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Subject: Chuck Palahniuk-Have you read him?
Date Posted: 3/17/2009 10:40 AM ET
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Has anyone read any of his books?What are they like?I am just starting RANT and Im having a hard time following it.Wondering if it's worth the read?How about his other stuff?



Date Posted: 3/17/2009 11:29 AM ET
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I have read Haunted and Choke. I liked them. Haunted can be pretty bizarre and graphic. When I first started reading him, I went onto youtube and watched some of his interviews and readings. It helped me get a feel of him and these actually made me want to read his books.  

Date Posted: 3/19/2009 6:25 PM ET
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I haven't read Rant, but I loved Lullaby and Haunted. As far as following those stories, you should have no trouble at all.  He's definitely worth the time.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 4:02 PM ET
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I would not consider Rant his best work.  This is especially true for Snuff which I had a hard time finshing and only did it because I am a fan.

If you want to read some good Palhniuk you should read Survivor which is my favorite book by him.  It is a great story and has many household hints in it as well.  I would also suggest Fight Club and Invisible Monsters. 

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 7:58 PM ET
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I actually liked Choke as well.

Subject: Loving Chuck
Date Posted: 3/2/2010 11:22 AM ET
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He's my favorite author; I just love the style and flow of his prose, it seems like every paragraph has a soundbyte I want to read aloud.  Sometimes I cross-stitch his quotes because I find the irony of disturbing rustic art hilarious. 

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 2:38 PM ET
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I may be the odd one out, but I hated him.

I read "Haunted" and the book actually made me gag.  It was so gross and twisted.  Normally I am not the queasy or over-sensitive type at all.

I will read a good scary or even violent story, but that author was too much for me.  The stuff he made his characters do in that 'writers retreat' was just inhumane and evil.  I liked the idea and the composition of the book.  A framing story of some sort "Writers Retreat" and then all of them have to tell or write a story.  Some of those stories were even good (made me contemplate human nature), some of them were gross (just icky) and others were very disturbing.


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Date Posted: 3/12/2010 7:48 PM ET
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I've read " Lullaby".  It entertained me, but I have a hard time when I hate the guts of all the characters. Chuck P. writes about ppl who are horrible excuses for human beings in my humble opinion.  I can only take so much of that.  I love horror stories, but I need at least one character I can have empathy for.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 10:37 PM ET
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The first Palahniuk novel I ever read was Rant and after reading that I can't get enough of him.  Just finished Diary and have Choke, Survivor and Haunted coming up.  He is bizarre and his books are truly compelling page-turners.