Zombie [NOOK Book]

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Meet Quentin P.

He is a problem for his professor father and his loving mother, though of course they do not believe the charge (sexual molestation of a minor) that got him in that bit of trouble.

He is a challenge for his court-appointed psychiatrist, who nonetheless is encouraged by the increasingly affirmative quality of his dreams and his openness in discussing them.

He ...

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Zombie

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Overview

Meet Quentin P.

He is a problem for his professor father and his loving mother, though of course they do not believe the charge (sexual molestation of a minor) that got him in that bit of trouble.

He is a challenge for his court-appointed psychiatrist, who nonetheless is encouraged by the increasingly affirmative quality of his dreams and his openness in discussing them.

He is a thoroughly sweet young man for his wealthy grandmother, who gives him more and more, and can deny him less and less.

He is the most believable and thoroughly terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever to be brought to life in fiction, as Joyce Carol Oates achieves her boldest and most brilliant triumph yet—a dazzling work of art that extends the borders of the novel into the darkest heart of truth.

This unflinching, unforgettable fictional exploration into the life and mind of a paroled sex offender provides a psychologically astute portrait of the way cold calculation and dark obsession combine to make a serial killer both horrifyingly successful and maddeningly elusive.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Periodically, Oates seems compelled to write grim novels that explore humanity's darkest corners. Coming on the heels of last year's excellent What I Lived For, this depressing narrative carries macabre imagination to the extreme. It depicts the career of Quentin P., a convicted young sex offender on probation who has turned to serial killing without being caught, despite the worried scrutiny of his family and of his psychiatrist. Convincingly presented as Quentin's diary of his pursuit of the perfect ``zombie'' a handsome young man to be rendered compliant and devoted through Quentin's lobotomizing him with an ice pick, the narrative incorporates crude drawings and typographic play to evoke the hermetic imagination of a psychopath; the reader examines the killer's sketches of weapons and staring eyes, and hears him say, ``I lost it & screamed at him & shook him BUT I DID NOT HURT HIM I SWEAR.'' For all its apparent authenticity, however, this novel ventures into territory that has been explored more powerfully by, among others, Dennis Cooper Frisk, whose chilly minimalism underscores the brutality of such crimes in a way that Oates's more calculatedly histrionic approach does not. This slim, sadistic reverie may be chilling, but it comes off as less a fully realized work than as an exercise from a writer at morbid play. Oct.
Library Journal
Quentin P. is 31 years old, single, and the son of a well-respected college professor. He has his own apartment in the university town where he lives and attends classes at a local technical college. He is also a convicted sex offender now out on parole and a serial killer. In Oates's riveting new novel the reader is cunningly drawn inside Quentin's mind as he carefully plans and carries out a gruesome murder. With a deceptively simple prose style, Oates forces us to feel the calculating rationality behind Quentin's madness. What gives this novel its awesome power is Oates's ability to convice us that Quentin might be anyone: a casual acquaintance, a friend, or a brother. Compulsively readable and impossible to forget, this should both win the prolific Oates new fans and satisfy her longtime readers. Highly recommended for public libraries of all sizes. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/95.]-Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle
Alice Joyce
Oates repeatedly exhibits the unwavering ability to depict the shadowy, at times malignant, aspects of human nature. Her latest endeavor is perhaps her most chilling novel to date, a diary with the eerie familiarity of yesterday's headlines, written by a sexually obsessed serial killer. Upon entering the psyche of Quentin P--, once arrested for the sexual assault of a young boy, Oates proceeds to reveal the demented scheming behind his abduction and torture of numerous victims--murders that remain essentially unknown to Quentin's parents, doctors, therapists, and parole counselors alike. With striking parallels to published reports of Jeffrey Dahmer's crimes, it is difficult not to conjure up that killer's image or to imagine his very thoughts and the rituals portrayed in the press as being perpetrated by him. Still, Oates compels the reader onward to the very last page of a horrifying, revelatory work of fiction.
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Meet Quentin P., the most believably terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever brought to life in fiction. The author deftly puts you inside the mind of a serial killer--succeeding not in writing about madness, but in writing with the logic of madness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061960116
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 69,810
  • File size: 535 KB

Meet the Author

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestseller The Accursed. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Biography

Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most influential and important storytellers in the literary world. She has often used her supreme narrative skills to examine the dark side of middle-class Americana, and her oeuvre includes some of the finest examples of modern essays, plays, criticism, and fiction from a vast array of genres. She is still publishing with a speed and consistency of quality nearly unheard of in contemporary literature.

A born storyteller, Oates has been spinning yarns since she was a little girl too young to even write. Instead, she would communicate her stories through drawings and paintings. When she received her very first typewriter at the age of 14, her creative floodgates opened with a torrent. She says she wrote "novel after novel" throughout high school and college -- a prolificacy that has continued unabated throughout a professional career that began in 1963 with her first short story collection, By the North Gate.

Oates's breakthrough occurred in 1969 with the publication of them, a National Book Award winner that established her as a force to be reckoned with. Since that auspicious beginning, she has been nominated for nearly every major literary honor -- from the PEN/Faulkner Award to the Pulitzer Prize -- and her fiction turns up with regularity on The New York Times annual list of Notable Books.

On average Oates publishes at least one novel, essay anthology, or story collection a year (during the 1970s, she produced at the astonishing rate of two or three books a year!). And although her fiction often exposes the darker side of America's brightest facades – familial unrest, sexual violence, the death of innocence – she has also made successful forays into Gothic novels, suspense, fantasy, and children's literature. As novelist John Barth once remarked, "Joyce Carol Oates writes all over the aesthetical map."

Where she finds the time for it no one knows, but Oates manages to combine her ambitious, prolific writing career with teaching: first at the University of Windsor in Canada, then (from 1978 on), at Princeton University in New Jersey. For all her success and fame, her daily routine of teaching and writing has changed very little, and her commitment to literature as a transcendent human activity remains steadfast.

Good To Know

When not writing, Oates likes to take in a fight. "Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost," she says in highbrow fashion of the lowbrow sport.

Oates's Black Water, which is a thinly veiled account of Ted Kennedy's car crash in Chappaquiddick, was produced as an opera in the 1990s.

In 2001, Oprah Winfrey selected Oates's novel We Were the Mulvaneys for her Book Club.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Rosamond Smith
    2. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 16, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lockport, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    There is absolutely no redeeming factors to this book. It is sic

    There is absolutely no redeeming factors to this book. It is sick, twisted and shocking at times which is obviously the desired effect, but the writing style is difficult to get used to and there is no climax or conclusion to the story. It's essentially 176 pages of rambling lunacy. This is the biggest waste of money I've spent on a book in a very long time.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    Horrifying!!

    Joyce Carol Oates' Zombie terrified, shocked, and greatly angered me. I found myself cursing at and spitting venom at the fictional Q_P_. Not for the faint of heart!! Bravo, Mrs. Oates!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    The book that started the love affair...

    Sick, gruesome and alarming. JCO is an unforgetable writer. This book is freaky.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Sickos

    This book is so sick and twisted that it is brilliant! This story is especially scary because the anti-hero could actually be the dude down the street. Seriously twisted.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Be prepared for this

    One of the few books that made me physically sick, that being said a grimly fascinating novel I found impossible to put down even when I wanted too. Read it but I warned you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Too creepy for me.

    I don't believe I will be recommending this to anyone. I found the plot line and characters disturbing. I can't imagine what prompted Joyce Carol Oates to write something like this. I could not have spent the amount of time need to write a book with this character and these events.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Creepy!

    JCO created an extra-creepy serial killer in Zombie! A drugged Zombie himself, he is trying to create his own persoanl.Zombie who will love him at will. Terrific, fast read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    LOVE ZOMBIES

    THIS BOOK RULES I LOVE THIS TYPE OF STUFF:)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Fun read

    Good book with well zombies

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Great book

    Nice

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Astro

    Welcome to my minecraft role play! Rules: Bios at result two. Claiming is required (i claim result three). Pvp allowed at all times. All mods installed here. You can be a mob or survivor. Have fun!

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Need people!!!

    Zombies (the social workshop) res 1 is signups for zom. Apoc. Please join! I need you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Ember

    ?...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Lame....

    I couldnt get more than 20 pages in. I hate the style its written in from someone who loves books that are "scary" or "sick" after reading other reviews about how "messed up" this book was supposed to be I was expecting more but the way it is written made it unbearable to read. I wish i could get my money back....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Tap here

    Sould i get thisbook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Austin

    *waits by the door holding an axe*

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

    Not about zombies. Not sure why this book is rating so well, it

    Not about zombies. Not sure why this book is rating so well, it's awful. Story about a young man with mental issues (big mental issues) who is secretly gay and driving an ice pick into men's brains to try to create a zombie/love interest. That's the story here, and it's gross and uninterestiing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Leda

    "I Agree with Bryan. Why doesnt he join?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Korrina and carl

    They were holding hands. Walking slowly at eachother's pace. They saw a women. ZOMBIE. Korrina thought. She warned carl by looking over at him. She grabbed her dagger and taser. Carl got his machete and knife. He pulled korrina back. The lady was wearing plaid dress. She had shaggy black hair that reached to her lower back. It looks like she has been a biter for more than 2 years. Her blood red eyes were hiding a shade of yellow and purple. Korrina pointed her dagger at the undead corpse. She seemed fairly small for a women maybe middle aged. Korrina's face dropped to a frown. "How sad?" She teared. "What? Carl said holding his gun to the women. Who faced the other direction. Korrina shoke her head. "Nothing," she muttered. The walker turned to them again. Slowly walking putting her hands in front of her. As if she was grabbing out to the two teens. Korrina pulled carl back and stepped in font of him. The biter's teeth were showing into a snarl...low growl like a wolf. They were yellow and chipped with a hint of black and blood or guts. Before anything an arrow crossed to the other side of her head. Making her fall to the side. The two ternagers stood in horror with pale skin. Carl turned his head slightly to see eliza. "I was wondering where you were baby sister" she grinned with a white shiny smile. The two both fell into a sigh of relief and smiled at eliza. She went over and pulled the arrow out. Carl took korrina's hand. He smiled and sighed giving her a hug. "Come on you lovers!" Eliza inserted from the tree she was leaning on. Carl noticed her tattoos a dragon and a heart a bunch of others. She wasn't wearing her fleece it was around her waist. She was just in her blue tank top. Showing her scrawny self. Korrina was even more tinier though. Thnx for reading pt 4 will come out soon respond to avril thnx to meh cuzin korrina slash bff. Byyee

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Bryan

    Yea lol see ya guy i gtg too

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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