Posts tagged ‘chuck palahniuk’

March 22, 2011

March Recommendations

For the month of March, Emma recommends the following four titles:

Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

Emma says: The first novel by the crazed mind that belongs to Chuck Palahniuk. He may be crazed, but he is brilliant. He redefines modern fiction and has created a genre all its own. Fight Club went on to be a hit classic film directed by David Fincher. Devilish fun!

Did you know? Like with any book-to-film adaptation, the movie has quite a few differences from the book. You can find a list of all the differences between the two at the blog The Book Was Better. Even the author of this blog admits that the movie and the book are both pretty darn good. Have you read both? Which did you enjoy more? Also, Palahniuk has a website chock full ‘o content about himself, his fourteen novels, and other works. You can even find out how to pronounce his name on his FAQ page.

Dry - Augusten Burroughs

Emma says: I have been on many journeys with Augusten Burroughs. Some dark, some scary, all of them funny. Dry is an inspiration. A true and vivid account of drug addiction and recovery — with a heavy dose of heart and hilarity. A five-star knock-out!

Did you know? Burroughs has a few television and film adaptations in the works. He is writing screenplays for a television adaptation of Dry for Showtime, and he is working on an original television production for CBS: the new show The Nature of Fire, about a troupe of firemen. Bryans Fuller (producer, Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies) and Singer (producer, The Usual Suspects and X-Men) are adapting Burroughs first novel, Sellevision, for NBC. (source)

January 27, 2011

Bookbyte: Chuck Palahniuk’s Diary

 

Chuck Palahniuk, bestselling author of Fight Club, Choke, and Lullaby (to name a few), continues his 21st century reinvention of the horror novel in this scary and profound look at our quest for some sort of immortality.

Diary takes the form of a “coma diary,” kept by one Misty Wilmot as her husband, Peter Wilmot, lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt. Once she was an aspiring art student, but now after marrying Peter and moving to the once quaint, now tourist-overrun Waytansea Island, she’s been reduced to the condition of hotel maid.

But then, as if possessed, Misty begins painting again, compulsively. But can her newly discovered talent be part of a larger, darker plan?

Of course it can…

Diary is a dark, hilarious, and poignant act of storytelling from America’s favorite, most inventive nihilist. Palahniuk has struck literary gold with Diary. He weaves a tale so taut you have to remind yourself to breathe.

– Emma