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(Damned #2)

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Madison Spencer, the liveliest and snarkiest dead girl in the universe, continues the afterlife adventure begun in Chuck Palahniuk’s bestseller Damned. Just as that novel brought us a brilliant Hell that only he could imagine, Doomed is a dark and twisted apocalyptic vision from this provocative storyteller.

The bestselling Damned chronicled Madison’s journey across the uns
Hardcover, First Edition, 336 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Doubleday (first published October 2013)
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Jesse Raven I stumbled-onto Doomed and picked it up - jump into it. I didn't know there WAS a first part until I saw this.…moreI stumbled-onto Doomed and picked it up - jump into it. I didn't know there WAS a first part until I saw this.(less)
Steven Stop reading Doomed and read Damned first. There is no way Doomed would make any sense without the context of the first book. Plus Damned is much bett…moreStop reading Doomed and read Damned first. There is no way Doomed would make any sense without the context of the first book. Plus Damned is much better in my opinion. Both of these books are really crazy stories with some really gross details but in true CP fashion, hilarious!(less)

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I was really excited to read this book, as I used to love Chuck Palahniuk - particular favs were Diary and Lullaby. However, something appears to have happened either to me or his writing. I just couldn't stand the voice of Maddison, the main character who is stuck in purgatory in this sequel to Damned. The blog post thing felt too fake, like he is just trying to write in a "hip" format and attract a younger readership. The text felt forced, the writing was trying too hard, trying too hard to be ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
1 star

Oh, the lengths a Palahniuk-completist will go...

I can't think of a single complimentary thing to say about Chuck Palahniuk's Doomed. All I can say is, if he foists another WTF-y spoogy porn-fest our way (disguised as faux-enlighted social commentary, or worse, re-writing Dante's Divine Comedy for shits and giggles) I'm really going to have to rethink this 'completist' thing. He really needed to keep the thirteen year-old, insufferably vapid Madison Spencer banished in hell (which see D
Peter Derk
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ah, time for the annual Why Pete Still Loves Chuck Palahniuk Review.

To be honest, there were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book. I've read ALL of his books other than the Kindle single Phoenix. I have my personal favorites of course. Doomed isn't a favorite, but there were certain moments of heartbreak and humor that made me happy. For me, a non-favorite Chuck Palahniuk book will always do more for me than a lot of other authors, whether it be on a pure enjoyment rollercoaster level or be
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jan 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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Madison Spencer did what all residents of Hell do on Halloween – she returned to Earth for an evening of candy gathering. Unfortunately, she also missed the midnight curfew and is now stuck in Purgatory (a/k/a Earth) as a ghost.

I realize Chuck Palahniuk is a polarizing figure. Nothing is off limits when it comes to what he writes. I’ve always been a fan of his over-the-top stories and have been a pretty zealous defender of his work. Un
Edward Lorn
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pervs and anyone without the burden of morals.
After seeing The Right Honorable Lady Kells take a hot squat on this one, I became nervous. You see, my boy Chuck's Doomed has been sitting on my shelf, giving me that come hither stare for a while now. It's all, "Lay hands on me, big boy" and I'm all, "Nah, son, you got semen on you." Just look at that cover. If you're a dude, that's either your worst nightmare or your biggest fantasy, you know, depending on the recipient. But the cover fits the book, and I'm a fan of them: both the cover and t ...more
Po Po
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
"Gentle Tweeter,"

Oh, I just don't know where to begin. This was absolutely agonizing. I looked back and saw that I gave Damned (book 1) only one star, so I should not have expected much from the sequel.

**Ctrl + Alt + Frustrated.**

**Ctrl + Alt + Headdesk.**

Admittedly, Chuck did a helluva job in perfecting the obnoxious voice of a 13-yr-old sassy dead girl.

But, I think I am **Ctrl + Alt + So Done** with CP.

I can't believe I went through 329 of 329 (yes, the entire book.. I am hopeless) pages of ex
Vince Darcangelo

Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck, we love you. Please remember that. Lullaby is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, and I even found a way to work it into my master’s thesis. Choke is cutting social satire of the first order, Fight Club one of the greatest films ever made. Survivor is brilliant in plot, character and execution, and don’t get me started on the thrill-ride that is Haunted.

But I do have a few pet peeves that pop up in Doomed, the sequel to Damned.

First, I don’t have much pa
John Bruni
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As disgusting as the first book in the series, DAMNED, was, DOOMED is somehow even more disgusting, even though it doesn't contain lakes of bodily fluids, land filled with nail clippings, and giant sexual organs. No, this is a different kind of disgusting. If you ever felt tempted to use a glory hole, this book will dissuade you. If you were ever reluctant to dispose of the body of your dead cat, this book will change your mind. And if you ever wanted to try on a dead person's body for size, thi ...more
Liz Van Pay
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Doomed is written in the form of blog posts from the afterlife, or, rather, purgatory. Madison still walks amongst those she left, and they can't see or hear her. In each chapter (or 'post', as it were), she encounters something new, from seeing her dead grandmother's ghost on a trip to her parents' apartment to guiding the reader through the worst summer of her life - and quite possibly the reason she wound up in hell in the first place.

Later, we find out that in no uncertain terms, death was h
Tag Kinnaman
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Doomed expanded on Damned in a way I never expected. The story is so much more intricate than I ever could have thought, a staple of Palahniuk's work. Towards the end, there were more than a few "You have got to be sh*tting me" moments, which made me appreciate Chuck's work more than I reckoned possible. Just when I think he's hit his peak, he outdoes himself.
I just can't believe that now I have to anticipate whether or not the saga will continue...
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Dear Palahniuk,

This book was all style and no substance. I remember when you maintained a balance between the two.

Sincerely disapointed
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Eh. I was entertained by the first of what I'm guessing is a trilogy? This one, not so much. My impression was that it was trying to be gross for the sake of being gross. The whole book felt forced, kind of like it was an obligation instead of a labor of love. Sort of like when your favorite band releases a shitty album to get out of a bad deal. That was my impression, anyway. I was amused by the not-at-all-subtle social satire underpinning the whole thing. But that's to be expected. The story i ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chuck-palahniuk
Ah man! I'm glad it's over, I really really tried liking Doomed but my god! It wasn't that great. I felt I was force to read this. Doomed had its moments that I thought was good but the rest was just boring. In my opinion I thought Damned was more entertaining than Doomed. Maybe in the future I'll give this another read and hopefully I will like it. ...more
Horace Derwent
virulent semen canal
pus vulcano
booger pit of inbred cannibals
scurf storm and spittle drizzle
sometimes fermented pee blizzard
pitchers of livingly smashed little white mice for experimenting, served as zuppa porridge(hellbroth) for you
Nov 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Great story if you want to follow a fat, snarky 13 year old brat. Otherwise, a waste of time. 0 of 10 stars
Zach Smith
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: genre, postmodern
Of the thirteen novels Palahniuk has penned I have read 8, more than half of them, I have read all but one of his novels since Haunted, and the one I missed as a revision of an earlier novel. So I can say that I am somewhat fluent in his work, and a fan, most of the novels are great, some of them are pretty good, this one however is by far his worst.

The language of a thirteen year old girl may be construed by some as clever but in practice it is just annoying. The “refrains” or repetitive lines
Oct 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the ARC, and I was not disappointed. Madison is snarky and obnoxious as ever, and I love her! Palahniuk's satire is on point. Any Palahniuk fan and/or anyone who enjoyed Damned, needs to pick up Doomed. ...more
Nick Younker
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Doomed is book two of Madison Spencer’s travels in the afterlife. It’s not too unlike my review for Damned, but too rehash, I submit.

As I’ve previously mentioned, Chuck just doesn’t seem too dig his gig anymore. The book seems forced, a contrived vision of transgressive style, this one just shy of minimalism.

I’m not going into details, and I’m not recommending anyone spend their time on it.

Review over.
Cupcakes & Machetes
Let me preface this by saying, I have been a Palahniuk fan for a long fucking time. Even if one of his works isn't the greatest, I usually enjoy it to some degree. To talk shit about a Palahniuk book is unimaginable to me. That being said...

Let me put my cranky pants on.

*grumbles and grunts way into pants*

I very nearly hated this book.

But I loved Damned!

In Damned, we met Madison Spencer. Recently dead, rich girl who is finding out how to handle Hell. She's making friends, she's making enemies. S
Guy Portman
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, biohazard
Doomed is the sequel to Damned and part two of a proposed Dante inspired trilogy. It sees the return of Damned’s protagonist - the plucky, post-life, plump, periphrastic, pubescent progeny of celebrity parents, Madison Spencer. In Damned we followed Madison’s post-life trials and tribulations in hell: now the adventure continues with a trip to purgatory, or earth as we refer to it. Travelling around as a ghost Madison is invisible to mortals and can come and go as she pleases.

In her absence Ma
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Doomed is the 2nd book in the Damned trilogy which chronicles the exploitation and exploits of 13 year old Madison Spencer, a cynical smartass with an impressive vocabulary. When Madison misses hell’s curfew on Halloween night, she becomes trapped on earth. As one of the formerly alive, she must contend with a K addled ghost hunter, the accidental damning of the whole world, and Satan’s pedophilic advances.

It’s been so long since I’ve read Damned that I had to put Doomed down after the first cha
Benjamin Stahl
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I read and enjoyed Fight Club years ago. Been meaning to read another Palahniuk for ages. I found this one cheap in the university bookshop. Despite it being the sequel to another book I haven't read, I finally decided to give this a go.

At first I really didn't like it. It is very strange, hard to get into. The content is, while not too extremely violent, very vulgar and grotestque. There are many things fecal-related, bodily discharge related. Just too much desperation, it seems, on the author
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite Palahniuk book, but a solid read from the author who brought us semen ponds and the disgusting clitoris of a demon spawn in Doomed (the first of the series). I had a difficult time identifying with the protagonist (a 13 year old dead girl), but absolutely adored the way in which she tells us her tale through emails. Being Palahniuk is a literary author, I won't spank him for the lack of world building in the realm of the afterlife. This kind of thing really is the skill of genre ...more
Paul Jensen
Oct 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Goodbye, Chuck Palahniuk. We've had some great times together. Sadly, your ratio of good:bad books has tipped in the wrong direction. I'll always treasure the grotesque, vivid, and imaginative stories you've shared in books like "Choke", "Lullaby", "Invisible Monsters", and "Snuff". I've grown tired of the constant disappointments. This book was a waste of time, and left me puzzled - why does Palahniuk think this protagonist, or story, is so deserving of a 3-book trilogy? Even though the book's ...more
Mary & Tom
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well, I did not read Dammed the precursor, and I won't. But I have to admit that I laughed out loud in several sections of this novel.

I loved the "Dear Tweeter" opening to each section by Madison. This is the tale of a dead, damned, and fat 11 year old.

Raised by extremely wealth parents, her mom's a movie star, this spoiled brat shares the story of how she got fat.
The trials and tribulations of living with her rural grandparents.
Her boarding school years and life in Manhattan.
Her parents use
Crystal Staley
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
“Like it or not, the road to Hell is paved with sustainable bamboo flooring.”
Well what can I say about this? I laughed—I was grossed out—I laughed some more. There’s a certain bathroom scene that made me both laugh out loud and gasp at the vileness of it. There’s some great commentary on religion in here that I think is worth the read.
Alex Robillard
Jul 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
Like Good Omens if it was written in the most obnoxious way possible by the most annoying guy you know.
Jade Lopert
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro
Alright, where to start. I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. I am a rabid Palahniuk fan to the point that I have a hard time finding flaws in his work, for better or worse.
I bought this with birthday money. Spent half of a $50 gift card on it. And at best I can say, eh. There were flashes of brilliance, but overwhelmingly it was just a let down. I loved Maddy in Damned. She was inherently narcissistic and cagy and it was fantastic. I loved her here as well. She's not the heroine
William Thomas
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Do you remember the part in Fight Club where the narrator talks about his insomnia and says that "everything is a copy of a copy of a copy"? I can't help but think that Chuck Pahlaniuk has been writing in this same insomniac fog ever since he finished Lullaby. Everything seems to be a copy of a copy of a copy. He's already said everything about the human condition, fringe culture, mass media and the first world that he had to say and now it all just starts sounding the same. Only, more juvenile. ...more
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