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  • 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, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D61Y22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By FionaDourif on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Romance re-capper on September 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gabino Iglesias on April 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laryssa on October 21, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Proença on 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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