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Chuck Palahniuk’s world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. In his first collection of nonfiction, Chuck Palahniuk brings us into this world, and gives us a glimpse of what inspires his fiction.

 

At the Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival in Missoula, Montana, average people perform public sex acts on an outdoor stage. In a mansion once occupied by The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson reads his own Tarot cards and talks sweetly to his beautiful actress girlfriend. Across the country, men build their own full-size castles and rocketships that will send them into space. Palahniuk himself experiments with steroids, works on an assembly line by day and as a hospice volunteer by night, and experiences the brutal murder of his father by a white supremacist. With this new direction, Chuck Palahniuk has proven he can do anything.

BONUS: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Chuck Palahniuk's Doomed. 

Published: VintageAnchor an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Jun 10, 2004
ISBN: 9780307275035
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A collection of Chuck's non-fiction, not as good or out there as his fiction but still contained some interesting and amusing observations. Some of the stories didn't hold my interest as they weren't on a subject interesting to me, most notably one on wrestling. But, its still Chuck and any fan will appreciate a different type of work from him and a sort of clue as to why he writes what and how he does.read more
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good collection. provides a nice vacation from his novels.read more
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Being an avid Chuck reader, I couldn't pass this book up. With that being said, I was pretty disappointed. The stories are factual and they are pretty dull in comparison to his novels. He picks a few interesting stories from his life or the life of celebs but I don't think the writing style works as well as it does in his novels. I would say half the stories in this book are worth reading... so it's up to you if you want to spend the money for half a Chuck book?read more
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A mixed bag this collection. Palahniuk's journalist pieces are fairly boring to be honest. He offers no commentary on the events covered, instead letting them speak for themselves. Yet the matters involved are a little too self-evident and as a result these pieces read as nothing more than bland reporting.The interview section is a lot better and Palahniuk illuminates some interesting characters in a surprising manner. The personal section of the book is equally good. Sure, one can't believe all of Palahniuk's self-hype, but there are some very good short pieces here and it's well worth reading overall.read more
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I liked the Hollywood-type stories less than I thought I would, but the essays on writing really grabbed me. Also, his no-nonsense, "I was there" approach to his odd surroundings really bring out the stories and don't make him seem egotistical or trying to promote himself over his subjects. A quick, fun read.read more
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Fans of Palahniuk will find this collection significantly more subdued than his fiction, but equally as gripping.A comment in the critical quotes, which mentions that this is one of the few nonfiction collections to be united by a single, coherent theme, is spot-on, and makes the collection as compulsively readable as his novels. Palahniuk proves here that he is an enormously gifted storyteller, with a friendly, nonjudgmental voice that begs to be read.Recommended, even for those too wary to read his fictional works.read more
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Some great stories in here, like the ones about keeping perspective by being a hospice volunteer and letting an interviewee asking her own questions. Although varying in quality.read more
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Stranger Than Fiction was indeed a strange one. One of only two nonfiction books by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, this collection of previously published and personal stories are about as off-beat as one could expect from Palahniuk. Topics run the gamut from the author's dabbling in steroids, guys who build and live in real castles, an interview with Marilyn Manson, and anything else you might imagine. Of particular interest to me was the piece about Navy submariners in King's Bay, GA. A nice, quick, bizarre read.read more
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A little spooky, especially the front cover which you'll understand once you read it. Makes a Palahniuk reader make more sense of what kind of a person could write Fight Club or his other books. This is a set of smaller stories, kind of like REM's Dead Letter Office LP. The one story about the dog finding victims was pretty upsetting...don't read this if you are emotionally affected by some gruesomeness.read more
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I really enjoy Palahniuk so I decided to pick some of his short essays. Nothing special here though. I like his novels more than his journalistic approach towards writing.read more
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thi book was great! i loved how all the stories were true and i could almost relate to all of them! I did not know palahnuik had such a dark past withhis father brought a lot of insight to the author!read more
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I was leant this (unrequested) by a friend, and have to admit to having no real enthusiasm when I started. I tried to be as open-minded as possible (honest) but find it really hard to muster any positive opinions about this book. Palahniuk is drowning in contraversialism. His essays are, presumably, supposed to be vignettes of modern american life in all its colour and shapes, but they are bottom-of-the-barrell scraping meaningless pieces with little context or subtext. It is like reading Hunter S. Thompson without the politics (or the humour). The reader is presumably supposed to be impressed with the sheer weirdness of some of the people Palahniuk writes about, because without the contraversialism these are poorly written, paper thin and pointless essays.read more
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Stranger than fiction moves outside of Palahniuk's normal literary fiction genre as a publication of collected personal stories and articles written by Palahniuk for magazine articles. While it did not prove to be as outlandishly strange as I expected, it proved to be something even warmer and more endearing than I would have imagined possible based on Palhniuk's novels, all the while he manages to keep the dark humor that at times made me laugh out loud.Prior to reading Stranger than Fiction I had always regarded Plahniuk's work in some sort of literature limbo. Something more than pulp, yet somehow something less than literary. This is not to say I do not love his works. I have two other unread Palahniuk novels that I refuse to pick up. There are only so many of his works available, and new Palaniuk experiences are not to be squandered frivolously. It is just that I did not know where or how to classify them within the spectrum if written material. With my reading of Stranger than Fiction I now have no doubt that his works are those of a literary writer.Imagine a small farming town, where the residents have an annual combine tractor crash derby. What types of images come to mind? Palahniuk includes a story on just such an event held each year in Washington, and the intimate portrait he paints of the event is simply amazing. It takes on a gritty and truthful level of realism, where people are not poor caricatures of small town rednecks. It is a portrait of competent hard working people who come together to escape the vicissitudes of a hard farming life.Another article contains the stories of some of the personalities involved in a set of wrestling matches held to win spots for an Olympic trial. In my mind I always had some dim and disdainful view of what Greco-Roman wrestling was, and I am sure that most other people have some similarly stereo-typed views of it. After reading Palahniuk's story however, I know I will never view wrestling the same way again. There is something there far deeper than I imagined. Something that is both tragic and in some ways inpspiring, and it took him giving it a face for me to recognize it.The stories cover oddities such as the combine derby, interviews and profiles of both famous and unknown people, and personal stories from Palahniuk's past. Each one has that same intimate personal feel. The interviews especially impressed me as they are not just a set of cheap question and answers. Palahniuk spends time with the interviewee, then tells a story that makes you feel as though you were sitting in the room with them experiencing their lives, not some outsider peering into someone's life picking over a pile of facts or pre-canned facades. They are masterful displays of his writing talent.If you are not familiar with Palahniuk's works, or only know of him from the movie adaptation of Fight Club, pick up his novels and start reading them today. If you follow his works but have not yet read Stranger than Fiction pick it up today. My only suggestion is that you should not sit down and read it all at once. Each story is like a rich dessert, and they should be savored one at a time and spread out through other readings rather than gobbling them up all at once.read more
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I love Chuck Palahniuk's work, but this foray into the truly real didn't quite work for me. He's always been great at displaying true life with a bit of an edge. And while I know this is a series of non-fictional essays I felt I was missing that voice. The first part 'People Together' was actually rather enjoyable. It was very in your face of some of the just general weirdness that is people in groups and what they can do. 'Portraits' was kind of just...filler. I've never been one to be overly excited about the lives of celebrities. I am more than aware that under their make up that they are humans living real lives. It just seemed unnecessary. The last part, 'Personal' I really wish I could have liked. I know he was putting some of himself out there...but it just seemed rushed and hurried, which according to what he said about pushing the deadline with it, I believe might be true. Overall....it was a nice read. There were some things I enjoyed. But it wasn't quite what I was wanting or expecting.read more
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With this collection of short stories, Chuck Palahniuk manages to find the dark underbelly of America, specifically the Pacific Northwest, and express it in stories about seemingly common events. Palahniuk covers a wide range of topics and introduces us to wrestlers, body builders, and men who build their own stone castles. In addition to some stories about him and when Fight Club was released, all these stories could have happened anywhere. They all seem normal on the surface but turn darker after a closer inspection. Palahniuk has said that most of his characters and plot lines come from actual people and events and this book makes it easy to see why.read more
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Sort of good if you like Palahnuik fiction. I dunno at times I enjoyed it, but it sorta became a chore and reminded me why collections of essay are not meant to be read front to back. Which I tried to do with this. About 3 times. It held me up when I could've been reading something else. So I dunno. I think its one of those 'it's not you, it's me' situations. Palahnuik seems like a fun guy to hang out with, not a shut in stuffy type. (Thinking about that, I bumped it up to 3 stars from 2 1/2)read more
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One of the amazing things about Chuck Palahniuk is the amount of research the man does and the love he shows for any interesting real life tale that comes his way. Every single chapter of this book could have been a Palahniuk novel, all of it made better by the fact that none of it is fictional which is funny because I'm usually grateful that large chunks of what this author writes is fictional. Fascinating stuff.read more
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Not as good as his previous works, I found this book not living up to my expectations. I would not recommend this book to Palahniuk's newbies.read more
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A collection of Chuck's non-fiction, not as good or out there as his fiction but still contained some interesting and amusing observations. Some of the stories didn't hold my interest as they weren't on a subject interesting to me, most notably one on wrestling. But, its still Chuck and any fan will appreciate a different type of work from him and a sort of clue as to why he writes what and how he does.
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good collection. provides a nice vacation from his novels.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Being an avid Chuck reader, I couldn't pass this book up. With that being said, I was pretty disappointed. The stories are factual and they are pretty dull in comparison to his novels. He picks a few interesting stories from his life or the life of celebs but I don't think the writing style works as well as it does in his novels. I would say half the stories in this book are worth reading... so it's up to you if you want to spend the money for half a Chuck book?
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A mixed bag this collection. Palahniuk's journalist pieces are fairly boring to be honest. He offers no commentary on the events covered, instead letting them speak for themselves. Yet the matters involved are a little too self-evident and as a result these pieces read as nothing more than bland reporting.The interview section is a lot better and Palahniuk illuminates some interesting characters in a surprising manner. The personal section of the book is equally good. Sure, one can't believe all of Palahniuk's self-hype, but there are some very good short pieces here and it's well worth reading overall.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I liked the Hollywood-type stories less than I thought I would, but the essays on writing really grabbed me. Also, his no-nonsense, "I was there" approach to his odd surroundings really bring out the stories and don't make him seem egotistical or trying to promote himself over his subjects. A quick, fun read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Fans of Palahniuk will find this collection significantly more subdued than his fiction, but equally as gripping.A comment in the critical quotes, which mentions that this is one of the few nonfiction collections to be united by a single, coherent theme, is spot-on, and makes the collection as compulsively readable as his novels. Palahniuk proves here that he is an enormously gifted storyteller, with a friendly, nonjudgmental voice that begs to be read.Recommended, even for those too wary to read his fictional works.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Some great stories in here, like the ones about keeping perspective by being a hospice volunteer and letting an interviewee asking her own questions. Although varying in quality.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Stranger Than Fiction was indeed a strange one. One of only two nonfiction books by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, this collection of previously published and personal stories are about as off-beat as one could expect from Palahniuk. Topics run the gamut from the author's dabbling in steroids, guys who build and live in real castles, an interview with Marilyn Manson, and anything else you might imagine. Of particular interest to me was the piece about Navy submariners in King's Bay, GA. A nice, quick, bizarre read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A little spooky, especially the front cover which you'll understand once you read it. Makes a Palahniuk reader make more sense of what kind of a person could write Fight Club or his other books. This is a set of smaller stories, kind of like REM's Dead Letter Office LP. The one story about the dog finding victims was pretty upsetting...don't read this if you are emotionally affected by some gruesomeness.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I really enjoy Palahniuk so I decided to pick some of his short essays. Nothing special here though. I like his novels more than his journalistic approach towards writing.
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thi book was great! i loved how all the stories were true and i could almost relate to all of them! I did not know palahnuik had such a dark past withhis father brought a lot of insight to the author!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I was leant this (unrequested) by a friend, and have to admit to having no real enthusiasm when I started. I tried to be as open-minded as possible (honest) but find it really hard to muster any positive opinions about this book. Palahniuk is drowning in contraversialism. His essays are, presumably, supposed to be vignettes of modern american life in all its colour and shapes, but they are bottom-of-the-barrell scraping meaningless pieces with little context or subtext. It is like reading Hunter S. Thompson without the politics (or the humour). The reader is presumably supposed to be impressed with the sheer weirdness of some of the people Palahniuk writes about, because without the contraversialism these are poorly written, paper thin and pointless essays.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Stranger than fiction moves outside of Palahniuk's normal literary fiction genre as a publication of collected personal stories and articles written by Palahniuk for magazine articles. While it did not prove to be as outlandishly strange as I expected, it proved to be something even warmer and more endearing than I would have imagined possible based on Palhniuk's novels, all the while he manages to keep the dark humor that at times made me laugh out loud.Prior to reading Stranger than Fiction I had always regarded Plahniuk's work in some sort of literature limbo. Something more than pulp, yet somehow something less than literary. This is not to say I do not love his works. I have two other unread Palahniuk novels that I refuse to pick up. There are only so many of his works available, and new Palaniuk experiences are not to be squandered frivolously. It is just that I did not know where or how to classify them within the spectrum if written material. With my reading of Stranger than Fiction I now have no doubt that his works are those of a literary writer.Imagine a small farming town, where the residents have an annual combine tractor crash derby. What types of images come to mind? Palahniuk includes a story on just such an event held each year in Washington, and the intimate portrait he paints of the event is simply amazing. It takes on a gritty and truthful level of realism, where people are not poor caricatures of small town rednecks. It is a portrait of competent hard working people who come together to escape the vicissitudes of a hard farming life.Another article contains the stories of some of the personalities involved in a set of wrestling matches held to win spots for an Olympic trial. In my mind I always had some dim and disdainful view of what Greco-Roman wrestling was, and I am sure that most other people have some similarly stereo-typed views of it. After reading Palahniuk's story however, I know I will never view wrestling the same way again. There is something there far deeper than I imagined. Something that is both tragic and in some ways inpspiring, and it took him giving it a face for me to recognize it.The stories cover oddities such as the combine derby, interviews and profiles of both famous and unknown people, and personal stories from Palahniuk's past. Each one has that same intimate personal feel. The interviews especially impressed me as they are not just a set of cheap question and answers. Palahniuk spends time with the interviewee, then tells a story that makes you feel as though you were sitting in the room with them experiencing their lives, not some outsider peering into someone's life picking over a pile of facts or pre-canned facades. They are masterful displays of his writing talent.If you are not familiar with Palahniuk's works, or only know of him from the movie adaptation of Fight Club, pick up his novels and start reading them today. If you follow his works but have not yet read Stranger than Fiction pick it up today. My only suggestion is that you should not sit down and read it all at once. Each story is like a rich dessert, and they should be savored one at a time and spread out through other readings rather than gobbling them up all at once.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I love Chuck Palahniuk's work, but this foray into the truly real didn't quite work for me. He's always been great at displaying true life with a bit of an edge. And while I know this is a series of non-fictional essays I felt I was missing that voice. The first part 'People Together' was actually rather enjoyable. It was very in your face of some of the just general weirdness that is people in groups and what they can do. 'Portraits' was kind of just...filler. I've never been one to be overly excited about the lives of celebrities. I am more than aware that under their make up that they are humans living real lives. It just seemed unnecessary. The last part, 'Personal' I really wish I could have liked. I know he was putting some of himself out there...but it just seemed rushed and hurried, which according to what he said about pushing the deadline with it, I believe might be true. Overall....it was a nice read. There were some things I enjoyed. But it wasn't quite what I was wanting or expecting.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
With this collection of short stories, Chuck Palahniuk manages to find the dark underbelly of America, specifically the Pacific Northwest, and express it in stories about seemingly common events. Palahniuk covers a wide range of topics and introduces us to wrestlers, body builders, and men who build their own stone castles. In addition to some stories about him and when Fight Club was released, all these stories could have happened anywhere. They all seem normal on the surface but turn darker after a closer inspection. Palahniuk has said that most of his characters and plot lines come from actual people and events and this book makes it easy to see why.
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Sort of good if you like Palahnuik fiction. I dunno at times I enjoyed it, but it sorta became a chore and reminded me why collections of essay are not meant to be read front to back. Which I tried to do with this. About 3 times. It held me up when I could've been reading something else. So I dunno. I think its one of those 'it's not you, it's me' situations. Palahnuik seems like a fun guy to hang out with, not a shut in stuffy type. (Thinking about that, I bumped it up to 3 stars from 2 1/2)
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One of the amazing things about Chuck Palahniuk is the amount of research the man does and the love he shows for any interesting real life tale that comes his way. Every single chapter of this book could have been a Palahniuk novel, all of it made better by the fact that none of it is fictional which is funny because I'm usually grateful that large chunks of what this author writes is fictional. Fascinating stuff.
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Not as good as his previous works, I found this book not living up to my expectations. I would not recommend this book to Palahniuk's newbies.
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