Penni4, May 5, 2012 (view all comments by Penni4)
How is there only 3 reviews on this book? Rant came recommended to me years ago by a good friend. I never read it. Then a year later it came recommended again, so this time I did read it. And I devoured every page. It is sick, and interesting, and disgusting and delightful. This is definitely one of my favorite Chuck P books. After having read this well written story I do have to question though if there is something seriously devious in me or in my friends?
yo.vultures, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by yo.vultures)
"The mind's conceit has conquered all the real beauty
Grinning from a mask of hollowed bone
Where a human is somewhere to be found
But where I don't know
And things couldn't be better
From behind the halls we cannot pass
Hear the muffled traces of a boyish laugh
Hear the monster screaming "what have I become?"
Before his looking-glass
And things couldn't be better
This is one fine life
This is one fine wine
This is one fine wife
This is one fine lie
And things couldn't be better
They are the best"
-The Trail Of Dead
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Nyssa, March 18, 2009 (view all comments by Nyssa)
This was a great book. Palahniuk creates a futuristic world with an amazingly unique main character. This was my first interaction with Palhniuk and I'm happy to say that I'm hooked. But even after several of his novels, this was definitely my favorite. Violent, gross, over-the-line, everything you'd expect from a good Palahniuk.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Buster Casey, destined to live fast, die young and murder as many people as he can, is the rotten seed at the core of Palahniuk's comically nasty eighth novel (after Haunted; Lullaby; Diary; etc.). Set in a future where urbanites are segregated by strict curfews into Daytimers and Nighttimers, the narrative unfolds as an oral history comprising contradictory accounts from people who knew Buster. These include childhood friends horrified by the boy's macabre behavior (getting snakes, scorpions and spiders to bite him and induce instant erections; repeatedly infecting himself with rabies), policemen and doctors who had dealings with the rabies 'superspreader'; and Party Crashers, thrill-seeking Nighttimers who turn city streets into demolition derby arenas. After liberally infecting his hometown peers with rabies, Buster hits the big city and takes up with the Party Crashers. A series of deaths lead to a police investigation of Buster (long-since known as 'Rant' — the sound children make while vomiting) that peaks just as Buster apparently commits suicide in a blaze of car-crash glory. This dark religious parable (there's even a resurrection) from the master of grotesque excess may not attract new readers, but it will delight old ones." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day"
by James Boice, Esquire,
"The mold of Palahniuk's eighth novel, Rant, remains the same. There's a pain-and-violence-obsessed young outcast. There is rabies, there is time travel, there is incest. Maybe. The characters are indistinguishable. They toe the company line. They raise their right hand and repeat after me. It's like Fight Club. Again. And Again. And again." (read the entire Esquire review)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Viciously incisive and lethally funny social commentary....Many of the themes in the author's exploration of the dark underbelly of modern life and culture will be familiar to his ardent fans, but the formal inventiveness of the fictional oral biography provides a fresh twist."
"Outrageous but not quite over the top, full of energetic humor, Rant...is a memorable portrait of the cults that gather around authentically different people and a portrait of dystopia that feels unsettlingly contemporary."
by Steve Almond, The Los Angeles Times,
"Chuck Palahniuk's eighth novel is frantic, inventive, sporadically insightful and frequently sickening. His fans will love it; those of you who are not part of the Chuckgeist may find Rant tough to savor."
by Hartford Courant,
"Rant won't be everyone's cup of tea — or spider venom — but it's another revealing peek into the eternal darkness of Palahniuk's fascinatingly far-from-spotless mind."
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"The writing is vivid, raw and mordantly knowing...."
by Wall Street Journal,
"Mr. Palahniuk's imagination no longer appears as boundless as it once did."
by Seattle Times,
"[Palahniuk] writes at the edge of crazy, and you can feel his desperate urge to get at the truth of things, even if he is not sure where the truth lies and it's making him nuts."
by Janet Maslin, The New York Times,
"[Rant] has the gallows humor and gleeful adolescent malevolence that can make Mr. Palahniuk so bleakly entertaining. But its ingredients feel arbitrarily slapped together....And this book's structure as oral history is a tactical misstep."
by Joe Hill, The Washington Post Book World,
"Palahniuk's swirl of characters and plotlines never gels, and the story lurches dangerously toward incoherence....Palahniuk lays the shocks on pretty thick...but maybe the most shocking thing about Rant is how derivative it is."
by Rocky Mountain News,
"Palahniuk employs dexterous storytelling....Palahniuk's caustic wit and minimalist storytelling fit his subject matter to a 'T.'...A sensationalist yet oddly persuasive yarn that sticks in your throat. Not for the faint of heart."
Palahniuk's mind-bending new novel takes the form of an oral history of Buster "Rant" Casey, who may or may not be the most efficient serial killer of the day.
Buster “Rant” Casey just may be the most efficient serial killer of our time. A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small town home for the big city where he becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life. With hilarity, horror, and blazing insight, Rant is a mind-bending vision of the future, as only Chuck Palahniuk could ever imagine.
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