Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Usually ships within 1 to 3 weeks.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Perfect Union has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Perfect Union Paperback – February 5, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.95
$12.94 $10.02

George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones Leather-Cloth Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire Series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Catch up on Game of Thrones before Season 6!
The ultimate collector’s item for fans of the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones—a gorgeous boxed set featuring conveniently sized, hand-holdable leather-cloth-bound editions of the first five novels! Learn more
$12.95 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Usually ships within 1 to 3 weeks. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

"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
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


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 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,071,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Kevin Shamel on December 30, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
1 Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was the first stand alone work of Cody Goodfellow I have read and I came away extremely impressed and my mind was blown away by the crazy surreal imagery he puts into his writing. I will never look at honey the same way again that is for sure. This book makes you think as to what is better one man one mind or the collective and whole of one. I know it's some communistic type views and it delves deep into the collective of one and so on. You have to read the book in order to get an accurate display of how he melds all the concepts into a crazy surreal book. I love Goodfellow with Skipp and love Goodfellow on his own. Great book!!!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is thinking man literature. Released by a bizarro publisher, it really would appeal to anyone fond of Communism, body horror, or action-packed books that really make you think.

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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was an intense read. Weird. Oddly poetic at times, even when discussing drug addiction, or a characters body parts falling off. (Oh Yeah!!)
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Read more ›
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews