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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

My 1st Palaniuk....

Good book, amazing characters. Very, very disturbing stories. I loved it!

I have my favorites of course and so will you, each character tells his/her story, with a few characters telling more then one story a piece.

Saint Gut-Free "Guts" - hilarious and probably...
Good book, amazing characters. Very, very disturbing stories. I loved it!

I have my favorites of course and so will you, each character tells his/her story, with a few characters telling more then one story a piece.

Saint Gut-Free "Guts" - hilarious and probably the most digusting story you'll ever read

Director Denial "Exodus" - brilliant, brilliant writing

Chef Assassin "Product Placement" - love this one

Tess Clark "Post-Production", "The Nightmare Box" - this story still haunts me

If you like, gruesome, graphic and sexually charged disturbing literature, you just found it!

posted by SavageBS on February 21, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

The Cube meets Saw. Gory, interesting, but not spectacular

This was my first Palahniuk. I had heard that this book was incredibly disturbing and was, of course, intrigued. The book was disturbing, I suppose, but I would not add the modifier "incredibly." The book is, however, graphic and detailed and delves into the more derang...
This was my first Palahniuk. I had heard that this book was incredibly disturbing and was, of course, intrigued. The book was disturbing, I suppose, but I would not add the modifier "incredibly." The book is, however, graphic and detailed and delves into the more deranged parts of the human mind. Although I had not read Palahniuk before, I have of course seen Fight Club, and I understand that Palahniuk takes extreme situations and explores human interactions and reactions within those situations. Haunted does this and takes it just one step beyond "the line."

The way I think of the book is as a warped reality tv show gone wrong. Imagine a group of people, psychologically messed up because of the realities inflicted upon them and because of the choices they have made. Lock them together in a building with no escape for three months and see what happens. It's like The Cube meets Saw. Palahniuk's characters are actually believable in their extreme behavior and those with weaker stomachs should refrain.

The format the book takes is relatively unique. The characters in the book are identified by nicknames that somehow represent how the author is warped. Each "chapter" includes a narrative, a poem, and a story. The narrative is told from the perspective of one of the individuals locked in the building -- though we are never quite sure which aspiring author is speaking. The narrative is followed by a poem "about" the aspiring author, which hints at something the author has experienced and sheds a little light on the nickname the author has received. The poem is then followed by a story written by the character that has been discussed in the preceding poem. The story explains the primary traumatic incident (or portion of that incident) that resulted in the author's warped personality and nickname.

I liked the format of the book and appreciated Palahniuk's timing. Some of the most intriguing (to me) characters' personalities and nicknames were revealed at the end of the book, which certainly kept me attached to the book -- even though it almost read more like a series of non-related short stories than a novel. In addition, although it was not immediate, I was eventually drawn into the narrative of the authors trapped in the building and felt invested in how it would all play out.

The writing was great, too. I suppose the reason I'm still rambling about this, somewhat incoherently, is because I recognize the good qualities of the book, cannot think of any particularly bad ones, but still was not blown away by the book. I expected to be more disturbed, more intrigued, more saddened, more anything... but mostly I was just reading without much emotion at all. It was certainly good enough to continue reading and good enough to casually recommend, but it made no strong lasting impressions on me.

Recommended for someone who likes gore and exploring the deranged ways in which humans can behave in extreme situations.

THREE AND A HALF out of five stars.

posted by avanders on November 17, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    Tried to give it a chance but gave up.

    I stopped reading it at the 200th page. I got over reading it really fast. I truely tried and hoped it would get better and some how catch my attention but it did not. The stories in between the main storie were not half bad but all together it was confusing, boring and not worth reading. When you cannot get to like any of the characters theres a problem. This is the first and only books i have never finished, that says something since i have read hundreds of books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    wow

    just horrible.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Crap

    A thinly veiled rip off of the Marquis De sade's 120 Days of Sodom. A group of people locked away who tell gradually more and more disturbing stories as their real life starts to reflect the stories. I suppose if you have never read 120 Days of Sodom (which appears to be the case with all the other people who reviewed this book) then this book could be considered shocking or disturbing, but if you have read De Sade, this book comes across as incredibly lame. I was very disappointed.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    One of the worst books I have ever read as well!

    I love horror stories and this was nothing but gore. I finished the book trying to be fair and hoping to find something worth reading somewhere in the book. Disturbing? Yes. Worth reading? Don't waste your time.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    Don't waste your time

    I had a hard time getting through this book. The plot was so disjointed. I felt like it was just thrown together. The short stories were interesting enough, although some were a little too disturbing for my taste. I definately wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

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    Worst book ever!! This book didn't make any sense, I am not sure I have ever read a book I hated more

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

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    one of the worse books ever.

    I hated this book. It's honestly one of the worse books that I have ever read if not the worse book I have read EVER. It's very confusing and random.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

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    This book is uh....GROSS!!! i couldnt even get past the third chapter i was sick to my stomach and i had an awkward feeling in my stomach all day. Its a horrible book. HORRIBLE!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2006

    Worst book I've ever read.

    This book was absolutely terrible. The stories are neither funny or entertaining. Overall, just a gross, bizarre and ridiculous story. Do not waste your money or time on this tired read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    Harder and Harder to turn the pages

    There isn't much here that Palahniuk hasn't done already and better. Startling simple-minded (many of these stories are humerous, but rarely more than that), and even the cannabalism is boring. Even his most devoted fans will have trouble mucking through this poor attempt to establish new standards of grossness.

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