Haunted is on one level a satire of reality television: The Real World meets Alive. It draws from a great literary tradition, The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, the English storytellers in the Villa Diodati who produced, among other works, Frankenstein, to tell an utterly contemporary tale of people desperate that their story be told at any cost. Appallingly entertaining, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest, which means his most extreme and his most provocative.
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"[The stories] consistently, powerfully transcend their macabre premises to showcase the heart beating beneath the horrors." (Publishers Weekly)
Ok, this was my first Palahniuk book, but I really liked it. It was vile (Sir Gut Free), weird (Lady Baglady), and funny all in one. This is the way I like books. I also like that it's 23 short stories all lumped into one main story. I will certainly read Palahniuk again.
There is no book like this one.
I had several favorites from the different short stories. But, I would have to say Cora getting her revenge on her co-workers was one of the best.
Oh wow, I can't say. I liked many of them for different reasons.
I like horror, science fiction, transgressive writing, and some nonfiction.
It's really a collection of short stories connected to a larger story. It's a clever idea and an enjoyable piece of writing, but it's not for the easily offended.
I got this to play in my car during a road trip with my 19 year old daughter. She is a huge fan of Palahniuk and wanted us to have something to listen too during a long boring drive. Disturbingly riveting the story provides a very interesting story of a "team" of anti-heros who are strangely confronted with weird conflicts. For some weird reason, it reminds me of Watchmen, the hugely popular graphic novel.
We did experience technical difficulties and was unable to finish the book because the second half would never download. Still curious how it ends.
I really enjoyed this read. The way the chapters were parted out. Yes, there were some parts that were hard to swallow but a good read.
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
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.
...is that I paid good money for it. It is sick and lurid. The only redeeming value is the quality of the narrators. But, if you like to read about calamities to body parts and bizarre behavior...help yourself.
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.
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.
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