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Invisible Monsters: A Novel Paperback – May 1, 2018
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Welcome to the world of perverse self-mutilation, insane coincidences and extreme makeovers speckled with violent acts and prescription drugs. After surviving a gunshot wound that destroyed half her face, Shannon meets the vivacious Brandy Alexander, whose glamorous nature seduces her into traveling cross-country in a delightful and ironic crime spree. In typical Palahniuk fashion, the story leaps about in an erratic and initially bewildering manner, but ultimately makes sense. Anna Fields executes a brilliant performance through Shannon's first-person narrative. Her smooth and stable tone leads listeners through this deliciously chaotic tale. When Shannon speaks, Fields proves both amusing and impressive. Her magnificent performance only adds to Palahniuk's story. Norton paperback(Reviews, July 5, 1999). (Feb.)
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[A] stylish, bitchy beach read. — Emily Jenkins (Village Voice)
?Invisible Monsters could scare the tights off the ratings board.... A wildly plotted, quick-read showcase of his hip, perverse humor and dark imagination. — Steve Sullivan (Cityview)
Palahniuk is either crazy or genius—his wildly inventive plotlines are from so far left field they might as well be lobbed from outer space; his language is quick and clever and impossibly honest and nasty (serrated, not graphic); his style—this time jumping through logical time like a nervous whippet—breaks all rules and conventions, like he never even learned them.... Invisible Monsters ?is a soap opera wrapped in a mystery; an enigma swaddled in a Bret Easton Ellis nightmare. — New City
Fast-paced.... Everyone wants to be someone else, and in this hilarious book, they get the chance. — Ted Loos (Out)
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His writing is good and the characters are definitely compelling! I found Brandy Alexander to be my favorite.
The only thing that kind of got to me is there was so many freaking twists! After like the third one, I felt a little like it was cheating to keep the story going. If that kind of thing bothers you, I wouldn't suggest this book then. But to me, I enjoyed them even though there was so many. It did keep me reading, so there's that ;)
Somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 of the way through the book it became an addiction and I tore through the remainder in no time at all. Can’t recommend enough.
Mr. Palahniuk is definitely one of the creative ones out there who knows how to grab you and just glue you to his many stories.
If you have a very vivid imagination, it is likely that you may appreciate and enjoy this book.
If you don't, it's still a pretty good read to pass the time and to take you away from reality for a brief moment.
As I did expect having been familiar with his two films, and following what appears to be Palahniuk's style, he develops a bizarre story based around typical, every day and otherwise normal people and situations. Nonetheless, this book did push the limit as far as "bizarre-ness" is defined in my book.
The characters definitely push the edge of what is defined as socially acceptable behavior, which in my opinion, is a technique used by Palahniuk to bring humor and awkwardness into rather normal everyday circumstances.
The story premise didn't much interest me. As other reviewers have mentioned, Invisible Monsters takes a bit of "Sex and the City", "Fight Club" and "Galmour Magazine" and meshes them all together. In one sentence, I might call it the "Fight Club" for women.
My next read is Survivor, another book by Palahniuk. Bottom line, I wasn't disappointed nor overly thrilled with Invisible Monsters.
This book IS recommended for:
- Those interested in a light, week-long read.
- Fashion conscious women who have been forced by their boyfriends/husbands to watch "Fight Club" over and over again.
- Those who enjoy bizarre stories, odd twists and extremely lyrical writing styles.
This book is NOT recommended for:
- Children under 18.
- Readers that might be offended by the mention of sex-changes, transvestites, gay sex, and any other questionable topic that lies in between.
- Not recommended for those readers who easily get lost in too many metaphorical and lyrical comparisons.