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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Swallowdown Press (February 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929033
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the best writers of our generation." --BRIAN KEENE, author of The Rising and Darkness on the Edge of Town

"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

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Cody Goodfellow is a hollow, wasted shell of a human being.
His appearance, since he realized he only had to groom himself for occasional author photos, would shame an island castaway.
His conversational skills--since he discovered that any idea, emotion or anecdote worth sharing is also a valuable commodity--have atrophied to functional nonexistence. He sits, stares, listens, hoping to steal yours.
His real life experiences are insignificant in the face of those he imagines for himself and others.
His loved ones are hostages.
He is, for all intents and purposes, a patient undergoing a lifelong operation; and also the surgeon, methodically transplanting all his major organs into affordable trade paperback canopic jars.
He lives in Los Angeles.

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Easily some of the best writing I have ever read.
Dave Anderson
I don't want to describe the plot for fear of giving anything away but I will say that the book made me look at bees in a whole new light.
Anthony Fischer
Perfect Union has some great ideas and superb writing.
Sludgemaster Slam

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Shamel on December 30, 2010
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I simply love this book.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sludgemaster Slam on August 10, 2010
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Perfect Union has some great ideas and superb writing. I happened to be reading K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist at the same time, which is a true cold war comedy story about the Communist leader Nikita Khruschev's trip to the United States. Perfect Union took some of the ideas of communist society and went quite the other direction from a lighthearted comedy. Even with the ideas presented, a lesser writer would not have been able to hold my interest as well. But Cody Goodfellow does not skimp on character development, and his style never grated on me or became repetitive. It made me look forward to the books of his I haven't read. A lot of the scenes in Perfect Union were great to picture, but as far as being bizarre, it wasn't anymoreso than, say, a Stephen King story. So I would recommend this not just to people looking for something bizarre, but to those looking for a good horror or thriller or just plain fiction novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Cook on August 4, 2010
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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. Perfect Union is spellbinding, sickening and beautiful. It is one of few strongly political works I have read that deals with the notion that politics is us. The story of a milquetoast loser and his two two twin brothers-in-law who are caught in a war for dominion over a literal hivemind. As this struggle plays out, we see the flaws at the heart of both liberal and conservative worldviews and that these flaws boil down to flaws in the human spirit. Great and shocking imagery, thoughtprovoking ideas and wonderfully wrought prose. I eagerly await Goodfellow's next work. Fans of Cronenberg and Thoreau will have a field day with this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David W Barbee on July 21, 2010
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Perfect Union is definitely weird. Its concept (sort of a meditation on socialist politics with insect/human body-horror) is totally weird, but the approach is that of a more traditional horror tale. Goodfellow gives us a group of strong characters with real-world problems and lets them slowly slip into a bloody and dangerous world. The three guys, Drew, Dean, and Dom, are on a trip to clean out their missing mother's house. Simple enough, but unbeknownst to them, the family matriarch is missing because she's been abducted by the commune.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pete R on June 30, 2010
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PERFECT UNION shatters the mold of the road-trip-to-Hell scenario and lets the shards batter you to a pulp -- though quite likely an engaged & entertained pulp. Harrowing and carnage-spattered as any gorehound could wish, and featuring a monstrous biological abomination that might have been conceived by Drs. Frankenstein & Moreau in collaboration, Goodfellow's novel also manages to present along the way some intriguing contrasts between matters of family dynamics and of political ideology. It's funny, too. Really, you ought to read this book.
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