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The Obese [Kindle Edition]

Nick Antosca
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds-with obese people.

Nina Gilten works in the fashion industry. She retouches images for Redbook, Teen Vogue, Chic, Marie Claire, and Nylon. Her work involves shaving off hipbones, masking moles, and giving more sheen to the lusterless skin of supermodels. In other words, she makes people beautiful. But when a vengeful houseguest forwards Nina's private correspondence with her boss to popular feminist blog Jezebel, Nina finds herself jobless and ostracized.

Then rabid obese people start rampaging on the streets of New York.

Thrown together with her ex-boyfriend Chris and his fiancé, the gorgeous Molly Sweet, Ferdinand (a male model with a fat fetish), Chantal (also a model), and Dora (the vengeful houseguest who destroyed her career), Nina must fend for her life in a world where the people she hates most are now trying to eat her.

Lazy Fascist Press is proud to present The Obese, a bloody satire about body image and America's obesity epidemic, written by Shirley Jackson Award-winner Nick Antosca.

Also featuring the bonus story "Predator Bait."

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Product Details

  • File Size: 351 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press (February 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D61Y22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smart satire March 25, 2012
Format:Paperback
Just when you think you know where The Obese is taking you, you'll be thrown in another direction entirely. This is smart satire. The characters are real, and I both related to and hated every character in this book. If you have ever spent time in New York City, or any large American city for that matter, you just may have known them.

This is not a book making fun of fat people, it's sending up the people who spend their days focused on body image. And it's done well. You won't be able to put down. I read it in a single gulp and find myself wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Through the Fat March 29, 2014
By N Tower
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had high hopes for this one after reading the first twenty or so pages. The pacing and characterization are strong, and it seemed like it was on track to be rather insightful. However, once the menacing fat people apocalypse begins, the story loses a lot of its strengths for me. The story starts to feel rushed, the characters fall apart (not in a good way), and the ending is incredibly underwhelming and unsatisfying. If this book is setting out to make a point, then it falls far short. If it is just meant to entertain, then it succeeds for the most part. There isn't much special here, but it is a quick and mostly fun read. I love most of the offerings from Lazy Fascist Press, but this is not one of their best titles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatpocalypse February 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
As a fat person, as always wanted to write my "fat book". One day, maybe I will. Meanwhile, we have to settle with Nick Antosca's "The Obese".

A tale of madness, this book is about fat people attacking New York. A terrorist organization releases a toxin on the city's water supply, and only fat people are affected, because the toxin is absorbed by fat tissue. On the center of all this mess, we have Nina. She works retouching images for famous fashion publications. She had just lost her job after her overweight houseguest read mean comments she made about fat people on her PC and e-mailed a famous feminist blog about it.

During the attacks, Nina partners up with an unlikely group of people trying to stay alive.

I liked this book a lot. It explores the social interactions involved with dealing with self-image issues. It's not all black and white, and the author acknwoledges it.

The violent parts are alright. I thought the book was kind of small, really. I wanted more, but in a good way. Things were explained, I just wish the author took more time explaining them.

The second history, "Predator Bait", about a young woman who poses as a child to lure out sexual predators is pretty good. You can really feel the desperation in the final parts of the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Came for the Obese, stayed for Predator Bait May 10, 2013
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The Obese failed one key thing in a zombieish seige story, it failed to have interesting characters. I saw the story like an appetizer that was sublimely delicious, only to be followed by a bland entree. Predator Bait was tragic and complex view on what it is to exploited for television, for sexual gratification and the murky grey area of what is morality. Overall, I was impressed enough to read more from Nick Antosca.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satire Wrapped in a Horror Novella April 5, 2013
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"The Obese" is a smart satire wrapped in a horror novella. This is not a indictment of the overweight. Instead, it satirizes culture's obsession with body image. It is a quick, fun read and worth seeking out.

This edition, published by Lazy Fascist Press, also contains the fascinating short story "Predator Bait". I wouldn't mind seeing this story expanded upon. Good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully irreverent October 21, 2012
By Laryssa
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"The Obese" is definitely the breeziest, most wonderfully irreverent book I've read this year. I couldn't believe how quickly I thumbed through the pages, craving the narrator's next thought. I also couldn't believe my own amusement at the politically incorrect subjects that Antosca explores.

This book shouldn't be taken too seriously. Rather, it should be seen as an acknowledgement of the twisted images we hold of ourselves and the people around us. If we can't accept the uncomfortable reality of Antosca's fiction, then we're not looking hard enough at ourselves. I admire his ability to make me feel uneasy and amused at the same time.

Considering that Antosca is obviously a man, he does an excellent job entering the mind of young, cosmopolitan females, in both "The Obese" and the bonus short story that follows. At no point did I question the believability of the narrators' voices. I also love the fact that both stories are set in the here-and-now, referencing pop-culture subjects like Anderson Cooper and Jezebel. A lesser author might make contemporary references sound cheesy, but Antosca uses them successfully.

I wouldn't recommend this book to everyone, simply because I know, through experience, that not everyone can handle it, but if you want something completely different, something oozing with dark humor and sharp observation, you should definitely give "The Obese" a try.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Satire? September 21, 2012
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SPOILER ALERT. This book presents an apocalyptic world in which fat people turn into flesh eating zombies. The main character, a thin woman on the run, is largely presented in a positive light. Antosca deftly treads a fine line, asking the reader to decide if the book satirizes contemporary attitudes about fatness (fat people are greedy/lazy/take up too much space and too many resources/etc.) or if it sympathizes with them. That being said--the book is too short to really go into any kind of character development for the secondary characters, and the plot line is pretty trite.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Simply not funny or insightful
I found this effort heavy handed and and about as humorous as a Tom Cruise performance. "The Obese" attempts to be sophisticated and subversive with it's fat bashing but the result... Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by C. Fitzgerald
4.0 out of 5 stars Like zombies replaced by fat people. Brilliantly done.
The Obese is a great story about a skinny woman, Nina, whose job it is to touch up photographs of models to make them look anorexic and is soon thrown into a fight for her life... Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Craig Meikle
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb critique (plus, Anderson Cooper is devoured by the obese)
I liked to think that zombies were the ideal vehicle for building a discussion about the human condition. Read more
Published on April 12, 2012 by Gabino Iglesias
1.0 out of 5 stars Cruel, Harmful, Unfunny, In Bad Taste
This book plays on the popular fear of getting fat by literally making fat people monsters, as if fat people aren't actually human. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Ecrivaine
4.0 out of 5 stars FAT PEOPLE APOCALYPSE
You know how everyone is going on and on about how they would handle themselves in a zombie apocalypse? That's baby stuff compared to what's going on in THE OBESE. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Tusitala
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, please...
This has been one of the first Lazy Fascist Press titles I have checked out and I have to say it will definitely not be the last. 4 stars for The Obese...
Published on March 19, 2012 by jon117
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