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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: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,053,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N Tower on March 29, 2014
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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 By Pedro Proença on February 18, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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 By Paul Cardullo on 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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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 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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