It’s rare these days that I get to sit down and finish a book quickly. Screaming kids don’t help matters much and my train rides to and from work have programmed me to read in 25-30 page bursts. After that, my brain pretty much starts to wander onto other things and I find it hard to focus.
I was pleasantly surprised that I devoured Chuck Palahniuk’s “Choke” in three days. It’s not so much that it was a great book as much at it was simply a fun read. Like all of Chuck’s novels, there’s plenty of weird stuff happening, but it all just didn’t seem weird enough for me. I guess he’s set the bar really high now.
“Generic” isn’t the right word, but it’s the first word that comes to mind.
I chose to read Choke next because I heard that it’s being made into a movie.
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The story is told through the eyes of Victor, a sex addict working at a historical reenactment village by day, who fakes choking on his meals at fine dining establishments by night. He does all this to earn enough money to pay the medical costs associated with his elderly mother Ida’s care.
Victor’s best friend, Denny, is a chronic masturbator. He tries to focus on other things so he won’t touch himself.
Victor’s mother’s doctor, Paige, may be on to something. She thinks she can save Victor’s mom. Her methods are just a tad unorthodox, but the alternative is a feeding tube, and that means more money.
That’s pretty much the setup. I have to say, I really enjoyed reading the book, but it was nowhere near as challenging a read as some of the man’s other work.
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I’m not really sure I can picture this becoming a movie. There are a lot of flashbacks in the book, which help to explain Victor’s choking, and his sex addiction, which I think will be hard to translate well to film. I’m NOT a big fan of jumping around time wise in movies, unless that’s the catch.
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There’s also a first time director attached, which is rarely good.
“Disappointment” isn’t the right word, but it’s the first word that comes to mind.
I should reserve judging a film that isn’t out until 2008 though. Sam Rockwell will be playing Victor and Anjelica Huston will be playing Ida. Those are good signs, right?
“Promising” isn’t the right word, but it’s the first word that comes to mind.
Next up for me is a reread, this time all the way to the end, of Chuck’s Haunted. So much was going on in my life at the time I originally picked it up that I never able to finish it. After that’s done though I need to move along to some other authors who I’ve been ignoring for far too long.
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Headache inducing. Translated accounts is made up of 54 tales told by 3 or 4 different individuals living in a country under martial law in the near fHeadache inducing. Translated accounts is made up of 54 tales told by 3 or 4 different individuals living in a country under martial law in the near future. All of these stories appear to be translated from some other language into English and even then the English translations, which vary in method of translation, seem to be done either by a computer or someone who has very little grasp of the English language. Think about what happens when you ask Babelfish to translate a sentence from Japanese to English and you get the idea.
Once your brain starts translating the translated English into, well, English, there's some good stuff to be found, but I'm just not sure its worth all of the effort you have to put in.
I remember liking it way more than Silence of the Lambs, but I think I read it in high school (yikes!) so who really knows. I remember seeing the origI remember liking it way more than Silence of the Lambs, but I think I read it in high school (yikes!) so who really knows. I remember seeing the original "Manhunter" adaptation but I don't think I've ever seen the "Red Dragon" version....more
For weeks leading up to my reading The Shadow of the Wind it felt as though I was surrounded on all sides by a throng of people, cult like in their deFor weeks leading up to my reading The Shadow of the Wind it felt as though I was surrounded on all sides by a throng of people, cult like in their devotion to the novel, who were incessantly chanting two very tiny, but very persuasive words in my ear: “read it.”
What started as a mere whisper of suggestion slowly morphed into a din so loud that it overpowered by ability to hear or think about anything else. There was no other choice. I was going to have to be initiated into the group. What started out as a book that I may or may not read whenever I felt like getting around to it became one that I had to read: right now.
I wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. Maybe it was the timing related to other events taking place around me, but for whatever reason it toI wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. Maybe it was the timing related to other events taking place around me, but for whatever reason it took me forever to get through this one. However, the last 160 pages or so certainly make up for the early struggles I endured. Finally near the end, all of the Welsh-like craziness I was expecting throughout the novel hit and I was hooked. This one I may have to come back to later and attempt to re-read....more