- File Size: 351 KB
- Print Length: 108 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press (February 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007D61Y22
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
The Obese tells the story of Nina Gilten, a photo editor who works in the fashion industry and spends her days digitally chopping up the bodies of young, skinny models until they achieve perfect, impossible proportions. Her work appears in important magazines like Teen Vogue, Chic and Marie Claire and her life obeys the rigorous regimen dictated by the industry she works for. All is well in Nina's perfect world of high fashion, empty fridges and flat stomachs, except for the fact that her boyfriend left her. When a visiting friend from high school drops by and Nina is forced to let her crash on her sofa, a small comment will lead her visitor to concoct an email that will ruin the photo editor's career. Feeling unemployed and ostracized might sound like a lot, but soon things will get even uglier. As obese people begin to rampage around New York, Nina finds herself thrown together with her ex-boyfriend, his fiancé, a model she just started dating, a supermodel who went to high school with her and the vengeful guest who ruined her career.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was hella funny. Not sure that it was suppose to be a comedy though. Hmmph.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a fun quick read, my favorite type. You can't go wrong reading this one. Antosca does a great job telling the story about how the obese want to eat everybodyPublished 12 months ago by Dave Anderson
Fun quick story that makes quite a statement about our current society.
I thought the second story was poignant but near as much fun as the first.
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. Read morePublished 22 months ago by TowerOPower
The Obese failed one key thing in a zombieish seige story, it failed to have interesting characters. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Kandice
"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. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Paul Cardullo
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 morePublished on July 10, 2012 by C. Fitzgerald