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The book is comprised of accounts from people that knew Rant with only second hand accounts of his words and deeds and no perspective from our hero. In that way, it's almost Biblical. Although it is science fiction and a pretty far departure on the whole from Chuck Palahniuk's previous books, it's not as far off from what I expect out of him as Diary. But Palahniuk's voice and eye are still there and elements of the book like character relationships and atmosphere are reminiscent of earlier books like Choke. From the beginning, it's not clear where or when the setting is.

The place seemed to me to be a small desert town. Time seemed to be anytime in the past century. It's a brilliant device that Palahniuk never wavers from in the first half of the book. It makes the reading a bit unsettling. The significance of that displacement just builds throughout the book.

The characterization in this book is pretty amazing. A strong and compelling vision of Rant is built as a charismatic, smart, wild man, but nobody describes him as such throughout the book. Nobody says, "Rant was crazy" or sexy or maddening or 6'2" with brown hair and hazel eyes, but as the characters tell of their relationships with Rant the picture of him starts to come into focus.

The very memorable and alluring characters that populate the story by contributing to the oral history are intriguing and become fully fleshed out as the story progresses as well. I really don't want to give it away, so if you haven't read the book, don't read the next line, but It's very real and although it's not clear if it's 20 years down the road or , it's very believable which makes the book frightening to contemplate at times. I very much loved how the past of Rant's childhood could have been the s or the s or any time until Bodie talks about plugging in.

The sci-fi aspect of Rant really set the wheels of the story into motion and made it so much more interesting than if Rant had been stuck in Middleton trading gold for teeth the entire book. Jun 27, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. I lied. I actually never heard this song until about four minutes before typing the previous sentence. For the sake of accuracy, when I heard the Elf Power cover of the song, which until about five minutes ago I didn't even realize was a cover, but which I should have assumed since the whole album it is one is made up of cover songs.

I wanted to share the Elf Power version, but this this particular version by The Frogs who did the song originally is really fucking good. Like Jeff Buckley "Hallelujah" or "I Know it's Over" good, but different because those are good covers and this is the original, which I didn't know was the original until just now. There is another version that is more 'rocking' and produced by Corgan billy? While I was going to the bathroom prior to looking for the above mentioned song I was thinking I should write a review for this book actually I thought that while walking to the bathroom, while actually going to the bathroom I thought what follows and that it's been almost eleven years to the day ten years and 11 months to be more exact, it's a commitment to extreme honesty in the minutiae that got me to be the third most popular reviewer on goodreads.

I come off looking better in the numbers than I really am, but seriously isn't my neurotic attempts at truthfully recording all the details of my review writing process more interesting than reading another long winded blah blah blah fest about chess? Did you actually click the link above to listen to the song? If you didn't go click it now. If you are recently deaf then you can imagine the words with just a couple of guitar chords being strummed behind them. If you've been deaf your whole life, well I don't know what to say. And can you fucking believe that the band that did that song also did this one?

It's a funny and gay song in that very Big Black-esque Chicago sludge 90's style. I hope you have taken my advice and listened to the first song I asked you to listen to while reading this review. It will save me from having to make too many more asides, and believe me I'll know if you are cheating and I will hold up the review again until I think everyone is doing what is expected of them.

Anyway, back to the review, but wait, remember the last time I wrote a review for a Chuck Palahniuk book and I got myself and a bunch of other people all blocked by that pretentious weiny with the stupid 90's hair? That was fun. The book wasn't any good, but having a girl fight the battle for that twit and then have him block everyone that was fun. Ah, the good times of book reviewing social networking websites. And, no I'm not trying to get more votes. I don't think this one is as good as Survivor , but I'm an older if not more mature reader now than I was then.

But I was also more pretentious then, sort of more like that guy from the other review, but I don't think I was ever a walking backside orifice like I imagine him to be in real life. I hope that you have actually gone and listened to those songs by now. I'm working on the honor system for a bit here. At one point in Rant I groaned to myself because I was afraid that Chuck Palahniuk was becoming too much like Chuck Palahniuk, like a caricature of himself, sort of like what he was throughout most of Tell-All and in the majority of those other books of his that weren't Fight Club or Survivor , but which actually could have been Fight Club or Survivor but to me at least, his schtick wasn't feeling like a schtick yet.

You don't need to listen to this song if you don't want, it's only a Mudhoney song, and if you've heard one Mudhoney song you've sort of heard them all. Sort of the way I've felt about Chuck P for most of his middle to recent novels. But not this book. I liked this one. There was some kind of humanity to this one even in the disgustingness of disease and a town where used condoms and tampons dangle from trees and people drive around in wedding dresses looking to get into car accidents there was something that felt real and not just weird for weirds sake in this strange and increasingly convoluted novel.

So that last paragraph and a sentence or two in maybe three of the paragraphs prior to that one is my review. I hope you enjoyed it. I just noticed that I started this book exactly one year after I finished my last Chuck Palahniuk review. I didn't do that on purpose, at all! Isn't that fucking weird? Like Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy and Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln weird? View all 12 comments. Jun 22, Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing.

Full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. So before anything else, a horrible confession: that this is the first novel by Chuck Palahniuk I've ever actually read from cover to cover. Yeah, I know, shame on me! And the reason this is such a big deal, of course, is that I'm an obsessive fan of the movie version of Fight Club , adapted from another of Palahniuk's novels, a film I have officially now seen one zillion freaking times.

And why do I like that movie so much? Here's why I like that movie so much: --Because it takes a profoundly original and compelling idea and makes you think it's going to be the theme of the entire project, just to later prove that it was actually a ruse to hide an even more profoundly original and compelling idea as its real theme. And you know what? It too manages to pull off all the things just mentioned, and in fact does it even better; that this book even manages to head into legitimate science-fiction territory at points, even while being a grounded examination of the human condition at the same time.

It's dense for sure, with a plot that's impossible to keep up with at times; but if such things, for example, made you love Donnie Darko instead of detest it, then you're seriously going to want to run out and pick up a copy of Rant as soon as you possibly can. In fact May 13, Dustin Reade rated it it was amazing. Don't read it expecting Fight Club. He is a talented writer, with more to offer than the same book reprinted fifty-thousand times.

Most of the reviews so far written for this book seem to have been written by the above-mentioned sort of fan. If these same people had opened their minds a bit, they might have noticed that "RANT" is one of Palahniuk's best books. The style is interesting--it is written in the "Oral Biography" tradition, which if you are unfamiliar with, has been done by many authors and is incredibly hard to do--and the story itself is complex and well done.

Chuck does a great job of fleshing out the characters and giving them unique voices that seem authentic and remain consistent throughout the book. Anyone paying attention should have no trouble realizing who is who without having to reference the names over and over again. Sure, some of the stuff in the book is a little gross, but is that really a reason to give it a bad review? But going on Amazon and saying a book sucks because it grossed you out is about as smart as saying television sucks because it offends you.

You don't have to read this book, or watch television. Nobody will twist your arm. That said, I reccomend this book to anyone who likes to see a great author stretching his arms and experimenting a bit. The end result is definietely worth the price. View 1 comment. So far I've enjoyed everything from Chuck Palahniuk I've come into contact with, though fellow readers have warned me to stick to his earlier, and supposedly better, books people don't seem to have much good to say about his last several offerings.

And rave about it they should! This is one brilliantly twisted tale, full of all sorts of intrigue, shock, and awe. It reads at a great pace, and lures you along exper So far I've enjoyed everything from Chuck Palahniuk I've come into contact with, though fellow readers have warned me to stick to his earlier, and supposedly better, books people don't seem to have much good to say about his last several offerings. It reads at a great pace, and lures you along expertly.

I went in relatively blind which I find I'm doing more and more often with books these days , and I must admit I wasn't sure where the story was going for awhile, though it captivated me nonetheless and kept me glued to the pages. It's hard to describe what this story is about, and I think to say anymore would be giving away some great twists and surprising plot lines. Better if you just grab a copy and experience it for yourself.

It's a bit thriller, a bit horror, a bit mystery, a bit comedy, a bit drama. It's also a bit sick, and a bit unexpectedly heartwarming too. This novel evoked all kinds of reactions and emotions from me; a rollercoaster reading experience. I find Palahniuk has that effect on me. It sounds interesting. Hope it's as good as this one. He has a way with words that is quite unique and I have not seen it repeated elsewhere. I love that he is able to stamp things his own with this writing style but that he is also able to step out of the box and try new things.

The only negative is that I don't always love the end result. The reading journey I agreed to go with him on might suck but the man himself is fascinating. A guy by the name of Buster, known to everyone else as Rant goes from small town living to big city thriving. His love for toxic critter bites paves the way for quite an extraordinary but brief existence. This is the story of that life told by friends, family and anyone else that cares to speak.

The beginning and middle of the read were interesting and fun, but the ending left a lot to be desired. The characters ran together and at one point I had to backread to figure out who was what because the thing I was relying on changed and it left me quite confused. If the momentum had carried this would have been a truly excellent read.

Three stars to a book that was better than the last few but not as great as I wanted it to be. Apr 24, Scott rated it did not like it. How can I possibly describe this book? I am a big fan of Palahniuk. I even like Haunted a bit. I think he is great at picking some aspect of American Culture and flipping it over so it's soft white underbelly is clearly visible. Unfortunately, with Haunted, he appears to have developed a taste for the 'big gross-out. And what is worse is that the book is wri Wow. And what is worse is that the book is written in an oral history fashion that at it's best is merely distracting.

At it's worst, it's damn confusing. I am still not exactly sure what the message of this book was supposed to be. I was hoping he was going to shine his penetrating insight on that and finally explain the fascination. No such luck. The second section of the book is a not-so-subtle jab at the current administration and the USAPatriot Act and the ever-exciting topic of epedimiology. This section flows better and is actually entertaining. The third section of the book is a metaphysical exploration of the subject of time travel that, while interesting, left me wondering WTF it had to do with the rest of the book?

I've only read one one other book written in this style: 'Please Kill Me,' a history of the New York Punk scene in the mids. It was a fascinating read. I honestly can't recommend this book to anyone except die-hard Chuck Palahniuk fans. And to them I only recommend it in the hopes that someone who gets it can explain it to me. Good question about our Mr. Buster Casey, also known as 'Rant' which is also a pretty good description of this story.

I mean, this thing is all over the place.

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To figure it out you might have to partake in some time traveling and still you'd be left with filtering facts from rabid infested party crashers with gold coins in their pockets and Christmas trees tied to the roofs of their cars. Still confused? You should be. After all, this is classic Palah 3. After all, this is classic Palahniuk and with him, confusion can be a very entertaining experience. Apr 02, rachael rated it it was amazing. What an amazing Clusterfuck.

May 02, Trin rated it it was ok Shelves: time-travel , american-lit , fiction , sci-fi. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. And I say this as someone who was totally obsessed with Fight Club though more the film than the book and still gets gleeful amusement out of her memories of Invisible Monsters. Chuck, you and Lauren Groff need to have a word. The myriad POVs are cool in that I always like to see characters through a variety of different perspectives. However, the character of Buster Casey, a.

Rant, remains frustratingly obtuse. Palahniuk spends quite some time on his childhood, in which we are treated to lengthy descriptions of menstrual blood stains mental category: did not need , and strangely less on his adulthood, though we do get lengthy descriptions of his ability to tell what his girlfriend last ate by licking her pussy mental category: REALLY DID NOT NEED.

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Palahniuk certainly never runs out of new ways to shock and horrify. Unfortunately, that kind of thing was rather more tantalizing to me when I was in high school. Worse, as I mentioned before, Rant remains a total cypher. Instead, we get pages and pages of Rant the cunning linguist. Seriously, WTF? Was that supposed to be sexy? Echo seemed to think it was sexy, and otherwise, she seemed almost sensible. May 28, Danya rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone who has ever experienced road rage.

Complete mindblower with a really sadistic and twisted view of our society! Loved it! Apr 27, Sonia rated it really liked it Shelves: owned. Reading a book by Chuck Palahniuk is like learning to do something new. At first, you have no idea what is it about and you even may think of quitting, but then, slowly, it stars making sense and you make yourself keep reading hoping you will understand more and more mostly because you like the way the book is written , so when you get to the end, you realize that at the beginning you HAD NO IDEA and you feel good because is like being on top of the world now, but at the same time you want to Reading a book by Chuck Palahniuk is like learning to do something new.

At first, you have no idea what is it about and you even may think of quitting, but then, slowly, it stars making sense and you make yourself keep reading hoping you will understand more and more mostly because you like the way the book is written , so when you get to the end, you realize that at the beginning you HAD NO IDEA and you feel good because is like being on top of the world now, but at the same time you want to punch yourself in the face cause you first felt like you were the most idiot person ever Then you think you should read it again and understand some stuff you don't even know you've read but they're there, too deep or too wicked.

The thing is that it doesn't matter how many times you read it, you feel like you keep missing things and you should read it over and over again, but they're just excuses. You're still ignoring a piece of the genius thoughts of Palahniuk and even tho you can read it like you're an expert, you still got some things that you'll never understand. The most unbelievable thing about this author's work is, that it doesn't matter how disgusting, or weird, or detestable are the characters, you still develop curiousness for them, and maybe a little, a little sympathy too.

All this happened to me when I was reading fight club, and it's happening again. I don't feel bad anymore, I think these books are worth my time and the occasional thoughts that I'm a useless child that hasn't live enough don't make me so sad neither. The only thing I don't quite like about Palahniuk is that he always uses the same.

Always sex, always depravation and it kinda bores me to a point. I mean, you can find a person interesting until you realize you don't want to know him to the point of feeling disgusted. You read ONE book and it may blow your mind a little, but when you read another one and you use the came characteristics, people start thinking there's no much in your repertory. I think that, even tho I liked this one a little cause of the edgy characters, but not specially Buster , I may have too think it twice to read another one by C.

Jul 11, R. Rant kicked so much ass. Part of the joy is the idea of a car Part of the joy comes from the fact this is the first third of a trilogy, apparently. Part of the joy is that the book is entirely a greatest-hits package of Chuck's strengths Like, like if Guns n' Roses wrote ten variations on "Sweet Child o' Mine" and handed the mastertapes over to Part of the joy comes from the main character deciding to break the habit of time Part of the joy comes in receiving a Just Married bumper sticker in the mail for contacting Doubleday and telling them Part of the joy comes in recognizing party-crashing culture in my own life Dave--was dressed up as a woman that some of us guys had dropped jaws and were like, "Dude.

You're so hot, and that's not cool. Wow, uh, Dave. Wanna sit next to me? Jun 13, Shannon O'Mara rated it liked it. Here's what happened as I read that book- I enjoyed it. Then I got angry. I enjoyed the pacing during the middle part that was mostly chronicling the party crashing, appreciating where he'd pulled inspiration- secret raves, art car culture, cruising culture, etc. I definitely picked up vibes of Ballard's Crash too- that almost became too obvious to me.

I liked the overt political use of Night-timer vs. All of that, including the early history of Rant, was finely crafted storytelling. How Here's what happened as I read that book- I enjoyed it. I lost my enthusiasm when he pulled out the Chuck trick. It worked fine in fight club but I guess that was too binary for him, because every trick he's pulled since seems to need more elements. Which only makes it- the trick- more convoluted to the good story line he's got going. I recognize this from Lullaby, Diary and Haunted. Once it happens I can't trust his storytelling and I read the rest of the book because I've committed a lot so far, but there's the pattern that I finish a Chuck book, at least the last quarter, very pissed off.

I went from enjoying a fun set up to being pissed off and thinking, yeah yeah, will you just get me to your point and get over yourself? I know. I'm a super tough critic. But he's going to get that from me after making me endure his smug grossness in Haunted. I probably have to get over myself a little bit too, but until that happens, and until he can do a trick that's not so obvious to me, he and I are in a stalemate. May 10, Dane Cobain rated it it was amazing. As we read the novel, we feel like we get to know him just as much as they do.

Considering Casey is effectively a walking version of the bubonic plague, that can only be a good thing. Oct 06, Ana rated it it was amazing. Literary speaking As I've read below I pressume this is what most of the people call 'punk'. Gotta type it at my favourites! I am so ready for you Chuck Palahniuk, you have no idea! I am so sad that I can give this book Literary speaking I am so sad that I can give this book a max. If you are still alive and you are reading this right now I do not care how many stars you'll give this book in the end, how wrong I might be in thinking that you will adore it or how short this review is read this book, like really!

S: I am kind of ashamed of my short review but some books are better left untold, but explored. If I put a word more about it, it will be like stealing a dose of your LSD When everything will be over I'll whisper an alluring: 'Trust me! Jul 30, Trang Tran Bookidote rated it it was amazing. Through a whole of witnesses, you have to glue the pieces together to understand.. Taboos, disgusting elements and the magic of dark humor, you'll find another book worth of Chuck's name. Shelves: own , well-that-sucked. Chuck Palahniuk keeps disappointing me.

Pros: I liked the way he told the story. It was odd, but I liked it. Cons: Everything else.

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There are some dark, sick and disturbing images described which are to be expected since it is a Palahniuk book but some stuff made me uncomfortable even reading. By the end of this book I was so thoroughly confused that I re-read it. It was clever but it seemed kind of pointless. By the last page you're not sure of anything and annoyed that you spent so much time Chuck Palahniuk keeps disappointing me.

By the last page you're not sure of anything and annoyed that you spent so much time trying to figure out what the hell he was talking about. Jul 18, Nicholas rated it liked it Shelves: biography-memoir. Pure Palahniuk. Good story. Hard to follow and end was sort of a cop out. The foreshadowing was good. Quotes: "Anywhere you find yourself you can improve your skills. It's only the individual who attains an early beauty and sexuality who becomes trapped here.

The young men and women who acquire perfect breasts and muscles before they know how best to use that power, they end up pr Pure Palahniuk. The young men and women who acquire perfect breasts and muscles before they know how best to use that power, they end up pregnant and mired so close to home. This cycle concentrates the best genetics in places you'd never imagine. Like Middleton.

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Little nests of wildly attractive idiots who give birth and survive into a long, ugly adulthood. Venuses and Apollos. Small-town gods and goddesses. If Middleton has produced one remarkable product in the tedious, dull, dust history of this community that extraordinary product was Rant Casey. The rest of us, we take a lifetime to get there. A booby prize. And you mom and dad, they look like a God too retarded to fashion anything better than you.

You grow up to become living proof of your parent's limitations. Their less-than-masterpiece. Everybody got caught trapped in the same Tooth Fairy lie. You can get plenty of folks telling the same lie if they got a stake in it. You get everybody telling the same lie and it ain't a lie, not no more.

Kids lying. Everybody knowing that everybody was lying. Then adults selling helium balloons for a hundred bucks to kids who didn't know any better. Adults stealing from kids, then merchants stealing from folks. Greed on top of greed. Cross my heart, the summer of the Tooth Fairy destroyed all credibility anybody had in Middleton.

Since then, nobody's word stands up. To everybody, everybody else is a liar. But folks still smile and act nice. And I learned a cash-bought merit badge ain't worth shit. Kids grow up connected to nothing these days, plugged in and living lives boosted to them from other people. Hand-me-down adventures. I think Rant wanted everybody to experience just one real adventure.

As a community, something to bond folks. To never trust or wonder. But a child who relinquishe the illusions of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, that child may come away with the most important skill set. That child ma recognize the strength of his own imagination and faith. He will embrace the ability to create his own reality. That child becomes his own authority. He determines the nature of his world. His own vision.

And by doing so, by the power of his example, he determines the reality of the other two types: those who can't imagine, and those who can't trust. You're an expert on you. All a good salesman doe is make eye contact, mimic your body language, nod or laugh or grunt to prove he's spellbound - those noises or gestures, they're called 'verbal attends.

After that, the two of you share a common passion: you. There's lots more comes after that: embedded commands, objection bridging, hot buttons, tie-down and add-on questions, control questions And your truly effective salesman, he knows how to fake that he really, truly does give a shit.

Every time they come up for air, they're clocking your pleasure. He is the archetypal anti-establishment character of whom readers have grown fond in past years. Yet Palahniuk coats him in fresh packaging, eliminates the swagger of James Dean, the confidence of Rock Hudson, and adds an assortment of flaws to his list of attributes. The structure of an oral history lends itself to a quick read, though it is simultaneously disorienting, an overload to the senses, and the reader is left questioning what criteria Palahniuk employed when deciding who says what and in which order.

The story is rehashed in clips, in snippets, in a narrative that knows no primary narrator. Rather, it is told through various witnesses who attempt to relay the story of a man whose mythology outgrew his life. Palahniuk acknowledges that the biography of Rant is a heresy history, yet the combined unreliability of the voices form a chorus worth to believe. Rant -- the boy who loved poison, who stuck arms in shadowy earthen holes, who had rabies and caused an epidemic.

Rant -- who found a goldmine of old coins, who crashed cars for the sheer thrill, who died one night prior to the beginning of the novel.