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Subject: Chuck Palahnuik
Date Posted: 5/4/2008 5:43 PM ET
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I've only read a little bit of his book Haunted but in a weird, twisted kind of way it was interesting.  I love love love the movie of Fight Club and I was intrigued by the synopsis of his book Choke that I saw in Borders the other day.

Has anyone read any of Palanhuik's books?  Opinions? Favorites? Love them or hate them, I can guess that they aren't for everyone?  Are the easy reads or hard to get through?

Date Posted: 5/4/2008 9:45 PM ET
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I struggled through Choke and that's as much Palanhuik as I'm likely to get through. He is just not my style at all. He's very edgy and quite witty but I just don't care for him. Good luck, though. I have friends who think he is pure genius.
Date Posted: 5/4/2008 11:05 PM ET
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Ditto what LeeAnne said. I hated Choke. Hated it, I tell ya! I won't waste my time with another one of his books. But that is just me, I know others totally love him....I just can't figure out why!

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 1:41 PM ET
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I am a big Chuck fan.  I have read all his books and liked Choke the least. (well, second least, I could not stand Rant).  I read Fight Club after seeing the movie and that was the book that started it for me.  He is a weird read, there's no doubt about that, and I find that people either really like him, or completely hate him

If I had to rank them, I think that Survivor is his best, I absolutely loved that book and is the one that typically I loan to people (and recommend) as an introduction to his writing.   Invisible Monsters, Fight Club and Diary are my next favorite, followed by Haunted and then Lullaby.

I don't much care for Choke or Rant.

I thought Stranger than Fiction was an interesting read and I have not read Fugitive and Refugees.

I am quite looking forward to Snuff, which comes out later this month.

Good luck!


Date Posted: 5/6/2008 6:01 PM ET
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Chuck, huh? Well, Chuck is an aquired taste to say the least. I read Choke and 1/2 way through Survivor,still working on that one. He is witty and sarcastic and that is just his style. I think he is alright if you are looking for that kind of thing but I think it's too rich for a daily diet.  I will say that I got some interesting ideas and images from Lullaby but didn't finish it.


Date Posted: 5/8/2008 6:47 PM ET
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Survivor was his first book I read and I really liked it.  I have Choke coming in the mail, but it doesn't look like it's well liked :(

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 3:35 PM ET
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Only one of his I've read is Haunted. Thought it was decent, but didn't exactly pull me out of my seat to go and search out more of his work.

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 4:43 PM ET
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I have only read "Lullaby" and it didn't impress me enough to read anything else he has written.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 10:28 AM ET
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I haven't read any of his work, but I do have Survivor here in my TBR so I'm looking forward to reading it.  I like some different stuff once in awhile and it sounds like something I would like.

Subject: i love chuck
Date Posted: 5/26/2008 2:51 PM ET
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i have read many of his books, haunted, choke, invisible monsters and i love him because he is so different, you never know what you will get with chuck, it is always weird and interesting, lol. I would have to say that invisible monster is my favorite so far, and he just came out with a new one called snuff.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 7:02 PM ET
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I read fight club and diary in a day each, haunted took me awhile to get through but it was still good.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 6/1/2008 3:51 AM ET
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Just started Haunted and I'm not impressed.  The story connecting the "stories" is boring me to death.  A couple of the "stories" have been good, but overall I am finding the writing much too contemporary,  conversational and not at all lyrical.

I can't say I'd be tempted to read anything else by him.

But in general, I don't like fiction - I think most fiction is mediocre, at best.


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Date Posted: 6/1/2008 6:49 AM ET
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I've read everything of Chuck's except his non-fiction and Snuff.  His writing is definitely an acquired taste.  It is quirky, thrashy, and oftentimes downright crude.  I love his stuff.  Fight Club, Choke, Haunted,  Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Lullaby, Rant---I loved them all.  They are NOT literature in the tradition of great writers--but Palahniuk philosophizes the way no other contemporary writer does.

When I read someone saying they didn't like one or another of his novels I am astounded, but then I realize that everyone is different, with different preferences, experiences, expectations, etc.  I'm not particularly impressed with the Bronte sisters--but I know many people adore their writing.  To each his own.  My advice--read any one of Palahniuk's novels--and if you don't care for it then don't read the others.  You'd be wasting your time.  However, if you read one and like it--well you will like the others--some more than others, I'm sure, but each novel offers something unique.

I would say that Palahniuk's writing is much like the Pop Art of Andy Warhol.  It's not DaVinci, but it's interesting.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 6:13 AM ET
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That's a great anology, Tammy!

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Date Posted: 6/2/2008 8:51 PM ET
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Thank ye, gal!