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3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  49,025 Ratings  ·  2,528 Reviews
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 2007)
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Nov 12, 2014 Shannon rated it did not like it
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. Because it WORKS; the plot-lines 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
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Apr 04, 2012 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
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
Jul 19, 2007 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Megs ♥
Feb 15, 2012 Megs ♥ rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books
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
Stephen M
Jan 02, 2013 Stephen M rated it really liked it
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
Nov 01, 2011 Kemper rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 18, 2007 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Jason Pettus
Jul 23, 2007 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing
(Full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [].)

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
Feb 07, 2016 Darwin8u rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
“History is nothing except monsters or victims. Or witnesses.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Rant


HE was close. He was so damn close. He just didn't close it at the end. It was a poem that ended in a whimper. The mixture was nearly perfect, just not flammable. But don't say Chuck didn't try. I imagine Palahniuk had Ballard's Crash and Benford's Timescape, several Oral Histories, and perhaps even Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid sitting on his shelf as he wrote this.

Reading Rant was
Edward Lorn
Nov 10, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of books that make you think and dark, vulgar comedies
It's not everyday you read a book about rabies, the origins of God, time travel, and bumper cars. Seeing that this is a Chuck Palahniuk book, I shouldn't be surprised that this novel hops barriers and barrels through genres without a single fuck given for your comfort or confusion level.

Buster "Rant" Casey can tell you what you had for breakfast three days ago, what kind of flowers you have waiting in a vase back at home, and whether your shower head is steel or bronze simply by eating your pus
Jul 22, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
When I hear this song ( 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
Dustin Reade
May 26, 2011 Dustin Reade rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2008 Scott rated it did not like it
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
Sep 03, 2008 Trin rated it it was ok
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Apr 02, 2009 rachael rated it it was amazing
What an amazing Clusterfuck.
May 28, 2008 Danya rated it it was amazing
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 !
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Feb 27, 2016 Serena.. Sery-ously? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Dubita e credi a tutto, quando Palahniuk tesse la sua tela!!

Dopo aver letto meno di cento pagine, ho sognato di un serial killer morboso di età indefinita tra gli otto e dieci anni che faceva fuori nove persone molto alla Palahniuk.
Sì, Palahniuk fa quest'effetto.

Il libro ha un inizio (quasi) normale e sensato, ma il finale.. Beh, ma che ve lo dico a fare?! La faccenda diventa sempre più improbabile, più fumosa e strana, ma tu sei lì che continui a chiederti quanto di tutto ciò possa essere realm
Oct 29, 2007 R. rated it it was amazing
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 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"
Jun 13, 2008 Shannon rated it liked it
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.

Nov 18, 2014 Jasmine rated it did not like it  ·  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
Aug 18, 2008 Nicholas rated it liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
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Jan 14, 2013 Salymar rated it liked it
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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
Aug 23, 2007 Melissa rated it it was ok
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
Jan 04, 2008 Anica rated it it was ok
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
Slavo Ingilizov
Oct 08, 2012 Slavo Ingilizov rated it it was amazing
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.
Laura Noi
Dec 09, 2014 Laura Noi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Palahniuk o lo si ama o lo si odia. Non c'è altro da fare, è un autore troppo fuori dagli schemi, troppo folle e visionario e...
E io lo amo profondamente!

Tutto questo mondo folle ma lucido che riesce a creare, questi personaggi incredibilmente crudi e taglienti.. E' più di un libro, più di una narrazione.. è ARTE.

Rabbia è una raccolta di relazioni orali sulla vita di Rant Buster Casey e, lo so, può sembrare assolutamente noioso leggersi un 300 e più pagine di gente che parla di questo tipo ma
Anna Amirov
Jun 10, 2016 Anna Amirov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vonnegut fans. Enthusiasts of absurdity.
How do you live knowing your every cell and drop are part of the big evil?

This is one of the strangest, best books I've read. It's definitely a favorite of mine. Rant manages to create a dystopian future that still seems entirely real, mixed with brilliant humour and time travel. It really left an impression.

On a side note: I personally didn't find this too crude, unlike many reviewers. Maybe there were one or two occasions, but I really don't believe any of this was done purely for shock value
Guy Portman
May 14, 2015 Guy Portman rated it really liked it
Shelves: transgressive
3.5 *

Rant is the oral history of Buster ‘Rant’ Casey, recounted by an array of people including his relations, friends, enemies and lovers. Rant’s childhood companions from the small rural town where he spent his formative years remember his remarkable immunity to poisons and diseases, such as black widow spider bites and rabies. When Rant moves to the big city he becomes the leader of Party Crashing, an urban demolition derby that becomes extremely popular.

In the various accounts Rant is portra
Mar 30, 2014 Joe rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 23, 2009 Zach rated it liked it
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
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