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OfflineFL_accciD
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chuck palahniuk
    #4554447 - 08/19/05 04:29 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

i just finished 'choke', and am now ripping into 'survivor'

anyone here into this guy?
if not i recommend him, awesome writer


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: FL_accciD]
    #4554455 - 08/19/05 04:37 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

His novels are hit or miss with me. But when he hits one, damn. That's all I can say. Lullaby is my favorite thus far.


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: bwalker]
    #4554457 - 08/19/05 04:41 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

ive heard mixed reviews on his latest, the short story collection or some such, but other than that ive heard nothing but golden praise...ill just have to read em all and find out i suppose, choke was amazing, and im feeling the same way about survivor thus far


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: FL_accciD]
    #4554461 - 08/19/05 04:49 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

ive read his breakthrough classic, fight club of course. if you havnt read it, i will recommend it with full force. his style is staccato, almost a rough draft feel to it, real raw. and if youve seen the movie and not read the book, the story he tells in the book bring out a whole new side of the film. a definate must read for all you bookworms. :thumbup:

as to the other books, i havnt got to them yet, im actually in the middle of an older book of his 'diary'. pretty good so far, although it is a bit different from the feel of 'fight club'.

good to see there are others out there who appreciate mr. chuck's unique stylee.



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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: FL_accciD]
    #4554462 - 08/19/05 04:52 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I've never read any of his stuff. I think that I remember someone telling me that Choke was a really fucked up book. I don't know though, might be thinking of something else.


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: Edison]
    #4554464 - 08/19/05 04:53 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

yea i read fight club a few years ago and only started reading his other stuff when a friend started raving in my ear about him. he has just got a real unique grittiness to him...good shit
/tym


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: killme]
    #4554468 - 08/19/05 04:56 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

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Deadmaker said:
I've never read any of his stuff. I think that I remember someone telling me that Choke was a really fucked up book. I don't know though, might be thinking of something else.


no thats him. its a general trend in his writing, part of what makes it so interesting. choke is disturbing in a goddamn refreshing way


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: FL_accciD]
    #4554531 - 08/19/05 06:37 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

damn i've been thinking about getting some of his stuff for quite some time now... maybe i should just place an order with ebay...


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: Edison]
    #4555138 - 08/19/05 01:18 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I didn't think Diary was all that great, it's a bit different from his other books. I haven't read Invisible Monsters, Lullaby, or the one that just came out, but I'd like to.

The rest of his books are great... he's got a distinctive style, sometimes it seems kind of like there's a formula, but the stories are still so wild and strange that they're still all original in their own ways.


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: Phluck]
    #4555454 - 08/19/05 03:00 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I've read everything he's read. If you really like him he does a pseudo-travel guide to Portland called Fugitives and Refugees. Diary was pretty subtle. I liked it more when I was finished and had some time to think about it.
I saw him do a reading in Seattle recently and loved it. He had a big box of fake severed body parts he just threw into the audience.
Invisible monsters, I loved - great parody of drama queen fashion nuts. Choke was definately awesome. They're all coming up as movies really soon.
Hell, if you do like his style, his website, www.chuckpalahniuk.net has recommendations of other authors you might like. Personally, I think anyone who likes Chuck should try Katherine Dunn's "Geek Love." Those two are friends. I didn't like the very beginning but stuck with it and it was excellent.


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: FL_accciD]
    #4555461 - 08/19/05 03:03 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I just started Survivor, I'm hooked on this guy :thumbup:


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: Boom]
    #4555613 - 08/19/05 04:02 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I got through like 3/4 of Choke, but never did finish it. I liked it alot, I just kind of forgot about it. *Make mental note to finish it*


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: FL_accciD]
    #4555701 - 08/19/05 04:36 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Survivor is his best novel, by far.


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: DNKYD]
    #4555731 - 08/19/05 04:48 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

How the fuck do you say his last name?


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: FL_accciD]
    #4555807 - 08/19/05 05:18 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I've read everything he's written so far (for the most part).

I saw a book of short horror stories he wrote at the library a few weeks ago. I think it's pretty new, b/c I haven't read that one yet


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: Redstorm]
    #4556768 - 08/19/05 10:45 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

"Fight Club" was right up my alley. Although, strangely I thought the movie was better than the book (it is usually the other way around). But, the book was still good. That book (and the movie) mirrored so many of my thoughts, emotions, hatreds, and fears.

Obviously there was an element of anti-consumerism that was prevalent in the story (as he threw away all of his stuff and quit his job to become "free"). But, the ideas proposed by this book went much deeper than that. It was a genuine cry for help for the modern male. I think Chuck thinks that we should be out hunting sabre-tooth tigers and struggling instead of sitting behind desks. Not only does consumerism distract us from our true nature, but modern society does as well. It has a way of wearing down and homogenizing us.

The story was also a scathing critique of movements, power, hierarchies, and humanity in general. The "Fight Club" started as a true refutation of the traditional trappings of society (class, status, the stifling blandness of normality, etc...), but it quickly became just as bad as the society that it fought against. The rigidity, conformity, and regimentation became downright authoritarian. The movement went from being a healthy release for pent up emotions and frustrations to a strange blended orgy of anarchy, dictatorship, and nihilism. There is excitement in such destructive behavior, but there also is great pain and disorder that follows from such things. Is the cure for society worse than the disease? I view this as being a painful realization from Chuck (which I happen to share) that no matter how pure and right a system of thought may be, it will be perverted by men. He also put forth the assertion that most men are followers and are incapable of original or independent thought. Even the rank and file "Fight-Clubbers" who rejected modern society found themselves slavishly following Tyler's words like sheep.

It was like Chuck reached for the meaning of life and the true nature of Man with this book but was only able to find nothingness and the realization that Man is so pathetic and flawed.

I apologize for such a quicky essay on such a profound story. I haven't read the book or seen the movie in years. If I were to do either, I could write pages and pages on all of the deep philosophical concepts that were put forth.


Edited by RandalFlagg (08/22/05 10:57 AM)


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #4556781 - 08/19/05 10:49 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

The "Hobbes-Tyler Connection."

Read that if you're a fan. Interesting perspective.


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: FL_accciD]
    #4557327 - 08/20/05 01:47 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

you should get into bret easton ellis - see my thread in MA&L.


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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: Vvellum]
    #4557521 - 08/20/05 02:51 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Fight Club was amazing of course. I tried starting choke but couldn't get into it. Survivor was unlike anything I have read, I suggest anyone read it.



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Re: chuck palahniuk [Re: killme]
    #4557522 - 08/20/05 02:52 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

Deadmaker said:
How the fuck do you say his last name?




pah lah nyuk
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pah lah nee uck


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