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Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

What it's about:
The newest Palahniuk novel concerns Madison, an thirteen year old girl who finds herself in Hell, unsure of why she will be there for all eternity, but tries to make the best of it.

The author described the novel as "if The Shawshank Redemption had a baby by The Lovely Bones and it was raised by Judy Blume." And "it's kind of like The Breakfast Club set in Hell."

My Thoughts:
I decided to buy this book and read it once I got my email from Goodreads about new books by authors I have already read. Up until then, I had not even heard that this was coming out. Chuck Palahniuk and I have a weird relationship. I've read Haunted, Invisible Monsters and Damned by him. When I read his books, I don't hope for anything amazing. I know exactly what I am going to get: a fast read with some laugh out loud moments and that's basically it.

I mean if you go pick up a copy of Damned, the blurb is just ridiculous. If you realize that, I honestly think you will be okay. Overall, I thought Damned was a decent book and pretty funny. However, I think you need to take it for what it is. A fast and humorous read. It's nothing amazing but something I think some people might find funny for a few hours. I am glad that I read it and I wouldn't say it's as bad as some people are making it out to be (look it up on Goodreads..BAD reviews) as long as you take my advice and don't go expecting something epic. If you decide to read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts or even your thoughts towards Palahniuk in general. Because this guy is... well....different.
Number of Pages: 256
Stars: 3


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Oct. 24th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
I love love love Diary, Survivor, Rant, and Fight Club. Lullaby and Invisible Monsters were okay and I thought Choke was pretty good, but Haunted... I almost didn't finish it. I just thought that book was too tedious. Some of the short stories weren't that good and the main story line was just absolutely ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, there were a few stories that were awesome, but overall, I wouldn't really tell anyone to read that book from start to finish.

However, I do like Palahniuk. I just hate how his books can be really hit or miss. I didn't bother reading Snuff or Damned because neither of them sounded that good to me.

The only thing that really bothers me about his writing is that, even though you probably won't guess what it is, you definitely know there is a twist at the end.
Oct. 24th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
I agree...the background story in Haunted was pretty bad but I did like a few of the short stories. I loved "Guts" because it actually disturb me, which is hard to do with a book. But you can read the short story online for free.

I really do want to read Fight Club and Choke though. I just think his books are overpriced though for what you really get out of them. But I am sure I will get around to those one day.

Again, I agree with you. If you didn't know about the twists, his books would be a bit better.
Oct. 25th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, Guts was by far the best one. Exodus was pretty good, too. So was the one about the bag lady, actually.
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Oct. 24th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
I know a lot of people are saying that he is getting worse and worse but I have not read enough by him to really give an opinion on that. I think maybe he is just starting to over do the whole surprise and shocking factor.
Oct. 24th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Fight Club might be the best book I've ever read, actually. And I read a lot. Survivor would probably rank in Top 10 or 20 = ) I also liked Invisible Monsters, Lullaby, Diary and Choke. I didn't get through Haunted, although I liked some of he stories. Snuff or Rant I didn't even bother to start.

When I first read about Damned, I thought it sounded pretty cool (I have a thing for Hell, okay? lol), but now I'm not so sure I want to read it, hm. Maybe if somebody gives it to me for Christmas or smt, I'm probably not gonna buy it :D
Oct. 24th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Well to be fair, this was a gift from my boyfriend so I didn't actually buy my copy either xD but you sound like you really Palahniuk and since you've already read books by him, I'd recommend giving it a try.

The goodreads blurb is total fail, just to let you know. The age isn't even right!!! (the age says 11 on goodreads. I changed it to 13 which is the actual age) If you go into a bookstore, look at the blurb on the actual book (if you have not already) because it will give you a better overview of it.

Edited at 2011-10-24 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oct. 24th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Well, I've read an interview with Chuck, where he talked about the book, and he made it sound a lot better than those reviews on goodreads, ha :P But you're right, I'll probably read it anyways, as the plot actually sounds kinda intriguing to me (unlike Snuff or Rant).
Oct. 25th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
I thought Rant's plot sounded kinda iffy too, but it turned out to be really interesting. The thing I know the majority of people can't get around with Rant, though, is the format. And while that does take some getting used to, I eventually came to enjoy it, personally.

You oughta give it a shot if you ever find yourself with nothing to read.
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