Invisible Monsters Remix

Invisible Monsters Remix

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by Chuck Palahniuk
     
 

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"A harrowing, perverse, laugh-aloud funny rocket ride." —Seattle Times
Injected with new material and special design elements, Invisible Monsters Remix fulfills Chuck Palahniuk’s original vision for his 1999 novel, turning a daring satire on beauty and the fashion industry into an even more wildly unique reading experience. Palahniuk’s

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"A harrowing, perverse, laugh-aloud funny rocket ride." —Seattle Times
Injected with new material and special design elements, Invisible Monsters Remix fulfills Chuck Palahniuk’s original vision for his 1999 novel, turning a daring satire on beauty and the fashion industry into an even more wildly unique reading experience. Palahniuk’s fashion-model protagonist has it all—boyfriend, career, loyal best friend—until an accident destroys her face, her ability to speak, and her self-esteem. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a bona-fide woman. Laced in are new chapters of memoir and further scenes with the book’s characters. Readers will jump between chapters, reread the book to understand the dissolve between fiction and fact, and decipher the playful book design, embarking on a ride they’ll never forget.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
“Chuck Palahniuk’s stories don’t unfold. They hurtle headlong, changing lanes in threes and banging off the guard rails of modern fiction. . . . Invisible Monsters makes [Fight Club] seem like a leisurely buggy ride.”— James Sullivan
Seattle Times
“A harrowing, perverse, laugh-aloud funny rocket ride.”
Seattle
“Even more fun to read than the first time around.”
Shelf Awareness
“Subtly moving, this singular writer reminds us that real life is often just as tragic, absurd and fabulously perverse as a Palahniuk novel.”
James Sullivan - San Francisco Chronicle
“Chuck Palahniuk’s stories don’t unfold. They hurtle headlong, changing lanes in threes and banging off the guard rails of modern fiction. . . . Invisible Monsters makes [Fight Club] seem like a leisurely buggy ride.”
San Francisco Chronicle - James Sullivan
“Chuck Palahniuk’s stories don’t unfold. They hurtle headlong, changing lanes in threes and banging off the guard rails of modern fiction. . . . Invisible Monsters makes [Fight Club] seem like a leisurely buggy ride.”
Library Journal
Published as a paperback original in 1999, Palahniuk's tale of a fashion model who loses everything when she is badly disfigured in a drive-by shooting gets a makeover here, featuring new chapters, new scenes, and special design elements. It's being billed as a "director's cut," which Palahniuk fans will definitely want.
Kirkus Reviews
Palahniuk (Damned, 2011, etc.) plays literary DJ, revisiting and updating his 1999 novel Invisible Monsters. In a new "Reintroduction," Palahniuk explains that Invisible Monsters was never meant to be a conventional narrative, resembling in its original incarnation the Sears catalogue or an old copy of Vogue magazine, jumping forward and backward in time with the quick-cut style changes of a classic MTV playlist. The elder statesman of transgressive fiction even sounds a bit cynical--"You young people, you who think you invented fun and drugs and good times, fuck you."--though with his skewed sense of humor, it's generally hard to be sure. In matter of substance, there's not much of a "remix" to be had here, just a, "Now, please jump to Chapter Forty," Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style that doesn't so much reorder the book as augment the disjointed, whiplash atmosphere its author intended. The book that Kirkus drubbed "Too clever by half" in 1999 is still here in its ghoulish entirety. The narrator is Shannon McFarland, a fashion model whose beauty has been obliterated in an enigmatic accident. While recovering in the hospital, Shannon meets Brandy Alexander, a voluptuous pre-surgical transsexual who adopts Shannon and takes her on the road, granting them new monikers, identities and trades in the process. Throw in some more drag queens, a knife-wielding ex-cop, plenty of drugs, sexual abuse and even a wedding, not to mention some eerie family values. The book is really a superfluous artifact, but that doesn't change the fact that Palahniuk remains one of the most gifted writers in American fiction. Not worth replacing your old paperback, but a nice collector's item for Palahniuk's cult.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393345117
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/13/2013
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
162,290
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the best-selling novels Fight Club, Survivor, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Damned, and many other works of fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Portland, Oregon
Date of Birth:
February 21, 1962
Place of Birth:
Pasco, Washington
Education:
B.A. in journalism, University of Oregon, 1986
Website:
http://www.chuckpalahniuk.net

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Invisible Monsters Remix 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the original. So glad he was given the opportunity to publish it as intended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Chuck but I found this book extremely uninteresting. Hopefully your experience is better than mine was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Palahniuk's best. This remix edition is worth the read even if you've read it before
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DesC More than 1 year ago
Definitely not his best work, but entertaining none the less. Very interesting characters, with a few plot twists. It takes you for a ride!
blogerin33 More than 1 year ago
Not my favourite Palahniuk book but it definitely has some pretty interesting themes. And entertaining as always.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chuck Palahniuk, marry me. Not these words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy 4 copies of this book, read one, then burn the rest. Awesome!