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Fiend: A Novel Paperback – April 8, 2014
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I downloaded the sample of Fiend because the teaser was interesting. I read about two sentences and WHAM! I hit the "buy" button like Pavlov's mutt going in for the goods. I read half of it in one sitting and was very resentful when I had to put it down and visit the head. First-time novelist Peter Stenson has absolutely hit the undead horsehide clear of the fences.
No fan of Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead will be immune to this fun literary virus.
Nobody can say that everything that can be done in the genre has been done. Not until this author gives the all-clear.
If you ever liked anything zombiefied, read Fiend. You'll end up with a wicked acute zombosis, like me.
I found *Fiend* utterly engrossing (I read it pretty much non-stop) & it will certainly stay with me - to some extent intellectually, but mostly on an emotional level. There, it reminded me of the movie "Cube", the 1998 surrealistic thriller, but I find it difficult to say exactly why. Outside of isolation, the characters & settings are dissimilar. But, for me, they each created an almost palpable sense of claustrophobic threat (both from within & without the group) & the terror of ever-narrowing options. And the endings of both, each of which I found very satisfying, were powerfully evocative emotionally &, well, haunting.
I'm certainly curious to see whether, & if so what, Mr. Stenson next writes. I'd almost certainly buy it solely for the author's ability to provoke strong sensibilities in the reader.
If you like reading about people not doing much of anything with such addled brains that their not really thinking of anything and suffering from such riddled bodies that they mostly don't really do anything? This is your reading pleasure; otherwise make the sign of the cross, back away slowly, and don't look the book in the eyes.
Their struggle to survive in an even harsher world than that of addiction is a unique and novel twist on the "end of the world"/"zombie" type of story.
The author is a recovering meth addict himself and it shows in the story. You can't but help feel sad for these people and how their dependence ties them together but also drives them in ways that would be different from someone not addicted (but hey! you would be a zombie then in this book). The harshness and realities of such a dependency are very upfront. The degrading of values and reasoning, all while their survival and bonding together ties into the drug and addiction they share is readily apparent.
Even after watching another program about the manufacturing and distribution of meth (Breaking Bad) there was a lot that was unknown to me regarding both the drug and the effects on the users of said drug. If you are squeamish about graphic drug use, skip this book. There was a lot that I learned from reading this book and some ancillary google searches on various topics discussed within. My heart truly goes out to those addicted to this horrible drug and my kudos to those that have kicked their addictions.
I would highly recommend this novel to those into the "zombie" story books. Looking forward to future stories from this author.
Stenson's writing style is very quick, which makes for an impeccably paced novel you have to stay actively engaged with in order to follow well. He moves rapidly between scenes with little time spent / wasted on segues. One moment you're in a house; the next it's burning to the ground; the next you're across town; the next a reanimated porn star is giggling and attacking; the next you're getting high with yet another junkie who's survived the end of the world. The descriptions are vivid but not over the top because Stenson has that rare gift of actually trusting his reader's imagination to connect many of the dots. The characters are well-developed and likeable, which is yet another indication of Stenson's writing talents... 'cos it'd normally be damn hard to get me to like most meth-heads who are more obsessed with getting their fix than they are with survival, and yet.
The only complaint I have is that the main character's (I forget his name) recollections of his ex-girlfriend are a little too frequent. It's only during mentions of the ex that Stenson's storytelling feels at all heavy-handed.