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message 1: by Anne (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:12AM) (new)

Anne Michels | 2 comments Hey guys, I've literally read every Palahniuk book, and am curious as to what you guys read other than Chuck. I'm really into Tom Robbins, Vonnegut, Heinlein, and Star Wars books, to name a few. What do you guys suggest? Thanks!

message 2: by Kelly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:12AM) (new)

Kelly | 12 comments Wow, we almost have the exact same taste If you like any comedy writing check out David Sedaris, or for fiction maybe some Michael Chabon. For non fiction I am a big fan of Sarah Vowell or Christopher Hitchens. Have fun!

message 3: by Anne (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:14AM) (new)

Anne Michels | 2 comments Thanks! I am on the way to the library to check out "naked" right now. You aren't the first to suggest it, so maybe I should listen to people!

message 4: by Selena (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:16AM) (new)

Selena (selenacurrently) big vonnegut fan.

have you tried neil gaiman? his books are amazing. and if you haven't... start with american gods.

message 5: by Kelly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:17AM) (new)

Kelly | 12 comments I agree with Selena, American Gods is great! Also try some Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Purfume or Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates were two of my faves.

message 6: by Kelly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:17AM) (new)

Kelly | 12 comments I just realized my pic has me reading Fierce Invalids in it.. lol.. in Jamaica no less!

message 7: by J (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:18AM) (new)

J (notapalindrome) | 1 comments I really need to read more Vonnegut, all I read so far is 'Bluebeard'. I have been really into Philip K. Dick for some reason.

message 8: by Kelly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:18AM) (new)

Kelly | 12 comments Philip K Dick is great too, I've read everything by both him and Vonnegut. For Vonnegut read Cat's Cradle and Sirens of Titan, definitly the best, although I loved Bluebeard too.

message 9: by Juli (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:18AM) (new)

Juli | 3 comments Neil Gaiman is wonderful, and I have been in love with Tom Robbins ever since I was a child. I'm a huge fan of Andrei Codrescu, and I think everyone should be forced to read at least one Bukowski. Novel or poems, doesn't matter. I have long suspected that the world is divided into those who find Bukowski a genius and those who think he is a misogynist pig. So read some, and see where you fall.

message 10: by Carla (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM) (new)

Carla | 1 comments Augusten Burroughs is scathingly funny...

message 11: by Kelly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM) (new)

Kelly | 12 comments Love Augusten Burroughs, every single book.

message 12: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:58AM) (new)

Jennifer | 3 comments I've literally read every Palahniuk book too, and sadly that's the only author I can claim to have followed with such entire enthusiasm. But I'm also fond of Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Magaret Atwood, Lewis Caroll, Hans Christian Anderson, and A. Milne (I realise the last three were children lit authors, but they will always have a special place in my heart).

Alice in Wonderland is always a great book to get lost in, whatever age you are.

Since everyone's suggest Neil Gaiman, may I suggest Alan Moore? Eventhough he writes comics, the storyline differs a little from the V for Vendetta movie; grittier. The Sandman series under Gaiman is also pretty phenomenal.

message 13: by Elizabeth (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:59AM) (new)

Elizabeth | 1 comments Neil Gaiman is awesome. I love American Gods. If you can withstand a lot of grit and sex, but want real quality storytelling and memorable characters, read the Preacher graphic novel series. It is incredible.

message 14: by Silly Hans (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:06PM) (new)

Silly Hans | 1 comments Check out 'Bear v. Shark' by Chris Bachelder. It has the same kind of pop-culture farce as Fight Club. The author is hilariously irreverent.

message 15: by Leslie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:08PM) (new)

Leslie (alabamagrrl) | 2 comments I would recommend Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and if you really like sarcasm, Joe Queenan rules!

message 16: by Kenny (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Kenny | 2 comments Has anyone read the Phineas Poe novels by Will Christopher Baer? I ordered them all a while back after seeing them recommended in The Cult and loved them all. "Penny Dreadful" was definitely the best of the 3, but, as in most trilogies, the 2nd installment generally would be. I also enjoyed Craig Clevenger. "The Contortionist's Handbook" was just decent, but "Dermaphoria" really was quite good.

message 17: by Selena (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:14PM) (new)

Selena (selenacurrently) That's weird - Dermaphoria is usually the one that has the lower rating.

I personally loved the Contortionist's Handbook.

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Richard | 6 comments Chuck is pushing everyone to read "Clown Girl" by Monica Drake. In the last issue of Playboy, he listed it as the best book of the year. He also wrote the Introduction. Has anyone read it?

message 19: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy (trippingbillies) | 1 comments I read Clowngirl and somewhat enjoyed it, if you get a chance check out the Hawthorne Books website, they have alot of diffrent books from up and coming authors, I personally found a few on there that I read. Clowngirl is definitely worth reading if your a Chuck fan.

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Nicholas (nicholas_c_encinias) | 15 comments I love Hunter S. Thompson books.

message 21: by Dominique (new)

Dominique (evilpuppetdenial) | 1 comments You might enjoy Brett Easton ellis, I read most of the authors you've mentioned, and ellis is somewhat similar to Palahniuk, but a but more ... gory. If you haven't read anything by him, I would suggest starting out with either American Pyscho or Less Than Zero.

message 22: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 1 comments I recommend Brett Easton Ellis and Christopher Moore. Also the books Geek Love and Jenny and the Jaws of Life. I think these are in a similiar freaky dark but deep genre

message 23: by Brian (new)

Brian (storyphile) It's been awhile since I read it, but Clown Girl wasn't bad. It had an authenticity to it, and the character struggles with her identity a bit--it fits.

I'd second many of the names I'm seeing, but I don't want to write too long a comment.

I'll also throw out _Apathy and other small vvictories_ by Paul Neilan. Seriously, check out people's reviews and desccriptions of it--it's similar in style of content and characters to Palahniuk's works.

I also really love _Jpod_ by Douglas Coupland, and would recommend it to other Palahniuk readers. I generally like Coupland, but if I could only recommend one, this would be it.

Alright, one more author...I haven't seen Max Barry's name ccome up yet. Read _Syrup_ and then fail to resist his other books.

Whoops, long post anyway, I guess...

message 24: by Steve (new)

Steve | 1 comments when it comes to graphic novels, you can get no more graphic than _schizo_ by ivan brunetti,_peepshow_ by joe matt,_hate!_ by peter bagge, and _eightball_ by dan clowes, all of which is very similar to palahniuks style, all is unsettling to varying degrees, and all very though provoking. also hilarious. disturbing and wonderful at the same time. my first love is comics.

i just read _i am charlotte simmons_ by tom wolfe, a very long novel, but i finished it, which says a lot for the book. uncomfortable on a few levels, but the book sticks with me still.

_timequake_ by vonnegut was interesting, classic scattered vonnegut. _cats cradle_ and _slaughterhouse five_ are must reads. vonnegut was pushed on me by my 10th grade history teacher way back when, and i'll always be grateful for that.

_a singular man_ by j.p. donleavy is worth reading as well, a dated book for sure, but a fun read, recommended by the guitarist in my band.

and thanks for the other suggestions in this thread, i will be checking them out.

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I just posted two reviews of books by Wolfe (Bonfire and Madmen).

Listed below are three "top ten" lists created by CP for various interviews.


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Atlas (boxofpearls) | 4 comments Richard wrote: "Chuck is pushing everyone to read "Clown Girl" by Monica Drake. In the last issue of Playboy, he listed it as the best book of the year. He also wrote the Introduction. Has anyone read it?"

I know this is a bit late of a comment, but I read Monica Drake's Clown Girl, and it is fantastic! I actually read it with low expectations but came out a fan, it was really well written in my opinion. You should read it. Although it is not one of my favorite books, it is still really good and the character could be very much related to. It is just different.

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shana b (missphelps) | 2 comments if you like Chuck because of his sick and twisted humor etcetc, you needneedneeeed to read American Psycho. it's old and sometimes repetitive and gut-wrenching. Still worth it. gogogog.

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Jason (jasondenness) | 21 comments Charles Bukowski and hunter s Thompson couple of my favourite authors.

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Mason Thomas (masonth86) | 3 comments I am all over the map, but I like Douglas Adams, Philip Dick, Bret Easton Ellis, Cormac McCarthy, and Hunter S. Thompson. I like sci-fi and allegories to americanism and capitalism.

I agree with Dominique though, Easton Ellis is probably the closest to Chuck. Ellis I actually is a more demented in his stories in my opinion. Both are fabulous authors though.

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Jason (jasondenness) | 21 comments I have yet to read anything by Ellis, I plan to, just not got round to it yet.

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Bobby Nelson | 3 comments I am reading Nevermind by Edward St Aubyn right now after seeing Bret Easton Ellis recommend it on twitter.

Its not really like Chuck Palahniuk style wise, but it is dark and comedic and really messed up...
It follows one doomed day in the life of this miserable rich family as they prepare for a dinner party.

So if you like messed up things, and dark tones, and satirical-comedy-of-manners-type-stuff, maybe you'll like it too.

message 33: by H.M. (new)

H.M. Crawford (hmcrawford) | 2 comments Hunter S. Thompson, some Vonnegut. Went through a stage of reading classics, so my top ten includes 4 classics, 1 Hunter S Thompson, 1 Vonnegut and 4 Palahniuk. Wish I could read them for the first time all over again.

message 34: by Jules (new)

Jules Hecht | 1 comments Highly recommended the Mistress Erminegard series by R.R. Gilston, especially World Without Safewords.

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