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posted by EReynolds on February 23, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2012
Caution! Stupidity Ahead!
A few years ago I was at Printer’s Row in Chicago helping to staff the Other Voices booth. This is a busy book festival and at one point I was struck by the long line outside of one of the presentation tents. I found out it was Chuck Palahniuk. I think he was doing a signing and reading of his book, Fight Club. Since then I’d heard he wrote gritty, often violent stories, very contemporary in tone. Anyway, needing something to read, I bought Survivor for the Nook. First, the basics: Tender Branson is a survivor of the Creedish Cult, a religious group. When some sort of social hammer began to come down, the cult took it as a sign that Deliverance was at hand and so they all committed suicide. Tender (all the men were called Tender, the women Biddy) somehow survived because he was at his work assignment. In theory, when a Creedish out in the world heard that Deliverance had come, they were supposed to commit suicide. Tender didn’t and gradually gained great fame as the last of the cult. His fame is worldwide but a great threat looms in that he has a brother out there, Adam, who was responsible for killing those Creedish who did not commit suicide. This book is mostly (I guess) about fame and the handlers who manage the famous. In the end, Tender hijacks a 747, releases the passengers, has the pilot put the plane in the air then lets him parachute out. Tender will commit suicide by letting the 747 run out of fuel and crash. Alas, this is just such a stupid book. First, it begins with Chapter 47 where Tender begins dictating his story into the flight recorder of the 747 which recorder will, of course, survive the crash. Second, Tender is working as a housekeeper for some wealthy people so we get page after page of household tips. Third, his phone number was mistakenly posted as a suicide hotline with Tender generally encouraging his callers to go ahead and do it. Fourth, he is a virgin who has a relationship with Fertility Hollis, a psychic who can read the future. It’s all too clever by half, too cute by a thousand, the clipped, smart-ass style truly annoying. It is my last Palahniuk, but at least I went and can now say to the innocent, stay away, stupidity ahead.
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Posted August 17, 2013
Name: Seemingly unknown, he goes by Raxon currently. Age: 33 Appearance: Wears combat kevlar armor and a custom helmet made to suit Raxon. Description: He awakened after being knocked out cold for two days and realized the apocalypse had risen. Now he fights to save humanity. Weapons: XM8, SCAR-H, and a katana.
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Posted January 27, 2005
I don't see it.
Unlike Fight Club this book carries no artistic merit. It's simply full of shocking images that serve no other purpose than to be shocking. If it had been condensed into a short story it would have been much more entertaining.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2004
If only I could find out which online reviewer recommended this book as suspenseful. It was boring and extremely slow. Don't let the unique plot fool you, it never becomes interesting or compelling. I finished it out of obligation, hoping it would get better, but it just got worse. I found it possible and necessary to skip several pages at a time and never miss a beat.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 2, 2003
As a fan of Chuck Palahniuk's, I am very sorry to admit that his novel Survivor, was very nearly a piece of trash hastily thrown together by an obviously desperate author. The plot, which was practically incoherent, weaved and performed maniacal cart wheels that exactly failed to satisfy my dark humor cravings. And that is what this novel seemed to be, a performance more than a piece of literary work. While I will conceid that the novel's many themes were certainly thought-provoking and even true (sometimes), over all Survivor was a huge disappointment. And what, might I ask, was with the backwards numeration? In case anyone didn't notice, the novel, despite the page numbers, was written pretty consistently in chronological order. And the ending, if you could call it that, was not so much profound as it was simply irritating. I love a good mystery ending, but...umm...word to the wise...you actually have to provide legitimate clues throughout the novel for this to work... Ahh...but whatever...maybe I'm just dumb :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 9, 2010
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