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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621050173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621050179
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FionaDourif on March 25, 2012
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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 By Romance re-capper on 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 By Gabino Iglesias on April 12, 2012
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2012
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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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