Yes, you should absolutely read Haunted. It's not my all time favourite, but it does a really good job of spoofing reality TV shows like Survivor, Big Brother....basically any show where lock a bunch of people up and keep them segregated from the rest of civiliztion to see how they deal with each other. Only it's much, much darker and much more macabre than what's on TV.
The book about Portland is called Fugitives & Refugees, and it's basically a travel guide written from the author's perspective (Portland is Chuck's hometown, in case anybody didn't already know). It's actually a very cool read, and is laced with short stories from Chuck's life growing up. The one about him and his friends watching a Pink Floyd laser show on LSD is fucking hilarious, BTW......
What I want to know his what did you guys think of Stranger Than Fiction.....it's the only book of his that I haven't seen mentioned here. You guys should check that out too. It's got pieces on everything from the decline of amateur wrestling in America, to an interview with Marilyn Manson. All delivered with Chuck's trademark penchant for the bizarre......
I havent read Stranger Than Fiction, but I have been wanting too. I've read Invisible Monsters though. Its not my favorite of his books (Haunted gets that honor) but its definetly worth recognizing. Yet, for some reason layers of taffeta seem really hot. In a 90 degree temprature kinda way.
I have a contest for +3 mod points, only for us Chuck Palahniuk fans...if you check my profile the questions are in my journal entry. hope to see you there. Oh, by the way, Choke was my favorite book so far, Diary came in close secon
I've read fight club, invisible monsters, and his nonfiction book. It's got a testicile festival, Marilyn Mason reading Tarot cards and the story of how dad was murdered. Invisible Monsters is about the adventures of a jawless supermodel. It's got the most original ending I've read in a long time.
I realize this thread has been inactive for a while, but I'll still throw in my two cents.
I have read a lot of his books, but am falling behind, I have not read snuff or haunted (though I did start reading it in chapters... but I think one of the stories left me a little disturbed so I never got it.) I think he probably my favorite authors, I love how his books always seem to leave you with a little bit of a mind f***. My favorite of his I think is 'stranger than fiction:true stories', the stories make me think and I love his writing. Always have...
got a quick poll though
If you could be god's worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?
I think Survivor is my all time favorite Palahniuk book. Also Gut's is probably his best short story and probably his most graphic one. If you haven't read Gut's check it out in his book Haunted. There are some other good shorts in there too. Also yeah the ending to Survivor is explained on Chuck's website
I don't know if I want to the ending explained, I mean what I like about it is, similar to the ending of the Sopranos, it leaves it open to interpretation. What are people's favorite Chuck Palahniuk quotes?
I have a few: Really, the spirit world is like pedophilia or necrophilia. I have no experience with it, so I am completely unable to take it seriously. It will always seem like a joke. - Stranger than fiction: True Stories
We donít have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit. We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression. - Fight Club
All the inspiration in the world won't help you if you're not inspired - Diary: A novel (if I'm not mistaken)
Just Finished Haunted, by far one of my favorite books I've read this year. "Guts" was good a bit twisted but i stomached through it. But by far my favorite short story on there was "Obsolete", really made me think about what I would do in that situation, if I would go or stay *not really spoiler*
I don't know. Guts was kinda gross, but Exodus was by far the most unsettling for me in Haunted...actually I'm going to vote that the most disgusting thing in Haunted is the frame story. It's incredibly unsettling.
I liked Damned as I read it, but when I was done with it I wasn't sure. The whole thing seemed really rushed, and it lacked the power of books like Rant, Survivor, and Invisible Monsters. I would like to read the next two before deciding whether Damned was really worth it.