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« on: 12 Aug 2005, 00:15 »

has anyone else actually felt physically ill from reading this?
im not usually squeamish...but i had to get off the bus for fear of vomiting on people.
i feel weird for avoiding a book..its not like its msg or something.

i guess the real problem is is that as a psuedo med student ive seen the large intestine of a human.
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« Reply #1 on: 12 Aug 2005, 13:50 »

That part wasn't so bad, Baroness Frostbite's backstory was horrifying. Still, a great book. Choke or Invisible Monsters is still my favorite, though.
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« Reply #2 on: 13 Aug 2005, 00:25 »

I just picked up this book; I like how the stories could stand on their own easily, although I kind of wish his characters would voice themselves differently. Like, you know it's Chuck Palanhiuk writing, and although he's writing from the perspective of a character you recognize stuff like when he says "These _______. These _________." It annoys the hell out of me.

But otherwise, I'm digging Haunted. "Guts" never bothered me that much; so far, Lady Baglady's story has made me feel the most uncomfortable.

Whatever you do, though, don't read Lullaby. It just kind of sits there and tries to shock you on occasion.
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« Reply #3 on: 13 Aug 2005, 01:12 »

Ugg, I wish this guy was not from my city.
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« Reply #4 on: 13 Aug 2005, 01:14 »

I don't remember that one offhand. which one's that?
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« Reply #5 on: 13 Aug 2005, 03:59 »

You Americans and your crazy stuff I've never heard of. ALTHOUGH, now I remember where I heard the name from, does 'Guts' involve a swimming pool cleaner?

Shock writing can be fun. I enjoy Iain Banks horror, especially The Wasp Factory. Some awful, awful, awful moments. Animal mutilation, congenitally deformed babies, maggots and the whole thing is written from the perspective of a totally deranged teenaged serial killer (although he claims that killing people is 'a phase he grew out of')

The double twist ending is also grotesquely bizarre.
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« Reply #6 on: 13 Aug 2005, 08:51 »

Yea, khar. that's the same story.
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« Reply #7 on: 13 Aug 2005, 23:24 »

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I don't remember that one offhand. which one's that?

Which, Baglady's? Baglady's is the one where the rich people go slumming and start winding up dead. Of course, I hadn't read Sister Vigilante's yet; now that was disquieting.

Lullaby, if that's what you were referring to, is the novel where the guy learns this African culling song, which was a chant used to calm people's souls to send them to the afterlife. Yes, a bunch of people wind up dead. Voila.
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« Reply #8 on: 14 Aug 2005, 11:42 »

I was referring to baglady's. No, that one wasn't so bad, you just wait for Countess Frostbite's story. I still shiver a little thinking about that story.
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« Reply #9 on: 15 Aug 2005, 13:53 »

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Whatever you do, though, don't read Lullaby. It just kind of sits there and tries to shock you on occasion.

I was going to say, that's the only work of his I've read, and it put me off ever reading anything else by him.
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« Reply #10 on: 16 Aug 2005, 15:34 »

Actually probably half of the people in this forum have seen something of Chuck Palahniuk's, since Fight Club was based off his book (aptly named, Fight Club).

Awesome book, too, by the way.  Good movie, as well.
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« Reply #11 on: 17 Aug 2005, 04:56 »

after finishing the rest of the book, all i can say is i love the cooking ass fat 'butter' pun, and how every time cooked body parts were mentioned they were buttery.
but also, after guts none of the stories stuck with me as much.
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« Reply #12 on: 22 Aug 2005, 14:25 »

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Ooh, I listened to a recording of Guts. Didn't bug me that much. Most likely because I could pause if I felt ill.


I really enjoyed guts.  He did a reading in toronto and I heard him.  It was very gory.
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« Reply #13 on: 23 Aug 2005, 01:13 »

Did he do like scaaaaaaaary hand gestures and stuff? Because that's the mental image I had, and it makes me laugh.
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« Reply #14 on: 23 Aug 2005, 06:10 »

hahaha a bit.  He threw stuff at us as well.  I think it was like plastic steak and plastic intestines.  That kind of cheapened the moment.  A few people had to leave during the reading though.
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« Reply #15 on: 23 Aug 2005, 11:01 »

Hahahaha. I hope he wanted to cheapen the moment, because who throws steak seriously?
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