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A Good Place To Start

Fight Club 2
Survivor 2
Diary 1

A Bad Place To Start

Haunted 3
Choke 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Chuck Palahniuk

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UrbaneSpaceman September 2nd, 2006 04:23 AM PST

I read somewhere that Chuck Palahniuk never throws away a piece of information. He has filing cabinets full of miscellaneous trivia at home and will spend rainy afternoons checking, categorising and researching.

It shows in his writing.

This is a good thing by the way. He brings together so many disparate subjects and little snippets of information it is very difficult to ever get bored.

Where to start? I would suggest Survivor. Possibly because it's the first one I ever read, but I would say it is fairly accessible to all.

Heavenly October 15th, 2007 11:55 AM PST

I think any of the first four books would be a good start; they are all amazing. Survivor got me hooked, and Choke is my favorite. Many readers agree that Haunted is Palahniuk's worst fiction. It's certainly weird, and not in a good way, though it has a few excellent stories. I couldn't make it through Stranger Than Fiction.


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