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The n-Body Problem by Tony Burgess

The n-Body Problem

by Tony Burgess

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This was definetely not what I was expecting, it was too macabre and weird (in a bad way) and I just cannot finish it ( )
  AmandaEmma | Mar 26, 2014 |
I hereby proclaim Tony Burgess some kind of mad genius whom I’m terrified of even though I know he’s a nice guy who once saved a kitten from drowning. His works have always danced on the dark side, but even when weighed against his past output of Pontypool Changes Everything, People Live Still in Cashtown Corners, Idaho Winter, and Fiction for Lovers, The n-Body Problem is way, way, way out there. Pushing the zombie genre into places it’s never been, Burgess revels in grotesquerie like few are able. It’s a trip few will forget, and even fewer will want to start.

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  ShelfMonkey | Dec 3, 2013 |
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The n-Body Problem is a gory, sometimes poetic, often confounding stream-of-consciousness nightmare, more post-apocalyptic fiction than zombie novel. [...] Around the midpoint, the novel takes a bizarre and extremely grotesque turn that is both perplexing and isolating. This frankly baffling twist, and its narrative fallout, leaves readers wondering where the plot might have gone had Burgess decided not to confine his grand premise to one unfortunate character’s perspective.
added by monnibo | editQuill & Quire, Stacey Madden (Nov 1, 2013)
Uninhibited by any sort of logic or realism, Burgess is free to revel in torture and execution, dismemberment and nihilism, crafting a self-slain world where the worst prosper and would-be altruists are harshly punished. The author shows considerable talent at this questionable pursuit, offering the world a memorably repellent, absurdist vision of a dying planet.
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In the end, the zombie apocalypse was nothing more than a waste disposal problem. Burn them in giant ovens? Bad optics. Bury them in landfill sites? The first attempt created acres of twitching, roiling mud. The acceptable answer is to jettison the millions of immortal automatons into orbit. Soon Earth's near space is a mesh of bodies interfering with the sunlight and having an effect on our minds that we never saw coming. Aggressive hypochondria, rampant depressive disorders, irresistible suicidal thought--resulting in teenage suicide cults, who want nothing more than to orbit the earth as living dead. Life on earth has slowly become not worth living. And death is no longer an escape.… (more)

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