Madison Spencer, the liveliest, snarkiest dead girl in the universe, continues the adventures in the afterlife begun in Damned. Having somewhat reluctantly escaped from hell, she now wanders the purgatory that is Earth as a ghostly spirit, seeking her do-gooding celebrity parents, fighting the malign control of Satan, recounting the disgracefully funny encounter with her grandfather in a fetid highway rest stop in upstate New York when she - oh, never mind - and climaxing in a rendezvous with destiny on the new, totally plastic continent in the Pacific called, not at all accidentally, Madlantis.
Dante Alighieri, watch your back. Chuck Palahniuk is gaining on you.
©2013 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Doomed is the sequel to Damned, the continued story of Madison.
This book was SO disappointing. I have loved Chuck Palahnuik's past works. From Fight Climb to Haunted, Choke, and Invisible Monsters, I have really treasured his books.
Doomed has SOME of the things that I love about Chuck, like the "ticks" he puts in his stories, his great writing rhythm, and his very dark humor.
What this story was missing was, well, an actual story. As the story begins, I was super excited to see what kind of trouble Madison was going to get into to, and then, nothing happened. You are introduced to a couple of characters that seems to have the capacity to drive the story forward along with Madison and then nothing happened with them either. There was very little interaction with them. The entire story goes back into Madison's past and she whines and bitches about everything that happened to her and how misunderstood she was.
It was bad, really bad.
I enjoyed the narrator, she was fun to listen to.
Sadly, I do not recommend this book.
never trust reviews from the bi-polar
i liked Damned. i really like Tai's voice (the narrator). but Doomed... this i don't understand. i can't get my wits around the fact that Chuck could produce such a novel. really, how does someone let themselves go like this?
i'm sure the die-hard fans will still get the book despite the reviews, but they'll be disappointed. it's hard to put into words what is lacking from the story, i'm sure there are some other, more eloquent reviews that explain the story's issues. so i'll leave that to them.
for me, rite outa the gate i knew this book was gonna suck. but he really lost me when the 11yr old girl got her shirt ejaculated on after manually masturbating an old man through a glory hole in the men's room.
I've come to expect some crass from Chuck, about 1/2 his books have some rude sexual situations. but come on, 11yrs old is too much. this is not what i expect from him.
oh well. they can't all be zingers**
better luck next time.
** - les claypool
Read my title.
If you don't have a really twisted sense of humor you should move on. If you do and haven't heard or read the first book, Damned, then go get it and begin a journey to Hell...Palahniuk style.
Tai Sammons IS Madison Spencer. She is the perfect, imperfect teenager voice of this character.
You may feel the need to take a long shower to clean filth left on you in every chapter but at least you'll smell good.
Dear Gentle Tweeter....stop wasting my time and get this book for your eyes or for your ears. You'll need a stack of candy bars and sensible shoes to get through this.
Yes, I would listen to it again. It is funny in a dark way.
I don't want to give anything away but her phone calls with Jesus was awesome! Love how she messes with her parents.
She is great. Up there with Marguerite Gavin. She really brings the characters to life. I will probably look for more things read by her.. just as I do with Marguerite Gavin.
Pretty much listened to it in two sittings, while I'm designing art work for murals and stuff.
I like books with a dark humor to them. This kind of reminded me of Christopher Moore books like Blood Sucking Fiend. It's got that kind of humor to it.
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