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Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk

Old 05-20-05, 11:43 AM
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Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk

Anyone else reading this? What are your thoughts so far?

I'm about 1/2 way through and am quite disappointed. The characters are all exactly the same, with no development at all, all have the same Chuck voice. While I loved his first three books, the rest have all been disappointing...this one topping the disappointing list.
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I didn't even know this had came out.

I'll probably pick it up, I've loved most of his books. Choke and Diary I didn't like quite as well, but they're still good.
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Old 05-21-05, 09:57 AM
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I am only about 1/4 of the way through, so I can't make a judgement call yet. The first "short story" out of the book was disturbingly gross though. I read in a magazine that when Chuck read this story aloud to a group he usually has someone vomit or pass out.
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yeah, Guts was a tough one to read. I heard it before, so the shock was gone...but I still was disturbed to read it again.
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"Onstage, instead of a spotlight, a movie fragment:"
I read it yesterday, beginning to end.
It was a new experience for me, not knowing, with each turn of a page, whether I would laugh out loud or vomit. I was definitely nauseous when I finished, but that may have been dinner.
Some of the stories made more of an impression: Speaking Bitterness, Exodus, Punch Drunk, Evil Spirits, and Obsolete.
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Guts was gross, but Exodus made me gag when they began to describe what was coming out of the mouth of Rescue Betty [b]right after the man had his mouth on it![b] Hot Potting was way too graphic. The description of the grease, and the bacon smell, and the flesh coming off, and in what order was foul.

I did like the book, but I probably shouldn't have read it in a day. I could have used some time in between to "digest" it.

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Old 05-26-05, 06:30 PM
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I'm about a quarter way through, up to Mrs. Clark telling her story, right after she says "it was a video camera that ruined my marraige."

So far the stories have been entertaining but I remember him saying there were stories that would top Guts, and none of them have shocked me thus far... are they going to get better at all?
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I just started it the other day and am only reading it at work so it'll probably take me awhile to finish. It's not his best work, but I wouldn't say it's bad or even disappointing. And the format is pretty nifty.
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I was thinking about picking this up as I am interested in reading his work...Obviously all Iím familiar with is Fight Club, but I donít want to read that one yet. Would this one be a good one to start with or should I start with other work by him?
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I would start with Lullaby or Survivor.
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I would also suggest Survivor.
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Old 06-05-05, 09:21 AM
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Well my wife picked it up for me yesterday so Ill start with it, and pick up the other 2 suggestions when finished. Thanks for the advice...
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I had an advance copy a while back and thought it was one of the worst books I'd read in a very long time.

Used to be a fan of Palahniuk's, but geez, his recent stuff is terrible.
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Originally Posted by Cosmic Bus
I had an advance copy a while back and thought it was one of the worst books I'd read in a very long time.

Used to be a fan of Palahniuk's, but geez, his recent stuff is terrible.

agreed on both statements. his non fiction has been "ok" though...
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Originally Posted by Cosmic Bus
I had an advance copy a while back and thought it was one of the worst books I'd read in a very long time.

Used to be a fan of Palahniuk's, but geez, his recent stuff is terrible.
I completely disagree. This book was great. I think the format is completely different from all the normal crap that people publish. Each short story tells part of the overall story and that is how the characters are given depth. I think because it isn't as straightforward as a traditional novel people are giving it a bad rap. I think it is because of its differtness, that it is a solid read. Very entertaining.
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The format is interesting, but hardly original. Unless you've never read The Canterbury Tales, I mean.
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LOVED the "character's" individual stories but found myself skimming the "plot" story inbetween. Just couldn't quite get it, I guess...something about people willing to do anything to become famous or, something...
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This thread inspired me to search for Guts. I had a hard time finishing it, because I saw a 20/20 episode about the dangers of the
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pool pump intake
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Finished it a few days ago.

I liked it a good bit. Some of the stories were great. The parts in between weren't great, too many characters and too weak a story compared to his other works.

I'd still rate this ahead of Diary and Choke though, but a good bit behind all his other works.

Still a must read for big Palahniuk fans though.
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