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Abyrne, the last enclave in a wasteland. All food is produced by Magnus Meat Processing and controlled by the Parsons of the Welfare. Richard Shanti, the 'Ice Pick', is Abyrne's legendary bolt-gunner, dispatching hundreds of animals every hour to supply the townsfolk with all the meat they could want. But Shanti is having doubts about his line of work. When war breaks out ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Beautiful Books (first published 2008)
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    4.0 stars. This novel has one of the most shocking and disturbing dystopian settings I have come across in a long time. While I decided to give this book 4 stars overall, I am going to address two main segments of the story so that I can better address the merits of each.

    PART 1: Introduction to the Town of Abryne and its residents

    The initial set up of the book which includes the first half of the novel is NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING and easily worthy of 5 stars in my opinion. It is one of the most
    Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)

    5 Stars for this Gloriously Depraved and Shockingly Disturbing Horror Fiction

    MEAT was set in a dystopian world where veganism is blasphemous and punishable by gruesome death. Richard Shanti, a top cattle stunning stockman proudly known as 'Ice Pick' was a legendary figure in Abyrne. No one would have thought he would be risking not only his life but his family's as well for denying meat as his sustenance. Shanti was torn between protecting his family and appeasing his tumultuous conscience that
    May 25, 2010 Lou rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: horror, april-list
    This is a bitter struggle for supremacy between The Meat Baron of The Magnus Meat Processing plant and The Welfare headed by The Grand Bishop for control of Abyrne a town where people know nothing else except “We want Meat to eat”. Well that’s what they have been forced and cohered into, a doctrine of Sacred Meat and nothing else to survive on but is that really all there is to their existence?
    One sole provider of special Meat, one force of power, one leader.
    There are a few bel
    Bark's Book Nonsense
    Nov 03, 2009 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: animal activists, horror fans
    I've read many horrific things and thought I'd "read it all" but this one is genuinely frightening because I can see things going this way in the case of an apocalypse or other such disaster, with those in a position of power taking advantage of those without. Call me gloomy but I don't have a lot of faith in man.

    It's very thought provoking and reinforces my belief that raising animals in horrible conditions for meat and profit is wrong (though I'm not a vegetarian this book may just push me ove
    May 26, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing
    A brutal, grim and thought-provoking book that had me hooked from the very beginning.
    Even with a title like 'Meat', I still found myself shocked. The premise of the story isn't fully revealed in all its true horror too early, as a result there was at least one occasion when I had to go back and re-read the odd sentence - 'does that mean what I think it means?! FINGERS?! No!'
    I thought the way business and religion each exploited the food chain and townspeople was an excellent examination of our o
    Nov 26, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
    I was looking through my reads so far from this year and Meat stands out as being at least in the top ten. I have been remiss in not writing anything at all. I see more than a few of my friends have this book marked as to-read and I really think most of you should move it up your list.

    I want to recommend this book to the masses but in reality, this may be too much for most people to stomach. Meat, American Psycho, and Blood Meridian are the most graphic and violent books I have read, so if you
    Angel Gelique
    Dec 02, 2013 Angel Gelique rated it it was amazing
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    Meat explores a town within a wasteland where the tenets of a new religion require the consumption of meat. Meat from the "Chosen" stock--cattle--is prepared at the Magnus Meat Processing Plant (MMP), where the high and mighty Meat Baron, Rory Magnus, reigns supreme. For generations, the inhabitants of Abyrne have embraced the religion and those fortunate enough to afford the sacred meat readily consume it enthusiastically. Yet a handful of citizens have begun to question the morality and integ
    Dec 11, 2007 Jude rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: horror, novel
    One Hell of a disturbing novel. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it, and would recommend it to all fans of dark literature.
    Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams
    Feb 02, 2014 Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams rated it it was amazing
    Giving this bad boy a 4.5 because although I felt the beginning was quite slow, I loved the book all in all. I also got to enjoy it with one of my favorite people in the world, by awesome sister Angel. :) The book was very well written and incredibly thought provoking!! I even enjoyed the author's note in the end and although I do not plan to be a vegetarian I was very tempted to after reading the book. The ending was shocking and I didn't see if coming whatsoever. I felt their was a religious u ...more
    Jan 06, 2017 Juxian rated it it was amazing
    There are some books that feel like written specially for me. Like everything in them is exactly the way and in exact measure that I need, that works for me. This book was one of those. From the moment I opened it – and we immediately clicked. Well, you probably need to know that my favorite comfort reads include “The Exorcist”, “It” and “Battle Royale”, so it might be saying something about my taste. I wouldn’t risk recommending it – but I loved it so much.
    It was shocking - and it never got le
    I was expecting a horror book, but instead I got a book that, I felt, was preaching to me. The subject matter could be horrific providing it really happened, but it did not.

    This book left me feeling ripped-off and praying for its end to near almost halfway through the book. I also found myself falling asleep, literally, during most of it.

    I am extremely picky about my books and this one came highly-recommended. I gave this book two stars because it had the potential to be a great horror. The ext
    Dec 27, 2009 Maicie rated it it was amazing
    First 'horror' book I've ever given 5 stars. Original and gut-wrenching. Another one of those books I'm going to drive people crazy with by pushing them to read it ASAP.

    Note to friends and family: do not read the reviews for this book. Take it all in with fresh eyes. And an empty stomach.

    Spoilers - Spoilers

    Greville Snipe is decidedly the creepiest character in fiction. The sleazebag got what he deserved.

    I wondered about a prion disease, too. Very fitting to the tale.

    The thing that most distur
    Aug 24, 2012 Bookowl1000 rated it really liked it
    I did not find the descriptions of how 'the chosen' were processed to be overly horrific. I did not find it shocking as I am already familar with the processes involved in factory farming, hence why I have been a vegetarian for 16 years. What struck my was how unemotional the descriptions were; you could have been reading a manual on meat processing. That was the point. This happens every day, with millions of people as willing participants, as they are 'just animals' not like us...the exact men ...more
    Trev Twinem
    Jan 28, 2016 Trev Twinem rated it it was ok
    Meat best avoided! This is an unusual novel and may well result in the reader abstaining from meat products upon completion. The horror in the book comes from the descriptions and events that occur in MMP (Magnus Meat Packaging)
    Richard Shanti “the ice pick” is a stunman and it is his job to fire a bolt gun into the brow of the cow as it passes in front of him on its way to immortality and someone’s Sunday roast! In the community of Abyrne meat is viewed as a precious commodity all must partake,
    Sep 07, 2013 Melissa rated it liked it
    Shelves: yikes
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Jan 24, 2011 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I first listened to Meat as audiobook in January 2011. I love audiobooks but I'm pretty particular about them - the narrator has to make me feel part of the book, and the story needs to capture my attention enough that I'm not distracted by things around me. And the audiobook version certainly met my requirements on both, but it didn't feel quite 'enough' - I wanted to read it for myself. So although I rarely re-read books, I decided this one was good enough to get me to read it again.

    Let me be
    Jul 22, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it
    This was the grossest book with the biggest "yuk" factor ever but also one of the most thought provoking and memorable if you can cope with that. Not normally into horror books but this and the other dystopian D'Lacey book that I have read Black Feathers are so well written that you get drawn right into their worlds.

    "Meat" wasn't quite enough to make me a vegetarian but I did find myself googling videos of slaughterhouses after reading it (Oprah Winfrey one on that is most balanced one that I f
    Rob Miller
    Jun 11, 2014 Rob Miller rated it really liked it
    Though I’m sure to upset some authors and publishers who, understandably, want five-star reviews, I’ve my own definition of the five-star system.

    *One Star: A crime against God and man.
    *Two Stars: Poor, or otherwise not ready for publication.
    *Three Stars: A solid work worth the money/read.
    *Four Stars: A superior, award-worthy achievement.
    *Five Stars: A standard setter, a work to stand the test of time, a work to be studied and read again and again….

    Meat, by Joseph D’Lacey
    A Genre-bending Nightmare
    Nov 16, 2013 Helmut rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: science-fiction
    So wertvoll wie ein kleines Steak?
    Manchmal erhält man Buchempfehlungen, die sich nachher als wundersam herausstellen. "Meat" tauchte bei mir im Zusammenhang mit guten Horror-Büchern auf. Also ließ ich es auf dem SuB reifen, bis mein Horrorempfänglichkeitszyklus einen entsprechenden Stand erreichte, und packte es dann an. Leider wurde mein Wunsch nach brutaler Ultra-violence-Slasherlektüre nicht erfüllt. Wie schon bei The Road entpuppte sich ein als "Horror" angepriesenes Werk als etwas anderes,
    Dec 22, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
    Truly, one of the best books that I've read in a while! This book doesn't rely on grossing you out to horrify you, but builds the suspense and horror with every page. When I thought I knew where it was going....I was like "no, it wouldn't." and it didn't come out to say it until the end. This book truly blew me away. This book was a book I borrowed from the library, but definitely feel that I need to own it. This is a reread for sure! It will leave you thinking long after the last page, how is t ...more
    May 06, 2015 Ömer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

    "Eğer bir hayvanı öldürmeyi, iç organlarını boşaltmayı, derisini yüzmeyi ve ayıklamayı mideniz kaldırmıyorsa, o zaman onu yiyecek yüreğiniz de olmamalı."

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    Jun 20, 2014 Travis rated it really liked it
    Thought-provoking, disturbing and well written. This book pushes the boundaries of morality and religion. This would make an excellent movie.
    Bob Milne
    There are some books you devour, consuming page after page after page in a race to the end. Then there are others that you savor . . . that you take your time to digest . . . that linger on the literary palate long after the past page is turned.

    Joseph D'Lacey debut novel, Meat, is definitely the latter - and after being off the menu for years it's now back for a second helping.

    With Black Feathers being my only experience with D'Lacey, I wasn't sure what to expect. I had a good idea of the concep
    Oct 11, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
    Well this is a strange one - first of all I have struggled to start my comments before with a book because of many reasons, about the book or the author or its subject, but this is a first.

    The book can read like a vegetarians nightmare, strong enough (and in places blunt enough) to put anyone off - certainly in parts there is not subtlety at all - more like the bolt gun some carefully described in fact. Now I am not getting drawn in to the ethics of being a vegetarian, I know the author research
    This brutal, disturbing novel caught me in a vicelike grip until I finished it. Not for the faint of heart or stomach. As a friend of mine said “What do you expect, reading a horror story called Meat?!”

    This dystopian novel both horrified and fascinated me. I was taken into another world and time where the order of things which I struggled to comprehend was so matter of fact and accepted. A handful of characters living in this greedy, twisted world could not accept the order of things either. Th
    Aug 22, 2011 Gem rated it really liked it
    Recommended to Gem by: A colleague of mine
    Shelves: favourite
    This is one truly shocking read that leads you into a dystopian nightmare. The writing style reflects the horrific atmosphere perfectly - and the ending isn't disappointing either.

    Quite a clever way of making your brain tick-over in so many different ways. Raises many questions revolving around ethics and morals - and the practice of religion.

    You will need a bit of a strong stomach to plough through this one, but it's worth it if you can. A warning though - I couldn't eat meat for a fortnight af
    Aug 05, 2010 Michael rated it did not like it
    Shelves: gave-up
    This is, without a doubt, the most repulsive book I've ever read. When I was younger I used to like 'splatter-punk' horror: really graphic, uber-violent stories, novels, and movies. Not so much anymore. This book takes it to a whole new level. I made it to pg. 52.

    I won't even get into the plot.
    Sarah Brannigan
    Mar 03, 2016 Sarah Brannigan rated it really liked it
    This book is seriously not for the faint hearted!!! it was gruesome and yet poignant, disturbing yet thought provoking. It was a sheer thrill ride of a read that gets you gripped from the start and doesn't let go, with characters you get really involved in and a plot that keeps you captivated to the end.
    Oct 12, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it
    One of the best books I've read for a while, the prose was excellent and had me racing through the pages. I found the build up with the cattle sublime and there were some really interesting twists and plot developments.

    Loved Richard Shanti as a character and loved the dystopian feel about it, whilst being kept in the dark about so many things too!
    Nov 03, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
    Possibly the most disturbing, but gripping, book I have read in a very long time. The storyline is crisp, it's beautifully written and I literally could not put it down. Steven King was right - Joseph D'Lacey rocks!!!
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