Kristina Mageau, August 30, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
I was thoroughly engaged while reading this book, and at times it was almost too dark and gross for me. There is the possibility to be offended, although it is more of an intense experience of fun and mystery than anything else.
DanyaS, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by DanyaS)
This was by far one of the most amazing books I've ever read. Not a huge fan of him usually - Fight Club was a little too predictable. But this book had me on the edge of my seat, up until three in the morning turning pages like an athlete on speed. I loved it, from the unique twists to the writing style it was purely amazing.
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Meagan, July 20, 2008 (view all comments by Meagan)
Invisable Monsters is definatly the palahniuk style, it is full of commentary on society and mildly dark humor, it was kind of like reading a soap opera only much better, and even more intiresting.
The beginning of te book starts out kind of confusing but the more you read, the better the plot gets. There are so many twists that you would definatly not have expected.
If you liked Fight Club, you will definatly love this book.
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Chirpee, March 31, 2007 (view all comments by Chirpee)
This is my favorite Palahniuk, and the only one of his books I have re-read. I just had to make sure I hadn't missed anything, since this book is full of coincidences and twists. I loved the messed up, sad characters and all their connections and craziness. I loved the disjointed, schizophrenic way the story was told, that echoed how insane the lives of these people were. I loved the big dramatic moments you didn't see coming, and the smallish, more intimate ones as well. In short, Palahniuk rocked this one, and made me into a devoted fan.
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by George Needham, Booklist,
"This is a wild ride of a novel....No one is who he or she seems to be, and the challenge is to figure out who is morphing into whom. By the end, most readers will be both exhausted and exhilarated."
by Publishers Weekly,
"Palahniuk's grotesque romp aims to skewer the ruthless superficiality of the fashion world and winds up with a tale as savagely glib as what it derides....Though the absurd surprise ending may incite groans of disbelief, this book does have fun moments when campy banter tops the heroine's flat, whiny bathos."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"There is a certain point in all bedroom farces and comedies of errors when you give up trying to figure out who's who and just go along for the ride. That might be the wisest strategy here....Too clever by half: a Chinese box of a novel fascinating in its intricacies but pretty hard to get a grip on whole."
by New York Newsday,
"Palahniuk is one of the freshest, most intriguing voices to appear in a long time. He rearranges Vonnegut's sly humor, DeLillo's mordant social analysis, and Pynchon's antic surrealism (or is it R. Crumb's?) into a gleaming puzzle palace all his own."
by James Sullivan, The San Francisco Chronicle,
"Chuck Palahniuk's stories don't unfold. They hurtle headlong, changing lanes in threes and banging off the guard rails of modern fiction....Incredibly, Invisible Monsters makes...Fight Club seem like a leisurely buggy ride....It's Palahniuk's least successful effort to date, yet there are more than enough moments of insight to recommend Invisible Monsters. Just not in polite company."
by Anouk Hoedeman, Toronto Sun,
"Invisible Monsters is a guilty pleasure for those with an open mind and a strong stomach — everyone else should go read a nice romance....There's no point in trying to make sense of it all. The bizarre characters, the drugs, the scams, the mutilation — it's a very strange, funny and hallucinogenic trip, best enjoyed if you don't overthink it. Just let its giddy waves sweep over you. You'll come out of it feeling exhilarated."
by San Francisco Examiner,
"Palahniuk displays a Swiftian gift for satire, as well as a knack for crafting mesmerizing sentences that loom with stark, prickly prose and repetitive rhythms."
Love, betrayal, petty larceny, and high fashion fuel this deliciously comic novel from the author of Fight Club and Survivor.
The fashion-model protagonist of InvisibleMonsters has just about everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But one day she's driving along the freeway when a suddenaccident leaves her with half herface, no ability to speak, and next to noself-esteem. From being the beautiful center ofattention she becomes an invisible monster, sohideous that no one will acknowledge she exists. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, oneoperation away from becoming a real woman;Brandy will teach her that reinventing yourselfmeans erasing the past and making up somethingbetter. And that salvation hides in the lastplaces you'll ever want to look.In thishilarious and daringly unpredictable novel, thenarrator must exact revenge upon Evie, her bestfriend and fellow model; kidnap Manus, hertwo-timing ex-boyfriend; and hit the road withBrandy in search of a brand-new past, present,and future. Changing names and stories in everycity, they catapult toward a final confrontation with a rifle-toting Evie-by which time thenarrator will have learned that loving and being loved are not mutually exclusive, and thatnothing, on the surface, is ever quite what itseems.By turns witty, poignant, andexhilarating, Invisible Monsters will take youon a ride you'll never forget.
After an sudden "accident" leaves her with half a face, no ability to speak, and no self-esteem, a fashion model is approached by Brandy Alexander--who's one operation away from becoming a "real woman"--who teaches her that reinventing oneself means erasing the past and making up something better.
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