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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I liked it . . .

Tell-All was decent. Was it as good as some of Palahniuk's other works? No. Was it still fun to read? Yes. I think the reason why many people are trashing this book is because they hold Palahniuk to a very high standard that he created for himself. With books such...
Tell-All was decent. Was it as good as some of Palahniuk's other works? No. Was it still fun to read? Yes. I think the reason why many people are trashing this book is because they hold Palahniuk to a very high standard that he created for himself. With books such as Fight Club, Choke, and Survivor, fans expect "great" from Chuck Palahniuk. This book was "good" but it did not reach "great." Tell-All started out kind of slow but it gained momentum throughout the second half of the book. I wish it would have been longer because the second half was really good. Overall, a good book, but not great.

posted by ClarkP on May 17, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The first Palahniuk book to disappoint me.

While many of Palahniuk's long-term fans have been disappointed in his last three novels, this is the first novel he's written that has disappointed me personally.
While minimalist stylings are all well and good, this novel never gets beyond the tricks and tactics to ...
While many of Palahniuk's long-term fans have been disappointed in his last three novels, this is the first novel he's written that has disappointed me personally.
While minimalist stylings are all well and good, this novel never gets beyond the tricks and tactics to tell a good story. Literally the first half of the novel is all surface description and Bret Easton Ellis-esque name-dropping, leaving you to wonder what action is really taking place, if any. By the time you make it to the second "act" of the novel, you have a short story's worth of action taking place, which is mildly funny, but not as powerful as many of his other ideas. There are three to five characters in the novel, but even that number is debatable, as there is little to no characterization or dialogue in the entire book. By the time you reach the third "act," you will have long since guessed the plot twist.
I consider Palahniuk to be one of our best living authors, so to be this disappointed is a tough thing for me. What I think he's doing is getting a book written before the idea had any time to germinate. He's got the momentum with his audience and publisher to turn out half-baked novels every year, but how can this be fulfilling to anyone? I think if he had slowed down a bit and allowed the characters to spend more time in his mind, they would have had more to say.
"Tell All" is still a better novel than many contemporary stories, but with a narrator that tries to take the best qualities of the narrators from Diary, Fight Club and Survivor, well-read Palahkiuk enthusiasts will only see this as a flawed Frankenstein built up from past success. Instead of Tell All, read the three novels listed above, or Bret Easton Ellis' "Glamorama."

posted by Ninja_Dog on June 9, 2010

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    I liked it . . .

    Tell-All was decent. Was it as good as some of Palahniuk's other works? No. Was it still fun to read? Yes. I think the reason why many people are trashing this book is because they hold Palahniuk to a very high standard that he created for himself. With books such as Fight Club, Choke, and Survivor, fans expect "great" from Chuck Palahniuk. This book was "good" but it did not reach "great." Tell-All started out kind of slow but it gained momentum throughout the second half of the book. I wish it would have been longer because the second half was really good. Overall, a good book, but not great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

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    INVENTIVE, UNPREDICTABLE, FUNNY

    While voice performer Hillary Huber records for a number of major publishers this listener is delighted that Blackstone signed her on for TELL-ALL. She delivers a controlled, easy listening narration - "controlled" is not easy to do when the author is Chuck Palahniuk Those who have read or heard his previous works (Pygmy, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, to mention a few) know he's one of the most inventive authors working today - unpredictable, ambitious in subject matter, funny, and impossible to pinpoint.

    TELL-ALL has been likened by someone as a cross between Page Six and Sunset Boulevard. Palahniuk takes on celebrity - how it is perceived, what it is. He gives us a cast of multitudes headed by Katherine Kenton, an aging but not about to give up movie star and Hazie Coogan who has long been her servant, protector, flunky, and major-domo seeing to whatever Miss Kathie needs through her numerous love affairs, and major movie moments. The alcohol imbibing sexually rapacious star is adored by her public who see only the image presented to them.

    Webster Carlton Westward III, one more suitor, soon appears and has little trouble in winning over Miss Kathie but he has an agenda of his own. He has already penned a tell-all memoir of their affair with a fatally unhappy ending. Another challenge for Hazie

    Rife with gossip and enough name dropping to satisfy the most celebrity hungry fan TELL-ALL is a riff on old Hollywood. It's pure Palahniuk.

    Enjoy

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    Palahniuk Strikes Again

    Like many of Chuck Palahniuk's books, the writing style takes a little to get used to. This book is set up like a screenplay, divided in Acts and Scenes instead of Chapters. Once again I feel that he has done an incredible job making the reader feel that they are in the dwindling days of Hollywood's Golden Era. The book is written from the housekeeper/live in companion's point of view about her mistress, an aging Hollywood starlet who the companion, Coogen, believes is her own personal work in progress, and she intends to work at it until it reaches perfection. I recommend to anyone who like Palahniuk's work to check this one out. If you are new to his books, this is a good starting point, as almost every one of his books tackle great sweeping ideals that the reader is not sure of until the twist at the end, yes, there is always a twist. Just force yourself through the first couple of pages if it is difficult to get into the the screenplay style of writing and by that point you will be hooked and want to know all that there is to tell.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    It Told All

    Funny and clever. Filled with everyone's name from back in the day is the imagined screen play of savior Hazie Coogan complete with voice overs and flashbacks, as she saves Miss Kathie Kenton from her own film like lifestyle. Miss Coogan has created quite the legend.

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