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The Obese [Kindle Edition]

Nick Antosca
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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."

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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smart satire March 25, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I liked to think that zombies were the ideal vehicle for building a discussion about the human condition. The undead, with their brainless attitudes and consumption, always struck me as perfect tools for satire. Sadly, the explosion in popularity that pushed the genre to produce an unprecedented number of books, comics and television programming focused on the hungry, shuffling corpses, the zombie figure became diluted and the narratives either focused on the gory elements or told the stories of those that survived the apocalypse. Then along came Nick Antosca's The Obese, one of Lazy Fascist Press's latest releases, and I was able to believe in the undead as a medium for much 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.
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FAT PEOPLE APOCALYPSE March 23, 2012
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. Imagine: instead of zombies running (or staggering, depending on the writer) amok and eating people, how about fat people? That's right, fat people go feral and start eating skinny people.

This is seen through the eyes of Nina Gilten, who photoshops models for high end fashion magazines, making beautiful people even more beautiful. Having just broken up with her boyfriend, she is on the prowl in New York City, looking for an incredibly sexy man who is extremely well endowed. Sadly, she seems to be surrounded by gay men and pretentious douchebags, so it seems like she's looking for a unicorn.

Her mother guilts her into letting a childhood "friend" (and I use that term very loosely) stay with her. Dora was a husky outcast back then, and now she's even fatter. She's so fat she disgusts Nina, who then writes to her ex-boyfriend (who, for some reason, is still IM-ing her) about how wrong Dora is to exist. (Nina in her narrative wants to clarify that she doesn't hate fat people, she just can't stand fat, and she goes into a lengthy, disgusting description as to why.)

Dora then asks if it's OK to check her email on Nina's laptop. Oh yeah, you know what Dora finds . . . and she gets her vengeance by using her access to Nina's Gmail to send out a blog entry about how fickle the fashion industry is and how fat people should be used more often as models. This, naturally, ruins Nina's career.

And that's when things get weird. Just as Nina hooks up with her sexy, well-hung dreamboat (Ferdinand), the world goes crazy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lmao!!
This was hella funny. Not sure that it was suppose to be a comedy though. Hmmph.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a fun quick read
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 everybody
Published 3 months ago by Dave Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Om nom nom
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.
Published 3 months ago by Bryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Through the Fat
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 more
Published 14 months ago by TowerOPower
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatpocalypse
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". Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pedro Proença
3.0 out of 5 stars Came for the Obese, stayed for Predator Bait
The Obese failed one key thing in a zombieish seige story, it failed to have interesting characters. Read more
Published on May 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Satire Wrapped in a Horror Novella
"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 more
Published on April 5, 2013 by Paul Cardullo
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
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