulking soldiers, and sexy honey pots... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alan M. Clark
Entertaining and thought provoking(with a healthy dose of strange). A good read!Published 22 months ago by Olivepony
Like his alleged pedigree, this book is utter crap. I could say more but, it would only make me madder!Published on March 7, 2014 by Sohog
When Drew decides to be a good husband to Laura by helping her brothers find there Mother in the woods of Northern Cali he finds himself in a sticky situation. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Dave Anderson
Not having read any of Goodfellow's other books, I was impressed out how he used familiar narrative frameworks (with what felt like intentional echoes of Stephen King and Clive... Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by Rob Vollmar
I have not read much of his work, but everything I've read by Cody Goodfellow has stirred my senses and disquieted my mind. And of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. Read morePublished on August 4, 2010 by Garrett Cook