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    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
    My personal favourite is Rant. It's quite different from his other stuff but it's still got that same twisted outlook on the world, and while the revelations in the book come on much slower than in fight club, they still knock you off you feet.

    And what does everyone think of whats been shown of the movie of Choke?
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      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
    choke looks interesting -- there are some good interviews that he has on the cult website. i think my favourite might be survivor. i know that might least favourite is haunted -- it just didn't gel as well as the others. oh, and lullaby is fucking great.
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008 edited
    so far I've only read his first three: fight club, survivor, and invisible monsters. Even though I really enjoyed fight club, having seen the movie first kind of ruined it for me. I couldn't get fully wrapped up in the story when I already knew what was happening. Also because Palahniuk's style is so stylized and loose, it felt more like I was just reading a really detailed script rather than a novel. I loved survivor the most out of the three.
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    Survivor for me, as well. Probably with Lullabye as my second favorite. I really thought that Fight Club worked better as a film than the book, honestly. I've not yet read Rant, but I'm looking forward to it.

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    lullaby is my favorite, followed by survivor and rant. the only one i couldnt honestly say i loved was diary. it was still alright, but it just didnt seem in the same echelon as his other ones.

    also, i am not usually one of those "head in the sand" people, but i am trying not to look at anything from the choke movie until i can see it. that one probably moved me emotionally the most out of all of them, and i can hope for the film to do the same.
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
    Torn between Choke and Lullabye (I really wish I has access to a culling song some days)

    Haven't read Haunted or Rant yet, and I really need to
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
    The popular choice, Survivor. I've read that, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters and Diary. I always meant to read more, but never got around to it.
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    Choke, which I think is the finest book he's ever written.

    I liked Fight Club and still read it from time to time, but I think it represents some of his weakest writing (which is still light-years ahead of mine, don't get me wrong.) I appreciated the work he did on Invisible Monsters, specifically writing from a female perspective. I also appreciated the work he did with Rant, though to an extent I think he took the idea and rode it off the rails, but with Palahniuk you have to expect and appreciate that.

    The only book of Palahniuk's that I don't like is Haunted. The vigniets between chapters are fantastic and disturbing (especially the rape) but the overall story is not something I can bring myself to care about. Palahniuk has always been able to draw me in with charecters that I can like and sympathize with, but there is no charecter in Haunted that I can bring myself to give a damn about.
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    Here's the order for me:
    Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Rant, Choke, Survivor, Fugitives & Refugees, Lullaby, Haunted, Stranger Than Fiction, Diary.

    As you may have noticed, I'm a completest.
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008

    yet to read Rant or Lullaby though.
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    Survivor is my favorite, kind of a dark humor Stranger in a Strange Land, for me anyway.

    Diary is a close second. I find certain passages of the novel utterly brilliant.
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    So far, my favorite was Lullaby, possibly because it was the one that introduced me to Chuck. I have to put in a good word for Choke, having been a re-enactor myself.

    I'm curious about Haunted, though... Just seemed like something I'd like, for some (twisted, creepy, why-am-I-saying-this) reason.
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    I'd say that Survivor is probably my least favourite, but I'd agree that Choke is his best book. But I've loved Diary, Haunted and Rant recently, Haunted especially. I think Lullaby didn't really do it for me either.
    • CommentAuthorDahkr
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
    I've only read Survivor and loved it. I just purchased Diary and will start that soon
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
    I loved Fight Club, but still thought the movie was better. in fact I think it's one of the best novel-to-screen adaptations since Shogun.

    I've also read Diary, Lullaby and Haunted, of which I thought Lullaby was the best, although now when I try to reread it, it irritates me. based on my small sampling, Palahniuk seems to be too dependent on the trick ending, the Shocking Thing. unreliable narrators drive me nuts. in Fight Club it kinda works because you're dealing with a narrator who literally doesn't know the truth, but in Diary and Lullaby, it comes off like a cheap ploy. and Haunted had some cool stories that just didn't cohere. I actually enjoyed Non-Fiction quite a lot.
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    I really hated Lullaby, so it's odd seeing so many people putting it on their list.
    Don't get me wrong, the section about the model buildings is incredible and beautiful, but it doesn't make up for the rest of the book which was lacklustre at best.

    My favourite would probably be Choke, followed by Fight Club and then Rant. I found the last third of Rant to be very 'Meh', and I think Chuck really shouldn't try to delve into Sci-fi again, lest he wants to look like he's ripping Gibson off even further. If it wasn't for the fact that it was written as an Oral Biography I probably wouldn't rate it very highly at all.

    I really like his Journalism as well. I read it all years ago on some Chuck fansite, but I think it's been collected in a paperback since then.
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
    I've read most of his stuff and my favorite would definitely be Survivor, with Choke running a decently close second. Invisible Monsters was pretty good too, and I also liked his non fiction collection Stranger Than Fiction.

    I wasn't crazy about Lullaby. It was okay, but didn't really stick with me. I love the IDEA of Haunted (basically a fucked up Canterbury Tales), but every story just feels like Palahniuk as opposed to each story feeling like it was written by that character.
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2008
    Probly Fight Club as favorite

    Choke is least favorite.
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    Before I left for family vacation a couple of years ago, I bought Fight Club, Choke, Survivor, Diary and Beautiful Monsters and read one each day. Surprisingly, only Diary failed.

    Fight Club
    Beautiful Monsters.

    Since then, I got 30 pages into Rant before I chunked it. Haven't read Lullaby or Haunted.