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The Blind Pig

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  40 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Journalist Angela Anselm investigates a suspicious death in a late 21st century speakeasy, where the moonshine of the times is garlic mash rather than sour mash. She uncovers a conspiracy that could topple the NArc, the government system that keeps everybody healthy with its prescribed, engineered nutrition. How much will she risk to expose the truth?
Paperback, 310 pages
Published May 21st 2010 by School Street Books (first published April 4th 2010)
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Oct 26, 2010 AH rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

Have you ever wondered how safe your food really is? Where it comes from? What is being added to your food? In the year 2063, meals are specially synthesized to fit each individual’s personal nutritional needs. Nutrition, not taste or texture, is the key.

In a society plagued by a severe lack of resources, global warming, pollution, and multiple food recalls, the NArc (Nutritional Architecture System) provides its residents specially tailored m
Jeannie Mancini
Jul 27, 2010 Jeannie Mancini rated it it was amazing
Set in the near future, journalist Angela Anselm writes an online nutrition column that readers follow from around the world. In a dystopian world of a futuristic Boston metropolis, the NArc (Nutritional Architecture System) is a government operated organization that molecularly assembles every meal to meet each individuals personal nutrition needs based on their current health status. People eating the NArc system food have nanobot computer chips in their wrists to be scanned before each meal i ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Alison rated it liked it
Dougherty brilliantly conceives of a future without real food, only NArc-engineered products, such as Neermeat, which keep everyone healthy and are a solution to the unsustainable agriculture of the past.

In a desperate attempt to revive her flailing journalism career, Angela Anselm delves into a food-related death that leads her deep into the underworld of real food-eating rebels and reveals the sinister side of the NArc.

This book is written as a mystery thriller that hurls us into the plotline
Oct 10, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
This is the first time I have read a book by someone I know (though, not super well), so, it is not really fair to "rate" it but I enjoyed it! It's a pretty plausible food-based sci-fi mystery -- it has a slight similarity to 1984, with a tiny hint of a Logan's Run or Philip K. Dick tale, but it is mostly a meditation on science and food.

There was a time when I was young and hated food -- or at least, the physical and even mental energy that goes into preparing food -- and would have been excit
Jan 09, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing
This one I adored ! Very plausable. Food for thought - which is the highest award I can give a book.
Nov 03, 2010 Liz rated it it was amazing
Author is a local author and we were lucky to have discussed the book with her at our November bookclub meeting. This is her first book and is a futuristic book where the government is now in charge of people's nutrition and health and what they eat. They have the Cheaters groups, people who secretly eat "Junk Food". The book is based on a reporter trying to figure out why a woman died without cheating on junk food...and the plot has a nice twist to the story.

I found the plot intriguing, as I a
May 03, 2011 Ze rated it really liked it
Imagine a world free of chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes, and maybe even cancers. A place where each ready to eat meal is nutritionally tailored for every individual's needs. Sounds great until journalist Angela Anslem discovers the NArc (Nutritional Architecture System), the system attributed to peoples good health in 2063, might not be doing everything it claims.

As Angela digs to uncover the mystery behind the NArc, readers are introduced to an underground that hasn't completely giv
Dec 02, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it
The concept was great, and the author took a lot of care in constructing her futuristic world. Her writing style is very amateur, though, and took away from the story. It was a good story, but she doesn't have the writing skill to build suspense, create complex characters and write dialog, so what could have been a wonderful novel in the spirit of Oryx and Crake and The Sparrow didn't make it.
Jan 28, 2011 Ali rated it really liked it
Ok, so maybe this isn't "quite" 5 stars, but I loved it, so I'm going with 5.

This book was written for someone like me, so I'm not sure how someone who isn't into the whole locavore, anti-GMO scene might take it. As propoganda? I don't know. I thought it was a great story, and I love dystopian future and food issues, so this was great for me.
Alisa Druzba
Jun 29, 2011 Alisa Druzba rated it liked it
I got this book because I met the author at a local event about the future of food and she came up to me afterward. Also it was 99 cents for the Kindle version. It was an interesting story and concept. I wasn't blown away and I didn't really get to know the characters as deeply as I would have liked. But a good idea.
Dec 20, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
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When I first started with the site, I explored and found the giveaway section. I entered and look I won this book.

It sat on the shelf for a little while, Sorry to the Author.

I really enjoyed this book, and have bought another copy for a Christmas present
Jul 19, 2012 Brooke rated it liked it
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I received this book through a giveaway on goodreads. I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely thought provoking. I would be interested to read more from this author.
Sep 17, 2010 L.C. is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading this book which I won from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I will write a review on completion.
Dec 03, 2013 Donnamacauley rated it really liked it
I liked the book. I can totally see this happening to food in the future the way the FDA works now. Scary stuff.
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