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Doomed (Damned #2)

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Madison Spencer, the liveliest and snarkiest dead girl in the universe, continues the afterlife adventure begun in Chuck Palahniuk’s bestseller Damned. Just as that novel brought us a brilliant Hell that only he could imagine, Doomed is a dark and twisted apocalyptic vision from this provocative storyteller.

The bestselling Damned chronicled Madison’s journey across the uns
Hardcover, First Edition, 336 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Doubleday
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I was really excited to read this book, as I used to love Chuck Palahniuk - particular favs were Diary and Lullaby. However, something appears to have happened either to me or his writing. I just couldn't stand the voice of Maddison, the main character who is stuck in purgatory in this sequel to Damned. The blog post thing felt too fake, like he is just trying to write in a "hip" format and attract a younger readership. The text felt forced, the writing was trying too hard, trying too hard to be ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jan 13, 2014 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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Madison Spencer did what all residents of Hell do on Halloween – she returned to Earth for an evening of candy gathering. Unfortunately, she also missed the midnight curfew and is now stuck in Purgatory (a/k/a Earth) as a ghost.

I realize Chuck Palahniuk is a polarizing figure. Nothing is off limits when it comes to what he writes. I’ve always been a fan of his over-the-top stories and have been a pretty zealous defender of his work. Un
Peter Derk
Nov 29, 2013 Peter Derk rated it really liked it
Ah, time for the annual Why Pete Still Loves Chuck Palahniuk Review.

To be honest, there were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book. I've read ALL of his books other than the Kindle single Phoenix. I have my personal favorites of course. Doomed isn't a favorite, but there were certain moments of heartbreak and humor that made me happy. For me, a non-favorite Chuck Palahniuk book will always do more for me than a lot of other authors, whether it be on a pure enjoyment rollercoaster level or be
Po Po
Jul 10, 2014 Po Po rated it it was ok
"Gentle Tweeter,"

Oh, I just don't know where to begin. This was absolutely agonizing. I looked back and saw that I gave Damned (book 1) only one star, so I should not have expected much from the sequel.

**Ctrl + Alt + Frustrated.**

**Ctrl + Alt + Headdesk.**

Admittedly, Chuck did a helluva job in perfecting the obnoxious voice of a 13-yr-old sassy dead girl.

But, I think I am **Ctrl + Alt + So Done** with CP.

I can't believe I went through 329 of 329 (yes, the entire book.. I am hopeless) pages of ex
Vince Darcangelo

Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck, we love you. Please remember that. Lullaby is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, and I even found a way to work it into my master’s thesis. Choke is cutting social satire of the first order, Fight Club one of the greatest films ever made. Survivor is brilliant in plot, character and execution, and don’t get me started on the thrill-ride that is Haunted.

But I do have a few pet peeves that pop up in Doomed, the sequel to Damned.

First, I don’t have much patien
John Bruni
Oct 17, 2013 John Bruni rated it it was amazing
As disgusting as the first book in the series, DAMNED, was, DOOMED is somehow even more disgusting, even though it doesn't contain lakes of bodily fluids, land filled with nail clippings, and giant sexual organs. No, this is a different kind of disgusting. If you ever felt tempted to use a glory hole, this book will dissuade you. If you were ever reluctant to dispose of the body of your dead cat, this book will change your mind. And if you ever wanted to try on a dead person's body for size, thi ...more
Liz Van Pay
Sep 03, 2013 Liz Van Pay rated it it was amazing
Doomed is written in the form of blog posts from the afterlife, or, rather, purgatory. Madison still walks amongst those she left, and they can't see or hear her. In each chapter (or 'post', as it were), she encounters something new, from seeing her dead grandmother's ghost on a trip to her parents' apartment to guiding the reader through the worst summer of her life - and quite possibly the reason she wound up in hell in the first place.

Later, we find out that in no uncertain terms, death was h
Oct 11, 2013 Nick rated it liked it
Dear Palahniuk,

This book was all style and no substance. I remember when you maintained a balance between the two.

Sincerely disapointed
Dec 26, 2013 Tim rated it did not like it
Great story if you want to follow a fat, snarky 13 year old brat. Otherwise, a waste of time. 0 of 10 stars
Zach Smith
Mar 07, 2014 Zach Smith rated it it was ok
Shelves: genre, postmodern
Of the thirteen novels Palahniuk has penned I have read 8, more than half of them, I have read all but one of his novels since Haunted, and the one I missed as a revision of an earlier novel. So I can say that I am somewhat fluent in his work, and a fan, most of the novels are great, some of them are pretty good, this one however is by far his worst.

The language of a thirteen year old girl may be construed by some as clever but in practice it is just annoying. The “refrains” or repetitive lines
Tag Kinnaman
Jul 19, 2013 Tag Kinnaman rated it it was amazing
Doomed expanded on Damned in a way I never expected. The story is so much more intricate than I ever could have thought, a staple of Palahniuk's work. Towards the end, there were more than a few "You have got to be sh*tting me" moments, which made me appreciate Chuck's work more than I reckoned possible. Just when I think he's hit his peak, he outdoes himself.
I just can't believe that now I have to anticipate whether or not the saga will continue...
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virulent semen canal
pus vulcano
booger pit of inbred cannibals
scurf storm and spittle drizzle
sometimes fermented pee blizzard
pitchers of livingly smashed little white mice for experimenting, served as zuppa porridge(hellbroth) for you
Nov 11, 2013 David rated it did not like it
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Dustin Gaughran
Oct 21, 2013 Dustin Gaughran rated it it was ok
Eh. I was entertained by the first of what I'm guessing is a trilogy? This one, not so much. My impression was that it was trying to be gross for the sake of being gross. The whole book felt forced, kind of like it was an obligation instead of a labor of love. Sort of like when your favorite band releases a shitty album to get out of a bad deal. That was my impression, anyway. I was amused by the not-at-all-subtle social satire underpinning the whole thing. But that's to be expected. The story i ...more
Sep 26, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
Doomed is the 2nd book in the Damned trilogy which chronicles the exploitation and exploits of 13 year old Madison Spencer, a cynical smartass with an impressive vocabulary. When Madison misses hell’s curfew on Halloween night, she becomes trapped on earth. As one of the formerly alive, she must contend with a K addled ghost hunter, the accidental damning of the whole world, and Satan’s pedophilic advances.

It’s been so long since I’ve read Damned that I had to put Doomed down after the first cha
Aug 13, 2014 Jessi rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the ARC, and I was not disappointed. Madison is snarky and obnoxious as ever, and I love her! Palahniuk's satire is on point. Any Palahniuk fan and/or anyone who enjoyed Damned, needs to pick up Doomed.
Oct 28, 2013 Ron rated it liked it
Chuck is becoming more consistent after a decade of wild swings, and the first book in the hell (trilogy?) was a great return to the peak of his powers as a writer.

This, the second book, is not quite as exhilarating as the first, but it offers a number of the usual delights of reading Palahniuk--one of the worst punishments in hell is to be shown the English Patient over and over--and manages to slip in some interesting notions, such as his suggestion that what two people don't say to one anoth
Jan 19, 2014 Ron rated it really liked it
Not my favorite Palahniuk book, but a solid read from the author who brought us semen ponds and the disgusting clitoris of a demon spawn in Doomed (the first of the series). I had a difficult time identifying with the protagonist (a 13 year old dead girl), but absolutely adored the way in which she tells us her tale through emails. Being Palahniuk is a literary author, I won't spank him for the lack of world building in the realm of the afterlife. This kind of thing really is the skill of genre ...more
Paul Jensen
Nov 17, 2013 Paul Jensen rated it did not like it
Goodbye, Chuck Palahniuk. We've had some great times together. Sadly, your ratio of good:bad books has tipped in the wrong direction. I'll always treasure the grotesque, vivid, and imaginative stories you've shared in books like "Choke", "Lullaby", "Invisible Monsters", and "Snuff". I've grown tired of the constant disappointments. This book was a waste of time, and left me puzzled - why does Palahniuk think this protagonist, or story, is so deserving of a 3-book trilogy? Even though the book's ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Mary rated it it was ok
Well, I did not read Dammed the precursor, and I won't. But I have to admit that I laughed out loud in several sections of this novel.

I loved the "Dear Tweeter" opening to each section by Madison. This is the tale of a dead, damned, and fat 11 year old.

Raised by extremely wealth parents, her mom's a movie star, this spoiled brat shares the story of how she got fat.
The trials and tribulations of living with her rural grandparents.
Her boarding school years and life in Manhattan.
Her parents use
Hybrid Creature (devours books instead of brains)
Let me preface this by saying, I have been a Palahniuk fan for a long fucking time. Even if one of his works isn't the greatest, I usually enjoy it to some degree. To talk shit about a Palahniuk book is unimaginable to me. That being said...

Let me put my cranky pants on.

*grumbles and grunts way into pants*

I very nearly hated this book.

But I loved Damned!

In Damned, we met Madison Spencer. Recently dead, rich girl who is finding out how to handle Hell. She's making friends, she's making enemies. S
Guy Portman
Mar 17, 2014 Guy Portman rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, biohazard
Doomed is the sequel to Damned and part two of a proposed Dante inspired trilogy. It sees the return of Damned’s protagonist - the plucky, post-life, plump, periphrastic, pubescent progeny of celebrity parents, Madison Spencer. In Damned we followed Madison’s post-life trials and tribulations in hell: now the adventure continues with a trip to purgatory, or earth as we refer to it. Travelling around as a ghost Madison is invisible to mortals and can come and go as she pleases.

In her absence Mad
Mia Nauca
Nov 08, 2015 Mia Nauca rated it really liked it
Debo decir que esta trilogía no es para las personas que no toleran lo grotesco, que se asquean fácilmente. Este libro es la continuación perfecta de un libro lleno de humor negro, sarcástico, burlón.

Me encantó porque te explica mucho mas sobre los protagonistas, a pesar de que ya no sucede en el infierno, es igual de entretenido ya que tiene unos giros increíbles que no te ves venir.

De todas maneras voy a leer el tercer libro y más cosas de este autor, sé que mucha gente que ha leído antes de
May 06, 2015 Sub_zero rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2015
Reencontrarse con uno de tus escritores favoritos es una experiencia que no está exenta de cierto riesgo. Más aún si las expectativas estaban tan altas como con Maldita, la esperada continuación de aquel Condenada en el que una versión desdibujada de Palahniuk sazonaba con su particular gamberrismo narrativo una recreación apócrifa y dantesca del infierno bíblico. Sin embargo, esta última novela de Palahniuk ha sabido colmar mis más elevadas exigencias aun cuando existían ciertas dudas sobre su ...more
Jade Lopert
Mar 25, 2014 Jade Lopert rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro
Alright, where to start. I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. I am a rabid Palahniuk fan to the point that I have a hard time finding flaws in his work, for better or worse.
I bought this with birthday money. Spent half of a $50 gift card on it. And at best I can say, eh. There were flashes of brilliance, but overwhelmingly it was just a let down. I loved Maddy in Damned. She was inherently narcissistic and cagy and it was fantastic. I loved her here as well. She's not the heroine
William Thomas
Dec 18, 2013 William Thomas rated it liked it
Do you remember the part in Fight Club where the narrator talks about his insomnia and says that "everything is a copy of a copy of a copy"? I can't help but think that Chuck Pahlaniuk has been writing in this same insomniac fog ever since he finished Lullaby. Everything seems to be a copy of a copy of a copy. He's already said everything about the human condition, fringe culture, mass media and the first world that he had to say and now it all just starts sounding the same. Only, more juvenile. ...more
Stacy Fetters
Feb 03, 2016 Stacy Fetters rated it liked it
This left me feeling... Ctrl+Alt+Aggregated...Disappointed and Dead.
Little Madison is stuck on earth as a celestial being. She screwed up and now everyone must bow down and be an asshole. I knew me being an asshole would pay off some day. Yes!!
This story had a lot of things I love... assholeness, gore and some f'd up scenarios that will leave you never looking at family the same way again... But tell me why it was frustratingly bland?
I have high hopes for Maddy because her hellish adventure goe
Jun 28, 2013 Drew rated it liked it
Shelves: bea13
Madison Spencer, the sassy guide through Hell from Damned returns as a ghost on Earth - this is our Purgatory novel for the Palahniukian Divine Comedy. It feels like a major middle-novel, suffering from lots of open questions and confusing developments... but it also still shows that Chuck has got his groove back. He's writing more relaxedly, more assuredly, and without the need to get all gut-punch-furious. It's a remarkable thing and between this and the aforementioned Damned, I think we're se ...more
Benji Todd
Apr 29, 2015 Benji Todd rated it did not like it
I really liked damned, it branched out from his normal themes of novels, but then he feel right back in it with this sequel. Why do all his stories turn into a son-of-god or self-creation complex. Every other book since fight club has been the story of someone who's "son of Christ" or "new anti Christ" or "their own personal Christ/God hybrid". The first book was still about heaven/hell but at least she was still just a normal girl through most of it. It was a story about what anyone going to he ...more
Jun 26, 2013 Tami rated it liked it
i read the ARC... and i was really really psyched in the beginning, because i had forgotten all about maddie and her snappy voice. which are pretty fun to read. this book gives us the back story to maddie's life before hell. i can't remember now why, but there were times if found it feeling just a little inconsistent, but no matter, it all makes sense. to a degree... maybe i am dim but i still can't figure out who is on the side of good and who is on the side of evil, and if "good" really is all ...more
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