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Haunted: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
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Haunted: A Novel (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Chuck Palahniuk (Author)

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Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter--sometimes all at once.
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Title:Haunted: A Novel
Authors:Chuck Palahniuk (Author)
Info:Anchor (2006), 432 pages
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Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk (2005)

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Some stories were much better than others but it became repetitive towards the end and I just couldn't be bothered to finish it. It's been a while since I read any Palahniuk, but I feel like you need to be in a particular mood to enjoy his work. ( )
  bunnykaiju | Dec 7, 2019 |
This is the first time I've read Palahniuk and probably the last time. Though at first I was intrigued by the modern casting of Bocaccio's Decameron in a gruesome Creepshow-like setting, the thrill (and gimmick) quickly wore off. The prose felt rushed and ill-considered, the literary allusions devolved into trite little illusions of deeper meaning, and eventually, the shock value of each story got tiresome. I was finished with the book after about three quarters of my way through it. Perhaps there are better examples by this author, I'll allow for that based on the movie version of Fight Club. There were occasional brush strokes of narrative that alluded to a more masterful author but these moments were quickly eclipsed by superficial parlor tricks and vague, lazy storytelling. ( )
  Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
This is the first time I've read Palahniuk and probably the last time. Though at first I was intrigued by the modern casting of Bocaccio's Decameron in a gruesome Creepshow-like setting, the thrill (and gimmick) quickly wore off. The prose felt rushed and ill-considered, the literary allusions devolved into trite little illusions of deeper meaning, and eventually, the shock value of each story got tiresome. I was finished with the book after about three quarters of my way through it. Perhaps there are better examples by this author, I'll allow for that based on the movie version of Fight Club. There were occasional brush strokes of narrative that alluded to a more masterful author but these moments were quickly eclipsed by superficial parlor tricks and vague, lazy storytelling. ( )
  Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
I guess I liked it, but the way Palahniuk made a kind of umbrella story of a bunch of characters locked in a hotel in order to turn what should have been a book of short stories into a single novel was almost always just irritating. ( )
  DF1158 | Oct 20, 2019 |
Every so often, I try to read Palahniuk, but a lot of the absurd and graphic sexual situations in his writing just put me off. I couldn't get very far on this book because of the very first story. I suppose I should be grateful that the first incident was early enough in the book that I could put it down right away without having invested more time, but still, I found it disappointing. ( )
  slmr4242 | Oct 16, 2019 |
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Palahniuk's always been hammy, but in the past, speedster plots and glossy prose salvaged the sitcom shallowness. Here, Haunted's wonky framing device tries to hold together 23 tales (and 21 accompanying poems) that would've best been served without garnish.
 
If books had aromas, this one would reek of "old potatoes melting into a black puddle under the kitchen sink."
 
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This was supposed to be a writer's retreat. It was supposed to be safe.

An isolated writer's colony, where we could work,
run by an old, old dying man named Whittier,
until it wasn't.

And we supposed to write poetry. Pretty poetry.
This crowd of us, his gifted students,
locked away from the ordinary world for three months.
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The difference between how you look and how you see yourself is enough to kill most people. (Mrs. Clark in “Post Production: A Story by Mrs. Clark")
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