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Invisible Monsters Remix Hardcover – June 11, 2012
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As far as the story, well, it is one of my favorites by Mr. Palahniuk. I would put "Invisible Monsters" on par with Fight Club: A Novel and Survivor: A Novel. To read this is a reminder of Mr. P's genius with the written word. Highly recommended for fans, and those new to Chuck Palahniuk as well.
Invisible Monsters Remix is the book form of a movie's directer's cut. This is the way Chuck Palahniuk wanted it to be, totally and absolutely. That means added material, hardcover, a new introduction, etc. The entire experience is a fanboy's dream. Do not pass this up.
The plot of this novel is simple, but made complex via distorted point of view and chronological twisting. A super model gets her jaw blown off in a highway accident and must restructure her entire life. But the genius is in the presentation.
Unlike its predecessor, Invisible Monsters Remix is presented as a choose your own adventure style book. The opening of the old novel (which was chapter one previously) is now found all the way at the end of the book, chapter 41. At the end of each chapter, the reader gets a little note that says "Please Jump to Chapter __".
But note the "please".
Like the characters in his works, Chuck is presenting the readers with a choice. And only by breaking the rules does the fun and shine of this book come out.Read more ›
However, this is completely useless on the kindle and I had to return the book. I am stunned that no one thought of this or caught this. Right off the bat (after intro explaining how this is all going to work) it tells me to go to chapter 46. Great - this kindle book has not linked chapters. If you go to table of contents, it is just the first page. As such, it would be impossible to read this as it is supposed to be done.
So, everyone interested in Palahniuk's art, knows the plot: a celebrated fashion model gets shot in the face, survives but loses her lower jaw and re-creates herself, simultaneously discovering shocking secrets of her past that influence present and become a reason for the future. More interesting part is the structure of the novel - all chapters are numbered, but plotline is far beyond the linear order. In the end of each chapter, there's a note like, "Please jump to Chapter...".That was quite interesting, and some of the chapters were even printed backwards to be read through the mirror. The author also advises to mark pages in some way to make sure you went through them all. I was going to do so, but then decided to actually keep a log of chapter sequence instead. Turned out, there was Chapter 41 after preview, and I listed it as a Chapter 1, then there was Chapter 1, which I marked as 2, and so on.
The most interesting is Chapter 31 (21), which reads: "The End". Obviously, that was not the end at all. My log was challenged and I knew there was something missing, something that makes the novel a remix besides its structure. So I went back to my list to find out that chapters 3, 9, 13, 16, 18, 25, 27, 30, 36 and 42 weren't mentioned anywhere before, and I started reading from there.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good twists that you expect from Chuck. Can be a difficult read if you don't stick with it.Published 4 days ago by Marty Crouse
I knew somewhat of the concept of this book. I also knew that this was arranged the way the author originally intended. It is a nonlinear story that kept me interested. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R.R
“If I can't be beautiful, then I just want to be invisible.”
Chuck Palahniuk is a truly unique and twisted individual. He also seems to be a bit hit or miss with me. Read more
The format gets old very quickly-and it's not truly a "Choose Your Own Adventure"-type book-but the story itself is bullet-proof. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rich L.
This book defines creativity! It was refreshing for that reason.
I found myself pulled into this book rather quickly, even though I didn't really care for the story, at... Read more
This book was alright. The story and many of the characters seemed a bit over exaggerated and ridiculous, but I did like a lot of the underlying ideas and emotions.Published 9 months ago by aileen