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Doomed | [Chuck Palahniuk]

Doomed

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Marci portland, OR, United States 10-11-13
    Marci portland, OR, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2006
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    "So Disappointing"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    james pensacola, FL, United States 12-16-13
    james pensacola, FL, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Too many mispronounced words"

    I hate to nitpick. I hate being that guy. But, who edits/ directs these things? Words are important. Important enough to me, anyway, to fork over money to you month after month. How can you let the dozens of mispronounced words pass in this thing? It is not the fault of the reader. Someone should have caught the mistakes and fixed them. Very distracting to asshats such as myself.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 11-07-13
    Maynard Moravian falls, NC, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Scientist, artisan, anachronism

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    "- sigh -"

    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.

    -m

    ** - les claypool

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lester 10-20-13
    Lester 10-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sick, Twisted and Darkly Hilarious"
    If you could sum up Doomed in three words, what would they be?

    Read my title.


    What other book might you compare Doomed to and why?

    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.


    What does Tai Sammons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tai Sammons IS Madison Spencer. She is the perfect, imperfect teenager voice of this character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer New York, NY 10-20-13
    Jennifer New York, NY 10-20-13
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    Would you listen to Doomed again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. It is funny in a dark way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doomed?

    I don't want to give anything away but her phone calls with Jesus was awesome! Love how she messes with her parents.


    What does Tai Sammons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much listened to it in two sittings, while I'm designing art work for murals and stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rafi Bernstein 02-14-14
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    "Juvenile"
    Would you try another book from Chuck Palahniuk and/or Tai Sammons?

    I would not try anything else narrated by Tai (see comment bellow)I would like to give Chuck a chance to redeem himself - I understand that his other books are better


    What was most disappointing about Chuck Palahniuk’s story?

    Juvenile and full of potty humor


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I wish the narrator would know how to pronounce foreign words and names of products properly such as Chivas, Gund and other words that were butchered in this reading


    Any additional comments?

    Fight Club is one of my all time favorite movies. I have not read the book but I cant believe the the same auther wrote Doomed - what a waste of time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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