Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chuck Palahniuk Fans - what should I start with?

I have seen some great reviews and not so great on Chuck Palahniuk books since blogging. I definitely want to give him a try this year. Even the 1 star 2 star reviews peaked my interest because of the story or the emotion it left the blogger.

What Chuck book has been your favourite? Do you have a review you can share with me?

Here are the reviews that got me interested........ a 1 star and a 5 star

Palahniuk's audacious ninth novel tells the story of Cassie Wright, an aging porn queen who intends to put an exclamation point on her career by having sex with 600 men in one day on film. The story begins with Mr. 600—the pornosaur who introduced Cassie to the business—as he describes the other 599 actors awaiting their moment on screen. The perspective then shifts to Mr. 72, an adopted Midwestern 20-something who is one of the many young men claiming to be Cassie's long-lost son. Mr. 137, a has-been television star hoping to revive his career, wants to ask Cassie's hand in marriage so that the two can star in a reality TV show. But for a novel centered around a gargantuan gangbang, there's surprisingly little action; the small amount of narrative movement takes place backstage, where the characters attempt to get a sense of one another while waiting for their number to be called.

2) Rant - review by Jennifer: Reading with Tequila.......

I have my eye on these 2 also, but haven't seen any reviews from blogging friends

3) Haunted
"WRITER'S RETREAT: ABANDON YOUR LIFE FOR THREE MONTHS. Just disappear. Leave behind everything that keeps you from creating your masterpiece. Your job and family and home, all those obligations and distractions -- put them on hold for three months. Live with like-minded people in a setting that supports total immersion in your work. Food and lodging free for those who qualify. . . . Before it's too late, live the life you dream about. Spaces very limited."

Featuring soap made from human fat, waiters at high-class restaurants who do unmentionable things to soup and an underground organization dedicated to inflicting a violent anarchy upon the land, Palahniuk's apocalyptic first novel is clearly not for the faint of heart. The unnamed (and extremely unreliable) narrator, who makes his living investigating accidents for a car company in order to assess their liability, is combating insomnia and a general sense of anomie by attending a steady series of support-group meetings for the grievously ill, at one of which (testicular cancer) he meets a young woman named Marla. She and the narrator get into a love triangle of sorts with Tyler Durden, a mysterious and gleefully destructive young man with whom the narrator starts a fight club, a secret society that offers young professionals the chance to beat one another to a bloody pulp. Mayhem ensues, beginning with the narrator's condo exploding and culminating with a terrorist attack on the world's tallest building. Writing in an ironic deadpan and including something to offend everyone, Palahniuk is a risky writer who takes chances galore, especially with a particularly bizarre plot twist he throws in late in the book. Caustic, outrageous, bleakly funny, violent and always unsettling, Palahniuk's utterly original creation will make even the most jaded reader sit up and take notice.

I appreciate any comments and or recommendations. I will also feature your review when I read and review it.

Thanks for visiting Tea Time with Marce


  1. LOL - When I saw the headline of your post, I was thinking "Noooooo". LOL! Glad my review peaked your interest, even though it was negative in nature! That is the only book I've read by him and I've heard great things, too, so I'll probably give him another shot. I'm curious what you end up choosing!!

  2. I am considering Fight Club since I loved the movie but it was forever ago. I'll let you know in case your interested in trying together.

  3. I adored Fight Club personally, though I haven't tried the other books
    I highly recommend it, as both social commentary and a really awesomely crazy story
    here's my review if you're interested =)

  4. Thanks Nina, I included your review. I have never seen your blog before, i'm a new follower.

  5. I've been eyeballing his books whenever I go to Border's but haven't had the nerve to read one yet.

  6. Palahniuk seems to an author to love or hate, with no middle ground. Rant was the first one of his I read and I was completely blow away. I have Fight Club around here somewhere and I'll be reading it sometime this year for the Book Blogger Recommendation challenge.

  7. I reviewed Rant last year. Here is the link

    He is an aquired taste - good luck!

  8. Yay, Marce! I am a huuuuge Chuck fan! I absolutely loved his book "Invisible Monsters." It was so bizarre but intriguing. I couldn't put it down.

    I would not recommend "Haunted" to be your first book of his though. It's pretty graphic and disturbing, so I would hold off on reading that one until after you've read some of his others.

  9. I am starting to think there are a few like me. Marq maybe we can try one together, maybe Jennifer will try him again also.

    Steph thanks for the warning, I won't start with Haunted.

    Kerri, thanks for the review, I added it to this post.

    Jennifer, I actually have this as a possible for the challenge so Fight Club is looking like the winner.

  10. BTW - Fight Club is only $7.96 on Kindle right now, I just downloaded it.

  11. My brother read his book Lullaby and said it was really weird. He didn't recommend it, so I personally haven't read it yet. Unless you're a die-hard fan, I would pass.

    from Une Parole

  12. I've never read Chuck, and like you, am very curious about trying some of his books, because of the strong reactions they evoke.

  13. Hi there,
    I have an award for you on my blog!

    ps, I've never read Chuck P. Sorry.

  14. I've only read two of his books, Diary, which was weird but good, and Haunted, which was good but physically made me sick. I'd say don't read Haunted unless you have a strong stomach. LOL

    Diary of an Eccentric


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