Make Something up

Make Something up

Stories You Can't Unread

Book - 2015
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"Stories you'll never forget--just try--from literature's favorite transgressive author. Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. The absurdity of both life and death are on full display; in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze: electric shocks from cardiac defibrillators. In "Knock, Knock," a son hopes to tell one last off-color joke to a father in his final moments, while in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing 'relief' to dying clients. And in "Excursion," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precursor story to Fight Club. Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant; these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385538053
Branch Call Number: SS PALAHNI CHUCK
Characteristics: x , 318 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 03, 2017

I had high hopes. Unfortunately, after the first three short stories I had enough. I did not like the movie Fight Club, so it is no surprise that I did not care for the book.

KateHillier Jun 23, 2015

There were two or three stories here that I liked but overall it wasn't all that I'd hoped it would be. I'm think I'm a bit more into the author's novels versus his short stories, which seems to be a trend with me overall when it comes to short story collections as a general rule. If you're a fan by all means do check it out. The few stories that I really liked were worth the time spent with the other ones.

Jun 15, 2015

Another weirdo-gem from Palahniuk. Where does he get his ideas from? More twisted than real-life. Stories you can't unread, so beware. (in a good way)

Jun 14, 2015

I stopped reading Palahniuk around the time Pygmy came out. I was a big fan of Fight Club and when I heard there was a story that featured Tyler Durden in this collection I had to read it. It is a welcome addition to the Durden legacy. I found the story compelling and we learn that Durden may be much more than the inner/darker self of the narrator in Fight Club. But with every pro there is always a con. Without giving too much away, the story bordered on the supernatural. It also wasn't necessarily contemporary. I don't think Durden should dwell in those waters. He is a modern enemy of consumerism and selfishness. Fight Club was written in 1996. We have only become more materialistic since then. I would like to see what Tyler and his Space Monkeys think of our lives which are shackled to our black mirror smartphones and tablets, where satisfaction is only a finger-swipe away.

Jun 14, 2015

There are three awesome acquired tastes in the Great Northwest [Pacific Northwest]: Tillamook Yogurt, Cock 'n Bull Extra Ginger Beer, and Chucky Palahniuk! If you aren't a promoter of Sharia Law, or aren't great buddies with 80-year-old virgins belonging to the Christian Coalition, you may just enjoy the quirky humor of this author. If so, welcome to the Dark Side . . .

May 27, 2015

Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite authors but most of his latest novels haven't caught my attention as much as this collection of short stories. Palahniuk was trained in the art of telling a story with an economy of words and this shines in some of his best work (Rant, Lullaby, Survivior) and his short stories. Short story writing is sort of a lost art, the opposite of the music industry. There are less opportunities to publish short stories in periodicals while singles top albums in the downloadable/streaming music world. Thankfully some authors like Palahniuk (and Stephen King for that matter) continue to bless us with short stories. In this collection we a get a Palahniuk story in the style of Sedaris, "How a Jew saved Christmas," a spin on "One Flew over the Cukoo's Nest," for the modern era in "Inclinations," and a Lovecraftian tale about the nature of Tyler Durden in "Expedition." There are also gems written in Palahniuk's unique style showing much background research and knowledge such as "Tunnel of Love." A great read for summer when you want something easy to pick up and put down.


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