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Palahniuk delivers another entertaining and cynical social commentary on American materialism and gluttony. In her final pornographic performance, Cassie Wright has decided to be on the receiving end of a 600-man gangbang. Neither Cassie nor the men waiting for their chance with her expect her to survive. But some of the men have very different ideas about what this encounter will mean for them in their personal and professional lives. Todd McLaren does an excellent job voicing the many different first-person accounts. Whether reading the accounts of Cassie's assistant, an aging stud or the Cassie's presumptive abandoned son, McLaren finds a complementary voice for each and keeps them consistent throughout. Given the raunchy discussions of sex and the sinister elements that are often associated with the porn industry, McLaren's gritty voice adds the needed edge to this seedy but interesting novel. A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 11). (May)
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Palahniuk has followed his tendency towards sensationalism to its logical conclusion and written a novel about a pornographic film, to mixed reactions. Naysayers wrote that Snuff either failed in its satirical role or, worse, Palahniuk has simply run out of ideas and only wants to make readers cringe. Yet other reviewers felt that, as in previous novels, Palahniuk’s strong, character-driven explorations of the unseemly actually reveal a great deal about our society. Certainly, he riffs cleverly on Cassie’s cinematic history (“Gropes of Wrath,” for example). But Palahniuk’s play on movies and literature in the context of this novel perhaps points to an important question raised by the New York Times Book Review: “What the hell is going on? The country that produced Melville, Twain and James now venerates King, Crichton, Grisham, Sebold and Palahniuk.”
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Two words: vulgar (and) mediocre. The first I expect from Mr P. But it's usually tempered by cleverness. Skip this one and read Fight Club or Invisible Monsters instead.Published 28 days ago by Lucy Locke
A really interesting read. Once again, great dark humor delivered by Palahniuk.Published 28 days ago by Robert Odonnell
I bought this book years ago when I had read a lot of Palahniuk's stuff and enjoyed it a lot. For some reason this one sat on my bookshelf unread for a long time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher R
Not your average book. It was a little hard to get into, and I had to re read a lot of it because I couldn't believe what I was actually reading! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jerika
Enjoyed this book, was kinda crazy. That is what I expect from the author. Finished in 1 night, yet the story has stayed with me for some time. One of his better books I'd say.Published 3 months ago by Brit
This book is awesome. A real page turner. Spent most of my day at work reading instead of working!! Will read again!Published 4 months ago by Armani Beckett
I enjoyed this book, with its many doses of weird Hollywood trivia, bizarre twists and contemptible characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A.M. Manes
This one is about as palatable as purple buttercream veins on a Devils food cake erection.
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