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Fiend: A Novel Hardcover – July 9, 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars 204 ratings

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Editorial Reviews Review

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2013: Fiend may be his first novel, but Peter Stenson isn't dipping his big toe into the shallow end of the pool here; it's more like he's cannonballing naked into a murky lake of unknown depth, wearing a blindfold just for kicks. The payoff, for those willing to dive in with him, is an exhilarating rush of a first-person read that's rife with graphic violence, riddled with expletives, devoid of quotation marks, and determined to test your sense of squeamishness. Our protagonist, Chase Daniels, is an unlikely choice for a "hero" with an even more unlikely chance of survival--an unabashed addict who has just snapped out of a week-long drug binge to find himself facing a dystopian nightmare. In a world narrowed down to meth-heads and (a refreshingly original take on) zombies, this kid, with his only vaguely remaining moral compass, is our only option for empathy, our only hope for humanity. He's got no special skills, and he's not connected to a crucial government agency. He knows only what he sees or feels, and so do we. It's gritty, it's gripping, and it's a great debut. --Robin A. Rothman

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How would you react if you suddenly realized the world was in the throes of a zombie apocalypse? Well, if you’re stoners Chase Daniels and his friend Typewriter John, you immediately figure you’re hallucinating that little girl feasting on the rottweiler, and you look around for another hit of meth to make the bad images go away. But this is no hallucination. Luckily, as Chase and Typewriter soon discover, being high stops the virus, or whatever it is, from turning you into a zombie; so as long as we’re high, they figure, we’re safe. It was probably only a matter of time before somebody got the bright idea of grafting a stoner comedy onto a zombie story, and Stenson, in his debut effort, performs the surgery very well. Chase and Typewriter come off as your typical goofy, addle-brained druggies, and the zombie elements of the story are appropriately frightening. Chase and Typewriter are a lot of fun to hang out with, and a surprising dramatic scene at the very end of the book leaves us with an unexpected catch in our throats. Very nicely done. --David Pitt

Product details

  • Hardcover : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0770436315
  • Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0770436315
  • Product Dimensions : 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Crown; 1st Edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 204 ratings