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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 1, 2011 - 12:01pm
Fight Club
18% (28 votes)
Invisible Monsters
12% (19 votes)
Survivor
21% (33 votes)
Choke
13% (20 votes)
Rant
15% (23 votes)
Haunted
6% (10 votes)
Lullaby
12% (18 votes)
Tell-All
0% (0 votes)
Diary
1% (1 vote)
Snuff
0% (0 votes)
Pygmy
1% (2 votes)
Stranger Than Fiction
0% (0 votes)
Fugitives and Refugees
0% (0 votes)
Damned
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 154

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JRNutt from California is reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes October 4, 2011 - 12:47pm

It sounds strange, but I'm glad that the most culturaly popular option (fight club) is not the highest. While I do love that book, I feel that Invisible Monsters and Rant are so much better. Yay for people that actually read!

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Kate Winters from Toronto is reading James Rollins' Sigma Force series October 4, 2011 - 12:50pm

I'd say Rant is about as good if not better than Fight Club, but I think Fight Club will always be my favourite... I wish someone would adapt Rant, cus what a fantastic sci fi-esque movie that would be!?

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 4, 2011 - 12:52pm

I want to know who picked Pygmy!

Show yourself!

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. October 4, 2011 - 12:58pm

Me am do thing white lady fine bomb kiss satan goodbye giraffeeeeee

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 4, 2011 - 1:01pm

I voted Rant. I fooking love that book. Fight Club and Invisible Monsters are wonderful too, but Rant just has something else about it.

@ Brandon - you really don't like Pygmy do you? It was good for a laugh if nothing else. I still maintain that the last three or four are closer to comedy than anything else.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 4, 2011 - 1:01pm

not me. my vote's been for lullaby for years

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 4, 2011 - 1:06pm

@Martin

Ha! No, I'm actually fine with it.  I just know everyone else got all pissed off when they realized the whole thing was written in broken English.

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Meachman from Indianapolis is reading Amusing Ourselves to Death October 4, 2011 - 2:23pm

I have Kevin Tong's Rant print hanging above my bookcase. When I lived in New Mexico for a few months and was reading it, I was thoroughly creeped out by the fence on the west end of town by the golf course that would get all the trash/condoms/etc. blown into it like the story.

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Joseph_Falcone from Maple, Ontario, Canada. is reading The Elemantary Particles by Michel Houellebecq October 4, 2011 - 3:09pm

I would say Survivor followed by Invisible Monsters. I rather liked Haunted. Who has read Damned? Is it any good?

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 4, 2011 - 3:16pm

i did. it's meh. but i think its the intro chapter to a trilogy. if its not (only the future knows) then its kind of a let down. i dont think its as well written as the rest of chucks books, besides pygmy. i do like the themes, and the social questions being asked, and that might be worth reading, but they could have been asked in a better way... you know?

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 4, 2011 - 3:25pm

@Joseph

I reviewed Damned on my website: WAV

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 4, 2011 - 4:02pm

Hard to pick a favourite - Snuff was the first one I'd read, then I went through everything else. I have to say Haunted is my favourite because the glow in the dark cover caught me by surprise (and creeped me out more than a little), and I really like stories within stories.

Also, of all his books (save Damned which isn't out in Canada yet), Haunted left me feeling the most emotionally used, abused and dirty.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 4, 2011 - 4:06pm

As my anonymous vote indicates, I am a big Pygmy fan!! (yes that one vote is mine). I know it may not reach everybody equally but I found it hilarious, sweet, brutal, unique character, unique style, and when I read it first it reminded me of my first year in the US, so how could I not like it (except I'm not a secret agent - I mean, what have you heard?)

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 4, 2011 - 4:11pm

@Liana - was that you at theWal-Mart?

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin October 4, 2011 - 4:20pm

Fight Club, Survivor, Lullabye and Haunted really stood out for me. (Voted for Haunted)

I remember liking Choke more before I saw the movie, but I haven't been able to think of it outside that context so I always think, meh.

But I didn't like Rant at all, and I actually never even finished Pygmy, I hated it.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 4, 2011 - 4:29pm

@nkwilczy

I like most of the actual short stories in Haunted, but the whole connecting narrative ruined it for me.  Should have stuck with the original plan and just released them seperately.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin October 4, 2011 - 5:04pm

I'm not in a very good position to defend my vote since I haven't read Haunted in a long time. But the reason I voted for Haunted is simple, Haunted is way darker than any book I would voluntarily read, it's got that whole Saw angle going on IIRC and many of the short stories are these gross-out things (I remember very vividly the story involving a pool drain). Haunted was so not my type of book that I tried to stop reading it several times.

But it stayed in my head and I had to finish it and the book is not without its merits.

As for the overall plot. If I were riding in a car driven by M. Night Shymalan and at the end of our journey he jerked the car around at the last second and we ended up being somewhere I had not expected to be I would not be surprised, that is what he does.

With Palahniuk, if he were driving that car, I have the notion that when we arrived at the "inevitable destination" he would immediately shoot the car over an embankment and make it as far into the wilderness as possible for no apparent reason. I'm not complaining, because it is not uninteresting or unenjoyable, but that is the sort of thing you get at the end of one of his books. Something so over the top that it makes the rest of the book feel very strange. I remember feeling that way when the antagonist of Haunted was explained, but I also remember feeling that way at the end of Diary and even Lullabye, I think Lullabye is probably the smoothest non-sequitur ending, but when it gets into that scooby doo stuff there at the end (I hope I remember that right) it again wierds me out.

But that is just the experience you get out of his books, I understand it, he doesn't want a conventional ending.

It is not a flaw, I don't think many authors would have had the balls to blow up those buildings at the end of Fight Club.

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Rant on the other hand, I'm not sure Rant made sense in the beginning, and so when it went even further over the top it didn't come as a surprise.

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JRNutt from California is reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes October 6, 2011 - 11:59am

Personally I think Chuck stepped outside of the norm and made a really awesome book with Pygmy. It took some getting used to, but just imagine you don't speak english and its perfect!

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 6, 2011 - 12:48pm

@ JR - I found myself thinking and speaking like Pygmy for a while after reading it. It made life more interesting.

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Alessio Patanè from sicily is reading Winesburg, Ohio by S. Anderson October 6, 2011 - 1:13pm

I voted for choke. Fight club and rant ex aequo on the second place.

damned will be released on 18th October in Italy

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Achillez from Long Island, New York is reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway October 6, 2011 - 2:50pm

I've only read half of them (own them all though) but of the ones I've read I'd have to say Invisible Monsters.

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit October 31, 2011 - 11:18am

I voted for Choke on this one. Finished reading Damned yesterday morning, and will post a review on my blog soon. Not sure how I felt about the ending, but the book as a whole was pretty triumphant; I'm hoping it signals a turning of the corner for Palahniuk into new, slightly more absurd/fantastic territory. I think he should write a space opera next -- exploring the vastness of space, colonizing the stars, as seen through the eyes of Chuck Palahniuk. Doubt he would, but hey, it would make for a hilarious, and even sophisticated, ride.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life November 1, 2011 - 6:21am

I want to know who picked Pygmy!

Show yourself!

I got a good laugh out of that.

And Brandon, totally agree on Haunted. I was not a fan. Dennis and I had dinner with Chuck one time in Portland and he was telling us about his next book at the time, which was Haunted. He said it was a book of short stories, but that his editor was pushing for him to turn it into a novel. We both begged him not to do it. Obviously, he didn't listen.

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Frederick from Southeast Connecticut is reading Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs By Chuck Klosterman November 1, 2011 - 8:13am

I agree with everyone who picked Rant. There is something about it that makes it different. I own nearly every book except for Pygmy, Damned, and Snuff all of which I have not read. 

I bought Tell-All and have not read it yet. I hear Tell-All and especially Pygmy take some getting used to. Does the read get easier/better as you go on? 

Thanks for the info guys. Asking other fans is better than reading any review in my opinion. Especially when you can compare them to other novels of Chuck's.

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Aaron from Texas is reading Robert Filmer's Patriarcha November 1, 2011 - 9:01am

I picked Fight Club because it was at the top of the list, but it's tied with Choke as my favorite. But then, the only other books of his that I've read so far are Survivor and Invisible Monsters.

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit November 1, 2011 - 9:05am

Aaron: I'm with you. Hard to pick a favorite between Fight Club and Choke. They're both so good, and so similar, that I could never choose which one's "better." I think Choke might have more profound themes and ideas behind it, but Fight Club has a level of artistry and craft that's just stunning for a first novel -- and of course the characters and plot are timeless.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 1, 2011 - 10:48am

@ Josh: I'm the Pygmy fan!!!!!! Deluded female apprehend book, place time about year and few month ago. After read, wanted propose marriage to operative agent Pygmy.

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TA10 February 16, 2012 - 10:42pm

Choke has to be my favourite.  Followed by Invisisble Monsters.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel February 17, 2012 - 2:05am

I chose Invisible Monster. I just really enjoyed how he got from point A to point B without me knowing what was going on. It was the first book that surprised me in a long while.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff February 17, 2012 - 4:48am

I'm for Rant. So full of minfuck. And the oral biography format is killer, a bomb when applied to fiction.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies February 21, 2012 - 1:14pm

Very tough call. I went with Survivor by a hair over Choke. I also loved Diary, IM, Lullaby, and Rant. Took me awhile to get back around to FC, after seeing the film, but I still loved it. Snuff I thought was funny. I liked Haunted, too. Couldn't stomach Pygmy or Tell-All. Have Damned, but haven't really given it a chance. STF and F&R were great reads too. So I guess I'd rank them:

Survivor
Choke
Fight Club
Diary
IM
Lullaby
Rant
Haunted
STF
F&R
Snuff
Damned
Tell-All
Pygmy

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin February 21, 2012 - 1:59pm

I was so disappointed with Rant. I still feel like in literature there's a difference between a "mindfuck" and "this just doesn't even make sense."

It was like a cool idea convention, I don't deny that. It was a brilliant take on "Zombies" with the rabies thing, the idea of splitting up people by day and night was cool, the whole weird time travel thing, "car fight club" and there are probably a dozen I've forgotten. Any one of them would have been a great book on it's own. But I thought they were so muddled the way they piled on to one another and when a Deus ex Machina shows up everyone is willing to get on board just to escape the confusion.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies February 21, 2012 - 2:36pm

^it was supposed to be a trilogy, @nkwilczy, so i'd hoped that anything that was left open-ended would be addressed in subsequent books. but i haven't seen this "trilogy" move forward.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin February 21, 2012 - 2:41pm

Honestly, that explains a lot. 

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly February 21, 2012 - 3:10pm

I think Fight Club will always be my favorite.  It showed me how much fun reading could be, as opposed to informative and interesting.

Choke is so close a second, it's almost too close to call.  After I read Choke, I realized the things I truly wanted to say could be said.

After FC, I think I read everything Chuck had published at the time, up to Haunted, in about two weeks.

 

I haven't read Pygmy yet, but I have it.  I tried for a month to read Tell All, I just couldn't do it.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel February 21, 2012 - 3:18pm

I think we should throw Guts into the mix even though it is a short story. I can still feel the pain in my intestines. 

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Sam Sturdivant from Hayward, Ca is reading Murphy February 21, 2012 - 3:45pm

I gave my vote to Survivor. No book has made me laugh out loud in public more than that one.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break February 21, 2012 - 3:51pm

But 'Guts' is part of Haunted.  How does that make sense?

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin February 21, 2012 - 3:55pm

Yeah, just give up and vote for Haunted. Admit that it was awesome.

I'd do the full rankings something like

Haunted
Fight Club
Lullabye
Survivor
Choke
Diary
Invisible Monsters
Stranger than Fiction

and then I'd stop rating them. Those are the ones I like.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel February 21, 2012 - 4:17pm

Never read Haunted so I didn't know. I don't spend too much time in this general genre. I prefer Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I've only read a select few of Chuck's books; Invisible Monster, Survivor, and Pygmy. I'll get through the rest once I get through all the other books I have lined up for myself. I jump back and forth between, classics, fantasy, must reads, new, indies, and the list goes on and on. I love to read, but hate the feeling like I'm behind some unknown power curve. Really weird.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 21, 2012 - 4:45pm

In the entire gamut of human literature, we are all retards. No one has read EVERYTHING....except Phil, he has read stuff that hasn't even been written yet.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human February 21, 2012 - 4:52pm

He's from the future!

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading February 21, 2012 - 4:55pm

Not only am I from the future, but I have an article about Fight Club coming out in about a week right here on LitReactor.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human February 21, 2012 - 4:57pm

I bet it's Fight Club 2:The Reckoning.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 21, 2012 - 5:07pm

Don't tell me you are going to rip on Fight Club and tell us it sucks.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading February 21, 2012 - 5:12pm

Sigh.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human February 21, 2012 - 7:56pm

Phil, Disney stole your story.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz February 22, 2012 - 2:21am

Lulla-fucking-bye.

Auf fucking Wiedersehen.

His Masterpiece.

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SonicDrift from Aylesbury, England is reading The Necronomicon by HP Lovecraft February 29, 2012 - 10:32am

I voted Haunted. It was the first  of his books I read and have not come across much that can top that level of nasty.

Didn't get on with Rant at all. Just not my cuppa.

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Clutch from Detroit Metro Area now living in Charlotte, NC is reading "The Spooky Art" by Norman Mailer February 29, 2012 - 10:40am

I don't want to read anymore of Chuck's books. I hated Rant and can't say I actually enjoyed reading anything he's written since. But I probably will still read his stuff just because it's different than the average literature fare. I hate reading books I don't enjoy, but sometimes I do.