Post by J. Walter Weatherman on Mar 5, 2011 1:21:50 GMT -8
Oh my god, if they could figure out a way to do Haunted that would be amazing. Probably my second favorite. First favorite? Rant. Far and away. Can't wait until the rest of that trilogy comes out. Least favorite? Snuff. By far. I haven't read pygmy, but I've read everything else, I'm pretty sure. I would love if they could make rant a movie, but that would be probably the hardest to adapt. I hope Invisible monsters is good.
It's funny that you picked Snuff as your least favorite. In general I would say that the aforementioned "unrequited kinship" has kept me reading Palahniuk's books simply because he wrote them. Snuff is an exception to this rule (it just didn't look interesting), and I still haven't gotten around to reading it.
Post by Horned Gramma on Mar 5, 2011 9:30:32 GMT -8
Snuff had absolutely no merit.
Haunted was filth. I won't say that it didn't have a few moments that impressed me, but by and large I regret having read it. Same goes for Choke.
Pygmy was awesome. Once you get into the rhythm of that book it's just really good.
Rant is undoubtedly the best, by such an enormous margin it's ridiculous. And I always have a soft spot for Survivor.
I've read everything he's published except for this last one that came out; after reading Snuff, I just can't do it anymore. Can't or won't. Unless/until the other two parts of the Rant trilogy come out, I'm entirely done with Palahniuk.
Post by J. Walter Weatherman on Mar 5, 2011 10:40:17 GMT -8
And Gramma, I am so glad to hear that someone was as into rant as I was. None of my other Chuck reading friends liked it! I guess it might have been too high concept. Cause man, when you get to the last couple of chapters, it is some heady shit.
Post by Horned Gramma on Mar 5, 2011 10:51:20 GMT -8
No doubt. I mean, obviously he spent substantially more time writing that one than he did with Snuff or Pygmy, and it shows in the quality of the prose and the complexity of the ideas. The whole second half of that book was truly mind-expanding.
Post by Horned Gramma on Mar 5, 2011 10:56:05 GMT -8
He said he was going to alternate entries in the Rant trilogy with other, unrelated books. By my count, there have been three novels since Rant - one a year, like clockwork - and not one has been even distantly connected to Rant.
Post by interstateeight on Mar 5, 2011 15:27:50 GMT -8
This blows my mind because I thought Palahniuk had more or less stopped publishing things once I turned 20.
Terribly boring anecdote: For my high school creative writing class, I wrote a (god awful) story that sounded like a 17-year-old trying to write like Chuck Palahniuk. To give my teacher (I was in love with her) an idea of what I was going for, I brought in the recently published "Guts." Trivia points to the first person to correctly identify the publication and thus the punchline to this story.