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Subject: If you like chuck palahniuk, then you will like/love....
Date Posted: 6/15/2008 10:25 PM ET
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My fiance loves Chuck Palahniuk's work. However, he is almost done reading all of Chuck's books--including Snuff. Is there another auther that you can recommend that he may enjoy? (He also loves Stephen King and Christopher Moore)


Thanks for your help!


Date Posted: 6/16/2008 9:15 AM ET
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If he likes Christopher Moore, then he may like Robert Rankin.  Rankin is an Irish writer whose work can be difficult to come by on PBS, but you can find his later books in most of the chain bookstores.  I recommend trying Snuff Fiction, Fandom of the Operator or Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse as first Rankin experiences.  Tom Holt, also a little difficult to come by on PBS, is another author whose work is as chuckleworthy as Moore's.

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 10:39 AM ET
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Thank you! Those titles sound fun!

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 2:34 PM ET
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Try Carl Hiaason.  I like him even better than Christopher Moore.  And Terry Prachett's "Diskworld" books are great, if he can get into a bit of fantasy.  Maybe try the first Diskworld...I can't remember what it's called, sorry.  He's quite satiric.

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 9:44 PM ET
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The first Discworld book was The Color of Magic and I agree, it's a really fun series!

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 10:56 PM ET
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For those of you who like the Discworld series, are you normally a fan of fantasy anyway?  I've tried reading them several times, but since I don't read a lot of fantasy, it was hard for me to get into.  Should I give it another go, you think?

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 12:15 AM ET
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I started reading the Discworld series last year.Instead of just picking up one of the books try reading them in "series" .This is better for character developement in my opinion.

Try this link and hopefully you will enjoy !!


(Hope the link works)

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 3:19 AM ET
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I did start off with the first one, Colour of Magic, and it made no sense to me.  I started the second one and never finished it.  I thereby decided this series must be for guys only LOL.  Maybe I will give it another go sometime when I have nothing else to read!

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 7:09 AM ET
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You do need to be a fantasy fan to truly appreciate much of what Pratchett is satirizing in the Discworld books, at least at the beginning.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 11:35 PM ET
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Some of Prachett's later books are more linear, and therefore easier to follow (!!!).  They also tend to satarize not only fantasy but life in general.  I'm thinking of "Thud" and "Going Postal."

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 12:47 AM ET
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so if I can make it through the first few books of Pratchett it should be easy sailing from there, right? 

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 10:30 PM ET
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If he is a Chuck fan there is one book I can recommend 'Geek Love' by Katheren Dunn. She has written two other books but this one is amazing! Its a family of circus freaks told from the point of view of the albino dwarf Oylimpia. Just thinking about it makes me want to read it again! Enjoy!




Date Posted: 6/28/2008 12:33 AM ET
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I tried the first diskworld and found it unfinishable.  I am a pretty picky reader, but as it was amoung my dear friend's favorites and his taste in books and mine usually match I did try some of the later books starting with the the ones another friend recommended and found it enjoyable enough.  i read the part of the series with DEATH and Mort in it.  I loved Piers Anthony's Xanth series growing up and its a bit on the simular side to the Diskworld series, but have gotten a more sophisticated sense of humor these days.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 5:00 AM ET
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Try Irvine Welsh. He wrote Trainspotting and a whole lot of other drug-addled misanthropic tales. Or Craig Clevenger.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 8:35 AM ET
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If he likes Christopher Moore he may like Tom Holt.  Sort of like Moore with a British twist! http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/browse_advanced.php?k=&ti=&a=tom+holt&i=&bd=&p=&g=0&b%5B%5D=Paperback&b%5B%5D=Audio+Cassette&b%5B%5D=Hardcover&b%5B%5D=Audio+CD&pd=&pd_type=e&r=n&s_type=b&l=10&sby=&oby=ASC&saved_name=

And he might like Bret Easton Ellis.  http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/browse_advanced.php?k=&ti=&a=bret+easton+ellis&i=&bd=&p=&g=0&b%5B%5D=Paperback&b%5B%5D=Audio+Cassette&b%5B%5D=Hardcover&b%5B%5D=Audio+CD&pd=&pd_type=e&r=n&s_type=b&l=10&sby=&oby=ASC&saved_name=

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 10:02 AM ET
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George Saunders's short stories make all too evident the poignant absurdity and rancidity of the ersatz American Dream. Title story  Pastoralia, Readers who appreciate Palahniuk's satiric barbs will love Saunders's masterful filleting of American mores.


 Sam Lipsyte's mordantly funny Home Land. Lipsyte's irreverent, black humor and vitriolic jeremiads against modern society should strike the right chord — or discord — with Palahniuk fans.


 Many of Douglas Coupland's works will appeal to Palahniuk's fans. Try Girlfriend in a Coma, or All Families are Psychotic, which presents the reunion of the Drummonds, a family that could provide a month's worth of Jerry Springer guests, or Hey Nostradamus!, in which the surreal tragedy of a high school shooting is related by a young victim and her less-fortunate survivors. Coupland's message is somewhat more affirmative that Palahniuk's, as evidenced by Eleanor Rigby, which tells the moving and funny story about the surprising joys that lie in wait for the loneliest woman on earth.


Perhaps the clearest precursor to Fight Club is J. G. Ballard's disturbing cult classic, Crash. The novel, which explores in great detail the erotic charge of automobile accidents, is as controversial today as when it first came out over thirty years ago, and in subsequent works such as Concrete Island and Cocaine Nights.


Readers who have enjoyed Palahniuk's later horror titles may want to step into the strange, unnerving fictional worlds of Bentley Little, The title character in The Mailman is able to drive an entire town crazy by simply tampering with their mail; and in The Ignored Bob Jones is beginning to feel as though nobody at his office notices or acknowledges him, even after he shows up to work dressed as a homicidal circus clown.


Palahnuik fans may also enjoy some of the writers on the Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins readalike lists.

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 11:32 PM ET
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From what I've read of Palahniuk, he shares a similar satirical outlook and dark sense of humor as Kurt Vonnegut, although Chuck Palahniuk can be much more graphic in his imagery. Vonnegut can be a bit more political, too. Some of my all-time favorites that I would suggest would be:


Sirens of Titan