This is a book that is recommended with reservation and only to a certain kind of friend. Palahniuk's coldly removed writing style is not for every taste but he does bring a sly perspective to, shall we say, unsavory moments. But it's so interesting and unique that I do sing its virtues to various pals. Then, of course, I would sit back and wait for the inevitable phone call from them asking why in the world I would recommend this book. This is based solely on the gang busters opening 'short story' GUTS. I just tell them that this story is a litmus test and stomaching it (ha pun) means you are worthy to continue reading. If you can get through that you can get through anything.
Its hard to like any character in this book and I don't think they're meant to like. The main framework of the writers on the retreat is full of horrid people with nary a redeeming virtue. But I do love the odd names they're given even though this further serves to remove you from them. It has an icy dehumanizing effect... but that's probably a good thing because considering what these characters do to themselves you'd probably never finish it if you cared about them.
There were a variety of narrators, many of whom are faves such as Scott Brick, but I liked them all.
It made me nauseous but I think that's the point!
I loved the structure from framework narrative, to poem, to personal short stories written by the authors on the retrea
It takes a lot to gross me out but this book was just too much, even my boyfriend couldn't take it. I have enjoyed other Chuck Palahnuik books like Fight Club & Survivor. The premise of the book is cool but when we got to the story where the young man who looks like an old man and what he does to those women... It's a lot of nastiness with very little payoff. We turned it off hours after we should have.
If you think the SAW movies could use more rape & torture then this book is for you!
Everyone keeps saying this was so scary. Not a single point in the entire book was scary. Still, with some very interesting, crazy stories, this book was OK. But trust me, nothing was actually scary in these stories, just grotesque, disturbing style of horror. Still a good read/listen.
Some folks must be raised in white-picket fence towns. This was no more shocking that the stories one grows up with in any factory town.
I am amazed this author wrote Fight Club.
If you need to be horrified and slash is part of it - then watch Saw or Hostile that kind of stuff.
If you like real horror there are many good reads - old and new.
This was just puerile - and lame. I went through about 80% and now just want to delete it from my device and make space for something better. (I found my economics-read more scary actually )
To all of you who claimed this book was "Disgusting" I wish you would have been more clear. This book is interesting as a "HORROR NOVEL", don't get me wrong. What it is not is "Haunted". There's tons of perverse sexuality and a few monsters (METAPHORICALLY!!!!) see..important fact when writing a review! If your looking for Ghosts go elsewhere...PS I am in no way a prude...you have no idea how true that statement is...but I don't like being mislead either...If Howard Stern wrote a "horror novel" this would be pretty close to the end result...Howard's would be funnier though.
This book is only of particular taste to read. However, it expands your thoughts and immagination beyond what is comfortable for the average reader. It is kind of like a modern day Tales from the Crypt if you like that sort of reading.
Chuck Palahniuk is one of the few authors whose words stick with me throughout the day. He drags humanity under the truth lights and builds stories around all the grossness vanity brings out in people. I love it! Haunted is one of his best books.My only problem was that though the narration was great it was at times a bit confusing, but i still highly recommend it for anyone who wants to be haunted by a story!
I should have known what I was getting into when reading a book by the same man who wrote "Fight Club," but I was a bit shocked by some of the gore. The story was well put together, but I got bored with the seemingly drawn out nature of the book. Maybe the abridged version would be better.