This book was the second I had read of Palahniuk, the first being "Survivor". Just like that book as well as all of his other early works that I would go on to read, they were like nothing I had ever read. They brought humor to subjects that you would never suspect. The characters were bizarre, the plots were even stranger, and of course Chuck likes to add a unique little plot device to each novel (anything from a short reoccurring line to an unusual narrative that runs the length of the book). I found all of his books up to "Haunted" to be thoroughly entertaining, but out of all those books this one stands out more than the rest. "Invisible Monsters" has something about its main character that none of the other books did. Despite her odd circumstances, she was more real to me than any of his other characters. I wish I could put my finger on what exactly it was that gave me that impression, but unfortunately I cannot. All I can say is if you enjoy the typical Palahniuk fanfare but want a little something extra, read this book. You will be glad you did.
Wow! What a book! Another intelligent and twisted story from Palahniuk that I literally couldn't put down. The beginning was slightly confusing since it starts at the end of the story, but it didn't take me long to figure it out and really get into it despite the timeline constantly jumping around. I don't think I fully understood or really liked the book until the last 50 pages since so much of the good stuff is at the end. I can see why Palahniuk's writing isn't for everyone, and why some people might find this book crude, but I loved it. Several chapters were so powerful that I feel like I could take them out of the book and just read them as a stand alone story. My one dislike - if you're going to write something that takes place in Seattle make sure you do your research better first, as there was several specific details that aren't true at all. (IE, the space needle observation deck is not open until midnight, nor is there a store in the top part, or a safety set in case you fall... and if you're coming from the north you wouldn't be passing any "warehouses" to get there.)
This was such a fun read! Though it is entirely unconvincing as a story, if you allow yourself to suspend your disbelief as you read it, the book takes you on one of the best rides money can buy. Chock full of sex, drugs and gender reassignment, this book is a winner.
Palahniuk pulls no punches.
Invisible Monsters tells a rather confusing story of a once beautiful super-model who loses her looks and how she responds to it. Palahniuk continues exploring the themes of mental disorders and self-destruction that we first enjoyed in the book Fight Club. The writing style is intentionally confusing as the narrator continually jumps around in time telling the reader bits and pieces as she feels. This is definitely worth the read, but I think Fight Club is better. Recommended (if you have some comfort with LGBT issues).
Palahniuk's style of writing is absolutely gripping. I found it very hard to put this book down!
Despite the fact that the story jumps around a lot, it was easy to follow.
I would recommend this book to anyone.
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