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Zed Paperback – Nov 15 2005

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (Nov. 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551521970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551521978
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,203,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zed is a tale to be pondered by all those who wield power over the vulnerable. McCLung's plot twists and images wrestle the emotions before the intellect can pin them down, but when her message at last emerges from the blood and bedlam the effect is devasting: Terror begins at home. Then it grows.
-The Globe and Mail (Globe & Mail)

One of the best books of 2006: a piercent lament for all kids who are ill-used by their keepers. One of the top 100 books of 2006.
-The Globe and Mail (Globe and Mail)

The combination of near future dystopia and murder mystery means that one is drawn relentlessly along toward a conclusion which, even if it doesn't seem completely justified, is fitting for such a vivid and explosive book.
-Monday Magazine (Monday Magazine)

A humorous, but disturbing read.
-The Vancouver Sun (The Vancouver Sun)

A masterfully written first novel.... Zed, both the book and protagonist, is truly original ... the definition of provocative, if you can handle it.
-Zoe Whittall, NOW Magazine (Zoe Whittall Now Magazine)

A hellishly engaging novel ... Zed not only merits cinematic interpretation, it demands it.
-Rain Taxi (Rod Smith Rain Taxi review of)

Her debut novel Zed doesn't seem to be classified as a "horror" but holy crow, this book sufficiently filled my horrific quota. A NOW review tweaked my interest on this one and I wasn't disappointed. Despite being written from the point of view of a 12 year old girl, Zed, this book is most definitely not for kids. Heck, this book is not for most adults. Murder, rape, addiction, sociopaths ... all that and more, navigated by young Zed within the confines of an inner city project. Zed is appalling yet believable. I can't wait for Ms. McClung's next book!
-CBC Radio (CBC Radio)

McClung's dark, wicked sense of humor shows through as she chronicles Zed's profoundly disturbing exploits. Shocking and complete with alarming psychological insights, Zedis like nothing you've read before.
-Pages magazine (Pages magazine)

Zed is the kind of work about which the adjective 'disturbing' usually applies. That's really an understatement.... It is a riveting, sometimes scary work.... Zed is laced with the kind of wit that could take the rust off your handlebars.
-University of Toronto Quarterly (University of Toronto Quarterly 2008-01-01)

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ZED named the best book of 2006 by Jim Bartley, first fiction reviewer for The Globe and Mail: "A piercing lament for all kids who are ill-used by their keepers." ZED also won the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in Science Fiction, announced in Washington, DC in June 2006.

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