Snuff

By Chuck Palahniuk

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★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
snezhana sapunkova
A snuff film records an act of murder or death, and based on this grisly premise, Chuck Palahniuk's novel about a would-be-record-breaking porn flick unfolds through the perspectives of three of the actors as they wait their turn.

The setting is gritty and sleazy, as 600 men with numbers embossed in indelible ink on their arms hang around in states of undress waiting to do their deed with porn queen Cassie Wright, while their clothes and belongings are stuffed into paperbags nunbered and lined up against the wall. For some of them, it's about meeting their adult-film idol, for others some screen time for flagging adult film careers, or to be a part of a adult film history, and more bizarrely, a means of connecting with parental lineage.

Each chapter is seen from the perspective of Mr 72, a gangly teen, Mr 137, a has-been actor who was mysteriously axed from a detective series due to a scandal, and Mr 600, a one-time porn king, who feels he's doing an old acquaintance a service in her record-breaking bid. Tucked in-between these narratives are also that of Sheila, the stop-watch girl/wrangler, who cues the men their turn by yelling out their numbers. That they are not called in sequence is of some interest and as unemotionally detached as she is, she does provide a bystander's perspective of the whole enterprise, and the cattle-like treatment as she ushers these groups of men to the main room where camera and lighting crew are there for just another day's work, as she keeps time and shoves each performer out of the room when their time is up.

While this is not one of the author's best, Palahniuk again astounds with his amazing gift of doling out factoids and trivia that lend the writing its non-fictional tone on a topic that is considered taboo and base. What the reader gets is a commentary on the mortal fear of ageing and the desperate need to immortalise ourselves, and the clinical way erotica is made collectible speaks of how sex is just another commodity to be consumed. The surfeit of candy, chips, soda and other snacks littered all over the buffet table for these men to devour as they wait serves as a reward for their one-minute performance. That Cassie Wright, the actress at the heart of all this, is not given a first-person narrative like the others, is perhaps deliberate and Palahniuk's way of furthering his commentary on the fact that she is a commodity, at the end of the day.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
january carroll
I honestly find myself at a loss for words having just completed Snuff.

From someone so brilliant to have written the likes of Survivor and Fight Club, comes.. well, this.

This book reads like a Wikipedia article collection, written by thirteen year old boys still searching for the perfect way to describe someone who masturbates. The incessant factoids about porn, Marilyn Monroe, condoms, the gay community, and cyanide could possibly the the most boring, ineffectual and downright idiotic thing I've read in my entire life.

The description is enticing, but this book downright fails to deliver. Chuck insists on creating as many stupid porn titles as he possibly can, sounding like a rehersal for a Saturday Night Live skit before airing, minus any of the humour. The first couple gain a small chuckle, the rest leave you shaking your head. If I had to read one more name for someone who masturbates, I would have thrown the book across the room - had the hardcover novella deceptively marketed as a full novel not cost an arm and a leg.

The plot is unremarkable in every way, the characters utterly unlikeable and unrelatable. Words are repeated, and I feel sorry for whoever edited this 'work' - they're likely out of a job, from all the akward sentences.

You could see the ending of this novel - minus a small 'twist' in the form of the reality in which the two characters will now have to live - coming from a mile away, though they drag it out through disjointed style that forces you to pick it all apart.

If I have anything positive at all to say about this work - the cover is intriguing. Brings back the Linda Lovelace train of thought.

Here's to hoping Palahniuk delivers something worth reading sooner than later.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
allen grace
The thing I hate about stage plays is that the characters pretty much stay in the same location for the entire play. There's no movement. Sure, some plays do work. Those are usually the ones, like the plays of Oscar Wilde, where the dialogue is so good that you don't care that no one's going anywhere. However, if the dialogue isn't very good, then plays can be a bit of an ordeal. Reading "Snuff" is like watching a bad stage play.

Set almost entirely in the one room, "Snuff" tells the story of three of the 600 men who are waiting to appear in "the greatest porno of all time". That's right, a small number of characters and no movement. I actually had to check to make sure this book hadn't started its life as a play, it read so much like one. As I said previously, plays can be tolerable if the dialogue is good, but the three men really don't have anything worthwhile to say. It's not that the writing is terrible, it's actually more like a series of facts about movie stars, rattled off one after the other - interesting, but if I wanted to know these things, I'd be reading non-fiction, not a novel.

Finally, the title and the blurb of the book are very misleading. Given the book is called "Snuff" and we are told that there are 600 people gathered together to make a porno, I thought that at least a couple of hundred of those people would die in a spectacular and highly comical death scene in the final couple of pages. They don't. No one dies! After reading almost 200 pages, anticipating the finale all the way, I felt ripped-off, and was wondering what the purpose of it all was.

Usually Chuck Palahniuk is great writer, and I gave his last book, "Rant", 5 stars in my review. Nevertheless, "Snuff" is incredibly disappointing, the worst of his books to date, and should be avoided by all but the most dedicated of fans.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jolanta jolanciukas
Not the best Palahniuk book ever but well worth the read. Many people have just dismissed it because of the porn aspect of the story, but it helps make the story. Not for everyone, but Palahniuk never has been for everyone. A good read, but you may feel like talking a shower after.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
karen kimball
Not the usual book I would read but thought I would give it shot. First let me say that this book is very graphic and explicit, so if you are easily offended don't bother reading this. At the time I read this I didn't realized that this was from the author that wrote Fight Club. I found myself laughing as some of the scenes in the book and shaking my head at others thinking I can't believe he just said that. Overall the book is not near as good as Fight Club, but is still and enjoyable read that has a few twist and turns. The book does throw out some interesting facts about everything from the Wizard of Oz to who invented the first sex doll. If you have a warped sense of humor you will like this book, if your looking for a murder mystery then look else where.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
shiela laramore
Kinda like a throw away or give away novel; you read it and pass it on. Enjoyable for those who have strong stomachs and like a component of shock value to their stories. Definitely original; I've never read a book so visceral in terms of sex and pornography as this is from beginning to end. Not much to the story however; a predictable twist, and nothing to be desired or to relate to with any of the characters. Two stars because it will make you grin from time to time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bardley
No one can write utter dysfunction and madness like the master himself. Every time I sit down and open a Palahniuk book I get a bit giddy. I know this book will leave me wondering what just happened but give me one great ride getting there.

Mr. Palahniuk's 8th book, Snuff, tells the tale of Cassie Wright, an aging porn star out to break the mother of all records for the pornography industry. She, in her final role, will sleep with 600 men on film in one shooting.

As you progress through just the beginning of the book you soon realize that no one expects Cassie to live through this, not even Cassie herself.

In the book you read from 3 characters 1st person recounting of them at the shoot. Mr. 72, Mr 137, and Mr. 600. You also get a narration from the days leading up to the shoot and the shoot from Cassie's personal assistant, Shelia.

Mr. 72 believes he is Cassie's son she gave up for adoption after she conceived him during her first adult movie, Mr. 137 is an out of work actor who lost his show due to a gay film he had made, and Mr. 600 is the co-star and believed father of Cassie's child.

Don't worry, it's as messed up as it sounds, but not in the ways you are thinking.

I can't say much more about the book without this review being a spoiler, which I refuse to do in any capacity for any book. Just know that if you enjoyed Palahniuk's other works you know what to expect from this one.

You're not going to have a clue what hit you.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sarah olsen
All of Palahniuk's books are very strange, and this one is no exception. Definitely a weird book, but if you're a fan of Palahniuk it's worth a read.

Characters

The book follows four characters, #600, #72, #137, and Sheila. The first three characters are men waiting to take part in an adult film and Sheila is the person organizing everything in the film.

Setting

The book takes place backstage at a porn shoot, yeah, you read that right.

Plot

The best synopsis of the plot I can give without spoiling too much about the story is what the back of the book says. Porn star Cassie Wright wants to end her career with a bang, by breaking the record for serial fornication by having sex with 600 men, one of whom may want to kill her. The book follows three of those men as they wait their turns to "perform." This is a very weird idea that could really only have come from Palahniuk.

Enjoyment

This book is weird, disturbing, and at times very funny with the names of porn titles Palahniuk mentions as well as some other quips that characters make throughout the book.

Overall Grade

A very strange read that fans of Palahniuk should enjoy.

7/10

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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
konrad kiss
I just finished Snuff, and it was a kooky ride. I'm not quite sure I even got all of it, but what I did get was entertaining, and slightly weird. I really enjoyed the four different points of view in the story, and how it kept switching back and forth while still moving the story forward. It reminded me of those novels that are entirely based on emails or something interesting like that. And I sympathized with all the characters. The story itself - a woman trying to break a world record at a porn movie shoot - didn't do much for me, but I did enjoy not knowing what was going to happen, and the various little twists. It was definitely an entertaining read.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
zach bohannon
Reading Chuck Palahniuk's novels have convinced me of one simple fact: that ever since Fight Club, ol' Chuck is coasting.

Snuff tells the story of a come-back-seeking porno actress trying to break the world group-sex record, as told by the 600 men waiting off-camera to screw her. Now Fight Club was and remains one of the most brilliant books I've ever read, but the disjointed narrative style, repetition, disaffected characters, and aggressive violence that served that book so well have frankly flopped in his other work. Instead we are left with a gross and simple little story. Gross in the childish way where the point is to shock the reader but too immature to be effective or engaging. Group sex is naughty. Peeing on a floor where people walk on bare feet is gross. Guzzling ranch dip, scooping it up with the same chip every time, is something mommy would never let us do.

On a structural level, Palahniuk makes his characters all sound the same. They all say "true fact" and they all like to listlessly recount pornographic and cinematic trivia to anyone trying to hold a conversation. The plot is singular (the entire book is just a bunch of people waiting around in the same room), the twist at the end isn't that consequential, and the end, well, isn't. I will say that the premise is decently interesting as are the various "true fact" stories the Palahniuk tells through his characters. Snuff is the kind of book that can easily be put down and resumed, but all and all really isn't worth your time.

Toss it.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
quandong
Let's face it: sex sells. That's the reason Cassie, the porn queen in SNUFF, is making a film wherein she tries to "shag" 600 guys in order to break a record. It's also the reason I bought the book. Well, that and the fact that I enjoy Palahniuk's dark humor as a guilty pleasure like a good episode of Melrose Place - The Third Season. With that said, I was pleasantly surprised by the way the novel played out. The novel wasn't about the 600 men - er, shagging--the porn queen. It was primarily about a handful of the 600 guys in the waiting room, their connections to Cassie, and their desire to be something/someone better than who they are at that very moment. Furthermore, as the novel progressed, each chapter was told from a different person's point of view. It was a bit of a challenge at first to keep everyone straight (especially since the guys were known only as their number in line), but once you got into the story more and could distinguish each character, it became interesting and intriguing.

SNUFF also gave me some insight into the porn industry, including terms, and I thank Palahniuk for the research he did. More than that, I see somebody must have gotten Palahniuk The Big Book of Filth: 6500 Sex Slang Words and Phrases for his birthday one year. He scattered every word he could for masturbation throughout the entire book.

To sum up my brief book review, I was entertained reading SNUFF. It was a quick, enjoyable read (for those not faint-of-heart) on my flights to and from Vegas and I loved the crazy twist ending. It made me giggle as only someone with an equally sick sense of humor could. SNUFF definitely came from the same mind as the novel Invisible Monsters and the short story "Guts" (featured in Haunted: A Novel). I'd recommend it if you're looking for something "light" yet heavy with dark humor.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
melissa conrad
I am not sure what to say about this book. Crass, funny, strange. It works. Horrified, I liked it. Unsure of what rating to give it, I have to go with a five since I finished and enjoyed it, on the whole. The language is deplorable. The scenery horrific. That is why it works. Jarring and unreal.

Since this is my first book for this author, I reserve the right to wait and read anther one before I decide never to pick up another of his books. No one can be that popular over one book. Because he is interesting, I will read more of his work.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
hector
i adore getting my hands on any palahniuk book that comes my way. i was so excited to read snuff, and it was certainly a page turner! i finished the book so quickly - the pacing was quick and kept me reading more to find out what would happen next. really enjoyed reading it, but in the end it was like an average porn - relatively entertaining while you watch it, but ultimately leaves you wanting more. i was expecting something along the lines of Invisible Monsters: A Novel and i was disappointed. still deals with the emptiness inside everyone, still very fun, but lacking the feeling of satisfaction in the end.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
treena
I hate to be mean to authors because they're giving it their best (or at least I hope so), but this book made me feel like Palahniuk is just writing because it's his job. It wasn't a gripping tale like Fight Club or even Diary, and it was only 180 pages so it's only entertaining for a day. He throws a lot of gross descriptions in the book for filler, like how the floor is covered in sex goo, and that's about all you get out of it besides a twisted love triangle between the guys in the waiting room and the porn star.

All in all, if you want a great story, pick up Diary, Survivor, or especially Fight Club, but you can pass this one up unless you absolutely have to read all of Palahniuk's works.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
erika reed
Cassie Wright is an aging porn star who wants to end her career with a bang. Literally. She wants to sleep with 600 men in what would be last film. Mr. 600, as in the 600th man, has known Cassie throughout her career. They share a past, and he may or may not have impregnated her during one of their films. Mr. 72 is a young adopted man anxious to meet Cassie. Mr. 137 is a C-list TV actor in desperate need to revive his dwindling career. Then there's Sheila, the "buffer," someone who has entered Cassie's life with unknown motives. Cassie might die during the making of this film. Not a long stretch. After all, the aforementioned four characters have more than enough reasons to want her gone...

This novel is quite disturbing. At first, it strikes me as a little boring. You get all of the characters' POVs and so on. However, things get riveting as the novel reaches its climax (so to speak). The constant namedropping of porn movie titles is hilarious. You also get a lot of back story on real-life porn stars, especially those who committed suicide. I have never read Chuck Plahniuk before. He is very much praised for his dark and surprising novels. I watched The Fight Club, but never read the book. Somehow I knew I'd enjoy reading his books. I thought I'd start with the less likable book and work my way there. This is a great book. I have picked up Haunted and look forward to reading it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brigit
An over-the-hill porn star wants to go out with a (gang) bang, so arranges for a world record effort with 600 stout and hearty fellows, brave and true. A few of this cast of hundreds are there for more than their allotted 60 seconds of, ah, contact with the legend. She has deep ulterior motives, as do each of the featured characters, and all of their twisted narratives come together in the concluding pages.

Someone is supposed to die as this event climaxes, and most of the folks know it, although their perceptions of the who, when and how don't quite match up. The plans go a bit off the rails, and everyone gets more or less what they deserve.

The main characters certainly have had enough of the world, with what they have made of it, with their fortunes having turned on single instances and bad choices, in this case almost all of them sexual. Most everyone is ragingly bitter and resentful, untrue and self-serving, bent on rectifying only their problems, regardless of effects on others. The story runs on damaged adults hurting others, intentionally and instinctively, out of selfishness and revenge, or even to manufacture a more compatible companion. It's about the need for fame, the need for redemption, the resentment of future lost, and the clawing need to retain one's perceived best position, all taking place in arena of porn, the "...job you only take after you abandon all hope."

This is not a novel about the sex industry, but there is some behind-the-scenes detail. Palahniuk's detailed portrait of the washed-up porn star Miss Cassie Wright is not as complete and detailed as I had anticipated. I don't know why, but every time I pictured her, a strange combination of Kitten Natividad and Lisa DeLeeuw came to mind. Ah, but I digress. She is more or less the central character, at least that around which all others and the main story revolve, but I was a tad disappointed in that we didn't get more from her. Much of this was necessary for plot purposes, but I thought we'd get a bit more inside her head, and hear a bit more about what Palahniuk has observed about the porn experience. Cassie is a treasure trove of obscure Hollywood factoids, though, all of them thoroughly fun and enlightening.

And Palahniuk has observed; he slips in what appears to me to be his description of things that come to him, "...a remarkably rarefied set of facts for anyone to reference offhand." It was obvious even in Fight Club with the details about automobile recalls that Palahniuk is a collector of slices of divergent existence and uncommon experience. He's fascinated by the edge of the road, and he collects the esoteric, fascinating and titillating tidbits, saving them for the right time to drop into a story. We saw a very straightforward collection of these experiences in Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories. When it's time and the fit is right, these bits add depth to a character, provide the basis for a scene, or serve to power just a soliloquy. We got that in Survivor, with the Palahniuk's extended dissection of the blissful suffering stupor achieved on the Stairmaster. Such is the case here, and this time we get lots of insight on the directly physical aspects of manufacturing video pornography. Most of it has been covered, but Palahniuk manages to show us a few things that are new. We also get details about embalming, the chemical and physical processes of cyanide, and about the sacrifices Hollywood stars made for their careers--not for their craft, mind you, but for themselves.

Palahniuk records detail, and this brings the porn-shoot green room scene into a sharpness of focus that had me wanting to shower after reading. It is unflinching and close-in; I swear I could smell it.

The story has lots and lots of people in it, but only a handful get to speak. The story is all about them, which seems to me to close down the world a bit too tightly. As struck me reading Invisible Monsters, everyone is intertwined, closely and disgustingly, but it seems a bit too close, that everyone is that tied and related a tad too easily. It works to keep the story tight, of course, but it seems that social groups are just not that tight.

Palahniuk's porn-title takes on classic film and literature titles is good fun, with dozens of them sprinkled throughout the book. My personal favorite, unfortunately, is not reproducible in this venue. If anything, just this exercise must have been inspiration enough to bring forth the novel.

The font is large and the pages relatively small; at 197 pages the book reads quickly, in short chapters of about 7-8 pages. Each chapter is the voice and POV of one of the characters, which takes a bit of adjustment. Most can read it all in 3-4 hours. There is very little raw, graphic sex, but lots of descriptions of the business, how things are done. The adult language is profuse and completely liberated; readers put off by profanity need not go on this ride. The language is not clinical, but, ah, straightforward and non-euphemistic professional language for what is brought to the table, and what is then done on the table, under it, with the legs of the table, with the guys who delivered it, their friends, etc.

Bottom line: I enjoyed this story, another off the wall Palahniuk tale populated with thoroughly original characters in a story for which I had no kind of previous reference. It took me to a new and unpredictable situation, with interesting albeit unpleasant characters, in a story that delivers where it counts, right in the end.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
peter rock
Had scanned the store before buying this book, and saw the 3 star average and stupidly thought, yeah Chuck's work is not loved by everyone but I have loved a lot of his books, will give this one a go.

In high school had to study Charles Dickens "Great Expectations", at the time thought it was a long and labourious read. Amazingly at only 197 pages Snuff felt the same.

It really did not have enough substance to maintain 197 pages, a tight well written short story at 50 pages at most would have been fine to tell this story.

The movie titles at first made me laugh as they brought my mind back to when I was 16, but after a while I found them not so interesting.

The huge amounts of facts and tidbits about actors was interesting, but essentially padding to fill the story out so idoits like me would pay full price for this story that as mentioned above belonged in a short story collection.

If you are a Chuck fan, hopefully you are smarter than me, save yourself some money and do not read this, in this case its best to disillusion yourself and pretend that Chuck has written a book since Diary.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
orysia
This is the standard Palahniuk, witty, engaging, and edgy. Where else can you find a dark comedy centered around a porn star's death while on the set of a gang bang?

Don't listen to the naysayers commenting on this novel. This is up there with Choke. I was somewhat concerned after reading Lullaby. I thought Chuck may have lost interest in writing good books. He's redeemed himself with this one.

Now, I'm waiting until Pygmy comes out on paperback to see if he can make a good follow up to this one.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
mara sanchez
After hating the author's last book, to the point of not being able to finish it, and after thinking that his so-called non-fiction compilation was a huge waste of time, I decided to give Palahniuk one last chance. And I can now report that I will never again read another book by this author.

It's not that Snuff is bad. No, there is and ounce of good material in there somewhere. I think this novel would have made an amazing short story or novella. But as a novel, it doesn't achieve much. It is just under 200 pages long but feels much longer than that.

A porn queen is making a movie, wanting to break the world record by sleeping with 600 different men. The novel is told from the point of view of the waiting men; you have the ex television star who's looking for a different kind of comeback, the old porn king who's doing this as a favor to the queen, and a young man who's positive that Cassie, the Porn Queen, is his mother. You also meet Sheila, the young assistant who tries to make sure that everything goes as scheduled.

And that's that. The story is repetitive (the same things being mentioned time and time again - how many times do we need to hear that this or that guy is eating chips at the food table???) and the characters are paper-thin. From the very first few pages, you know exactly where this story is going. It holds no surprises, nothing to make us want to turn the next page to see what happens. In one word, the whole thing is just blah.

No, I wasn't turned off my the context. As a matter of fact, some of it was interesting. You can see that the author did his research and found some great factoids about the industry. But fun facts aren't enough to save a story. Honestly, I was bored while reading Snuff. With a title and premise like this one, it should have been at least remotely entertaining. But in the end, all I could think was, been there, done that.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
jaydeep
I expected a lot more out of this book. I have previously read everything else that Chuck has come out with over the years. The subject matter of the book is taboo enough that he could have really cultivated a much better novel. It almost feels as though he rushed through writing it just to churn out another book.

The "twist" in this book also wasn't very shocking. I figured it out before I was even half-way through it. Definitely not one of his best.

Since I hate reviews that just criticize and don't offer any other suggestions, I will provide my recommendations of Chuck's books that I really like:

* Fight Club
* Survivor
* Haunted
* Rant
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kiah thomas
Palahniuk writes some weird stuff! I burned through this on the Kindle pretty fast. It's a quick read, entertaining, and somewhat disturbing, like most of his books!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
jenn laforce fisher
I'm a long time Palahniuk fan. I started with Fight Club, wanted more, read Invisible Monsters, and I haven't stopped reading his books since then. He's got an amazing way with words, and he's not afraid to be gritty to the point of being disgusting. Unfortunately, Snuff just doesn't live up to anything he's known for, in my opinion. It revolves around a 600 person gang bang being filmed as a sort of "last hurrah" for the nearly used up porn queen Cassie Wright and four of the people involved in said film. Reading this book was like reading Chuck Palahniuk try to write a Chuck Palahniuk book. His usual formula is there, but instead of hiding it within twists and turns and "what the f---" moments, it's right out in the open. Somewhat disturbing/controversial subject matter? Check. Graphic descriptions of that subject matter? Check. A character or two that knows WAY too much about a seemingly trivial and random subject? You bet. After his amazing novel Rant, I was surprised to see this come out so quickly. The problem that I had with this book was that it just seemed so rushed, almost as if his publisher was forcing him to put something out. I would imagine that most anyone reading this review is probably already keen on how he writes and what he usually picks to write about, so I won't go into the plot at all. It's an easy read at only 197 pages, and while I don't ACTUALLY recommend it, if you're a longtime fan of Chuck's work, go ahead and read it just to say that you did, or at least so you can see what I'm talking about here.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
dioni bookie mee
Short and mildly interesting, but the porn and death themes grow tiresome early on, and the "surprise" was too obvious.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
praveen
Snuff is mediocre. Worth reading if you're a Palahniuk fan, but wait to buy it in paperback. As usual, Chuck shows us the disgusting mess on the bottom of our shoe, in graphic detail. He doesn't hesitate to show us how attached to the meaningless details of life we become. The story was good, and there were a few small twists. I came away looking at the porn industry, relationships, and sex in a new light.
Nothing here hasn't been said before, however. It's kind of "more of the same" from Palahniuk. I'm happy, but in a disappointed way.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
sweetapple
After reading the synopsis, boring was the last thing I expected this book to be. I picked it up at the airport because it sounded interesting.
The plot twist that Mr. Palahniuk I've heard is known for, probably sounded really good when he first thought them up, but they just didn't deliver. I think it could have been much better.
Also, this book was tough to read. Conversations between characters could be in quotes in one sentence, then the next sentence, the converstion was in the character's first person's thoughts, in their "uneducated" english. I'm sure the author did this on purpose however I didn't enjoy it.
The first 10-20 euphamisms for male masturbation was funny, then it stopped being funny, just became repetitive and boring, and the same was true of the porn movie names.
I did find some of the hollywood trivia scattered thoughout the book interesting.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
rikhav shah
Im what you might call a rabid Chuck Palahniuk fan: Ive read everything he has written and reccommended his work to all of my friends. So on the day that "Snuff" came out, naturally I had to buy it and read it all in one sitting.

And as a rabid fan, I found it to be just okay. The concept of the story in and of itself is great, and the little side notes and tips that the characters drop along the way are neat too. The biggest problem was that none of the characters were... gripping. In all of his other books, no matter how messed up and sick the characters were, you felt like you KNEW them, you loved them. In this one the characters just didn't seem to pop as much. They weren't hateable, but certainly not as memorable as, say, Rant.

The other problem that I had with this book was that the ending was a little bit too predictable. Now, in all of his other books, Palahniuk leads you to the end in such a way that you put it all together a page before its revealed. It dawns on you just in time to end with a big "AH! AH HAH!" In "Snuff", you kinda saw it coming from a mile away. It could be that Palahniuk wanted you to know right away, but it felt sorta predictable.

All in all, it was a decent book. If you're a hardcore fan you will probably hate it, but if this is one of the first of his that you're reading, you will probably enjoy it. For a really great read, go for "Rant" instead.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
e burak yurtta
Snuff is a fun book, but it's not up to par with Chuck Palahniuk's other work. The story of an adult film star's attempt at a world record sounds intriguing enough. The male suitors, the failed actors, the distressed individuals who sit in a stale, disgusting green room waiting for their chance. They have a lot of potential. If you're a Chuck Palahniuk fan I would still recommend it, but it won't knock your socks off or your pants for that matter.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
emali steward
Loved the book! It's a fairly quick read (I read it in one day and I'm an average reader). The story is cool because it switches perspective with each chapter. It's all leads to a mystery of who is her illegitimate child. Fun stuff. Lots of smut, though, so if that's not your thing, fair warning.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
loopy
I am a big fan of Chuck Palahniuk. I have read just about everything this man has written. His books are engaging, well-written, and have a tendency to punch you in the face when you least expect it....

And that may be part of my letdown with this book. While I think that the writing is usual Chuck Palahniuk, there is just something missing. The characters, Mr. 72, Mr. 137, Mr. 600, and Shelia, are all well-developed and interesting characters who interact well with each other. The way in which the story is narrated, from multiple perspectives in both present time and flashbacks, works very well. The plot twists were subtle, but effective. Even the ending was typical Chuck Palahniuk.

"Snuff" didn't give me the "oh my God, he did not just do that!" moment I usually get from his books. The last few pages didn't grab me the way his endings usually do. I suspect that part of it is the fact that the novel is really an expanded short story, coming in at just under 200 pages. I didn't want the book to end, and it did. And I found it wanting. It's certainly a good book, although a bit pricey for the length. It just doesn't work for me the same way his other books do. And I wish I could put my finger on it.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
christina kucera
If like myself YOU raced through 'Rant', hated 'Haunted' didn't like 'Diary' and were lulled to sleep by 'Lullaby' then you'll be glad to know that Chuck Palahniuk's best work didn't stop after 'Choke' in 2001. Here in his 9th novelistic effort he turns the porn industry on it's head and satirically skewers it in the way that only he can. With a story about a 600-man strong gangbang of a washed up porn star you'd probably be thinking "low grade porn", but you'd be wrong. What you get here is anything but titillating. In fact like most of his work you see only the seamiest, nastiest and most extreme sides of a very dirty industry. This is a quick and breezy read that has a lot in common with a bad accident at the side of the road. You know you shouldn't and don't really want to look, but you just can't help yourself.... As always with Palahniuk though the laughs come at you out of nowhere like a left hook.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
haley bush
I enjoyed this book, with its many doses of weird Hollywood trivia, bizarre twists and contemptible characters. It's not as bleakly profound as Fight Club, as gorily insane as Haunted, or as deliciously sick as Pygmy, but it is an entertaining maze of bad taste laid out on a bedrock of precision-hammered prose, which is what you expect from Palahniuk.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marlizette badenhorst
This is definitely the most outrageous and hilarious Chuck book to date. He pushes the envelope in this novel dripping with sexual depravity. I read this book in the privacy of my own home, slightly embarrassed to be caught reading something so lewd in public. But I enjoyed every minute of it.

Cassie Wright has set out to break a porn world record by filming herself with 600 men during the course of one shoot. However, we learn there is more to this scheme than just a record as the novel unfolds. While the reader doesn't see much action on the set, a majority of the book takes place in the waiting room where 600 men prowl while waiting for their moment on camera. The story is told from four perspectives: Number 72, who thinks Cassie is his birth mother; Number 37, a washed up television star; Number 600, an aging porn king; and Sheila, Cassie's droll but ambitious assistant. There are the obligatory Viagra jokes, requisite porn film titles peppered throughout, and mandatory industry secrets. I don't even want to know where Chuck gets some of his ideas, especially when it comes to the final scene. But the ending's shocking twist delivers exactly what Chuck fans expect.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jagrati
Chuck is one of my favorite writers and yet this is not one of my favorite books. This book is not as bad as Rant(utterly horrible), but it does have Chuck's signature style of writing and studious research. Written from the point of view of 3 characters waiting for their turn in a 600 man gangbang with an aging pornstar it is typical Chuck. Funny, thouroughly researched, and well crafted the story is the return of Chuck who wrote Choke and Fight Club. Unfortunately I think he had a hard time coming up with an ending to his book because their are like 3, and each one is more ridicoulous than the previous. The book could have also been longer and more fleshed out, once you really start to get involved it ends, then ends, and with one last gasp ends again. If you are a huge fan of Chuck's it is a good, fast read and I recommend the book. If you are new to Mr. Palahniuk then go for his better books: Survivor, Choke, Lullabye, Fight Club and Invisible Monsters. Avoid Rant, Diary and Haunted.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
natalie eustice
Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favourite authors. Snuff is not one of his greatest books however. It takes place in a porn movie studio with allegedly 600 men queuing up to have sex with the best porn queen ever. It becomes clear that the porn queen, Cassie Wright, is doomed - allegedly. The men in the queue tell their stories and these are hilarious! It isn't Terry Southern's "Blue Movie" and it is probably anti-erotic. Read it and be amused!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
andrew peterson
An avid reader of Chuck Palahniuk's work, I read Snuff very nearly as soon as it came out and am pleased, but certainly not overwhelmed. I feel his best works are Survivor and Choke, and that Snuff fails to even live up to the greatness of his more recent work like Lullaby.

It's good and has some writing remiscient of his Guts chapter that was made so famous by its inclusion in Playboy and for his readings having people fainting and it's filled with the same interesting side stories and anecdotes, but it fails to execute itself as well as his previous work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rebeka
Though Snuff was not one of his best books, it is difficult to compare Chuck Palahnuik to other authors. He has a unique voice in addition to an experimental writing style that varies in almost every book. If you are new to Palahnuik don't start with Snuff, try Fight Club, Survivor, or Diary. But if you have enjoyed his books like the ones listed and Haunted, or Invisible Monsters, then you know what you will get with Snuff and you will enjoy it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tara cottrell
This is a good book! Short and sweet, with amazing characters, great stories and the usual Palahniuk twist and turns.

As far as Chuck Palahniuk goes, I've seen "Fight Club" on DVD and loved it, but I have only read one other book of his, "Haunted"!

Other reviewers claim they saw the ending coming a mile away, really?, perhaps they didnt finish the book then, at several points in book, I thought the same thing, I thought I knew what the surprise ending would be too and I was wrong every time. When I did get to the end, I thought it was hilarious and my guesses were way off.

Three men are waiting for their turn to be with Cassie Wright (porn star) they are Mr. 72, Mr. 137 and Mr. 600. Cassie is trying to break the record for a gang bang. Another character in the book is Sheila, Cassie's assistant, she provides several chapters. The book is broken down into very short chapters, each chapter a different character is talking, much like in "Haunted", for those of you that have read it.

Good funny, dirty book!

Read it for a good laugh or to just peak into the world of Chuck Palahniuk's mind!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
judsen
I've read three Palahniuk books so far(Survivor, Fight Club, and Choke) voraciously in a single sitting each time. So when I came across this one at the library, I thought I was in for an interesting afternoon. Boy, what a disappointment. The one dimensional characters, the story beats you can see coming a mile off. Nothing that pulls you in. I stopped reading it at about page 70, and I usually don't put down a book. Just the overemphasis on the disgustingly physical (the snack food filth, the assistant's sweaty gloves, the autograph dog), which I had no problem with in "Choke", rubbed me wrong. The final nail in the coffin for me was all the "clever" porn movie titles that are twists on real movie titles. Obviously these stem from vague memories of Chuck's of titles like "Little Orphan Fanny" or something. But really, this device get annoying quickly and leaves a real sense of Chuck's complete ignorance of the porn industry. Practically no porn "spoofs" get made nowadays. Hell, most porn releases now aren't even really "movies" but 4 hour compilation discs. This ignorance combined with the paper-thin characters was enough for me to just put it down without a second thought.
I expected more out of you, Mr. Palahniuk....
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
boris
I'm a fan of Chuck I've read all his books so far and this one is just ok. Its not the best but I think it was better than haunted...

If your not a chuck fan I would start out with fight club, choke, even rant. All good chuck books to start with.

But I will say that I was at least entertained by snuff and laughed a bit in places. Chuck always write interesting stories and this is definitely interesting.

Not his best but better than the worst.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lexi
I've read almost everything by Chuck Palahniuk; this was modus operandi and on par with 'Guts,' 'Choke,' and 'Haunted.' I don't recommend his work for the light of heart or for those who cannot appreciate the dirty macabre that exists but is not discussed in our society. Not his best, but definitely a page turner.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jasmina
But I found this book to be very entertaining. I really enjoyed the way the story was told from multiple viewpoints of people at the same event with very different motives. Not 100% sold on the ending of the book, but that didn't detract from how much I liked the book overall.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
angela ryan
This wasn't my favorite Palahniuk book. It is still worth reading for a fan of his writing, but don't expect to be blown away like you were with some of the others (My favorites so far are Fight Club, Rant, and Choke. )

It's definitely worth a shot and the book jacket design by Rodrigo Corrall is INCREDIBLE!!!! That's the main reason I picked it up in the first place
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
elise popalis
As if Haunted wasn't already boring enough this book was barely readable. It's like this author just smokes dust and writes random stories that don't even make sense. It's like human centipede 3, you were make to anticipate this amazing story and instead you get shock value which for anyone like me wasn't even shocking. Just detail after detail of basically old porn stars. There's better documentaries on Netflix that won't waste your time.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
marije
This novel was definitely disappointing. As many other reviewers have said, it is certainly not Palahniuk's best work, or even especially good work. I generally like Palahniuk a lot and I thought, upon reading the description of the book, that he would really be able to bring this plot to life and make for an enjoyable, interesting read. Unfortunately, he didn't do that here. The characters are flat, the "plot twists" are obvious a mile away, and it just didn't hold my interest the way his writing usually does.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
wendy
I have no idea why most of the reviews for this book are so terrible. Sure its not the best book ever but it is so much better then you would think from reading these reviews. I expected it to suck after reading these but I actually found it to be really good. It was so hilarious at times that I would actually have to stop reading and just laugh. My only problem with this book was that it can sometimes be a little vulgar. Aside from that, it has a great plot and some laugh-out-loud moments. I definitely would recommend giving it a look.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kennedy
I like the no - nonsense style of writing and the topic does bring up disturbing issues which bear keeping mind, such as the world is becoming scarily tolerant in some ways. But I enjoyed the read. True fact.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
didi
Okay if you can stomach the disgusting descriptions... Hilarious if you want to keep track of the names of porn films... Not nearly as good of a story as Lullaby... Not nearly to the depth of Choke.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
jaime lee
I'll admit it, i am quite obsessed with Chuck and his out of the box mind, but Snuff seemed to have been written in an hour time period.
If you can honestly not guess what the ending to this book will be by page twenty, than you shouldn't be reading. At page 18, my sister caught on to the entire ending. For me it was page twenty. Just as expected, everything worked out just as the two of us would have guessed within those first few chapters.
Chuck wrote a forgettable story here. Every character blends together. Half the time i was confused as to is Mr. 600 or 72 was talking because they all sound exactly the same. Chuck attempts to give the background of each character but fails when they all speak and think just like the last person to think and speak. Although, i shouldn't be surprised seeing how all of Chuck's characters in any book seem to share very similar mind sets.
If it wasn't that i love Chuck i wouldn't have finished this. In a way i wish i hadn't for the last few pages are unbearable. If it wasn't for the fact that Chuck wrote this, i wouldn't have given this review two stars.
Take it from someone who reads and reread Chuck like the bible, this is not something to bother with unless you must add it to your collection.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
monique gerken
If you were looking for something deep and meaningful this isn't it. If you have a plane ride to fill and want a good laugh you're in the right place. The book is well written and fun to read without making your brain work to hard to understand what's happening. If you haven't read Chuck's work before this isn't the place to start. while it is a good book it is no where as good as his other works. If you are already a fan then don't judge to harshly, we know it could be better but that doesn't mean it isn't good.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jessica richards
I've never read a book by Palahniuk before, but my friend spoke highly of his writing and I caved and bought it. I was leery of reading it at first. I wasn't sure if this would be just a story, or just a story about sex. But it was neither.

There is a mystery (granted I'd figured it out in 10 pages), but as long as you want a book that takes you on a journey it won't let you down. Most of the emotional reasons behind the story are revealed in the end, and how the story played out was a surprise. I think that was the most creative ending to a book...ever. Definitely a keeper, and worthy of an actual effort from the reader.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
johni amos
Great read if...you enjoyed his other works, enjoy movies with sexual content and nature, odd situations, quirky humor, and an ending you can appreciate.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
manuela paglia
This is my first book ever read by this author, and after reading "Snuff," I will read more! This book, 200 some pages over a few hour period, gave in-depth description of the few characters, and kept me reading. It also threw in many curveballs, (no pun intended), as I had expected from the author of "Fight Club." If you are one to get offended easily, do not read this book, as it does have some pretty descriptive parts about pornography.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
cassie s
I love some Chuck... but this was a total let down. I feel like I just spent a couple hours waiting for my eyeballs to scan the words that spelled out the "twists" I had already figured out a hundred pages or so back. The writing just seemed a little lazy, and the characters super flat. Chuck's writing typically makes me want to just wallow in the disgustingness of the characters and revel in the absurde reality of every situation.... I couldn't imagine how this plotline couldn't deliver, but it definitely fell short.

I'll still keep reading his stuff though - especially if the same person keeps writing the pickup on the inside flap... it was fantastic!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lorne
It's definitely Chuck. Well researched, a little unsettling, perhaps predictably sick, and not quite as fun as I'd have liked, but it's what you'd expect from him. Dark, funny, gross, and a definite assault on American sexuality. Worth a read.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
joseph schneider
Snuff

I've read Fight Club, Survivor, Choke, and Lullaby. The first 3 were 4-5 stars, while Lullaby was 3-4 stars.

Snuff starts off with a unique premise and largely untouched and taboo subject: hard core pornography. As in previous works, he uses the same ingredients of taboo/disgusting imagery, bursts of roiling humor, a fatalistic-nihilistic viewpoint of the human condition, and insertion of random facts (which seems more and more to impress the reader on how well he has done his research).

This time, Chuck, it just doesn't work...
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kam oi
My older brother handed it to me a few days ago and said I would love it. I definitely did. I've never read a Palahniuk novel before, and I was surprised that he wrote "Fight Club," a favorite movie of mine. This is certainly a book you'll know if you'll enjoy within the first chapter or two. If you don't dig the language or plot, it's just not for you. Despite the filth (I love filth), this is a truly intriguing read. It has a little bit of mystery and a ton of humor with a superb ending. The sex and Hollywood trivia bits are wonderful. I'm picking out my next Palahniuk novel now.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
uilleam
An Onion news article headline from the archive reads: "Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-To-Door Trying To Shock People." Substitute Chuck Palahniuk's name and that sentiment probes more deeply into the author behind SNUFF than this "novel" ever does.

Chuck Palahniuk has a new punchline to share. Or aptly, in the case of SNUFF, a money shot. Viscera, the macabre, and white-knuckling, ankle-breaking over-the-topness are its default settings.

His latest punchline, as always, is designed to Shock!(tm). But in reality it amounts to a button that doesn't need much pushing in order to gain a response that doesn't require much wit or courage to elicit. It's a sweaty, overcooked, Captain Obvious overture to the cheap seats.

To get his hoary money shot, Palahniuk reverse-engineers another shaggy dog tale to lead us to it (which, at 197 pages, isn't that shaggy a dog, or very much of a tale, at all).

As Palahniuk labors to make his point (banging against the narrative's sides along the way), he packs it with phylo-dough characterizations, recites scads of Googling research, jams in a reversal or two, channels M. Night Shyamalan's ZINGER!(tm) mojo, then sticks his limp tail on the wheezing donkey with an anti-climatic "gotcha!"

Finally, he slaps on a provocative, monosyllabic title bound to titillate someone, somewhere. And then he goes door-to-door (or on the store) to peddle the it. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Two books ago HAUNTED charted over 400 pages. His last book, RANT, cleared 300. SNUFF can't even muster 200; it disconnects at 197 and with a multi-tiered denoument it could have been even brisker. At this rate Palahniuk's next offering will be a visceral, button-pushing reduction in haiku- or fortune cookie riddle form that Doubleday hardcovers for $24.95.

SNUFF is (ostensibly) about porn. But there's precious little "there" there that someone's conception of porn hasn't already assumed as truth. SNUFF's structure is a lot like the imagined & stereotypical porn star: a obscenely caricatured thong-flossed shape; piercings in dark places & taboo tattoos in visible ones; sculpted with man-made materials like silicone, hair dye, and bronzer; spackled with makeup to mask a weak, awkward face and brittle bones, with no sparkle, heart, or soul behind dead doll eyes.

SNUFF, like most of Palahniuk's work, is a wonky Rube Goldbergian delivery system that tunnelvisions to a Shock!(tm) ending. Characters and situations in SNUFF are contrived to within an inch of their lives. It's all checkers on a board moved out of the way, his blueprint for the sake of Shock!(tm) reading like Sherman's March through the story.

Because of the hamhock fisting, there's a choppy, uneven rhythm and overlapping repetition as if the editor overcut every other page, and each character makes a running start with the last chapter before gaining new ground on their own.

The story is told from four different first-person POV's - three men and one woman - but their voices sound the same. All are interchangeable bundles of surface noise, tics, quirks and manic wackness. All are spiritless underneath. Emperor, meet your new clothes. Curtain, pay no attention to the wizard hunched behind you.

This choice of first person is terrible, since it means we're stuck wearing Palahniuk's sandwich board agenda. Everyone's a cipher for his slang (FYI, not everyone refers to their index or pointer finger as a "gun finger"). Everyone's chronically reciting obsessive/compulsive data points like they're living Google search engines looking up Palahnuik's keywords.

Anyone can parrot back party game lists ("euphemisms for male masturbation"), or riff on funny porno titles based on Hollywood movies. This isn't characterization, and it isn't even that interesting research after the first dozen instances.

(And to say that since they are all drawn this way on purpose to emphasize that they are in an amoral, heartless, and soulless circle of hell is a crutchy and narcissistic copout- like Bill Shatner's girdle-wearing in Star Trek).

The biggest tragedy is that the most interesting character - the one whose head I most wanted to be inside, the one I could forgive if she sounded the most like Chuck Palahniuk - is the pornstar punchline herself, Candy Wright, who spends the majority of the narrative in the other room and filtered through the other characters like a game of Telephone.

The irony is that Palahniuk should BE a screenwriter. I still think his best novel is the film version of FIGHT CLUB. SNUFF reads like it's in the wrong format, or that it's a treatment for his screenplay. It probably is. A lot of this book's problems could have been solved if it becomes a movie. I'd likely I'd fast-forward it on my DVD player instead of skimming its pages because it would take less time.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
fityanisy
I started(and finished) this book today hoping that it would be as interesting and intriguing as his other books( so far I've read Choke,Fight Club,Invisible Monsters and Haunted). This is by far the worst Chuck Palahniuk. It is very dull and has a weak storyline. You will surely,just like I did, find it boring and a waste of time. If you have not read Choke or Haunted, please do,because they are much better than Snuff. If you are indeed a Chuck Palahniuk fan,you will NOT like this book at all. After reading it, you don't get the same feeling you get when you read his other work. Save your money,buy a better book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
scott allen
Right up front ... I didn't know where this book was going to take me. The concepts and subjects of Chuck's book are usually off the chart, exploring the human condition at its threshold. If you are new to Chuck's books, it can be off putting. And without reading Choke or Survivor, you may not appreciate his style, his rhythm.

To be honest you have to be a pretty warped individual, to be a fan. Whatever warped means in the general sense... But it is a smart, educated "out of the box" group that can take these stories, like Snuff, to heart. This book is truly a story within a story. The timing is contagious and intoxicating. He takes the time to amass facts and builds the case for these scarred souls. That's what I like about Chuck....

In other words, I think this is his best work in a while. He is going somewhere. I really enjoyed this book's pace and humor. It is a wild ride. and I am sure that I will reread this book again.

If you are reading reviews on books, you are ultimately looking for a decision. Don't let these bad reviews discourage your decision. Critics are usually trying to justify their existance by bitching and moaning that their hero has let them down. I tell them ... write your own book... let's see how far you get.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
tiffani brooke
I have had my eye on this book for a while, reading the basic plot online and reading other reviews on other books by chuck, i decided to go ahead and pre-order this item. Not my brightest moment!! It took me a while to get into the groove of this book about 10 chapters or so. Then finally...a break through!! The middle section of the book wasn't all that bad. The Characters were developing more and becoming more "intertwined" with one another. I was speeding through the last few chapters and then all the sudden the book just ended in the most strange and abrupt way!! I don't want to ruin the ending but lets just say it involes a final sex romp and some high voltage electricity (sorry if i am a spoiler but i had to tell someone!!) This was my first experience with Mr. Palahniuk's writing......not sure if I want to continue with him. I suppose that everyone has there own perogative when it comes to certain authors but he didn't strike my fancy. And it was pretty difficult to explain to my co-workers and friends what I was reading...I found it rather embarassing to disclose that I was reading a Triple X rated novel.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
bits
Snuff is Chuck without purpose. It stirs no thought-provoking ideas in its audience, its characters are bland and one dimensional, and it leaves you feeling wasteful and cheated. The only thing it has going for it is its level of entertainment and its occasional slivers of insight into the porn industry.

So, if you're a Chuck fan, just go ahead and get Snuff over with so you can say you've read it. It's fairly short and should only take you a day or two to knock out. If you're not a die-hard fan of Pahlaniuk, you'd be better off reading Fight Club or Survivor or Invisible Monsters.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
alexis pullen
Although this book has a really good ending twist that only Palahniuk can write,the rest of the book doesn't deliver the impact of the title or premise. For a novel about a world record pornography event, it has very little sex and very little excitement. It has a fast pace but only because you are hoping the next pages will delivery some of what you are wishing for.

Unless you are a die-hard Palahnuik fan I would pass on this novel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
christopher brasington
You can see this story unfold in front of you from various characters, very cool. The clever wordplay makes the story all the more enjoyable. Palahniuk is a true wordsmith. I haven't read a book this enjoyable since Benjamin Fisher's Once Upon a Time in Colombia. Highly recommend this book for all those who enjoy a quick read and a look into a world we might not otherwise ever think of.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
misbah waghoo
At the heart of some of Chuck's better work is some insight into ourselves a la 'fight club'. You get into the stories. They entertain. You think he's a great guy for writing the way he does, so real and immediate. Then you close the back cover, reflect on the story and what happened to the protagonist and you have some thoughts about the way you live your life. You want to find a mission, you want to find meaning.
This book, unfortunately, is not up to the task of being thought provoking. It's cotton candy for the brain, without the usual substance and depth of cotton candy. It's a Jerry Lewis movie, minus the lovableness of the character. It's a Will Farrell movie without....well, it's just a Will Farrell movie. It's an Eddie Murphy movie with hours of folks sitting around the dinner table farting, and then the credits roll.
Do yourself a favor, skip this tripe and read 'fight club' again.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
nima parsi
I was a little disappointed with this one. I have read several of his books but was not in love with this one. However it did not stop me from just buying 3 more of his books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
zoeduncan
I was surprised to see the mixed negative reviews about this book. This happened to be the first Palahniuk book I read and I haven't been able to stop since. Sure I like some of his other books better but that doesn't mean I don't think this is a really good book.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kelly barefoot
This is everything you've come to expect from Palahniuk. Being one of my favorite writers, I wanted to love this. Great idea for his sort of twisted humor. But frankly, it wasn't nearly as well executed as his other novels. It was short, seemed rushed at the end, and wasn't nearly as shocking as one would expect. That said, still solid and funny and worth the purchase for a fan. Pick it up.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
stell4
I am a die-hard fan and will read anything he writes, but Snuff and his last one, Rant, never really did it for me. Interesting, well-researched as always, fun stuff you never knew, but never really climaxed, nor was the twist very fun. If you are not a fan, you probably wouldn't like it.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
priscilla rojas
... I'm a fan, but after "Diary" and "Haunted" I was just starting to loose faith. "Rant" blew me away, and I was really looking forward to "Snuff."

I'm glad I checked it out from the library. While there are moments of Chuck's twisted brilliance in here (the "money shot" of the book, so to speak), the whole thing just read like a cookie-cutter assemblage of his past work. The info bites have really worn thin. Characters in this novel just don't speak in individual voices. I know, I'm not a published author and CP is, but I know enough about writing and have read enough books to know when an author is coasting. Seriously, if CP spent more than a week writing this novella jacked up to novel prices, I'd be shocked.

Having said that, I will read his next book, hoping for something that shines like "Rant" did (for me at least it was a return to the brilliance of Survivor). But I'll definitely be checking it out of the library.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
tori steinmeier
Like everyone who read this, I love Chuck, but this novel just wasn't that great. First off, it should have been a short story, because nothing happened. It reminded me of that movie "Lady in the Water" in the fact they both did very little and could have been told is less time.
What made the Beatles great is they evolved, and it seems to me that his writing is more of the same. Maybe I am outgrowing all the anger/cynism, but I expect more. The trivia is great but it starting to seem rundant and forced, like he has the trivia and writes the story around it.
Worth your time only in the fact you can read it quickly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tim robichaux
I have to confess to my initial trepidation when approaching this book. Despite being a fan of the author, I was convinced there would be moments which would not sit well with me. Moments I'd be embarrassed by, irked by. Reading about a 600 person gang bang wouldn't normally be the type of thing I'd go for. And yet, this is a fantastic book. In spite of my wariness, it was engaging, highly relevant and ultimately very satisfying. Every chapter, every scene and virtually every sentence was vital and propelled me towards its "climax". This momentum did make the book seem short but the quality of the experience far outweighed any criticism over quantity.

My only negative is that, due to its subject matter, recommending this to friends and family ain't going to be easy. That said, it's my favourite novel of 2008.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
beth copeland
Yes, I know Chuck Palahniuk is not to be taken seriously. Yes, I know all his books have plots that do not dive too far into the deep end. Yes, I know his books all have those small little twists that are supposed to bring a smile to our faces. Even knowing all that, SNUFF is one of the worst books I have ever read. And read it I did, until the predictable, unfunny and bitter end.

The story of the world's most famous pornstar giving everything for her last movie, SNUFF actually shifts focus between four different characters, none of them being the famous pornstar herself. The characters are not merely shallow (this is Palahniuk, after all), they are, even worse, boring. None are developed enough to capture our attention, none are witty enough to make us chuckle. And the one with the autograph dog! Really, just how dumb can we get?

We see most of the 'twists' a mile off, and the ones we don't, well, they're really not all that anyway. Added to this is Palahniuk's use of 'factoids' that are clearly filler material for anything better. By the end of SNUFF, I felt like I was the main attraction in such a film and death was to be produced by...reading SNUFF
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
mark silverberg
I haven't read all of Chuck's novels, but I have read most (Rant, Haunted, Fight Club, Lullaby, Diary, Choke, and now Snuff). Choke was the only one that wasn't thrilling the whole way through, and even it brought a surprise ending that made the whole long journey worth it.

Snuff, however, seemed completely pointless. I didn't connect with any of the characters, there was no twist that I didn't see coming, and even the twists that did catch me by surprise still left me feeling nothing but indifference. The fact is, Chuck didn't take enough time to develop these characters, so when anything happened to them I felt nothing at all. No sympathy, no humor, no excitement, no nothing.

Every author writes a dud at least once. At least, every author whose work I've ever taken the time to get to know. So far Snuff has been Palahniuk's only dud. If you're a fan of him and want to read it for completion's sake, go ahead. I finished it in two days, despite my boredom, so it won't be too much effort to plow through the 197 pages. But if you're just getting into Palahniuk's work, take my advice and read either Fight Club or Rant instead. Fight Club is a classic, and Rant left me almost physically exhausted by the end because of how mysterious and mind-blowing it is. Personally I prefer Rant, but Fight Club is a great place to start. Just steer clear of Snuff until you just have to read it ;)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
christi barth
This is the best novel from Chuck in a long time, with an interesting plot (NOT for kids!). However, the author spoils it with a throw-everything-at-the-wall ending which turns a grotesque story into a ludicrous one. Still, a promise of better things to come.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
enthudaydreamer
Here's the main thing about this book (for me at least); it came out at a horrible time in this author's career. If Palahniuk might've released this a couple years ago, I might've really enjoyed it and gotten into it a lot more. Unfortunately, his previous novel "Rant" was my favorite book by Chuck (neck in neck with Haunted, but Rant just did it for me) and one of my favorites of all time. It's just tough to top something so extraordinary.

Snuff lacked the social allusions that many of his other novels are filled with. Rant makes you think about the tooth fairy, easter bunny, and santa now as being complete lies, each one step further than the other in making us believe things so out of reality. Haunted preyed upon human weakness and emotion, and Survivor alluded to corporate America and how it can destroy someone so quickly (obviously there are many other themes at work, these were just some I remembered off the top of my head). Snuff however, really never went anywhere with the whole porn theme. Palahniuk may have touched on the things people do to look beautiful, but (to me) that just seems lacking on some great points he brought across in previous works.

Finally, Palahniuk may be one of the only authors I've read where I actually have had to put a book down for a second because of the extreme squeamish/disturbing content (ie: ALL OF HAUNTED, or the plastic surgery part in Invisible monsters). When I hear a book about a girl "doing" 600 guys, I'm thinking he might've gone too far. Except nothing 'that bad' really happens. Sure there's bizarre acts and a rather humorous ending, but it was just lacking.

Again, I wish Palahniuk would've flip-flopped this and Rant. Rant seems like an obliterated mess of interviews about this 'larger-than-life' superhero of a redneck boy, his adventures of getting high off bug bites, a rabies infection, and party crashing, a new sport. Rant then completely knocked me out of my socks when it reveals it's greater 'meaning'. Snuff didn't do any of that for me.

Palahniuk is a phenomenal author, and every author can't produce A+ books every time. It's alright, I still love you Chuck and I'd still recommend this book. It's just not up to par with some of his previous works.

PS. This is my review and the world is a big place with differing opinions.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
noralisma
He phoned this in, wrote it while he was doing something else. Pardon the pun but not up to "snuff" at all. I bought it, read it and returned it. Normally I would pass it on to my friend who loves Palahniuk as well, but I couldnt, I didnt even want it on my bookshelf. The porn doesnt bother me, I was just dissappointed. This book wasnt the ride, the charachter rollercoaster, the slap in the face that I expect from Chuck. It was boring, and I fear he was using the porn for shock value to cover for it. Anyway, maybe he was on vacation, or had a quota to fill with a publisher breathing down his neck. We all see authors, actors, directors, musicians etc call it in just to get it done. I can let one slide. but this had better not be a pattern, I will be seriously disappointed.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
bryant hopkins
I was really not impressed with this one, unfortunately. Each turn was oh so predictable and far too much effort was spent trying to be crass and outrageous. If you ask me, Palahniuk's heart is just not in it anymore. I think he needs to get back to basics and put a little more time and effort into his books instead of just churning out book after book of production line shock value.

If the book had substance/superior writing/superior character development like some of his earlier books (e.g., Invisible Monsters, Choke, Fight Club), he wouldn't need to fill it with such tritely contrived shock. But than, with a name like "Snuff", I suppose I shouldn't have expected anything more...
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
binney
I remember once seeing a review for one of Palahniuk's earlier novels which said something like "He makes nihilsm fun!"

And so he did, once, but now we're beginning to understand just what happens to this "wise" nihilist in the end; this know-it-all who always had a "smart," "shocking," or "in-your-face" comment for the rest of us poor delusional slaves. One day the trivia runs out, the in-your-face commentary isn't shocking or new anymore, and the "surprise endings" don't surprise anyone. Most of us have started to wonder why we ever thought the cheap, gratuitous gore and filth was all that entertaining to begin with. We start to think that whatever "shock value" his earlier work had was just a cheap trick that we're ashamed we fell for. And Palahniuk, the Great Nihilist, is finally revealed for the fraud he always was. He's performed his little trick too many times, and his audience sees that it - and he - have become utterly irrelevant.

All that to say, don't buy this worthless piece of garbage. We could attempt to explain the non-existent plot, or talk about the contrived and transparent attempts at characters, and even give away the "surprise" ending (which, I assure you, will not surprise you), but frankly, it would be a waste of time. There's nothing here to analyze; even tearing it to pieces would be tossing pearls to swine. Suffice to say, if you're one of the simpletons who is impressed by shallow shock-value that everyone else finds transparent or just juvenile and repulsive, like 8th-grade attempts at sex jokes, you might enjoy this book. Otherwise, you'll be wasting money on something that is guaranteed to disappoint you, and the realization that this author isn't (and never really was) all that talented after all may cheapen your enjoyment or pleasant memories of some of his other work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kathleen hunter
As always, Palahniuk simultaneously shocks and reviles while also forcing us to inspect our own societal norms and obsession with sex.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
katrina roberts
If you've read this book, you're probably already a Palaniuk fan and could care less about this review. A couple of the characters in the book he developed well but the rest of the novel was rather lacking. Still, the novel is just as deranged as his others and most likely won't disappoint a true fan.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
pebbles
Palahniuk delivers his usual penchant for the absurd and beautiful manipulation of a tragedy. It felt rushed closer to the end I got, as if its completion were pushed to release too soon. With that said...the ending was a complete dissapointment. It was worth the ride but dont expect another "Survivor" or "Fight Club" out of this one. I still have the faith, Lets just hope Chuck can WOW us with "Pygmy".
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
long john
I usually read through the first 20 pages of a book before purchasing. However, when it comes to Chuck Palahniuk I just head straight for the register.

This book was bad. The entire book takes place in one afternoon, in one room. I didnt make a connection with any of the characters. I made it through the book, but it was a chore.

I dont like to leave negative reviews for an author that I love so much, but this book was a letdown.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
simcha levenberg
I laughed harder while reading this book more than any that I have read for awhile. It is Mr. Palahniuk's trademark twisted, demented norm. This isn't for the faint of heart. I was most impressed by just how well researched this book apparently was. The best part is how there is nothing wasted. Every sentence somehow relates to someone in the story. This is a must read for Palahniuk fans and fans of dark comedies.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
oliver morris
Great concept. Predictable, poorly written story. Finished it just for the sake of finishing it. Two stars because it wasn't the *worst* book I've ever read...just one of the most disappointing.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
rayan
Normally, I love Chuck. Invisible Monsters is one of my all-time favorite books. I was super excited when I read the back of the book, Palahniuk and porn... does it get any better? Unfortunately, it can, because this just isn't up to snuff.

I made it about half-way through the book before I gave up. It is written from the perspective of different characters on the set of a porno trying to break a world record for 600 men in a gang bang. Great concept, right? The potential just isn't realized.

The characters do not have many redeeming qualities, which is pretty normal with a Palahniuk book, but this one was not gripping and didn't hold my interest. I didn't care enough to finish it. I finally got fed up with all the stupid titles for pornos. It seems like it was a joke or maybe it was a dare to fill pages with as many horrible porno titles as possible. If you took the cheesy titles out, it may be a solid book. I just couldn't take it any more. It is cringe worthy, not because of the subject matter, but the bad writing.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
eric j gates
...than to read another book like this.

I'd read one other book by this guy & enjoyed his quirky writing style but he completely lost it with this book.

I'm not at all prudish; so it wasn't the subject matter that bothered me.
It was simply the fact that this story dragged on & on & on & on & on (you get the idea.)
I mean; seriously, how much is there to say about a gang bang?
He could have gotten the point across in less than 100 pages.

Don't waste your time on this garbage!!!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
emily fraser
Snuff is a little bit of nothing slathered in Palahniuk's usual verbal tics. There are occasional laughs and fewer insights in this grim tale of one dimensional characters on the set of the world's largest gangbang. Perhaps his worst book. It's a painless read though, as long as you're not easily offended. The gruesome punchlines lack the bite of those in "Haunted," or the over-the-top weirdness of "Rant."
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
gail towey
Ridiculous per usual, I'm rarely disappointed by chuck palahniuk. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
scott kenefake
I was thrown off by some of the random vulgar comments (though I should've guessed it was coming seeing as I'm a Palahniuk fan) but I found myself laughing out loud and sharing some of it with the people around me. The book was hard to put down and was written well.

As a side note, my boyfriend thought I was weird for reading such a bluntly grotesque book but he ended up stealing it, reading it and finishing it before I could!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
jeanette garza
Sparing you the summary the product description and myriad reviews offer, Snuff comes across as a desperate attempt to sell mind-numbing filth to a target audience of teenagers whose parents are fooled by the idea that Palahniuk's written literature is at all comparable to the censored version of Fight Club that airs on USA.

When I read Snuff, I imagined I was sixteen and discovering my own perversion of existentialism for the first time. This book is a gift you give to your child when he graduates from watching professional wrestling into the pseudo-intellectualism which punctuates the society of young people who won't read geeky fantasy novels.

This book will appeal to you if you don't read enough to know a cliché when you see one.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
corrycox
If you consider this book more of a short story or novella, it really stands up better than being called a novel. As always you have your typical Chuck stuff. Double subjects, factoids, looks like an expanded writing started at a writers workshop, etc. I really would have liked this work better if it were the end novella of a group of a few short stories much like Irvine Welsh has done in the past, most recently with "If You Like School." Overall, it was OK. The good thing you can say about Chuck is he puts out a lot of work and is always a pretty good read. Rumor is his next novel, "Pigmy" has the chance to be his best yet, so maybe this is just a work to put out for now. He had a good idea for this story, but just couldn't flesh it out enough (pun intended).
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
serita
This is the fourth book I have read by Palahniuk ("Rant", "Survivor", and "Choke") and this is by far the worst one. Part of that is myself to blame because of expecting a huge twist like so many of his other books. But the random tidbits of information did nothing to the plot (unlike Rant), it was like "o that's nice"). The antiheros that you fall in love with (like in Survivor) fell flat and flaccid (to go with the theme of the novel). I used to be able to sit for a good hour trying to figure out the plot twist and how it works so eloquently in the novel, not here.

However, I did like the style of the book, told from the point of view from four individuals. And that it was a quick read.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
shylie
The quality of this story is a far cry from CHOKE. But, as usual Chuck's style makes you want to keep turning the page. You simply don't know how disappointing the end is going to be until you get there. Maybe it's just me, but as I read I kept expecting more from this book. I kept thinking it was going to go somewhere. But it never went anywhere. As I said, you will keep turning the pages; it's just that at the end you'll wonder why you did. Hopefully for you this is not your first Palahniuk book. The others are way better. Trust me.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
fuad takrouri
... it might not be in the top 10 of his works. Better than "Haunted" but not near as good as "Rant." I have read every Chuck novel and will read everyone he puts out. Fight Club, Choke, and Survivor and my favorites. If you haven't read those novels yet, then read them first. If you still need more Chuck after those, then give this one a try.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dv de mayo
Hello, I have always been a Chuck Palahniuk lover and I'm probably one of the great few who read "Fight Club" before I saw the movie. If your a prude don't read this book. I'm not even done with it yet; I got it in the mail yesterday and I'm already half through. I love all his books and this is just one more. If you ever get the chance to meet him do it and DEFINITLEY stay for his reading-you never know what will come out of his mouth next.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
daimon
Not his best, and twisted at times. But overall an interesting review.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
tamim zahrani
Much like everyone else here, I couldn't wait for the new Palahniuk novel. God, I was so excited. I went to the reading in Ann Arbor, and honestly I couldn't wait to tear into his latest work. However, after being barraged with 'dudes' and porn research, I felt shorted. Each character seems to have the exact same voice, even the girl Sheila. I love Chuck, normally after reading his work, I want to go and write something brilliantly witty and creative, but this was just...eh. Nothing special at all. The unreliable narrator threw some turns and twists, and it was a fun ride for some of the time but overall, I'm very disappointed. Hopefully Pygmy is better- more old Palahniuk. And yes, the ending is a little much.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
wyrenegade
Snuff is a great book. It isn't Palahniuk's best work, but Palahniuk's lesser works are still better than most other books. That said, this book will hopefully lead us to the realization that yes, porn stars use their bodies to make money and that that is OK. This book is very sexually graphic at times, going places in a literary work that I have never been before. Similar to Rant, the way this book is written is through four perspectives of the events that are transpiring. It is like an oral history in that sense, but I'd call it a "narrative history" with chapters alternating between narrators. Anyway, its a great book. Read it.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
lexa hillyer
I am a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk's work, let me be clear. I think you know where this is going...Snuff is not just a simple disappointment in a catalog of amazing work, but a complete disaster that spurred me to file only my second review on the store (which will soon be remedied as titles including Invisible Monsters and Survivor are pure magic).

I thought I might have unrealistic expectations when I flipped to the back to see this clock in at 208 pages, but the brevity of the work actually turned out to be a relief. While it angered me to pay more than $0.12 a page, I would have considered it a deal at twice the price if I could erase this mess from the innards of my cranium. Snuff's plot 'twists' are lazy and telegraphed well in advance, and each page is crammed with tired porno-puns that would have been less groan-inducing by just adding 'in bed' to a random film title.

And honestly, that's about it...not a whole lot else going on with Snuff. Shame if this is your first entry point to Palahniuk's magical back catalog, and for long-time readers it hopefully won't be your last. I will keep reading, but take a pass on Snuff.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
beck sherman
Chuck definitely has a way of bringing the world of sex and desire to a place you never quite imagined or predicted. Be for warned that this deals with some subjects that most people are too afraid to admit being intrigued by. :)
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
rizal iwan
If you disliked the ending of Lullaby, Invisible Monsters, or Choke... you will loathe the ending of Snuff. As the book plays out through its 4 narratives, you begin to see that though the writing is excellent; the story telling never goes anywhere. The black humor of the book comes though well, and the conveyor-belt-pornification of America has never been quite so hilariously in your face... this story takes off fast and hard, but completely fizzles with every page from the intros to the end.

Really, for all the great positives of the book; it is completely missing a backbone. The topic of Snuff itself, Cassie Wright, doesn't make an actual `appearance' until the very end. When Cassie finally does actually take part in the near real-time story, she disappoints and goes from unlikeable in the back story, to a despicable screw up that quickly becomes a stranger to the reader, completely alienating us to the point of hoping something bad happens to her. This just leaves no room for any type of audience connection, and it is a shame because until the last couple of chapters, she is the actual topic of this novella. As well as lacking any of the black humor that should have made her a goofy caricature.

I loved the porn descriptions, the satire of how truly stomach churning the sex industry is at its base. Unfortunately, I found it a little ironic that the very idea also parallels this book; it's a nice, pretty, attractive, glossy product... but it's just a shallow and hollow product that ends up as disturbing and unappealing as the world it is trying to satirize.

And at the end of the day, you are left with a few dollars missing from your wallet, and a very poor novel on your bookshelf. I recommend you skip unless you are absolutely the most diehard Chuck fan. Overall I feel that it was a waste of time to read, and truly a shame.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
nick
It may be fair to say that Chuck Palahniuk's style is not to employ any style. The result is he renders the good stories that spring from his head into something that is indigestable and adolescent.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tanya counter
Weird and wonderful
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
christina kingsley
Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk *****

Wow! I am gonna say up front that during points of this book I was less than thrilled, and during others I was amazed as I always have been by UpChucks work. But for what ever small period of time that I was less than captivated it was all made up for in the end.

To say that Snuff was UpChucks best work might be a stretch, might. But to say that it is his worst as some are hailing it is even more of a stretch. Snuff may not have had the strongest characters he has ever created, and in fact all three of the main characters have a little too much in common, or so it would seem, until the end.

As the leading porn queen of the industry decides to go out with a bang (no pun intended) she plans to sleep with 600 men for one final film. Among the men are a 19 year old who believes for one reason or another he is her son, and was adopted years ago. Another is the man who broke her into the industry....literally. In then end what seems as so obvious is nothing more then fantasy.

For me, Snuff was amazing. No other UpChuck novel has made me laugh so hard or think so much. The meanings and themes of this one need not slip out as they should be explored and found yourself. This is a well worth novel, and I promise if at any point you want to put the book down because as I said it all comes together in the end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
seana blanchard
First off, I would have to say that this book was worth the wait. It definitely isn't his best work to date (look into 'Rant' or 'Choke'), it was good.

My only problem with the book is how short it was. It was a good story, full of classic Palahniuk facts that are things you may not learn anywhere else.

Like most people have, and will, say- if you are a Palahniuk fan then you will enjoy this book. If not love it. It's far from his worst book (which, even those were still good) and it has all the classic elements of a Chuck Palahniuk novel.

However, I would not recommend this to first time readers of his work. His earlier works (Fight Club and Invisible Monsters) are a better place to begin. I'm a true fan of his work and look forward to what is coming next.

You will not be wasting your money
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
ritesh sheth
Like the title says, this is not as good as Chuck's other books. It's only OK. I would recommend reading Fight Club and Choke over this one.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
noura alabdulkader
Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite authors. Once a year I wait with anticipation for the store to ship me his latest offering. This year I could not wait to tear Snuff from the cardboard the store package that arrived two days after the release date. Nothing quite like setting down with a new Chuck Palahniuk Novel. So I began reading and after 197 pages I felt nothing. No sense of Wow! Just felt like I read any book by any random author. It didn't have any impact on me whatsover. Although I should have expected it because the fullfilment level has been dwindeling with each recent release. Fight Club 5 stars. Survivor 5 stars. Invisible Monsters 5 stars. Choke 4 stars. Lullaby 3.5 stars. Diary 3 stars. Haunted 3 stars. Rant 2 stars. It seems like a pattern. I found myself not carring about any of the characters in this book and the ending is absolutley goofy. Soddered together........come on Chuck.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
zenzibell
I'm a huge fan of Chuck P, but this was probably his weakest book to date. "Snuff" lacked any of the usual levels and complexity that made me want to re-read "Choke," "Rant," and "Survivor." The characters lacked any real charm, and the running 'porn movie title' gags got old quickly. Even the inevitable twist was predictable. I'll continue to read everything Palahniuk writes, but I hope he gives us more substance in future books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mopalomo
This novel was very humorous and dark. I loved the details.beware it is a bit raunchy. Something to read if you like dark humor.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
yvonne kodl
I actually found the book very interesting. I procrastinate when it comes to reading books, and usually never finish them. I was done with this in two days. The facts real or not kept me reading.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
cate clark
the book wasn't great, but it was o.k. the writing was awkward at times and a bit hard to muddle through. but, it was entertaining enough. the true scandalous facts made it quite interesting. i LOVED that the main character came from missoula montana!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
bill schroer
I wait in anticipation all year for Chuck's new books, and this is the first time I ever have been disappointed. Frankly, it's just not very good. The other reviewers have hit it right on the mark -- far too short, don't come to care about any of the characters, everyone has the same "voice", and a truly ridiculous ending. In addition, it is clear that Chuck puts shock value far above story in this book. I can't honestly believe that Chuck is happy with this final product. Pygmy better be good.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
ala a
I can easily say this book was an utter disappointment/disaster. Perhaps it was high expectations or the genius viral marketing, but I was left unfullfiled. Obviously tackling the subject matter at hand is difficult to say the least but I genuinely expected more. The one thing from his other books is that no matter how dispicable the characters are they are all redeemable and likable in the end. I cannot say the same for the charaters in "Snuff". If anything, they all seemed one dimensional, and the woe is me got very annoying. This is to say nothing about the ending. Most of Chuck's books have some element of outrageousness to them but this is just ridiculous. I felt it was absolutely stupid and pointless. I got you, no you got me, but we got them, no I got you, now I am ok with everything. Just RIDICULOUS. I would pass on this and re-read "Fight Club" and/or "Choke". If you feel compelled dust off the old library card and save the $20.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
michael feeney
This one..well...it's not so good. I have read all of Chuck's stuff and I will continue to do so, but this is not one of his best.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kelle
Ok...so Snuff isn't his best work but it is interesting. There are the usual twists that are associated with any Chuck Palahniuk novel and the premise for the book is one that has never been encounted before, at least i think. If you have read his books before then you should like this one, if you haven't you might associate this book with soft-core...well you know. But, it definitely is interesting and worth giving it read, it is only about 200 pages. The characters back stories are very interesting and help pan out the plot nicely.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
unhipchild
The idea sounded intriguing and daring... but it falls flat. I read 3 chapters and got the gist. Returned it promptly. How I miss the days of "Fight Club" and "Invisible Monsters."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
michael nicholson
I read the plot and thought, wow, I should just not read it. It was a horrible idea for a book. But the more I got into it, the more Chuck amazed me, like he has in all his other books. What I liked was not the story, but the way he delivered it. He gives you facts that you would never have known without him. His wording is incredible and he shocked me more than once with his immagry.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
deufo
One of my favorite authors. No matter what the topic of his books he is always insightful if you look closely.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
leigh winters gluck
After ignoring the negative hype, I had the misfortune of reading this GARBAGE! I have loved most of Palhniuk's other works. Haunted, Rant and Fight Club are my three favorites. The typical brilliant twist at the end of Palahniuk's books was absent, not only that the replacement ending was the fusing of two unspeakable *cough* things. Don't READ IT. I did after ignoring everybody on earth, what a mistake!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
vishal
I love Chuck's work. This book didn't go anywhere. It was fairly boring. Would only recommend for someone who reads all his stuff.
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ximena hernandez
Seems to start out strong, but then fails to really get going. The entire novel feels like an intro to something else. Something better?
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
praveen
This book is largely taken, at times word for word from a Kevin Bisch story on the adult film star Houston's record breaking gang bang called 'The Gang's All Here.' Look that up as it's a much better read.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
anca haiduc
I am a big fan of Chuck's book. I read them all so when this one came out, I had to get it right away. I have to say it is just awful. The plot is stupid and not in an entertaining stupid way but just bad. After reading this book, I haven't purchased his latest Pigmy b/c I am worried he may have lost his touch.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ally claire thigpen
This book is perverted, sick, and twisted. It is exactly what some people say is "wrong with America." But that is what makes this book so perfect. It breaks boundaries, going places that no other book has gone before. I have read every book by Chuck Palahniuk, and I would arguably say that this is my favorite novel of his. A+ for this dirty little book.
I want to clarify my review by saying that Snuff is one of my favorite books of his, but not my absolute favorite. Fight Club and Survivor in my opinion are his best works to date.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
makell
Not much to say here, but it is classic Chuck. Snuff is a filthy little novel filled with a copious amount of sex trivia and fun facts that will surely scare some readers away. This book does feel a bit dedicated to his fanbase, not too many new readers will come flocking for this book, but if you like his previous work, this is a must buy.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
aneta gastolek
As a huge fan of his other work, Chuck really let me down with this book. I arrived at the bookstore the morning of its release, and convinced a clerk to fish a copy off the truck for me. My apologies to the clerk.
It's written as if Chuck was half asleep and completely disinterested in producing a good book, instead just counting on the fact that his rabid fan base would turn out and buy copies, which it would appear, many of us did...
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kathryn berko
im a fan of the author from SURVIVOR and FIGHT CLUB... this one was... weird. not in a fun way
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
khare
First off, let me say that this book is not bad because of its offensive content. In fact, it was less shocking in content and detail than I expected it would be. However, it was bad. Just plain bad. The characters are flat, unlikeable, and boring (not to mention that the four different narrators all sound the same). The plotline goes nowhere. The ending is infuriatingly illogical, unrealistic, and a twist ending for the sake of a twist ending. I like Palahniuk, but this one was awful.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
kim hansen
I wish I had read the reviews before buying this book. Why it was recommended to me I'll never know. If you like non-stop, disgusting porn, you will love this book. Otherwise, skip it.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
agatha
More like carrier pigeon. I love his other books, except for Haunted - but Snuff makes Haunted look poetic in comparison. I think I'll go re-read Lullaby to remind me why Chuck is a favorite author...

A massive disappointment.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
smrati thakur
A whole bunch of pomo leading to a parody of porno.

This is a weak book. Blah. Look elsewhere.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alix
Wow, yet another wonderful Chuck book that I couldnt put down. I am strangly addicted to his writing, and 'SNUFF' is another awesome addition to my bookshelf!! I loved it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
victor antonov
In Snuff, Chuck Palahniuk visits the dark underbelly of the porn industry. While the subject matter of the novel may be coarse to some, the book is nevertheless a worthy edition to the body of Chuck's work. While the novel is a narrative of the making of an adult movie, it is also a character study which reveals much about man's search for identity in this world.

Told from the point of view of three actors in the movie, Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, the story explores how each man is trying to either reinvent himself and find out who he really is. Mr. 72 is a virtual unknown that believes that the star of the movie, Cassie Wright, is his long lost mother. Mr. 137 is a former television star hoping that his part in this movie will remove a past stigma and relaunch his career. Finally, Mr. 600, is an aging adult film star who hopes to get some redemption from a perceived guilt in his past. As all three tell their stories from their own point of view, the reader is introduced to Sheila, the talent wrangler, with a hidden agenda of her own.

It is interesting to learn about these characters through their stories as well as through their perceptions of each other.

The book moves on at a fast pace and can be read in a short amount of time. The writing is signature Chuck right down to the shocking end and twist of events. I can understand that some may take issue with the subject matter, but that is what makes Chuck's fans love him so much -- his raw, in your face storytelling that will live inside you for a long while.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
barry ozeroff
Let me state for the record that I am a huge Chuck Palahniuk fan and have been waiting for the release of this book for months. Maybe my anticipation of this book and the love of all his other novels put too much pressure for me to love Snuff. The book was not very exciting, never really caught my attention and if it the book was not so terribly short I would not have finished it so quickly. As far as all the work of Chuck Palahniuk go this was by far my least favorite novel. I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they were familiar with Chuck's work. I say read at your own risk or wait for the paperback to save a few dollars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
coral manson
but i got it fast, and knowing chuck palahniuk i'm sure it's a very interesting story with a crazy twist at the end.
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