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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  61,630 ratings  ·  2,978 reviews
Buster “Rant” Casey just may be the most efficient serial killer of our time. A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small town home for the big city where he becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his sh ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Doubleday Books (first published 2007)
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Feb 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: the drooling rabid
Shelves: festival-of-suck
I can't do it. I can't finish this book. Usually Palahniuk creates fairly unsympathetic characters, as in this book, and that I'm used to. Because it WORKS; the plot-lines of his books are always ridiculous in a totally fascinating way, which makes up for the stupid characters. However, Rant bored the fuck out of me. I tried. I read more than half and I do not care about this nutjob guy and his rabies and his slobbering all over the ladies, or the driving around in cars being obnoxious or whatev ...more
Jul 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm not a Chuck P fan simply because he is "edgy" or because I get off on the so-called depravity of his often violent and sexual themes. I know a few folks like that. What I enjoyed most about this book was the structure, the measured reveal. Based on the oral tradition, each chapter is composed of brief statements from a cast of dozens. Individually, these narrators are hopelessly unreliable, but taken together they form a whole picture that is more true than any single testimony could be. (I' ...more
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WTF did I just read and why did I finish it? This book is a mish-mash of narrators, grossness, time travel, car crashes, a rabies plague, segregation and dull characters. I kept hoping it would improve and then it was just over.

This story somewhat follows a dull-witted character named Buster or Rant (as he's better known) who gets off on catching rabies. His attraction to pain and rabies eventually leads to a rabies plague. The story is told from the various and far too many points of view of p
Matthew Quann
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, sci-fi
Chuck Palahniuk is the literary equivalent of punk rock. In a book that pulls on varied and important themes, Rant: An Oral History of Buster Casey manages to feature an exceptionally peculiar storyline that never stops at its primary goal: being a hell of a good time. This is a book that deals with important topics, like religion and the meaning of life, but doesn't keep itself neatly organized and stacked with pristine white pages. Instead, Rant is a beautiful book with pages askew that just h ...more
Megs ♥
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books
What the hell?

Let me first say I love Chuck P. I love his usually disturbing stories and weird characters. I don't mind the fact that he seems a little crazy, and I don't mind all of the sex he writes about. I also don't mind the gory/gross factor. I like him!

This book was just bad in my opinion. Maybe if I knew it had an amazing ending I could have pushed through the last half, but after the first half of this book I realized I didn't care at all about Buster, or his story. So I stopped reading
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a small town hell raiser named Buster ’Rant’ Casey who did some slightly unusual things when he was growing up like collecting bucketfuls of his classmate’s teeth. Young Rant also angers more animals than Steve Irwin so that they’ll bite him and infect him with rabies which he deliberately spreads to his class mates. After he grows up and moves to the city, Rant joins a disenfranchised part of society forced by law to stay in their homes during the day and who get their kick ...more
Stephen M
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who don't mind mindless fun
Recommended to Stephen M by: The gf
A Brief Caveat

It feels somewhat strange and almost in bad taste to be reviewing a Chuck Palahnuik book because this just happened. (If you don’t want to search through the link: Paquita (one of the coolest peeps on Goodreads) made mention of the fact that Chuck P. had recommended the book she had just read and if she had known that, then she probably wouldn’t have read the book because she doesn’t care much for the stylings of Mr. Palahniuk. Enter a crazed, rabid fan of Chuck P. who starts criti
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
“History is nothing except monsters or victims. Or witnesses.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Rant


HE was close. He was so damn close. He just didn't close it at the end. It was a poem that ended in a whimper. The mixture was nearly perfect, just not flammable. But don't say Chuck didn't try. I imagine Palahniuk had Ballard's Crash and Benford's Timescape, several Oral Histories, and perhaps even Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid sitting on his shelf as he wrote this.

Reading Rant was
Edward Lorn
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of books that make you think and dark, vulgar comedies
It's not everyday you read a book about rabies, the origins of God, time travel, and bumper cars. Seeing that this is a Chuck Palahniuk book, I shouldn't be surprised that this novel hops barriers and barrels through genres without a single fuck given for your comfort or confusion level.

Buster "Rant" Casey can tell you what you had for breakfast three days ago, what kind of flowers you have waiting in a vase back at home, and whether your shower head is steel or bronze simply by eating your pus
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
First off, a disclaimer. I love Chuck P. like a brother. If the man was on dialysis I'd give him a kidney even if I only had one good one left and consider it payback for all the stories of his that I've enjoyed since discovering his work.

The lowdown: Rant tells the story of Rant Casey - a small town kid that turns his little town on it's ear before moving to the city to continue his work. The book is comprised of accounts from people that knew Rant with only second hand accounts of his words a
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
When I hear this song ( one of the things I think of is Chuck Palahniuk.

I lied. I actually never heard this song until about four minutes before typing the previous sentence. For the sake of accuracy, when I heard the Elf Power cover of the song, which until about five minutes ago I didn't even realize was a cover, but which I should have assumed since the whole album it is one is made up of cover songs. I wanted to share the Elf Power version, but this
Jason Pettus
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
(Full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [].)

So before anything else, a horrible confession: that this is the first novel by Chuck Palahniuk I've ever actually read from cover to cover. Yeah, I know, shame on me! And the reason this is such a big deal, of course, is that I'm an obsessive fan of the movie version of Fight Club, adapted from another of Palahniuk's novels, a film I have officially now seen one zillion freaking times. And why do I
Dustin Reade
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
MY REVIEW FROM AMAZON: Look, if you are one of those people who consider themselves "fans" of an author's work so long as it is constantly the same, then forget all about this one. Don't read it expecting Fight Club. In fact, don't read any book by Palahniuk expecting Fight Club but Fight Club. He is a talented writer, with more to offer than the same book reprinted fifty-thousand times. Most of the reviews so far written for this book seem to have been written by the above-mentioned sort of fan ...more
So far I've enjoyed everything from Chuck Palahniuk I've come into contact with, though fellow readers have warned me to stick to his earlier, and supposedly better, books (people don't seem to have much good to say about his last several offerings). Well, I took their advice and dove into RANT, a novel that many have raved about.

And rave about it they should! This is one brilliantly twisted tale, full of all sorts of intrigue, shock, and awe. It reads at a great pace, and lures you along exper
Apr 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
Wow. How can I possibly describe this book?

Mediocre? Unfocused? Half-assed?

I am a big fan of Palahniuk. I love Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Diary, and Lullaby. I even like Haunted a bit. I think he is great at picking some aspect of American Culture and flipping it over so it's soft white underbelly is clearly visible.

Unfortunately, with Haunted, he appears to have developed a taste for the 'big gross-out.' Rant continues that trend. And what is worse is that the book is wri
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing Clusterfuck.
Wayne Barrett
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, bizarro, 2016, horror


Is he the protagonist, or the antagonist? Good question about our Mr. Buster Casey, also known as 'Rant' which is also a pretty good description of this story. I mean, this thing is all over the place. To figure it out you might have to partake in some time traveling and still you'd be left with filtering facts from rabid infested party crashers with gold coins in their pockets and Christmas trees tied to the roofs of their cars. Still confused? You should be. After all, this is classic Palah
May 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
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I haven’t been loving Chuck books lately and it is not like me to keep coming back to something after it disappoints so many times in a row. I think it is the author’s voice that has me whipped. He has a way with words that is quite unique and I have not seen it repeated elsewhere. I love that he is able to stamp things his own with this writing style but that he is also able to step out of the box and try new things. The only negative is that I don't always love the end result. The reading jour ...more
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who has ever experienced road rage
wow .. and can't really even begin to comment on this . Complete mindblower with a really sadistic and twisted view of our society !
Loved it !
Dane Cobain
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rant is the first Palahniuk book that I’ve ever read, but it’s really turned me on to him as a writer – I can’t believe how exciting it was, and how vividly Palahniuk was able to show his semi-fictional world to us. Loosely speaking, it’s the story of Rant Casey, who’s described as “the man who may or may not be the most efficient serial killer of our time.”

Rant is a crazy young man with an addiction to everything that’s base and degenerate – he deliberately allows himself to be bitten by poison
Jonathan K
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
After reading Fight Club, which blew me away due to the innovate approach, I decided to read others, this one included. The authors attempt at telling the story via what he calls an oral biography is in my opinion, lame. Far too much back story via anecdotes from those who knew or were associated with the character, it meanders continually without continuity. You find yourself asking, when will the story begin? Rather than trudge through the incongruity, I decided to let sleeping dogs lie.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Reading a book by Chuck Palahniuk is like learning to do something new. At first, you have no idea what is it about and you even may think of quitting, but then, slowly, it stars making sense and you make yourself keep reading hoping you will understand more and more (mostly because you like the way the book is written), so when you get to the end, you realize that at the beginning you HAD NO IDEA (and you feel good because is like being on top of the world now, but at the same time you want to ...more
Jul 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2007
Rant kicked so much ass.

Part of the joy is the idea of a car...with a flaming Christmas tree on top...flying through the air into a body of the, you know, strains of Philip Glass' Violin Concerto II.

Part of the joy comes from the fact this is the first third of a trilogy, apparently.

Part of the joy is that the book is entirely a greatest-hits package of Chuck's strengths...remixed in the "oral biography" form. Like, like if Guns n' Roses wrote ten variations on "Sweet Child o' Mine"
Shannon O'Mara
Jun 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Here's what happened as I read that book- I enjoyed it. Then I got angry.

I enjoyed the pacing during the middle part that was mostly chronicling the party crashing, appreciating where he'd pulled inspiration- secret raves, art car culture, cruising culture, etc. I definitely picked up vibes of Ballard's Crash too- that almost became too obvious to me. I liked the overt political use of Night-timer vs. Daytimer. All of that, including the early history of Rant, was finely crafted storytelling.

Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Literary speaking... holy s***, Chuck Palahniuk! Holy s***! As I've read below I pressume this is what most of the people call 'punk'. Gotta type it at my favourites! Well... literary speaking:'This is an addiction!'. I am so ready for you Chuck Palahniuk, you have no idea! I will put my 'lack of words' on the back of my 'blown away mind', on my 'superdrugged electric-pinching synapses', 'teary of excitement eyes' and most of all on my 'HOLY MOTHER OF PIES'!
I am so sad that I can give this book
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG CHUCK DID IT AGAIN!! Through a whole of witnesses, you have to glue the pieces together to understand.. and then comes the ending and you're completely MINDBLOWN.
Taboos, disgusting elements and the magic of dark humor, you'll find another book worth of Chuck's name.
Sara Zovko
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“History is nothing except monsters or victims. Or witnesses.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Rant

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Dec 15, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Devout Palahniuk fans
Shelves: well-that-sucked
Chuck Palahniuk keeps disappointing me.

Pros: I liked the way he told the story. It was odd, but I liked it.

Cons: Everything else. There are some dark, sick and disturbing images described (which are to be expected since it is a Palahniuk book) but some stuff made me uncomfortable even reading. By the end of this book I was so thoroughly confused that I re-read it. It was clever but it seemed kind of pointless. By the last page you're not sure of anything and annoyed that you spent so much time
Girish Gowda
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm at a loss. Tell me, should I rate it based on the experience of reading it or how it messed my entire afternoon after I finished it. What warrants fiction whatever the appraisal we readers give. Should I rate it low because of how harrowingly ambiguous Chuck is or high because how accurately ambiguous Chuck P is in this book.

I'm so conflicted.

The most engrossing book I've read all year.Period.

But also the most painfully convoluted one.

My brain still hurts, but that's good. Why even bother
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