The Obese

The Obese Alfred Hitchcock s The Birds with obese people Nina Gilten works in the fashion industry She retouches images for Redbook Teen Vogue Chic Marie Claire and Nylon Her work involves shaving off hipbo

  • Title: The Obese
  • Author: Nick Antosca
  • ISBN: 9781621050179
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alfred Hitchcock s The Birds with obese people.Nina Gilten works in the fashion industry She retouches images for Redbook, Teen Vogue, Chic, Marie Claire, and Nylon Her work involves shaving off hipbones, masking moles, and giving sheen to the lusterless skin of supermodels In other words, she makes people beautiful But when a vengeful houseguest forwards Nina s pAlfred Hitchcock s The Birds with obese people.Nina Gilten works in the fashion industry She retouches images for Redbook, Teen Vogue, Chic, Marie Claire, and Nylon Her work involves shaving off hipbones, masking moles, and giving sheen to the lusterless skin of supermodels In other words, she makes people beautiful But when a vengeful houseguest forwards Nina s private correspondence with her boss to popular feminist blog Jezebel, Nina finds herself jobless and ostracized.Then rabid obese people start rampaging on the streets of New York.Thrown together with her ex boyfriend Chris and his fiance, the gorgeous Molly Sweet, Ferdinand a male model with a fat fetish , Chantal also a model , and Dora the vengeful houseguest who destroyed her career , Nina must fend for her life in a world where the people she hates most are now trying to eat her.Lazy Fascist Press is proud to present The Obese, a bloody satire about body image and America s obesity epidemic, written by Shirley Jackson Award winner Nick Antosca.Also featuring the bonus story Predator Bait.

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    1. from publisherRead on my phone 8/12/125 Stars - Highly Recommended / The Next Best Book - Excellent gateway to Bizarro FictionPgs: 80 (eBook)Publisher: Lazy Fascist PressDon't you dare look away! It's not the kind of thing I would want to be staring at either, those rosy red cheeks and thunder thighs but trust me, you're going to want to add this book to your wishlist once I'm done with this review.Lazy Fascist Press (the guys attached to the whole recent "nicest cease and desist lawyer letter i [...]

    2. A novella like this can go in a multitude of directions. it can either be preachy or so absurd that you end up laughing heartily at at it. I like that it allows you to draw your own conclusions about how or why it affected you. Antosca is a talented writer that throws up a mirror gives us a full view of just how shallow people are. The strength is in the story telling and while the front cover may shock and offend you, the novella itself is well written and truly makes a statement. This is what [...]

    3. Just finished this book and feel slightly weird for enjoying it. It's an ugly, ugly book--the cover's (amazingly) grotesque and every character in The Obese is a piece of shit. Everyone is either contemptible and narcissistic, or petty and whiny. BUT, these are the type of things that you love to hate, and once the bloodshed starts, it's so so satisfying. (I was really tempted to litter this review with a lot of food puns)I really enjoyed the take-down of New York media-types. Having the main ch [...]

    4. 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 h [...]

    5. A toxic substance has gotten into the NYC water supply that zombifies obese people into rotted pumpkin reeking, voraciously "num numming" killing machines. An anorexic digital touch-up artist is seriously irritated by a revenge-seeking houseguest and her statuesque sidekick. When intractable situations merge--all is fair in love, and gore.It's been awhile since I read a story where every single character was contemptible in one way or another. This bloodfest will also breed contempt from overwei [...]

    6. A great, tight, brutal zombie story that's also a scathing look at the fashion industry and internet age. It's exactly what it seems and a lot of fun, which works for such a compact, well-executed novella.

    7. "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 o [...]

    8. The Obese is a great story about a skinny woman, Nina, whose job it is to touch up photographs of models to make them look anorexic and is soon thrown into a fight for her life against a rabid horde of the morbidly obese. Antosca begins the story normally, then throws in a few hints of what's to come without fully telling. The reader will notice certain odd things in the narrative before they are thrust into the chaos, which is really well done and effective. It's bloody while also insightful in [...]

    9. In a short novel about obese people who turn into zombies and start to take over the city, "The Obese" seems flawed for other reasons. Most of it is because the beginning has nothing to do with the end, and the set up in the beginning is interesting (a fashion magazine photo shopper who slices curves out of pictures meets with an old classmate who decides to destroy her career.) This aspect gets thrown to the wayside when the killer fat people show up, and does not return. This makes me wish tha [...]

    10. Brilliant social commentary; little on the short side. Nick Antosca has created multifaceted and strikingly realistic characters that reflect some heavy modern issues. The setting, too, is vividly portrayed, and the core concept of the book is great. Sadly, the plot fails to live up to the standards Antosca sets for himself--the book follows the generic survival-horror trope without much deviation. Also, it's too damn short. The addition of the story "Predator Bait" helps a little with this; its [...]

    11. Really really great little novella. Moves quickly. I admire that. Very economical use of language. It's satire, I think, which basically means everyone's a douchebag and you cheer when they get eaten. But what's even better than the novella, I think, is the short story attached to it, "Predator Bait", about a young woman hired by a seedy "To Catch A Predator" type show because she looks young. It's once again a story of douchebags, though a quite a bit more sympathetic than "The Obese". I like i [...]

    12. A very gruesome look at size discrimination indeed! I think this book deserves closer to a 3.5, but 'Predator Bait' pushed it up a bit for me. I felt that both stories could have used further development, but I think padding them out to make a larger novel would have dampened their effect. The later theme in The Obese (view spoiler)[zombies (hide spoiler)] took me by surprise, but it was an enjoyable read. If you're willing to pair this up with a little non-fiction, I would suggest 'Fat Is A Fem [...]

    13. I feel like the contemporary references are really powerful, including Facebook, gmail chat, Anderson Cooper, etc. and make the work memorable and important in a way. Once the obese start nom-nom-nom-ing, the story quickly turns zombie, and some of the significance fell away for me. There are full-circle parallels, such as Nina removing pieces of people/piece of Nina being removed, though. To be fair, I'm reading this book with the mindset that I might teach it in the fall, so it's possible I'm [...]

    14. The story was really good, but lost me at the end. It's written in the first person, which is OK, but the ending didn't make sense as written in that voice.

    15. This may contain spoilers.Really like the image of a preppy, narcissistic, stuck up, snobby hot girl being chased by obese mutants. I also really liked how in the midst of the outbreak of the obese, Nina's concerns are still only about herself.But the bonus story in this book, Predator Bait, is my favorite. Predator Bait presents a very honest and clever critique of the manipulation of ideals and morality through media consumption in America

    16. "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.

    17. Short and easy to read in one sitting. Kinda like a reverse 'A Modern Proposal.' Definitely heavy on the satire and social commentary, although it's nicely tucked away so that you *could* just read it as a quick zombie(ISH) type quick thriller.

    18. Just felt weak, and short like the author realized he didn't have anywhere to go with it. Here's the deal: zombies are fat people. Fat people are zombies. That's about it.

    19. Competently written, but none of the characters are remotely sympathetic, and the ending is weirdly abrupt and unsatisfying.

    20. I loved this author's writing style. There's a poetic quality to the sentence structures that sucks you in and the next thing you know you've finished the book. I recommend this.

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