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From the master of literary mayhem and provocation, a full-frontal Triple X novel that goes where no American work of fiction has gone before

Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With six hundred men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await th
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Hardcover, First Edition, 208 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Doubleday
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Yulia
Jun 07, 2008 Yulia added it
Shelves: repelled-by
Please stop writing, Mr. Palahniuk.
Oriana
Feb 23, 2010 Oriana rated it it was ok
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
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Six hundred dudes. One porn queen. A world record for the ages. A must-have movie for every discerning collector of things erotic. Didn’t one of us on purpose set out to make a snuff movie.”



You’re probably reading a Chuck Palahniuk sex story.

The premise of Snuff is simple enough – a world record is about to broken. This is the story of a day in the life of 600 dudes, including an aging porn star . . .

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a boy with a secret . . .

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Jason Pettus
Aug 06, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
(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
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Matthieu
Dec 05, 2013 Matthieu rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Greasy café-haunting types
Read in an attempt to understand. Wasn't successful.
Edward Lorn
Nov 10, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I'm not gonna beat around the bush. Snuff is as enjoyable as a wet fart in a hot shower. This is also the book that started Palahniuk's dive into mediocrity and self parody. Pygmy is the deepest depth to which Chuck sank before grabbing the life preserver that was Damned, at least in my opinion. I know people still think he hasn't written a good book since Diary, but I thought his romp in Hell was big fun.

This is my second time reading this one, and I only gave it another chance because a) I had
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Jason Koivu
Aug 01, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it liked it

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
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Jacob
Jul 24, 2014 Jacob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
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Laura
Jun 22, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2008 Maggie rated it did not like it
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
Jonathan Ashleigh
Nov 17, 2015 Jonathan Ashleigh rated it it was ok
This was too filthy, even by my standards.

But somehow, the copy I have was signed by Chuck Palahniuk so it is a book I will never get rid of.
Mike Kleine
Jun 01, 2008 Mike Kleine rated it liked it
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
Chris
Feb 12, 2009 Chris rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2009, poop
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
Kelly B
Jul 28, 2008 Kelly B rated it did not like it
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
Diana G
Oct 11, 2013 Diana G rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Don't watch porn. Read Palahniuk. It's filthier, you'll see. Filthier but brilliant. True fact.
Owen
Jun 17, 2008 Owen rated it did not like it
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
Cristina Boncea
3.5/5
Chuck nu m-a dezamăgit. Povestea asta a fost altceva, a avut un plot frumos și un final pe măsură. Cel puțin în Snuff, Chuck nu s-a complicat cu descrieri inutile iar totul a fost scurt și la obiect, după cum spune și descrierea cărții. Avem parte de patru perspective diferite: Sheila și numele 72, 137 și 600. Aceste numere reprezintă niște bărbați veniți pentru filmarea celui mai legendar film porno din istorie, în care Cassie Wright face sex cu 600 de bărbați într-o singură zi, fără pauză
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Roberto
Mar 30, 2016 Roberto rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Il troppo... stroppia

Chuck Palahniuk è uno scrittore che riesce sempre, in qualche modo, a stupire. Di questo "Gang bang" mi aveva colpito la storia, decisamente stramba e non convenzionale, letta sulla quarta di copertina.

Una porn-star, alla fine della sua "carriera", decide di battere il record di "gang bang" (in italiano ammucchiata), ossia di far sesso davanti alle telecamere con 600 (!!) uomini in una sola giornata. A tutto questo esercito di uomini, in attesa in uno spogliatoio puzzolente
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R.
May 20, 2008 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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
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OutlawPoet
Jul 30, 2008 OutlawPoet rated it liked it
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
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Kemper
Jul 06, 2008 Kemper rated it it was ok
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
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Henz
Oct 12, 2015 Henz rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointment


Awww too bad, I really loved Fight club and I was really looking forward to find some grit in this novel, sadly all I’ve read were a parody of porn titles and porn slangs that made me uncomfortable but I must say that it’s a bold move for Chuck Palahniuk to write a novel about Porn.

“Six hundred dudes. One porn queen. A world record for the ages. A must-have movie for every discerning collector of things erotic.”

Yes that’s right!!! I must say the premise really caught me. To write about how the
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Fernando
Mar 23, 2013 Fernando rated it really liked it
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
jenny.
Jun 09, 2008 jenny. rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: anyone without a brain
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Chloe
Sep 01, 2009 Chloe rated it it was ok
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
Dan
Jun 01, 2008 Dan rated it it was ok
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
Imogen
Feb 14, 2009 Imogen rated it it was ok
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Seth T.
Oct 23, 2008 Seth T. rated it it was ok
First, a poorly devised Haiku Review:

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

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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
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Hertzan Chimera
Oct 02, 2008 Hertzan Chimera rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of LULLABY and CHOKE
Recommended to Hertzan by: my conscience
SNUFF (Chuck Palahniuk) was a definite improvement over his last two book DIARY and HAUNTED, I loved LULLABY, SURVIVOR and CHOKE.

And SNUFF was often-times more laugh-out-loud funny than CHOKE and that's saying something. This book finally shows the maturing of Palahniuk's factual-anecdote-over-driving-storyline narrative style. He has gathered together some of the most bitter and twisted character in history into the basement of a 600-man-1-woman porn shoot. The right and only place for such Fr
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Bill
Apr 05, 2015 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one is about as palatable as purple buttercream veins on a Devils food cake erection.

Everybody loves Cassie. Who wouldn’t love the star of movie mega hits such as Good Will Humping and Emergency Room Backdoor Dog Pile? Plus, 600 dudes later, she is about to make a world record for the ages. The problem is, it just may kill her. That’s the plan anyway.

First off, I like Palahniuk…usually. This was definitely not my favorite of his, but a friend of mine gave me the audio book so I thought I wo
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