I can tolerate foul and/or crude language in fiction -- even Stephen King at his worst is okay ("Christine"), and, although I hate to give my age away, I even truly enjoyed "A Boy and His Dog" by Harlan Ellison. Why? Because in these stories the language generally fit the characters who uttered it, and became a believable part of the story.
I sought out this book because the cover, the description, and the reviews made it seem an interesting read. And I love ghost stories. However, I was really disappointed at Palahniuk's use of language. It served no purpose other than to distract from the story. I was unable to get past chapter 1 without just turning it off in frustration.
Mr. Palahniuk apparently is overly absorbed with backsides, and unfortunately only appears to know one word with which to identify said portion of anatomy. I prefer my authors to possess a bit broader vocabulary.
I haven't finished this book yet, but I wanted to say something about it right away. This book made me sit up in bed, hang my mouth open in shock, and my eyes looked like the guy's on the front of the cover. This book is well named; not because of ghost stories but because the content of this book will haunt my brain and keep me shuddering for a long, long time. Do not buy this book if you are easily disgusted, easily offended, or overly sensitive. I laugh at the work of Stephen King but this book disturbs me. I wish I could write a book like this!
I had 7 hours of flying time in 3 days and wanted a good book to listen to. I read the reviews and thought this is exactly the book I wanted to hear. I was completely disappointed. The common story line from the get-go was hard to follow and I found myself totally confused by the characters and what the heck was going on. I gave it a good shot, but after a total of 4 hours of frustrated listening, I am going to delete this book from my IPod. It just did not make any sense to me and as far as it being scary and riviting, forget it... I might as well have been listening to random words for those 4 hours. What a waste of money!
This is the first book I've ever reviewed here. Don't waste your money, or book credits, on this book. I am a long time fan of horror stories – Stephen King, Clive Barker, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell – but I stopped listening to this horrible book when there was only 2 hours left. The story is so ridiculous it isn’t even enjoyable. Right, a woman who had enough meat carved out of her buttocks and thighs to feed a dozen plus people is able to walk into the room and eat her own flesh. I don’t think so. With that much muscle mass gone, she wouldn’t be able to walk, much less come out of the shock itself. It isn’t even funny. Much less believable. The author has to make a story believable, even if it is “fantasy”, or its just meaningless gore. This was the point at which I deleted this book out of my Audible Manager. I will say that some of the short stories within the novel were interesting. I purchased by book based on the free excerpt – Exodus. That story was interesting. Most of the rest of the stories were poorly written and didn’t hang together well as short stories.