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Survivor: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

My fav!!!!

This is early Chuck at his best, and is by far the best.

posted by Anonymous on March 27, 2012

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Eh...

I am a huge Chuck P. fan. But this book was a bit difficult for me. I just couldn't get into it. It's about the "last survivor" of a cult, and the book is this last survivor telling his life story to an airplane blackbox. Going from, cult memeber to houseman, to overnig...
I am a huge Chuck P. fan. But this book was a bit difficult for me. I just couldn't get into it. It's about the "last survivor" of a cult, and the book is this last survivor telling his life story to an airplane blackbox. Going from, cult memeber to houseman, to overnight sensation and his fall from grace. Sounds like a good idea, but I just couldn't really get into it. In fact, I had to push myself to read it all the up to the last 2 chapters and then I just had to put it down. I couldn't make myself finish it. The writing was excellent, as Chuck P's always is. And the plot was good in theory, but in the end...I was kinda bored. Gasp, I know. But still, give it a try. You might like it.

posted by EReynolds on February 23, 2011

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Eh...

    I am a huge Chuck P. fan. But this book was a bit difficult for me. I just couldn't get into it. It's about the "last survivor" of a cult, and the book is this last survivor telling his life story to an airplane blackbox. Going from, cult memeber to houseman, to overnight sensation and his fall from grace. Sounds like a good idea, but I just couldn't really get into it. In fact, I had to push myself to read it all the up to the last 2 chapters and then I just had to put it down. I couldn't make myself finish it. The writing was excellent, as Chuck P's always is. And the plot was good in theory, but in the end...I was kinda bored. Gasp, I know. But still, give it a try. You might like it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    not for me.

    Fight Club is one of my all time favorite movies. so I decided to get survivor. I'm sorry but i did not like it that much. the style is really cool but...i don't know nothing is really happening until the end. I'll stick with fight club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    Disappointing

    I've been a fan of Chuck's books since I first read 'Invisable Monsters' and all his books have shocked and amazed me, but this just seemed like rushed dribble, slopped together to get a paycheck. I found myself not caring what happened to the characters. The plot had serious potential but fell flat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    Unfocused; lacks consistency

    As a big fan of the movie Fight Club (the book wasn't too bad either), I hate to be the spoilsport in the love-fest that is this review forum, but I must say this book is a clunker. Ask me why. No, seriously, go ahead and ask me. It is writing like this, a plot that is not so much manic as incoherent, and a supporting cast that is little more than cardboard cut-outs. The main character Trevor (not Tyler, get it, they're completely different characters?) isn't flat, but only because he appears to be two different people hastily slapped together. It reads like Palahniuk used some left-over Fight Club writing to fill out this slender book. When he introduces Tyler/Trevor, it is as a sexual predator; yet later on, the book focuses almost monomaniacally on Tyler/Trevor's supposed fear of sex (the explanation for which, darkly hinted at throughout the book, turns out to be a dud). Indeed, as the book draws to a close Mr. Palahniuk loses control and has the characters do pointless things for increasingly contrived reasons because he has to wrap up the book in the corner where he painted himself in the first chapter. Speaking of the first chapter (which is really the last chapter), the backwards page numeration and chapter numeration is a much cooler idea than any the author put into the book. Furthermore it isn't even justified since besides the first chapter, the story is told in almost perfect chronological order. It, like most of what happens in this book, is just a cheap stunt designed to distract the reader from the poor quality of Mr. Palahniuk's writing. Maybe he should focus on writing screenplays.

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