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She's a catwalk model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden motor 'accident' leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful centre of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists.

Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from being a
Paperback, 297 pages
Published 2000 by Vintage (first published 1999)
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Mitchell Tyler No, not really, other than uncomfortably standing by a mirror to read the book. Also, it tells you to turn to certain chapters, so it uncovers the…moreNo, not really, other than uncomfortably standing by a mirror to read the book. Also, it tells you to turn to certain chapters, so it uncovers the story differently. If I could choose again I would definitely pick the standard edition but I'm lazy.(less)
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Quite possibly the most fucked up piece of literature I’ve ever read, this novel is a brilliantly executed train wreck from beginning to end.
It made me want to blow my own jaw off...but in a good way.
Check the shelf I put this on. Now you're ready: This book is insane. There's something on practically every page that makes you say, "What the *%$#!?" You'll keep reading anyway, though, and you'll love it. The book's like a really hard-core Swedish massage. It hurts SOOOOO good.
The story is essentially about beauty: who values it, what it means, how it can be good, and how it can be a horror. Not only do the characters suffer FOR beauty, they suffer BECAUSE of beauty, and that's a powerful co
I'm too old for this stuff. Shocking doesn't do it for me alone, and he works SO VERY HARD at being vulgar and violent and crass. Don't get me wrong; those are three things that can make for a great story. But it was so unrelenting and contrived, and not as funny as it was supposed to be. There were some clever turns of phrase, and it wasn't entirely unenjoyable, but I was not really impressed.
Emma (Miss Print)
Chuck Palahniuk is the hugely popular author of modern, edgy books like Fight Club (also a movie with Brad Pitt--go ahead, act surprised) and Choke. For this reason I did not expect to like Invisible Monsters, originally published in 1999.

The story is told by a nameless narrator: a young woman who used to be beautiful. After a series of bizarre, haunting events involving a freeway, birds and a few other things those days are gone forever. Her face disfigured, her voice gone, the narrator is invi
Meg ♥

The main character in this book is nameless, and disfigured. She was once a beautiful model, and now feels invisible. She hides under a veil after being called a monster. When she lost her face she saw the true colors of everyone in her life. Her fiance leaves, and her best friend constantly steals her clothes while she's in the hospital. In speech therapy our main character meets Brandy Alexander, and the story unfolds.

This is probably my least favorite book so far by Palahniuk, but it was stil
Buffy B
Jan 12, 2008 Buffy B rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Buffy by: Tom from Vermont
I have a theory about Chuck Palahniuk books.
If somebody is starting to read Chuck Palahniuk for the first time...the first book they read of his will always be their favorite. I have found that to be the case with many people.
I really enjoyed Invisible Monsters and it was the first Chuck Palahniuk book I read. It was such a new approach to writing that I had never seen before, and I found myself really engrossed and moved by the now-usual Palahniuk twisty ending. It was such a shocking book to
It very seriously makes me sad that there are people that haven't read Invisible Monsters. Invisible Monsters is the most amazing work of art I have ever experienced and reading it for the 3rd time was the best decision I have made this summer. Of course, this is the remix version, so it was different than the original Invisible Monsters but mainly just in the formatting and some added chapters.
* If you haven't read Invisible Monsters before and you decide to read it, I would recommend the ori

We’ve all seen extended edition and director’s cuts of movies, but this is the first time I have ever come across an author’s cut of a book. With this hardcover release of Chuck Palahniuk’s third published novel (but his first in terms of writing), he took the opportunity to change the linear format that was originally published in 1999 and release it the way he initially envisioned it. The intention was to give the reader the feel of li
Chuck Palahniuk's ego is so bloated that he thinks he can write a story from a "woman's" perspective and still refuse to change his typical male chauvinistic-smug-self-indulgent writing style. Please. I can imagine him sitting at his computer, typing away, stopping only to jack off at his own drivel.
O estilo da narrativa
Tão original que cansa, aborrece e irrita.
Cada vez que muda de cenário o narrador diz: "Saltem para trás; Saltem para o presente; Saltem para mim; Saltem para nós; Saltem para...; Saltem...; Saltem...; Saltem". E isto dezenas e dezenas de vezes. (Só dá vontade de fazer o livro saltar pela janela...)
A escrita também não é grande "espingarda"...tem uma ou outra "tirada" filosófica mas com tanto saltitar perdi-as...

O enredo e as personagens
É uma trapalhada tão grande e tão abs
Pages: 200+

So, it's safe to say that Chuck Palahniuk owns my soul. Not even a little bit of it. The whole thing.
Invisible Monsters blew my mind. I spent a good chunk of the book stuck in confusion and my mind felt like it had just been exposed to the trippiest thing ever. But, as I like to think, what is a Chuck Palahniuk story without mental mind trips and without confusion? It is not a Chuck Palahniuk story at all!

Right off the bat Palahniuk leaves his print by introducing a set of character
Chuck Palahnuik’s Invisible Monsters has many similarities to Fight Club and clear influences from Sartre and John Barth.

It’s disjointed, fragmented, almost incomplete, and yet, he raises complex questions and makes brilliant observations. I don’t think he is so much nihilistic as he is post-modern and just doesn’t believe in culture de jour, readily satirizing at what needs to be poked fun.

****DO NOT LOOK THIS UP IN WIKIPEDIA IT GIVES AWAY EVERYTHING I REPEAT DO NOT LOOK IT UP! In fact, don't even read the synopsis, I would just dive right in knowing nothing.****

So far it is pretty good. It says right from the start that you are going to read this book feeling like you are missing things and it's very true.

I am having a hard time holding on to any solid plot but am captivated from what I can grasp. It's the same author that wrote Fight Club and it kind of has that same
L'incubo di ogni aspirante scrittore: il libro che avrei voluto scrivere è già stato scritto. Non me ne cruccio. Una catarsi dolorosa fino all'ultima riga, soprattutto all'ultima riga; vale la pena di accantonare o rivedere i propri sogni di gloria.
Un uomo, Palahniuk, che riesce a cogliere l'essenza della delusione di essere donna. Pur con alcune approssimazioni, ma una donna non sarebbe riuscita a essere altrettanto onesta.
Una donna, coi suoi mille nomi e nessun volto, in fuga dall'incubo del
I hadn't read Invisible Monsters for years, so I was really excited to see the "director's cut" of the book listed on Goodreads FirstReads, and even more excited when I won a free copy for review purposes. Chuck Palahnuik never ceases to fill me with a sense of wonder and a sense of dread. It must be really, really frightening to live inside his brain.

There are a few major changes from the original text to the "remixed" version, but you could read either. The story seemed mostly the same, with t
I listened to this book on audio. This was such a strange story, I am at a loss for words.

The narrators were fantastic, especially Anna Fields. (Chuck P. himself was one of them). This story jumps all over the place and it takes a while to get a feel for what's happening. This audio book came with a link to a pdf file explaining how there are
are 4 different loops to follow, and the instructions on how to do that. Or, you can just listen-after each portion, a narrator pops on and tells you where
Il primo libro che ho davvero riletto ad anni di distanza e che mi è piaciuto quasi come la prima volta. Oggi capisco che ha influenzato moltissimo il mio romanzo I Dissidenti.

Leggi la mia recensione qui:
Neil(ed) it!
When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?

Invisible Monsters is a gripping story telling how beauty isn't the answer to find true happiness or to have everything you want. A book, telling no matter which gender are you belong, you have the rights to be happy and be loved. It's a kind of book that is thought-provoking and breathtakingly engrossing, supplying realizations in the noisy confusion of life.

It is actually fucked up too, in a good way with: characters whose v
Bob Milne
This just did not work for me. Maybe I'm not hip enough or cool enough to appreciate it, but it really got on my nerves. The narrator grated on me, the writing style just annoyed me, I was already sick of the moral/social commentary after the first chapter, and I was bored - not even frustrated, just bored - trying to follow the so-called plot.

As for the much-touted sex and violence, it felt like he was trying way too hard to shock, simply for the sake of being offensive. Reading this reminded
Feb 16, 2008 Darga rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beautiful people, people who think critically about happiness
"it's an old woman who owns this house, i figure. ignored and aging and drugged out old women, older and more invisible to the world every minute, they must not wear a lot of make-up. not go out to fun hot spots. not boogie to a party froth. my breath smells hot and sour inside my veils, inside the damp layers of silk and mesh and cotton georgette i lift for the first time all day; and in the mirrors, i look at the pink reflection of what's left of my face.
mirror mirror on the wall, who's the
Jeannette Nikolova
This is possibly my last book for 2013. It's worth it.

I have many problems with Palahniuk's writing. Forget about it being vulgar, it's sometimes too repetitive. I've written in other reviews about his passion for themes: Joe's ...stuff, the periodic table, the "Give me this and give me that" in this book("Give me love. Give me passion. Give me utter disappointment..."), and what I think about it, so I'm not going to go into that again.

But I want to point something out. I might have rated this
This book was just so odd. It's my first Palahniuk novel so maybe I have to read a couple more to get a sense of this author's style and... humor.

All I know is that the beginning was a huge train wreck of an introduction. I felt like I was reading one long run-on sentence of incessant rambling with no direction whatsoever. I had no idea what I was getting into or what was happening.

Jump to expanding my vocabulary to include the word 'felching'.

Jump to too many incidents involving prescription dr
This review was written in the late nineties (for my eyes only), and it was buried in amongst my things until recently when I uncovered the journal in which it was written. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets may indicate some additional information for the sake of readability or some sort of commentary from now). This is one of my lost reviews.

The ultimate novel about redefining oneself, Invisible Monsters isn't only an energetic orgy of hormonal dr

"The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend."

"...hysteria is only possible with an audience."

"Our real discoveries come from chaos..."

"Athiests need to understand that even a wrong answer is better than no answer."

"What never failed to boggle Daisy was how Judy Garland had only just arrived in this glorious colorful place and she immediately wanted to run back to some boring pig farm. The fact that everyone else loved the film
WARNING: I might be an asshole in this review...and there will be few spoilers here and there, as well as a lot of profanity

First of all, I don't give a slightest shit about any of the characters in this book, especially Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, AKA Princess Princess. She is a pill popping, surgery obsessed, not giving a crap about anybody else kind of a bitch. She goes around judging people, showing them catalogs that have different plastic surgeries that she can get, even vaginoplasty
I've been reading this book while wondering if this is the book I'd recommend to someone looking to begin their Chuck Palahniuk experience. Through the rare luxury of a slow day at the hospital, I got to read a lot of it at once, getting through the second half of it today (though the first half of it was read in rather short bursts). I just finished the last 50 pages at Allegro pizza, a UPENN undergraduate hangout, full of people who are all equally convinced that their life is the dominant sto ...more
Bri Ana
This was recommended to me as the novel where I would finally *get* Palahniuk. Eminently more readable than "Choke", it still barely skims the surface of identity and falls victim to the author's grinding need to over-establish his particular voice (again, see also: Mark Leyner).

Finish-able, but not convincing enough to learn how to correctly spell the author's last name.
Guy Portman
Shannon McFarland is a catwalk model, who is the centre of attention wherever she goes. That is until she ‘accidentally’ blasts her jaw shot off with a gun whilst driving down the highway. Shannon is left horribly disfigured and incapable of coherent speech. While in the hospital she meets the Queen Supreme, Brandy Alexander, in a speech therapy class. Our protagonist must create a new identity - past, present and future, assisted by her new friend Brandy, who is just one operation away from rea ...more
Christy Stewart
This is Palahniuk's best book, hands down. Any book in which a character is involuntarily getting hormone treatments for a sex change is going to be your best book.

If Mark Twain had done that in Letters From The Earth we would have gotten to read that in school instead of that shitty Huckleberry Finn.
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