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The newest Palahniuk novel concerns Madison, a thirteen year old girl who finds herself in Hell, unsure of why she will be there for all eternity, but tries to make the best of it.

The author described the novel as "if The Shawshank Redemption had a baby by The Lovely Bones and it was raised by Judy Blume." And "it's kind of like The Breakfast Club set in Hell."
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Doubleday Canada
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Alds Hey, I hope you've started to read it again by now, but just in case :))

It's either the fact that you can't picture yourself in Maddy's shoes, or that…more
Hey, I hope you've started to read it again by now, but just in case :))

It's either the fact that you can't picture yourself in Maddy's shoes, or that you're bored by the slow pace at the start. I did notice that the first eighteen or so chapters are slow, but it has its moments in X and I think XV.

But I couldn't stop reading after I read XX =)) It was just one big plot development after another, like that roller coaster ride that just suddenly speeds up :)) But the ending chapters are worth it. :D(less)
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Oct 27, 2011 Jacob rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010-2011
October 2011

Look out, Chuck Palahniuk fans! It's a Chuck Palahniuk book! Chuck Palahniuk's Damned, the newest Chuck Palahniuk book (by Chuck Palahniuk!) is classic Chuck Palahniuk, a wonderful addition to Chuck Palahniuk's collection of Chuck Palahniuk books, and a must-read for Chuck Palahniuk fans who love Chuck Palahniuk and his Chuck Palahniuk books!

Meet Madison, Chuck Palahniuk's newest creation, a dead thirteen-year-old girl trapped in Hell after overdosing on marijuana (or did she? Chuck
Jan 29, 2012 Kemper rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, sky-cake, 2012
If a thirteen year old dead girl in Hell stops a rampaging Godzilla-sized demon by sexually pleasuring it, would you consider that necrophilia, bestiality or kiddie porn?

I’m not sure either, but these are the kind of questions that can come up when you read a Chuck Palahniuk novel.

Madison is the very smart but overweight daughter of a rich and famous Hollywood power couple that finds herself dead and in Hell after experimenting with marijuana. Turns out that all the whacko Christian fundamenta
Megan Anderson
Jun 19, 2014 Megan Anderson rated it did not like it
If you, like me, have been suspecting Chuck Palahniuk is heading in an irreversible downward spiral, this book will not change your mind.

Chuck Palahniuk used to be my favorite author. My high school copy of Fight Club is highlighted and dog eared; I included a quote from the book next to my signature in people’s yearbooks. The book he signed for me during his “Roses and Shit” tour for Haunted is framed in a shadow box. (I know: I’m lame. Let’s move on.) But I won’t even say he’s my favorite auth
Megs ♥
Feb 17, 2012 Megs ♥ rated it really liked it

Damned is another book I loved from Chuck Palahniuk. Each chapter starts: “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” by a girl so emotionally needy she craves attention from the devil himself.

Madison is thirteen, and very smart. She's the daughter of a narcissistic actress, and a billionaire father. They adopt orphans to look good to the public, and ship Madison to her Swiss boarding school during the holidays to do other things. Madison dies, and is sent to Hell. She thinks the reason for landi
ew norris
Aug 17, 2011 ew norris rated it did not like it
My god, Chuck, what is going on? Are you OK? Do you have a brain tumor? Are you trying to get out of a contract with Doubleday? Has The Cult really done this to your ego? What happened?
It's like you're not even trying anymore to write with any kind of style and it's getting tougher and tougher to get excited about your work. "Damned" is like a 250-page fart joke. It's like you’re trying so hard, pandering to those you once rejected, working so hard to hit the lowest common denominator. And
Dec 28, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Damned 13-year-olds, leftist billionaires
Palahniuk shows more sympathy for the Devil than for liberals in this book. Which is not to say that this reads like an axe-grinding conservative polemic (I have no idea what Palahniuk's politics are), but the targets of his satire in Damned are Hell and Hollywood, and he makes Hell seem like the less awful place.

A word to all the Goodreads reviewers who classified this book as "Young Adult" -- are you nuts? Did you actually read this book? Or do you just assume that any book with a teenage prot
Oct 27, 2011 Bradley rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library
I enjoyed this book, but it would have been much better if it had a plot arc going on. Sometimes it's nice when authors work off an outline or just known what's going to happen next in the story rather than seeming like they're making up every little thing as they go along. Sure, there's an inciting incident and a journey with no particular destination for no particular reason than to just wander around Hell and check out the sites. And then the journey comes to an abrupt halt for no reason that ...more
Oct 29, 2011 Caris rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, young-adult
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Earlier this year, I submitted a story for an upcoming anthology called Amazing Stories of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I don’t do this often, as I’m not so good with short fiction (it takes me a while to get a good handle on the story). But because of the subject matter, I decided to give it a shot. I love the FSM mythos. It’s funny and clever. My story was guaranteed to be accepted, I knew, because it was funny, original, clever, and better than anything else anyone could write.
Nov 07, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction, series
I wanted to finish the book before I did a full review on it, but some things just cannot wait..and this is one of them.

I really try to like Palahniuk. His earlier stuff..brilliant. But lately, especially in the case of Damned , all I'm reading is shock value nonsense. You know, I get it. You are a very intelligent man, Mr. Palahniuk. You know a lot and you have very opinionated views on the world. How bout writing an essay on why you think the Hollywood celebrity crowd is wasting their time tr
Jeannette Nikolova
Apr 12, 2015 Jeannette Nikolova rated it did not like it
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Are you there, Chuck? It's me, Jeannette. I honestly used to like your books once. Invisible Monsters was a revelation - if I ever grow the balls to become a director, that would be the movie that I'd do. If you have become addicted to heroin, find some help, I believe there is still something you can offer to the world. But your books have started to suck. I'm sorry, Chuck. I really don't want to hurt your feelings, I think you are a rock star in contemporary li
Jul 30, 2013 Gina rated it did not like it
Tedious, try-hard and frustratingly inconsistent. Chuck Palahniuk is completely incapable of writing as a 13-year-old girl, particularly a girl of the same generation as Madison would ostensibly be. He just sounds like a 40-something white guy who's really impressed with himself and his ability to write. I can't say that I've read anything else by Palahniuk, but this book was all I needed to ensure that I'll avoid him for the rest of my life. Madison doesn't know what French kissing is, but desc ...more
Oct 04, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I can now sit back and wait for the 2011 Palahniuk wars to commence. I've already heard the distant rumblings of such and now, based on what I've read, I know that the full slaughter will soon break. Mind you, I don't think that Palahniuk's newest work is bad. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. It won't rank up there with some of his books that I regard as imperative in order to not have lived a wasted life, but it was a fun read. There are some good characters, good description, and an in ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Robyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I once again find myself Lamenting Good Reads' lack of half stars. This should be a 3 1/2.

I must admit, I walked into this book with a fair bit of trepidation, having felt rather lukewarm to everything that came after Haunted and been fully enraged by Pygmy. Reading this book was going to be, I thought, the book fan's equivalent of identifying the corpse. "Yep, that's good old Chuck P. I used to love him... Pity what happened, though." And I would assert that my beloved author was dead to me, a
Mary (BookHounds)
Mar 28, 2012 Mary (BookHounds) rated it it was amazing
quite possibly my favorite book of the year!


So, if Christopher Moore (think Abby Normal from Bite Me) and Judy Blume got together and wrote a book dedicated to a life lived in hell as a sort of CandyLand game with all of the twists and turns that move a player forward; where candy is currency . Each chapter starts with a note from Madison, the eleven year old protagonist address to Satan. As she accepts her death and now after life, she finds that even small infract
Steve Lowe
Nov 08, 2011 Steve Lowe rated it liked it
It was... you know... eh. Don't get me wrong, well written, with some solid Palahniukian things to say about... things and stuff. But overall? Shit, I don't know.

I didn't really go into this book with any kind of expectation. It seems two camps have emerged in the Chuck Palahniuk fandom world - the group that's tired of that "Chuck" voice that every main character seems to have and wishes he'd branch out, and the group that's tired of Chuck trying to branch out and do something that doesn't read
Eddie Dobiecki
Aug 12, 2013 Eddie Dobiecki rated it did not like it
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Coos Burton
¿Estás ahí, Satanás? Soy yo, Madison. Por favor, no te lleves la impresión de que no me gusta el Infierno. No, en serio, si está muy bien. Mucho mejor de lo que yo me esperaba. En serio, está claro que te has pasado mucho tiempo trabajando muy duro en los océanos agitados y embravecidos de vómito hirviente, y en el hedor a azufre, y en las nubes de moscas negras zumbantes.

Omitamos primeramente que debía ésta reseña hace ya un mes cuando lo terminé, más o menos, pero que jamás noté que no la h
Edward Lorn
Jun 29, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Dear God,

I want to go to Hell, ‘kay? Thanks bunches!

Damned is the first book I’ve enjoyed from Palahniuk since… Diary, I think. His first four or five novels were fantastic, and then we received such disasters as Tell Tale, Snuff, and Pygmy (The latter was written entirely in phonetic English. Le sigh…). Because I was so shell shocked by Pygmy I completely skirted Rant, because it seemed to be written in the form of interviews, a style I’ve never enjoyed. The only reason I picked up Da
Jan 01, 2014 Ali rated it it was ok
Written early in my time on Goodreads, not representative of my current style.

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Ben Babcock
I have to return this book to the library soon, because despite putting it on hold, it has another hold on it already. Already. This Chuck Palahniuk guy sure is popular. Yet I feel as if I should do my civic duty and put a sticky note inside this book that reads, “Don’t bother.” That’s pretty much my review of Damned, in two words.

Madison Spencer is a thirteen-year-old girl, the daughter of rich-but-eccentric parents who love her but are not close to her. She overdoses on marijuana on her thirte
Apr 10, 2012 Lily rated it it was ok
Hmmmm… Wow…


So… This is my first Palahniuk novel, and frankly I am scared to pick up anything else written by this author, though I have ‘Fight Club’ on my “To-Read” list for April. And I hear from many (MANY) sources, that this guy is GENIUS and ‘Fight Club’ is ridiculously good. I don’t doubt all these people… but I still have my fingers crossed.

Madison Spencer. A 13 year old girl, daughter of two eccentric famous parents, dies, and ends up in the most strange, weird, ridiculous version of h
Nov 24, 2011 Brian rated it did not like it
In the last few years, Palahniuk's books have felt like a 7th generation copy of a copy of a copy of a book he wrote in the early 2000s. I've continued to read Chuck in hopes of seeing again the genius behind his first works, but alas, "Damned" is such an execrable send-up I am hoping that this is nothing more than a contractual obligation book and at some point we get to see the return of a very talented writer, rather than wonder when his muse left him.

"Survivor" was my favorite book of 2000.
Mar 10, 2012 Tyler rated it did not like it

I'm going to say right now, I am one of those people who think that pretty much all of Chuck's early books are at the very least entertaining to various degrees. Fight Club and Invisible Monsters are incredible, I really like Diary, Survivor is good, Choke is decent. I'm probably forgetting one or two of his earlier books.

I used to be a huge Chuck fan and still strongly recommend those early books. I think the first book I hated by Chuck was Haunted. That was terrible... bullshit uninteresti
Brandon Tietz
Dec 10, 2013 Brandon Tietz rated it really liked it
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I’m going to put a few fears to rest right away regarding this newest work by Chuck Palahniuk.

First, this one is close to 250 pages, so for all of those who have been complaining about the length of his last few releases—you can chill out. You’re getting a decent page count this time around.

Second: there was some churning the rumor mill that this is a YA novel. Thankfully, those were just rumors as this book isn’t even close to being YA. Not unl
Oct 25, 2011 Craig rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Are you there, Chuck? It’s me, Craig. What happened to you? You used to write interesting stories with compelling characters, gallows humor and biting social criticism. Remember the good times? Fight Club, Survivor even Choke. I, like a lot of your fans, was disappointed with Tell-All, Pygmy and Snuff but when I heard the premise of Damned I was really optimistic. Imagine my disappointment when I realized Damned was nothing more than the literary equivalent of a 256 page poop joke with a big “to ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Charles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who got back into writing because of Chuck Palahniuk, as someone who has studied his style, and has gone through his workshop, and Dangerous Writing.... what I am about to do might be seen as blasphemy.

Chuck has made a name for himself for doing things a certain way, for lampooning our disaster of a world in cutting, sparse, and often rather funny ways. This book (even more than his last few) seems to purposely ignore all of his stylistic rules and trademarks. It's wordy, the dialogue
Sep 10, 2013 Arwen56 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanzi
“Fight Club” e “Cavie” non mi erano dispiaciuti come romanzi, anche se non li avevo trovati certo dei capolavori. Ma questo, sinceramente, mi è parso decisamente zeppo di luoghi comuni, di banalità, superficiale e persino noioso. Più obbligo editoriale che non voglia di raccontare. Questa tredicenne, Madison, non comunica proprio nulla di nuovo al lettore, né l’immagine proposta dell’Inferno mi pare abbia un qualche senso compiuto. Ok, d’accordo, il consumismo è da condannare, ma detto una volta ...more
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Rating: 1/5

This book is pretty fucking pretentious.

I don't know if it's just me or I picked the wrong first book by Chuck Palahniuk but I hated this book. Hated it so much that in fact I threw this book across the room due to my immense frustration over it. This book is about Hell. Yeah it’s about hell and the glory over spitting flames and demons and I don’t know how that topic could not be boring but Chuck Palahniuk manages to make it so boring. 200 pages and I
Brandon Zarzyczny
Aug 26, 2012 Brandon Zarzyczny rated it it was ok
I really didn't enjoy this book. I understand what Palahniuk was going for, but it's just so goofy. I also feel like this book just copies from multiple other works of literature in a similar way to what Weird Al Yankovic does with his music. The landscape of Hell the author creates is interesting, but at times difficult to actually picture/imagine with it being so crazy and unbelievable. That was probably my biggest problem with the book, though how the story jumps around also made it heard to ...more
Frank Parsons
May 19, 2012 Frank Parsons rated it did not like it
Shelves: general-fiction
I like Palahniuk and as many others have said in the past, Fight Club is genius. So I thought, what the heck let's try one of his newer books. However, this book was a disappointment with its tired trope of how hell is SO much better and more interesting than heaven. He throws in the standard amount of snide intelligentsia comments about right wing politics, celebrity culture, and environmental/health issues. And he does it all with style, actually, he does it all with many different styles and ...more
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