I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first volume. I felt that there wasn't a coherent enough motivation for what some characters did and it was jusI didn't enjoy this one as much as the first volume. I felt that there wasn't a coherent enough motivation for what some characters did and it was just way too confusing. I enjoy crazy time travel as much as the next person (hello, LOST lover over here) but this just went bat shit crazy.
So Number five is going back in time to prevent his older self (because he is already a 60 year old dude trapped in a 10 year old's body) from not assassinating President Kennedy. Because now he needs to assassinate him or some secret society of time traveling assassins will go back in time and kill his birth mother. And that's just ONE of the story lines, just one of the characters' problems.
Seance is famous somehow now, The Kraken is still fighting crime, Rumor lost her voice thanks to Vanya, who is now bedridden and seems to be in a coma. I still really enjoy the characters and their love/hate relationship with each other. Although I am getting tired of Space just zooming off after every volume to go "find himself." Listen, man, when you're alone on the moon for however many years and then by yourself in the jungles of Vietnam for three (more time traveling, do NOT ask) you'd think he'd have enough me time.
And I'm glad we got to see Pogo again, for however short it was. Still can't believe he's dead....more
My least favorite Palahniuk novel so far. The only thing it really has going for it is an intriguing premise (but then again, saying a Palahniuk novelMy least favorite Palahniuk novel so far. The only thing it really has going for it is an intriguing premise (but then again, saying a Palahniuk novel has an intriguing premise is kind of beyond praise at this point. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and Palahniuk can write the most bizarre and crazy shit I've ever had the delight to read).
Told from the view of Hazie Coogan, house keeper (though she would argue her job title extends way farther than a simple maid) to the famous Katherine Kenton. Very early on Mrs. Kenton meets Webster Carlton Webster III, whose "root beer brown eyes" hide a terrifying, and deadly, agenda.
Simply put, Mr. Webster has written a "lie-ography", a soon-to-be New York Times bestseller at the end of which, Mrs. Katherine is killed. Problem is, she's still very much alive, and so the interesting part of the story begins. For every time Hazie and Katherine dodge one murder attempt (thrown in front of a bus, poisoned, pushed into the bear cage at a zoo, electrocuted, etc) a new manuscript of the Tell-All is found in Webster's suitcase, and a new race to avoid the attempted murder begins.
Despite this great idea, the book is just too boring, which is a sad way to describe a book under 200 pages. It can go on pages at a time simply describing some weird award ceremony the protagonists are attending, name dropping up to 20 different 50's era celebrities on a single page at a time. To make it even more obvious, every celebrity, every famous production company, even Mrs. Kenton's pets are all in BOLD font. I mean, i admit i have no idea who half those people are that were mentioned, but I'm pretty sure i could have picked up that they were celebrities and Hazie was being a name-dropping sociopath. This continues throughout the entire novel, and i just felt a tad bit talked down to. It's a hard balance between explaining to the reader who these people are, and hammering into our heads "THIS IS A CELEBRITY, RIGHT HERE, AND HERE, OH AND HERE, ISN'T SHE SO FAMOUS SHE KNOWS SO MANY PEOPLE!"
And yes, i'm aware that this is part of Palahniuk's poking fun at the golden era of Hollywood, and the nature of a "Tell-All" book in general. It just went past parody and into annoyance for me.
On the positive side, it is of note that the end of the book has a really great twist. Totally did not see it coming, and basically added another star to my rating.
Despite all this, I still love Chuck. He's like the literary version of J.J. Abrams (the genius behind Lost, Fringe, Cloverfield, the Star Trek reboot), because i will consume anything he puts out there, no matter how lame and unbearable. He's still my favorite author.
I forgive, you, Mr. Palahniuk. Just try to return to the the sheer brilliance of Survivor or Lullaby for your inevitable next novel, okay?...more