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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: #2,560,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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"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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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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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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"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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