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A frightening, darkly comedic look at people surviving a zombie onslaught, from award-winning comics sensation and novelist Bob Fingerman.

A global plague has nearly vanquished mankind; the citizenry of New York City is no exception. Eight million zombies. Shoulder to shoulder. Walking the streets, looking for their next meal of human flesh. The residents of an Upper Eas

Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Tor Books
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Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I love zombies, so when I read the concept for this book, I was like gimmie-gimmie. I loved the approached the author took. The story is about people still being people even in a Zombie infested world. The writing pulled me through at a brisk pace, and for me, it was a page turner that had me reading past my usual bedtime.

But the story isn't without its flaws. To me, the story started with an interesting enough cast of archetypical characters. (Notice I didn't use the word stereotype?) But as th
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Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Lo primero que me viene a la mente es que prejuzgue este libro. Tanto por su nombre como por su sinopsis. Apostaba que iba a ser un desastre y no lo iba a terminar. Me equivoque.

Este no es un libro sobre zombies. En realidad si lo es, pero no son el tema central. La interaccion entre los humanos, como lidian diferentes personas con los mismos problemas y tantas cosas mas son el nucleo de la historia.
Aunque este lleno de muertos vivientes, esta es una historia sobre los vivos.

Puede llegar a ser d
Alisa Kester
Nov 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: end-of-the-world
The characters were pretty unmemorable (to the point that I kept forgetting who had done what, and several times had to flip back to check). The characters spent way too much time having weird/disturbing/boring internal tangents that didn't go anywhere, and the big mystery surrounding the girl the zombies won't touch? Boring resolution. Seriously, that was it? Not the worst book I've ever read, but definitely the worst zombie book.
Hilary Carter
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. This is more about the impaired psyche of the stranded individuals rather than an "attack zombie" book. The book is grimy, you can almost touch and smell the stink of the creatures on their street. If you like a character study and don't mind the filth of it all then this is a good pick.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a standout in the overpopulated world of zombie fiction. I think the best zombie fiction are the stories exploring the human nature under the impossible circumstances instead of throwing together yet another blood gore and guts zombie action vehicle, let alone one bound for sequels. This book certainly does the former and well, all the humane and inhumane actions and reactions of a random group of survivors from different socioeconomic walks of life. Fingerman created a nice sampl ...more
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Most people who are into the zombie genre will likely enjoy this. Non-zombie fans might want to look elsewhere though.

As the blurb goes, the story is about a disparate group of people trapped in an apartment building in a post-apocalyptic New York surrounded by ravenous zombies. In the midst of all this enters a girl who repels the creatures and is allowed to walk freely in the city.

If you're looking for a zombie movie of survival a la the Walking Dead series this isn't it. The characters aren
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok

What to say about a zombie story that is more about the people than the zombies. It's hard to write them. Zone One did it, The Reapers Are the Angels did it, and Robert Kirkson's The Walking Dead, Book One did it. Pariah did not. Instead of insight into the nature of human beings once stripped of the last vestiges of familiarity and civilization we are given vignette after vignette of the muddled thinking of probably the worst representations of the human species to be written about.
The wri
Dayna Ingram
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, zombies, reviewed
I read this in one day. I just couldn't put it down; I had to know what was going to happen to this collection of characters. I love zombie stories that zoom in on a pack of "survivors" and just stay solely focused on the individual even while we know this zombie thing is global. It's one of the reasons WORLD WAR Z worked so well for me; sure, it was an account of a complete world war, but the oral histories allowed you to zoom in on one particular experience. And PARIAH does that here, focusing ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, urban-fantasy
I really wanted to like it especially given how much buzz it had garnered, the idea of a post apocalyptic Melrose Place just sounded fun. Unfortunately it could not live up to the hype, humour or innovation promised. The perspective jumped from person to person without rhyme or reason – not even chapter demarcation made sense – made the entire project feel amateurish. The plot itself was scant and the only discernable antagonist just felt clichéd and obvious. All in all, I didn’t much care for ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, read-2010
I am a sucker for zombie novels these days but other than being a fast and easy read there is not much new here or even much to talk about. I found the characters to fit every stereotype out there when it comes to mainstream post-apoc novels. I did not like the ending and feel that this book just never seemed to grab me in. Pick up The Reapers are the Angels, a truly fantastic zombie novel and skip this one.
this book sat on my to-read list for like seven years and in a fit of spring cleaning-esque inspiration I requested a copy from the library, despite the fact that in the intervening years I have become thoroughly bored of zombies and equally bored/suspicious/angry at white men.

the dust jacket of this book is laden with praise from white men, of course, not a single review from a woman to be found. now why would that be?

I only made it to page 22, where the phrase 'the flossy hub of Dawn's sex' ap
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, zombies, own, horror, review
At first sight, the book reminded me of the zombie movie "Rammbock", which I saw on TV recently and enjoyed very much. With a bunch of people barricading themselves against the undead in an apartment block, the story begins very similar, but then they diverge significantly.

As with Bottomfeeder, I expected to get some firsthand information about zombie life from an undead protagonist, but this is not the case with Pariah, which concentrates solely on the living survivors. Regarding the zombies, m
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I avoid most zombie fiction since there’s such a glut of it now, but Pariah is actually a nice addition to the genre. Like Robert Kirkman’s ongoing comic book series, The Walking Dead, Pariah focuses more on the living’s struggle to survive than it does the shuffling corpses trying to eat them. Fingerman’s portrayal of ten sweaty New Yorkers trying to cope with boredom, depression, insanity, starvation and dehydration during the dog days of summer feels very real, but doesn’t have the same level ...more
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: para-zombies
Pariah is a book about zombies. I love zombies. Naturally, I expected to enjoy this book, but I was completely unprepared for how amazing Pariah was.

It's the zombie apocalypse and the government has boarded people up in their apartment buildings. As those few humans struggle to survive, they notice a girl who can walk among the zombies. Mona wanders unharmed through streets filled with shambling undead. The zombies see her, they just don't care. While the survivors try to unravel the mystery as
Oct 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: zombies
On the back of the book there is a who's who list of gushing zombie authors praising the book like it was the, be all, end all, of all zombie books, but the reality is very different. The premise of the story is basically about a bunch of people holed up inside their apartment building, starving themselves to death because they can't make it across the street to the supermarket, you know, because of all the zombies. Then one day a teenage girl passes by, (page 151) who seems to be completely imm ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zombies, 2015
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Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombie
Pariah is your novel of choice if you are looking for the essential zombie novel. A group of survivors are stuck in an apartment building in New York City when the zombies begin tearing folks up looking for a quick meal. Almost at the point of their immenent deaths a mysterious girl appears walking amongst the shuffling mass of zombies. Could she hold the key to their survival? This is great classical zombie gore at its best. No explanation is given for what the root cause is of the zombificatio ...more
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, zombie-fever
Bob Fingerman draws on the rich tradition of zombie lore, and adds his own particular spin. This quickly paced well-written novel doesn’t skimp on the gore, or gallows humor. The characters in the book are all trapped within a NYC apartment building, and are running low on supplies. Along comes Mona the pariah, who mysteriously seems to be immune to the zombies. In fact, her presence actually repels them. The apartment dwellers beg her to move in with them, so that she may keep them supplied, an ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads, zombie, horror
God bless you, Bob Fingerman, in this era of pastiches and rom-zom-coms for bringing the good old postapocalypse back to zombie fiction. Granted, there's not a lot of actual apocalypse here - things have seriously gone to shit before the narrative truly starts, and we get only a very little of the outbreak in flashbacks - but there's plenty of the nitty gritty of survival in the bloody aftermath of Z-Day. Frightfully literary in places for something with so many eviscerations, Pariah delivers b ...more
Rachael Moss
I couldn't finish this. Half way through, our narrator focuses into the thoughts of Eddie, a tenant in an NYC apartment building whose residents board themselves in to weather out the storm that is a post-apocalyptic zombie horde. Eddie is a minefield of Italian-American male stereotypes, racist, homophobic, ego-centric and sex obsessed. Other ethnicities in the book fare far better, though all are stereotyped, almost juvenilely so. The blunt use of this technique (for what purpose? I cannot fat ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was sooooo good. I took it with me to fry myself an egg for dinner. It was that good. I just did not want to put it down.

Okay, the zombie sequences were wicked, but Fingerman did a great job with the characters as well. The relationships between the various residents of the apartment building kept the story interesting and fresh even when there was no zombie action.

I'm definitely a fan.
For reasons never stated, zombies have taken over the city of New York. A small group of apartment dwellers are all that remain and their struggle to leave the apartment building they are trapped in along with the daily struggles of having to live with other people and the close confines are the main story line. There are some exceptional graphic scenes involving zombie gore and the darker side of the human psyche.
Yani Daniele
Me llevó mi tiempo terminar este libro, sobretodo porque esperaba mucho más del mismo, sangre, vísceras y mucha más participación de zombis.

De terror nada, drama y sexo a tirar para arriba. Sólo en las últimas 10 páginas se puede disfrutar algo de la temática zombi, el resto es verlos por las ventanas de un balcón mientras los sobrevivientes se mueren de hambre dentro de las paredes de su edificio seguro.
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating, haunting read. Some parts of it are laugh-out-loud funny, although there are also very somber, sometimes tragic elements. This is not an action zombie novel -- it uses the zombie apocalypse as a vehicle for the exploration of character. This is the first book by Bob Fingerman that I've read, and I definitely want to check out his other work.
Robert burke
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombie
This book should win the Stoker Award. One of the most orginal novels that I have read this year.
Juleigh Jenner
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
started off good, the ending sucked unless this is going to be a series. Too much build up, not enough detail in the pay off.
Jane Clark
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Not sure why I finished this book. More to see who survived than because I "really" liked this.
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
I like Zombie books but not a fan of reading about a bunch of morons stuck in a building together.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-inventory
Oh the misogyny. I am happy to be out of these characters’ heads. Ugh.
Olivia R. Burton
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it
It's been some time since a zombie book looked different; I've been a fan of the genre for awhile, and with the explosion of popularity, I've found it hard to find something that seems interesting. This was the first zombie book in months (at least) where the blurb didn't sound like a copy-paste of a dozen other zombie books.

It looked like this book would have an interesting plot: someone immune to the zombies coming into the lives of those who are not. Most of the book kept me wondering if ther
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