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Narrated by Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600 as they await their turn on camera, a novel about the role of pornography in contemporary life follows porn queen Cassie Wright, who plans to break the record for serial fornication with six hundred men on camera.
Title: Snuff
Author: Palahniuk, Chuck
Publisher: Random House Inc
Publication Date: 2008/05/20
Number of Pages: 197
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2008)
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Yulia
Jun 07, 2008 Yulia added it
Shelves: repelled-by
Please stop writing, Mr. Palahniuk.
oriana
before reading
I'm presuming that this will be enough of a departure from Against the Day that it will help me remember how to read regular books.

(Also noted: the print is really big. Odd.)

after reading
Ok I'm really sorry to say this, but this book blew. I suppose that given the subject matter, that's kind of a double entendre, but fuck it. Actually, you know what? That's about as hard as it seems Palahniuk tried to make this book any good. It was like some college student aping Palahniuk for a...more
Jason Pettus
(Today's review is much longer than Goodreads' word-count limit; find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

As I'm sure a certain amount of CCLaP's readers are already aware, there's a new type of pornography that's become more and more popular within the last half-decade now, a type that I'm positive will eventually say more about th...more
Matthieu
Dec 05, 2013 Matthieu rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Greasy café-haunting types
Read in an attempt to understand. Wasn't successful.
Jason Koivu

I feel icky.

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Chuck Palahniuk's take on the porn industry blows wades of sex euphemisms all over the reader like moneyshots at a gangbang. The language is as base as the subject matter. The characters have all the nuance of a cookie cutter. The plot, slightly more complicated than the old school "I've come to fix the pool" porn of yesteryear, is nonetheless as formulaic as a whodunit mystery. And yes, all this works in the author's favor. He is, after all, writing about porn.

Is this titillation pu...more
Jacob
March 2013

Tired and unimaginative and uninspired and dull...just like everything else Chucky P. has written. And grog forgive me, I read it twice.

There's a reason for that. Ok, two. One is, I keep reading good books, and all those four- and five-star reads have me worried that something might be wrong, that my judgement is off, so I decided to read something bad to compensate. Nope, nothing wrong here. This book is bad and all the others I read so far this year were pretty good. Nothing to worry...more
Laura
Jun 22, 2014 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any die-hard fan of Palahniuk or Bret Easton Ellis
I absolutely enjoyed this book. I just came off of reading "Rant" with my Composition 2 students, and I had one student object (quietly, coming to me during office hours to do so) to reading it because it goes against everything she believes in (which is following the word of God and ridding the world of moral filth. Her words, not mine). So of course I respected her position, gave her a new assignment, and kept on trucking with the rest of the class. Her comments did, however, give me pause as...more
Maggie
I refuse to spend more time reviewing this book than Palahniuk spent writing it (which couldn't have been very much), so I'll be brief. Snuff takes place entirely in the green room of a porno movie. Cassie Wright is an aging porn star who is trying to set a world record for having sex with 600 dudes in one film, an act that everyone seems to think will kill her. Cassie thinks this too, but that appears to be the whole point. She's hoping that if she dies trying to break the record, then the film...more
Chris
I don't believe I've ever read (or heard of) any good fiction written about the porn industry. Drug addiction and alcoholism have been written about ad nauseum, but the porn industry -- a bizarre world in which so many of its participants (from the actors to the viewers) have hit a rock bottom similar to that of the most addicted alcoholic or dope fiend -- seems to be a tougher nut to crack, if you will. Maybe it has to do with the old "write what you know" philosophy. Any writer can drink himse...more
Mike Kleine
Snuff is not for everybody. Those who have never read a Chuck Palahniuk novel will probably not enjoy the story or the way it is presented while others may be drawn to the subject matter alone. "Six hundred dudes. One porn queen. A world record for the ages." Come on, it's about porn! Palahniuk fans will certainly enjoy this short tirade that seems more like a novella than an actual novel. Snuff is Chuck's shortest novel to date. Fact. Every single letter is in brown ink! Fact. It certainly does...more
Kelly B
This is the second worst book I have ever read. I don't know if I can say I've even read it because I just cannot bring myself to finish it. This guy has no concept on how to write a good sentence. Not one good sentence. Pick a page, then put your finger on a word. It will all be stupid and bad. A friend of mine paid $30 to take me to hear him speak, and this is how I wound up with a signed copy of this book. Everybody in his cult following crowd was young and ultra hip, and obviously has really...more
Owen
So far it's not the sex that's making me queasy and itchy as much as the gleefully elaborate descriptions of all the various stains, smears, smudges, dribbles, crumbs and residues that the characters in this book seem to leave on every surface that they come into contact with. Chuck is smart enough to realize that he probably isn't going to shock any of his loyal readers (or anyone who has ever watched a porno) with endless mechanical details, so instead he concentrates on making everything so d...more
R.
Five stars, because it gives you everything you'd want in a Palahniuk book. No child is left behind.

Think of this book as...as the Oedipus myth, filtered through the worldview of Philip Larkin and the grossout slapstick of Jackass.

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What the hell is with the brown ink?! Were they out of...out of lemon juice?! I'm sorry, but this is an annoyance on par with the invisotext (click and roll cursor to highlight the spoilers!) that was all the rage in...in your livejournal blog circa 2002.

The book...more
OutlawPoet
Okay, I can't jump on the Snuff hate train. This wasn't the best book, but it's really not a bad offering at all.

Basic premise - an aging porn star goes for one last hurrah - a 600 man gang bang. However, many of the people involved, including the aging starlet herself, think that this last movie just might kill her.

The author let's us into the thoughts of the men standing in line for the movie and into the thoughts of one of the production people. These are very damaged people - one might say e...more
Kemper
Jul 06, 2008 Kemper rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chuck Palahniuk fans. Fans of Boogie Nights.
Shelves: humor, s-e-x
As a Chuck Palahniuk fan, I was disappointed. It's got all the usual elements of a Chuck P. novel. Dark humor, gross material, oddball characters, and plenty of plot twists, but it's a let down after the superior Haunted and Rant.

It's very short. In fact, a shorter version might have made a great story in Haunted. And after the mind bending sci-fi of Rant, it seems like a far less ambitious novel. It's not bad, but it reads like something that Palahniuk did as a side project while working on som...more
jenny.
Jun 09, 2008 jenny. rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone without a brain
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Fernando
La primera vez que leí un libro de Palahniuk me quedé con la impresión de que su discurso era un poco impostado, que buscaba escandalizar al lector abordando temáticas controvertidas o escatológicas, como un niño grita: "caca, culo, pedo, pis..." y luego mira a su alrededor a ver si la gente reacciona. Snuff me ha hecho cambiar de opinión. Palahniuk escoge hablar de los temas que otros ignoran por pudor. En Snuff hace un retrato muy interesante de la industria del porno. Lo que más me gustó del...more
Chloe
My love of Chuck Palahniuk is a well documented fact. One need look no further than my other Goodreads reviews to tell that I possess a deep love of the massively fucked up things that come flying from Chuckie P’s pages in every book. From the tongue-in-cheek criticisms of 21st humanity- our love of celebrity, beauty and glamour and the incredibly insane and obscene things we do to maintain these things- to the bitter nihilism that fairly seeps from every page, Palahniuk is an author that speaks...more
Seth Hahne
First, a poorly devised Haiku Review:

Humdrum and haggard,
Sex made dull through all the yap.
All bang with no buck.

___________________

I'm not sure where the real problem with Snuff lay. Sure it's easy to point to dull and repetitive dialogue. Or continual narrative use by several characters of stock phrases that nobody uses very often. Or the uninspired characters. But somewhere beyond all that, Palahniuk just kind of, I dunno, fails to deliver a worthwhile story. And it didn't help that the endin...more
Floyd
A guy here on Goodreads was nice enough to send me an advance copy of Chuck P's new book set for release May 2008. I'm really digging it so far. It's got all those great observations and incredibly quoteable lines that Chuck seems to have a knack for coming up with.

I'm not fixing that.
Michele Manara
Quando ho visto "Snuff" in una libreria di San Diego non ho resistito, e per la prima volta sono entrato in un romanzo di Chuck Palahniuk dalla porta principale, quella della lingua originale.
La prima cosa che ho notato confrontando Snuff e i passati romanzi che ho letto nell’edizione Mondadori è l’ottimo lavoro fatto dai traduttori, Dobner e Colombo in primis. La “voce” di Palahniuk, quella modalità di scrittura che lo rende così riconoscibile, mi sembra sia stata resa ottimamente in italiano.
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Idea Smith
I picked this one up, having loved Fight Club and wondering whether Chuck Palahniuk would turn out to be a one-book wonder.

The blurb implies that the story will be about the porn industry. Cassie Wright, pornstar is out to set a record by having continuous sex with 600 different men on camera. The story shifts between the vantage views of three of the men crowded into that green room - Nos.37, 137 and 600 as well as Sheila, the assistant/wrangler who decides who goes in what order.

Sex, such an i...more
Imogen
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Kua
No, no qui non ci siamo. Niente a che vedere con i primi libri letti di Palahniuk... per niente emozionante, anzi direi abbastanza piatto; per essere proprio sincera è quello più deludente che ho letto finora. Sembra un pò un libro che si doveva scrivere e consegnare in fretta per rispettare un contratto editoriale... In ogni caso siamo anni luce da Soffocare o Invisible Monsters e comincio a pensare che forse il nostro amico ha già sparato tutte le sue cartucce (tanto per rimanere in tema :D)....more
Joanie
This book is certainly not for everyone (it takes place during the filming of a porno movie) but it was a fast, funny read. The story is told from the point of views of 3 men waiting for their turn in the spotlight as well as the porn star's personal assistant. The book is filled with interesting little tidbits (Marilyn Monroe cut down the heel of one of her shoes to give her an exaggerated hip sway when she walked) and some that you were probably happier not ever knowing (I'll spare you the exa...more
Diana Pavel
Don't watch porn. Read Palahniuk. It's filthier, you'll see. Filthier but brilliant. True fact.
Laura
First: ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Ewwwwwwwwwwww! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Ewwwwwww. I had to get that out. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! There, done.

True fact: after watching The Wall a long time ago I developed an irrational aversion to watching ads/scenes of men shaving. Now I think my aversion is rational. Ugh! OK, well, maybe I’m still safe with ads, but that’s it. Ewwwww.

This book has a frame constructed of lists literally held [stuck?] together by descriptions of just about the vilest combinatio...more
Ekairidium
I was very entertained while reading this book, primarily because the very premise of Snuff was the ultimate parody of the dehumanization and commercialization of sex that I've always wanted. I've been waiting for someone of Palahniuk's caliber and sense of humor to write something about sex and I was pleased Palahniuk's focus was on the pornography industry. He takes us into a very intimate look on how porn goddesses are made and coveted, and the men who lose themselves in the fantasies and fet...more
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
Gang Bang: performance porno nella quale una sola donna affronta un certo numero di uomini.

Cassie Wright, famosa attrice porno con una strabiliante carriera alle spalle, decide di uscire di scena con un record mondiale. Sarà la prima donna ad affrontare seicento uomini di seguito davanti ad una telecamera. Quello che i comunicati stampa però non dicono è che Cassie ha deciso di morire nell'impresa. In primo luogo per evitare il ripetersi dell'esperimento e per essere la sola detentrice del prima...more
Dan
Sometimes entertaining, often tiresome, this book furthers Palahniuk's descent into self-caricature. What little plot there is has to be stretched paper-thin to fill the book's 200 pages, and most of the book consists of random porn-related facts and sexual euphemisms. Where Chuck's previous books tried to make some sort of statement about society, Snuff just tries to shock you. What Palahniuk fails to recognize, though, is that the sort of person who will read a book about a porn star trying to...more
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