Monday, May 7, 2012


I started the newest Chuck Palahniuk book Damned awhile ago and then got a little busy with some other stuff (that means I just wanted to sit around and watch TV).  On the plane I finished the book (and actually started another one and just about finished it, but neither here nor there).  It was pretty damn good, but this is the second time that he has ended one of his books with a cliffhanger.

The book is a combination between The Breakfast Club (it has the same types of characters) and the Judy Blume novel:  Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret.  Each chapter starts with Madison talking to Satan and then expands from there.  Madison is the main character and she is the rich of two of the biggest movie stars on the planet.  She happens to think she died from a marijuana overdose. 

The story goes from learning about the way Hell works, to the change in Madison, to a huge revelation (which is normal for a Palahniuk book).


-Did anyone else think that Chuck was making fun of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie a little bit with his portrayal of Madison's parents?
-The part where Satan reveals that Madison is just a creation of his was pretty insane.  I really thought the big reveal would be how she died.  Not that she would go on to conquer most of Hell with an army and then meet Satan, who turns out to be the first person she met.  The idea that you are not real is very much in the vein of Fight Club.
-Also, since she is wrongfully in Hell, yet she has helped condemn a bunch of people to Hell, does that mean she is no longer fit for Heaven?  Anyone else have any predictions on what will happen?

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