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The Fat Man Hardcover – November 1, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Of this "seamlessly crafted psychological thriller" set in 1933 New Zealand, PW's starred review said, "Gee gives the proverbial victim-turns-villain myth several spellbinding twists.... Readers with a hearty appetite for the diabolical will get their fill here." Ages 12-up. (Mar.)r
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up. In this engrossing psychological thriller, a devious man, embittered by the taunts he endured as a child, returns to his hometown to seek revenge on the family of one of his tormentors.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
My book was not at all what I thought it would be. I didn't know what to think when I saw the title. I didn't really like the subject that much. When I read the back it was talking about the war, so I assumed it would be about the troubles of warfare to Colin. Instead it only briefly mentioned that the only work Colin's dad could get was working in Herbert's yard. It is mostly a suspense story. This is because you never really know to what measure Herbert will take a situation to get what he wants. Throughout the story he is obviously sneaking behind everyone's backs with something; the problem is nobody can figure out what until one night Colin's dad went with Herbert to Aukland. At first I didn't really like the way the author wrote the book. It seemed to wander and get ahead of it and then go back to what it was originally talking about. The sentences were all right but it just got confusing at times. The story seemed to be just right. That is except for the end. It seemed to drag on and on and then it just ended. I wanted it to go one a little more about what happened after, but it just ended suddenly. It told a little bit about after what happened, but I wanted to know so much more.
I would recommend this book for people who like a little suspense. It was overall a very well written book and I enjoyed it. It is fairly smooth reading but a little hard to follow at other times. I give it a 3.
In the mist of the book, the toucher stops, and the book begins to stink. Herbert lets Colin go and then they magically meet up again at Colin's grandmothers house. Colin they sees that Herbert doesn't just dislike him, but his whole family. The heat of the story never got back up after that. There wasn't anymore break ins, and no one got hurt. Colin was stuck babysitting Herbert's daughter Verna, and defending her at school.
The end of the book wasn't good at all. Colin and Verna became friends, and the fat man was never seen again. Before i read the book i thought that it would be good. But after reading t, i thought that it was a waste of time. I should have read something else. EVERYONE, DON'T CHOOSE THIS BOOK!
Herbert Muskie is fat, he's strong and he is very, very mad at the people of Loomis. You see Herbert used to live in Loomis until one day thirteen years ago the town people chased Herbert out of town. Now Herbert is back, and with a vengeance, and more than willing to return the favor to all the towns' people!
This story is somewhat suspenseful but not very much, the characterswere very dumb and had very poor judgment. The one character I liked to most was probably the one that I didn't like, Herbert, I like him because he wasn't afraid to take chances. And although there is nothing that could justify his killing the towns people I liked him because he was just plain he had more color to him, he wasn't average Herbert he was fat Herbert. That's what I think gave him the edge because people probably underestimated him because he was fat. The book was kinda like a old town folk tale, like a story that is told to the children so they do not misbehave. The story pretty much just revolved around Herbert's hate or the town's people. The book is moderately long and the story is very dull.
This book is very dull and somewhat suspenseful, that why I would not recommend this book to anyone no matter how bored you are. This book is just a story about a fat man trying to pay back the people who made fun of him when he was like 13. DON'T READ THIS BOOK!!