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Just finished 2 more Chuck books:

Diary: Misty Wilmot is a once promising artist who is now a waitress at a tourist resort as her husband lies in a comma after a suicide attempt. She quickly learns everything is not at it seems and that she may simply be a pawn in deep, dark conspiracy. I really liked the concept here but the story didn’t grab me that much. You are either a fan, or not a fan, of his writing and I happen to be a big fan, so I did enjoy the ride anyway. I did like the ending which contained the usual Palahniuk twists and turns and it really elevated the book for me from average to above average. Keep in mind the ending of Beautiful Monsters did the exact opposite.

Snuff: I enjoyed the whole ride on this one. The plot on this gem is that an aging porn star plans to go out with a bang by setting the world record for the largest gang bang. You soon learn why she is really doing this as you learn the reasons for her assistant and three of the actors, who wait their turn, for being there, as well. Oh, and one of them may want to kill her. Great read this book was and don’t let the porn aspect throw you off from reading it. While there are some graphic descriptions there was actually very little actual sex in the novel. The only thing that kept this book from being one of the greats, in my opinion, is that once the book ended there was really no real resolution to any of the characters plights. It still clocks in high on my Chuck reads and I can’t wait for the movie to come out.

I rank my favorites as follows:

Lullaby
Choke
Snuff
Beautiful Monsters
Diary
Haunted

Next up for me, Fight Club.

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Lullaby

I now have three favorite books.

‘The Great and Secret Show” by Clive Barker is my personal benchmark for horror and horror mythology.

“The Physiognomy” by Jeffrey Ford is, for me, the perfect blend of weirdness and dark fantasy.  This book changed the way I think about writing.

“Lullaby” by Chuck Palahniuk was also brilliant.  The themes of life, death, construction and deconstruction (among others) was threaded perfectly throughout the story.  One thing I LOVED is that Palahniuk is twisted but not in a gratuitous manner whatsoever.   Are all Palahniuk’s books this great?  I can’t wait to find out.   Oh, and if you know the proper way to pronounce his last name let me know.