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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Rant

Book #25 on my '07 list was Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk.

In Rant, Palahniuk uses an interesting oral biography approach to weave together a story loosely centered around a rabies epidemic, time travel paradoxes, Matrix-style politics and a Death Race 2000-like car crash game. Got all that? The oral biography style is a bit tough to get into, especially with the fifty-plus characters who chime in (none of whom are Buster Casey), but like all Palahniuk novels it's chock full of crisp writing, gross-outs asides, and oh-so-clever ideas. The end result is a book that's a good step up from Haunted, but still on the lower end of the Palahniuk scale. If you're already a Palahniuk fan you'll dig this one, otherwise I'd start with one of his earlier works.

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