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Buster “Rant” Casey just may be the most efficient serial killer of our time. A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small town home for the big city where he becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his sh...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Doubleday Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Shannon
Jun 24, 2008 Shannon rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the drooling rabid
Shelves: festival-of-suck
I can't do it. I can't finish this book. Usually Palahniuk creates fairly unsympathetic characters, as in this book, and that I'm used to. Becasuse it WORKS; the plotlines of his books are always ridiculous in a totally fascinating way, which makes up for the stupid characters. However, Rant bored the fuck out of me. I tried. I read more than half and I do not care about this nutjob guy and his rabies and his slobbering all over the ladies, or the driving around in cars being obnoxious or whatev...more
Meg ♥
What the hell?

Let me first say I love Chuck P. I love his usually disturbing stories and weird characters. I don't mind the fact that he seems a little crazy, and I don't mind all of the sex he writes about. I also don't mind the gory/gross factor. I like him!

This book was just bad in my opinion. Maybe if I knew it had an amazing ending I could have pushed through the last half, but after the first half of this book I realized I didn't care at all about Buster, or his story. So I stopped reading...more
Barks & Bites
WTF did I just read and why did I finish it? This book is a mish-mash of narrators, grossness, time travel, car crashes, a rabies plague, segregation and dull characters. I kept hoping it would improve and then it was just over.

This story somewhat follows a dull-witted character named Buster or Rant (as he's better known) who gets off on catching rabies. His attraction to pain and rabies eventually leads to a rabies plague. The story is told from the various and far too many points of view of p...more
Stephen M
Jan 02, 2013 Stephen M rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who don't mind mindless fun
Recommended to Stephen M by: The gf
A Brief Caveat

It feels somewhat strange and almost in bad taste to be reviewing a Chuck Palahnuik book because this just happened. (If you don’t want to search through the link: Paquita (one of the coolest peeps on Goodreads) made mention of the fact that Chuck P. had recommended the book she had just read and if she had known that, then she probably wouldn’t have read the book because she doesn’t care much for the stylings of Mr. Palahniuk. Enter a crazed, rabid fan of Chuck P. who starts criti...more
Jen
I'm not a Chuck P fan simply because he is "edgy" or because I get off on the so-called depravity of his often violent and sexual themes. I know a few folks like that. What I enjoyed most about this book was the structure, the measured reveal. Based on the oral tradition, each chapter is composed of brief statements from a cast of dozens. Individually, these narrators are hopelessly unreliable, but taken together they form a whole picture that is more true than any single testimony could be. (I'...more
Kemper
This is the story of a small town hell raiser named Buster ’Rant’ Casey who did some slightly unusual things when he was growing up like collecting bucketfuls of his classmate’s teeth. Young Rant also angers more animals than Steve Irwin so that they’ll bite him and infect him with rabies which he deliberately spreads to his class mates. After he grows up and moves to the city, Rant joins a disenfranchised part of society forced by law to stay in their homes during the day and who get their kick...more
Carrie
First off, a disclaimer. I love Chuck P. like a brother. If the man was on dialysis I'd give him a kidney even if I only had one good one left and consider it payback for all the stories of his that I've enjoyed since discovering his work.

The lowdown: Rant tells the story of Rant Casey - a small town kid that turns his little town on it's ear before moving to the city to continue his work. The book is comprised of accounts from people that knew Rant with only second hand accounts of his words a...more
Greg
When I hear this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUZf24...) one of the things I think of is Chuck Palahniuk.

I lied. I actually never heard this song until about four minutes before typing the previous sentence. For the sake of accuracy, when I heard the Elf Power cover of the song, which until about five minutes ago I didn't even realize was a cover, but which I should have assumed since the whole album it is one is made up of cover songs. I wanted to share the Elf Power version, but this...more
Jason Pettus
(Full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com].)

So before anything else, a horrible confession: that this is the first novel by Chuck Palahniuk I've ever actually read from cover to cover. Yeah, I know, shame on me! And the reason this is such a big deal, of course, is that I'm an obsessive fan of the movie version of Fight Club, adapted from another of Palahniuk's novels, a film I have officially now seen one zillion freaking times. And why do I...more
Scott
Wow. How can I possibly describe this book?

Mediocre? Unfocused? Half-assed?

I am a big fan of Palahniuk. I love Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Diary, and Lullaby. I even like Haunted a bit. I think he is great at picking some aspect of American Culture and flipping it over so it's soft white underbelly is clearly visible.

Unfortunately, with Haunted, he appears to have developed a taste for the 'big gross-out.' Rant continues that trend. And what is worse is that the book is wri...more
Trin
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rachael
What an amazing Clusterfuck.
R.
Oct 29, 2007 R. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2007
Rant kicked so much ass.

Part of the joy is the idea of a car...with a flaming Christmas tree on top...flying through the air into a body of water...to the, you know, strains of Philip Glass' Violin Concerto II.

Part of the joy comes from the fact this is the first third of a trilogy, apparently.

Part of the joy is that the book is entirely a greatest-hits package of Chuck's strengths...remixed in the "oral biography" form. Like, like if Guns n' Roses wrote ten variations on "Sweet Child o' Mine"...more
Dustin Reade
MY REVIEW FROM AMAZON: Look, if you are one of those people who consider themselves "fans" of an author's work so long as it is constantly the same, then forget all about this one. Don't read it expecting Fight Club. In fact, don't read any book by Palahniuk expecting Fight Club but Fight Club. He is a talented writer, with more to offer than the same book reprinted fifty-thousand times. Most of the reviews so far written for this book seem to have been written by the above-mentioned sort of fan...more
Shannon
Here's what happened as I read that book- I enjoyed it. Then I got angry.

I enjoyed the pacing during the middle part that was mostly chronicling the party crashing, appreciating where he'd pulled inspiration- secret raves, art car culture, cruising culture, etc. I definitely picked up vibes of Ballard's Crash too- that almost became too obvious to me. I liked the overt political use of Night-timer vs. Daytimer. All of that, including the early history of Rant, was finely crafted storytelling.

How...more
Jasmine
Dec 24, 2008 Jasmine rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Devout Palahniuk fans
Shelves: own, well-that-sucked
Chuck Palahniuk keeps disappointing me.

Pros: I liked the way he told the story. It was odd, but I liked it.

Cons: Everything else. There are some dark, sick and disturbing images described (which are to be expected since it is a Palahniuk book) but some stuff made me uncomfortable even reading. By the end of this book I was so thoroughly confused that I re-read it. It was clever but it seemed kind of pointless. By the last page you're not sure of anything and annoyed that you spent so much time...more
Danya
May 28, 2008 Danya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has ever experienced road rage
wow .. and can't really even begin to comment on this . Complete mindblower with a really sadistic and twisted view of our society !
Loved it !
Nicholas
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Rant is an informal and funny oral biography of a man named Buster Casey (Rant) born in the rural town of Middleton with wicked senses of smell and taste far more superior than any other human. He acquired the nickname "Rant" from a childhood hoax involving animal organs which later on resulted in plentiful people getting sick. As the victims throw up, they make a sound resembling the word "rant," which becomes a local synonym for "vomit" and Buster's nickname (‘cau...more
Melissa
Palahniuk's ability to create vivid imagery is undeniable and the way “Buster Casey” is structured makes it an addictive read. Unfortunately, the story is so bad you feel guilty about reading it when you come down from the immediate gratification high and the hallucinations go away.

The story is told in a series of narrations from the perspective of several different characters. Each character describes their take on the title character and event’s surrounding him. The narrators are really the ma...more
Anica
Jan 04, 2008 Anica rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I'm not sure...
Recommended to Anica by: this crazy librarian
Definitely the weirdest book I’ve read by Chuck Palanhuik so far. So bizarrely gross and sick I almost stopped reading it. But I was hoping the stranger the beginning, the bigger the payoff. It was worthwhile, but I wouldn’t recommend this to a casual acquaintance. They’d probably call a psych watch on me.

It starts off about this crazy kid called Rant who intentionally catches rabies and spreads it to as many people as he can. But it’s written like a screenplay, with everyone chipping in their s...more
Joe
Chuck Palahniuk shifts gears without pushing in the clutch. Somehow, even his jarring shifts come off as smooth. I'm certain that many readers would disagree, but that's how I experienced Rant.

I need to read this again now that I have the full picture. The oral-history style of the story and the shifting credibility of the narrators insure any second reading will be a new experience.

I think the style of narrative made the book compelling, and it illustrated human habits in storytelling that ar...more
BJ
Never read Chuck. Seen Fight Club of which he authored, but never read him. Let's just say not sure I will read him again. Everything is raw. To be expected. Violence is raw. Sex is raw. Construction of every sentence is raw. Let's just say NC-17 is probably the correct rating. Over-the-top raw. I enjoy raw but this at times is just pure smut and constant hyperbolic literary antics that I can do without.

But, is there anything here worthwhile....yes, Chuck feels that modern life is boring and he...more
Slavo Ingilizov
Time-travelling rednecks have always fascinated me. The ones who become superspreaders of rabies for the purpose are even more fun. If not for the awesome story, you should read this book for the skill with which the author unveils the plot. Chronological exposition is so 2008. A biography told at different points in time, composed of interviews with people is a totally different story. Also, time based segregation FTW! Palahniuk knows how to keep your interest.
Eric Hendrixson
I like CP, but he's very much a hit and miss author. When he hits, though, you're in for a hell of a ride. This is one of the good ones.
Zach
I must be jaded, because I didn't feel the disgust or outrage of other reviewers at Rant Casey sniffing maxi pads and condoms (actually, I had to think hard to remember what they could be talking about being so "gross-out" and "obscene"). But then, this is the third Palahniuk novel I've read.

Like his others, it's a page-turner and a relatively quick read, although deceptively dense. Also like his others, frequently funny. And even more so than his others, often incoherent or slapped together. Se...more
Pwntalive
Aug 16, 2007 Pwntalive rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: flowchart heads
I cant keep this book straight. So im going to break it into 3 sections for my own leasure.

Part One: ok
So basicly rant is this screwed up kid in the american heartland. Grows up in the middle of no place, getting kicks from snakebits and coyote scratches. The kid is basically a testbed for every animal born disease you can contract with out buggering something.
This portion of the book sets it apart from the classic chuck story arc because we see the individual WHILE the screwing up takes place...more
Billy
Halfway through this soulless piece of shit I stopped paying attention to who was supposed to be saying what because it never really matters anyway. It's a bit amusing how this is supposed to be an oral history (with almost 60 "contributors") and yet hilariously every single character sounds exactly the same -- which is to say they sound just like the narrator in any Palahniuk book, with the same obvious rhythms and repetitions, the same precious little sentences each striving to be a tiny pearl...more
Adam
Man, did I enjoy this book--I am already a big Palahniuk fan, though, so use that as your basis if you're somehow thinking of basing your decision to read this solely on my recommendation.

Without really getting into the plot (because, as with most CP books, it's best to dive in without knowing what to expect at all), I will simply say that "Rant" contains the usual marks of most Palahniuk books-- which is to say: bizarre characters, excellent storytelling, fiery language, messed-up scenarios, a...more
Nate D
May 16, 2008 Nate D rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nate D by: Absolutely no one.
My very low expectations for new Palahniuk were easily met and surpassed by this rapidly readable foray into complete insanity. It helps that the insanity involved is actually surprisingly well mapped out and swallow-able (at least if you've got a well-exercised suspension-of-disbelief gland. Which I apparently do.)

It also definitely helped that the book contained both some pretty sharp and amusing social satire (it's about socialization, basically, for which a rabid protagonist is a an admitte...more
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