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Old 08-29-2010, 07:04 PM #1
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Really getting into Chuck Palahniuk

I read fight club and i really wanna read another book of his. What do you guys recommend
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:28 PM #2
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This would be my order:
Survivor, Rant, Pigmy, Invisible Monsters, Choke, Diary, Haunted, Lullaby, Snuff, Tell-All
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:32 PM #3
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Have you read them all?
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:37 PM #4
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Yes I have. His books are a breeze to read, but dammit they're awesome.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:18 AM #5
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this motivates me to finally get around to reading my copy of pygmy

also, what's tell-all? i thought stranger than fiction was the only palahniuk i hadn't read (and snuff, but i don't count his new stuff)
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Old 09-01-2010, 12:31 PM #6
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Tell-All was his latest novel. It was surprisingly mediocre. I found it to be in the same league as Snuff in that the main focus seemed to be the countless little factoids thrown in as decoration for a stale plot and boring characters. Only in Tell-All, the factoids refer to classic film stars, 90% of whom I've never even heard of and don't care enough about to google.

My advice would be to read Pygmy first, and then Stranger Than Fiction. Pygmy was a fantastic book written in a fresh and challenging manner... something akin to A Clockwork Orange... where the first thing the reader has to do is understand how the character thinks/speaks.

Stranger Than Fiction, being a collection of essays and interviews Palahniuk's done over the years, is a pretty nifty insight into his world.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:45 PM #7
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Rant is still my favorite. Probably one of my favorite books to date, actually. Well written, complex, and a interesting concept that really makes you take the time to wrap your head around it all.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:52 PM #8
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Very intresting. Im thinking of starting with choke and then going to pygmy
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:56 AM #9
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Tell-All was his latest novel. It was surprisingly mediocre. I found it to be in the same league as Snuff in that the main focus seemed to be the countless little factoids thrown in as decoration for a stale plot and boring characters. Only in Tell-All, the factoids refer to classic film stars, 90% of whom I've never even heard of and don't care enough about to google.

My advice would be to read Pygmy first, and then Stranger Than Fiction. Pygmy was a fantastic book written in a fresh and challenging manner... something akin to A Clockwork Orange... where the first thing the reader has to do is understand how the character thinks/speaks.

Stranger Than Fiction, being a collection of essays and interviews Palahniuk's done over the years, is a pretty nifty insight into his world.
will do, thanks

i actually already have stranger than fiction...somewhere
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Tell-All was his latest novel. It was surprisingly mediocre. I found it to be in the same league as Snuff in that the main focus seemed to be the countless little factoids thrown in as decoration for a stale plot and boring characters. Only in Tell-All, the factoids refer to classic film stars, 90% of whom I've never even heard of and don't care enough about to google.

My advice would be to read Pygmy first, and then Stranger Than Fiction. Pygmy was a fantastic book written in a fresh and challenging manner... something akin to A Clockwork Orange... where the first thing the reader has to do is understand how the character thinks/speaks.

Stranger Than Fiction, being a collection of essays and interviews Palahniuk's done over the years, is a pretty nifty insight into his world.


You should lend me Rant.
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:41 PM #12
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just finished choke in two days... AWESOME book
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I wasn't as impressed with Choke as I wanted to be but I would still rank it up with one of his best.

Of his books, the only ones I really think I loved are Survivor, Pygmy, and Rant. I never read Fight Club simply because I love the movie so much I don't have any interest in the book.

My only problem with Palahniuk's books are how similar they all are. Stories and settings may be completely different but the characters are all so demented and unsentimental that they become predictable. Rant stands out as probably the most unique, especially in presentation. Also the audiobook version of it is great as well, with separate voice actors for each character.
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:09 AM #14
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I've read Snuff, Choke, and Fight Club and would rank them in that order.

I started to read Pygmy but honestly the writing style just bothered me too much. I'm sure if I got used to it I would have enjoyed it but it was just giving me a headache to read. Survivor, Invisible Monsters, and Lullaby are probably next on my list.
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:24 PM #15
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Hah. Im actually in the process of re-reading all the palahniuk books i have and then working my way through the rest of them.

Just reread Rant and Lullaby. Read Invisible Monsters for the first time over the course of yesterday and today; literally just finished a few minutes ago. I have Survivor next (which ive started to read twice now and never finished) and I might reread Choke, depending on how much I decide the movie raped it for me.

I need to get Pygmy. Ive heard good things.
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