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3.19  ·  Rating details ·  53,032 ratings  ·  2,783 reviews
Cassie Wright, porn princess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With six hundred men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr 72, Mr 137 and Mr 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room...
Paperback, 197 pages
Published July 2nd 2009 by Vintage (first published May 20th 2008)
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I'm presuming that this will be enough of a departure from Against the Day that it will help me remember how to read regular books.

(Also noted: the print is really big. Odd.)

after reading
Ok I'm really sorry to say this, but this book blew. I suppose that given the subject matter, that's kind of a double entendre, but fuck it. Actually, you know what? That's about as hard as it seems Palahniuk tried to make this book any good. It was like some college student aping Palahniuk for a
Jason Pettus
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Today's review is much longer than Goodreads' word-count limit; find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

As I'm sure a certain amount of CCLaP's readers are already aware, there's a new type of pornography that's become more and more popular within the last half-decade now, a type that I'm positive will eventually say more about th
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Six hundred dudes. One porn queen. A world record for the ages. A must-have movie for every discerning collector of things erotic. Didn’t one of us on purpose set out to make a snuff movie.”

You’re probably reading a Chuck Palahniuk sex story.

The premise of Snuff is simple enough – a world record is about to broken. This is the story of a day in the life of 600 dudes, including an aging porn star . . .

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a boy with a secret . . .

Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any die-hard fan of Palahniuk or Bret Easton Ellis
I absolutely enjoyed this book. I just came off of reading "Rant" with my Composition 2 students, and I had one student object (quietly, coming to me during office hours to do so) to reading it because it goes against everything she believes in (which is following the word of God and ridding the world of moral filth. Her words, not mine). So of course I respected her position, gave her a new assignment, and kept on trucking with the rest of the class. Her comments did, however, give me pause as ...more
Edward Lorn
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I'm not gonna beat around the bush. Snuff is as enjoyable as a wet fart in a hot shower. This is also the book that started Palahniuk's dive into mediocrity and self parody. Pygmy is the deepest depth to which Chuck sank before grabbing the life preserver that was Damned, at least in my opinion. I know people still think he hasn't written a good book since Diary, but I thought his romp in Hell was big fun.

This is my second time reading this one, and I only gave it another chance because a) I had
Jan 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Greasy café-haunting types
Read in an attempt to understand. Wasn't successful.
Jul 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
March 2013

Tired and unimaginative and uninspired and dull...just like everything else Chucky P. has written. And grog forgive me, I read it twice.

There's a reason for that. Ok, two. One is, I keep reading good books, and all those four- and five-star reads have me worried that something might be wrong, that my judgement is off, so I decided to read something bad to compensate. Nope, nothing wrong here. This book is bad and all the others I read so far this year were pretty good. Nothing to worry
Jun 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I refuse to spend more time reviewing this book than Palahniuk spent writing it (which couldn't have been very much), so I'll be brief. Snuff takes place entirely in the green room of a porno movie. Cassie Wright is an aging porn star who is trying to set a world record for having sex with 600 dudes in one film, an act that everyone seems to think will kill her. Cassie thinks this too, but that appears to be the whole point. She's hoping that if she dies trying to break the record, then the film ...more
Jason Koivu

I feel icky.


Chuck Palahniuk's take on the porn industry blows wades of sex euphemisms all over the reader like moneyshots at a gangbang. The language is as base as the subject matter. The characters have all the nuance of a cookie cutter. The plot, slightly more complicated than the old school "I've come to fix the pool" porn of yesteryear, is nonetheless as formulaic as a whodunit mystery. And yes, all this works in the author's favor. He is, after all, writing about porn.

Is this titillation pu
Jonathan Ashleigh
This was too filthy, even by my standards.

But somehow, the copy I have was signed by Chuck Palahniuk so it is a book I will never get rid of.
Mike Kleine
Snuff is not for everybody. Those who have never read a Chuck Palahniuk novel will probably not enjoy the story or the way it is presented while others may be drawn to the subject matter alone. "Six hundred dudes. One porn queen. A world record for the ages." Come on, it's about porn! Palahniuk fans will certainly enjoy this short tirade that seems more like a novella than an actual novel. Snuff is Chuck's shortest novel to date. Fact. Every single letter is in brown ink! Fact. It certainly does ...more
Kelly B
This is the second worst book I have ever read. I don't know if I can say I've even read it because I just cannot bring myself to finish it. This guy has no concept on how to write a good sentence. Not one good sentence. Pick a page, then put your finger on a word. It will all be stupid and bad. A friend of mine paid $30 to take me to hear him speak, and this is how I wound up with a signed copy of this book. Everybody in his cult following crowd was young and ultra hip, and obviously has really ...more
May 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So far it's not the sex that's making me queasy and itchy as much as the gleefully elaborate descriptions of all the various stains, smears, smudges, dribbles, crumbs and residues that the characters in this book seem to leave on every surface that they come into contact with. Chuck is smart enough to realize that he probably isn't going to shock any of his loyal readers (or anyone who has ever watched a porno) with endless mechanical details, so instead he concentrates on making everything so d ...more
Jan 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009, poop
I don't believe I've ever read (or heard of) any good fiction written about the porn industry. Drug addiction and alcoholism have been written about ad nauseum, but the porn industry -- a bizarre world in which so many of its participants (from the actors to the viewers) have hit a rock bottom similar to that of the most addicted alcoholic or dope fiend -- seems to be a tougher nut to crack, if you will. Maybe it has to do with the old "write what you know" philosophy. Any writer can drink himse ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pretty-good, humor
I think everyone knows what 'snuff' means, right?

It is not Mr. P's best book but it's still mightily entertaining and it gives us a better understanding on the creation and history of porn, it's a fun read. I own this book and I wish to re-read it ASAP.

a review which lists the funny *fake* titles of porn. Wow, 'The Postman Always Cums Twice'? Really?
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I was very entertained while reading this book, primarily because the very premise of Snuff was the ultimate parody of the dehumanization and commercialization of sex that I've always wanted. I've been waiting for someone of Palahniuk's caliber and sense of humor to write something about sex and I was pleased Palahniuk's focus was on the pornography industry. He takes us into a very intimate look on how porn goddesses are made and coveted, and the men who lose themselves in the fantasies and fet ...more
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Five stars, because it gives you everything you'd want in a Palahniuk book. No child is left behind.

Think of this book the Oedipus myth, filtered through the worldview of Philip Larkin and the grossout slapstick of Jackass.

What the hell is with the brown ink?! Were they out of...out of lemon juice?! I'm sorry, but this is an annoyance on par with the invisotext (click and roll cursor to highlight the spoilers!) that was all the rage your livejournal blog circa 2002.

The book
Timothy Urges
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sick sense of humor required.

Six hundred men and one woman are on a mission to set a record. Three of the men have personal missions (and emissions).

Read it if you like the ridiculous.
Ramya (Idea Smith)
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I picked this one up, having loved Fight Club and wondering whether Chuck Palahniuk would turn out to be a one-book wonder.

The blurb implies that the story will be about the porn industry. Cassie Wright, pornstar is out to set a record by having continuous sex with 600 different men on camera. The story shifts between the vantage views of three of the men crowded into that green room - Nos.37, 137 and 600 as well as Sheila, the assistant/wrangler who decides who goes in what order.

Sex, such an i
Hertzan Chimera
Sep 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of LULLABY and CHOKE
Recommended to Hertzan by: my conscience
SNUFF (Chuck Palahniuk) was a definite improvement over his last two book DIARY and HAUNTED, I loved LULLABY, SURVIVOR and CHOKE.

And SNUFF was often-times more laugh-out-loud funny than CHOKE and that's saying something. This book finally shows the maturing of Palahniuk's factual-anecdote-over-driving-storyline narrative style. He has gathered together some of the most bitter and twisted character in history into the basement of a 600-man-1-woman porn shoot. The right and only place for such Fr
Diana Gangan
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, fiction
Don't watch porn. Read Palahniuk. It's filthier, you'll see. Filthier but brilliant. True fact.
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a disaster. I don't understand why this book exists at all. I don't know why it was published, why anyone thought it would be a good idea, and why I bothered to read it.

This is the first time in my life a book has made me question reading. It made me question why we read and why people write. If this is the kind of stuff being published, why do I read. I get nothing from this. No benefit and no education. I don't know why reading and writing has become such a big industry when this
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chuck Palahniuk fans. Fans of Boogie Nights.
Shelves: humor, s-e-x
As a Chuck Palahniuk fan, I was disappointed. It's got all the usual elements of a Chuck P. novel. Dark humor, gross material, oddball characters, and plenty of plot twists, but it's a let down after the superior Haunted and Rant.

It's very short. In fact, a shorter version might have made a great story in Haunted. And after the mind bending sci-fi of Rant, it seems like a far less ambitious novel. It's not bad, but it reads like something that Palahniuk did as a side project while working on som
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transgressive, 2019
A still bankable pornstar slowly inching past her prime goes for one last shot at fame. She's got 600 guys primed to run a train on her in a magnum opus that will decidedly break smut records, aptly entitled World Whore Three: The Whore To End All Whores. If she's going out, she's gonna do so with a (gang)bang. And in a production of this scale with so much hanging in the balance, can murder be far behind? The reasonable answer to that is "prolly not", but this is a bonkers Palahniuk book, so ye ...more
Okay, I can't jump on the Snuff hate train. This wasn't the best book, but it's really not a bad offering at all.

Basic premise - an aging porn star goes for one last hurrah - a 600 man gang bang. However, many of the people involved, including the aging starlet herself, think that this last movie just might kill her.

The author let's us into the thoughts of the men standing in line for the movie and into the thoughts of one of the production people. These are very damaged people - one might say e
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointment

Awww too bad, I really loved Fight club and I was really looking forward to find some grit in this novel, sadly all I’ve read were a parody of porn titles and porn slangs that made me uncomfortable but I must say that it’s a bold move for Chuck Palahniuk to write a novel about Porn.

“Six hundred dudes. One porn queen. A world record for the ages. A must-have movie for every discerning collector of things erotic.”

Yes that’s right!!! I must say the premise really caught me. To write about how the
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one is about as palatable as purple buttercream veins on a Devils food cake erection.

Everybody loves Cassie. Who wouldn’t love the star of movie mega hits such as Good Will Humping and Emergency Room Backdoor Dog Pile? Plus, 600 dudes later, she is about to make a world record for the ages. The problem is, it just may kill her. That’s the plan anyway.

First off, I like Palahniuk…usually. This was definitely not my favorite of his, but a friend of mine gave me the audio book so I thought I wo
This was solidly stuck between a 2- and a 3-star experience, but instead of opting to write a longer review touching more on what Palahniuk might have done with the book, I'm bumping it up to 3 stars and using that half-star raise to excuse myself from a long review. You read enough Chuck and it all starts to feel like a formula. He's like the Tarantino of transgressive novels. Chooses edgy subject matter, highlights contradictions inherent in contemporary life and capitalism, digresses every 8 ...more
Jeannette Nikolova


This book is demented. I mean... I would hate to be in Chuck's actual head for even a second, considering the kind of stories he can come up with.
I'm not going to be a hypocrite, the book kept me turning the pages, I was as interested as I was shocked that I'm actually reading such a book.
Surely, Snuff is not really a book I'm going to mention in a conversation about books, much less verbally admit to being interested.

I was pretty sure what happened with Mr.
My love of Chuck Palahniuk is a well documented fact. One need look no further than my other Goodreads reviews to tell that I possess a deep love of the massively fucked up things that come flying from Chuckie P’s pages in every book. From the tongue-in-cheek criticisms of 21st humanity- our love of celebrity, beauty and glamour and the incredibly insane and obscene things we do to maintain these things- to the bitter nihilism that fairly seeps from every page, Palahniuk is an author that speaks ...more
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