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01 September 2009 @ 05:33 pm
#58 Invisible Monsters  
Title: Invisible Monsters
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Genre: I don't even KNOW
Date Started: August 28th
Date Finished: August 31st
Page Count: 297
Total Page Count: 13335
Summary: (from Amazon) This is a wild ride of a novel. The narrator is an unnamed fashion model who's had her lower jaw shot off in an ambush. In the hospital, she meets her new mentor, the Princess Brandy Alexander, who is in the middle of a year-long gender reassignment process. Together, they launch a picaresque voyage of revenge on the narrator's ex-best friend, model Evie, and ex-boyfriend, vice cop Manus, who were having an affair before the shooting. Along the way they pick up Sean, whom they are inexplicably feeding gender-altering pharmaceuticals without his knowledge. The novel opens with its climax, then jumps around the narrator's life, introducing her crazy parents, her ostensibly dead brother, and the nun-nurse who is trying to fix her up with other patients who have suffered disfiguring accidents. 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.
Reason for Reading: We were all watching Fight Club over at Andrew's the Monday before everyone left and Eric recommended this book (it's by the same guy who wrote Fight Club).
Opinion of Book: WHAT. THE. FUCK.
Like, seriously. Wow.
I found someone on Amazon who said that "Invisible Monsters makes the author's jarring first novel, Fight Club, seem like a leisurely buggy ride. -- James Sullivan, San Francisco Chronicle"
And that's true.
Holy shit, like it was disturbing and intense and depressing and made my head kind of hurt and constantly surprised me and WOW.
I recommend it to like, everyone.
I wish that I could say something more but I cannot. Has anyone else read this?
Favorite Quote: I've seen this one everywhere- "All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring." (p. 264)

Fun fact: Panic at the Disco's song 'Time to Dance' is modeled after this book... so is Motion City Soundtrack's 'Invisible Monsters'.
They're also making a movie of this due out in late 2010.
 
 
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pocket ♥mylifeasateacup on September 2nd, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Love this book :D
katiebeeboo on September 2nd, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
i've read this and i totally agree.