©2008 Chcuk Palahniuk; (P)2008 Tantor
"Striking characters, sharp parody, and a tight plot....Highly recommended for mature [audiences]." (Library Journal)
"McLaren's gritty voice adds the needed edge to this seedy but interesting novel." (Publishers Weekly)
Chuck Palahniuk writes about a variety of topics. Each time he finds something new in the human condition. Talking about the Porn industry and those it attracts isn't an easy read. Yet Palanhniuk write a story about humanity in all its gory detail. This story has stayed with me for a while, which I didn't think would happen from such a short story.
I have read or listened to most of chuck's work and this is very much in keeping with his quirky observations of human interaction, experience and information.
It is a short sweet tale of what happens on the set of a porn film. I found it Clear and with a very strong plot. I dont know what the other reviewers listened to or what they were doing when they tried to listen.
The book is very good, it reminds me of Survivor a bit.
The story is not bad. I would recommend "Survivor" over this book. This is very similar to Palahniuk's "Choke," so if you like that book, you will be satisfied.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
The premise was alluring and probably could have been an interesting story; a look into a totally foreign culture and an outrageous act. Instead, although I stuck it out (no pun intended) to the end (again), I really wished I had not bothered. The author wrote a terribly confusing (couldn't tell which character was speaking) and totally boring account of a story that by nature sparks one's curiousity. I dont know how he pulled it off, but he did. UGH!
A wannabe riot.
The best part about this book was the hilarious crazy pun names of the porn films Cassie Wright had filmed. Other than that, I felt like this story dragged on unnecessarily. Also, the Audible audiobook was strangely formatted, with no pauses between the chapters or any attempt at using different voices for the characters. Alas.
I like offbeat books and this one was rife with promise. I have enjoyed other books from this author but NOT this one. It was difficult to follow, being told from the perspective of multiple individuals. It really wasn't very funny, and wasn't that insightful although the material really could have been worked to effect. I really could not recommend this to anyone. Sorry, Chuck. Love some of your other work...
Not sure. It takes a different kind of mind to appreciate this book.
Didn't have one - they are all very interesting.
Wow. This was not much of a review. :(
But really, that's the kind of book this is - it kinda' leaves you speechless trying to dissect what you just read.
If you have ever wondered what the world of porn is like...this book will give you a fast and aggressive glance. The characters are well drawn. The environment (a green room)is one you can smell and is fervent with urgency, regret and release. Snuff contains the author's signature skewed observances and humor. A very fast read. I showered after reading it. The reader does and outstanding job. B+
I've been a big fan of Chuck Palahniuk's work since reading Lullaby and seeing Fight Club but no longer. After listening to his previous book Rant and now Snuff I can now attest that Chuck Palahniuk has lost it. What he had in his early books (let's say anything before Haunted) is gone now. What we're left with is an author who feels his only remaining gift is his ability to shock, and that's a shame.
Early Chuck Palahniuk books had characters in them. Characters that did shocking things, sure, but you cared about them. In this book you never really care because each chapter is more outrageous that the previous one; and that's all the book has to offer. The characters are all one dimensional shells.
Take a pass on this book and find something good to listen to.
So perhaps you're looking for something risque? A thriller that involves forbidden content much like the movie "8mm" that with Nicolas Cage? If so, this isn't it. Guys stand around the waiting area of a porn studio talking about nonsense, and that's basically the plot. Oh yeah.... there's a death, but it's barely instrumental to the plot. Move on to another audiobook if you can.
"A return to form"
A total return to form for Palahniuk and the most I've enjoyed one of his books for many years.
After loving his first three or four I felt he went off the boil, moving away from the dark underbelly of human nature into other areas that just didn't have the same edge. SNUFF makes up for that, however, an intricately structured, utterly engaging listen.
There are the usual tics (verbal and literary) which have become Palahniuk's trademark and although at times it can get a little much it also really does help to crystallise the individual personalities of each of the main characters. There's also the trademark twist which wasn't exactly a surprise but the story kept me involved deeply enough that I wasn't really thinking too much about what might happen.
Snappy, hip but also extremely moving and perfectly shaped (sorry to go a bit synesthetic), this was a fantastic listen
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