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Invisible Monsters Remix Hardcover – May 29 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton (May 29 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393083527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393083521
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Chuck Palahniuk’s stories don’t unfold. They hurtle headlong, changing lanes in threes and banging off the guard rails of modern fiction. . . . makes [] seem like a leisurely buggy ride.” — James Sullivan (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Even more fun to read than the first time around.” — Seattle

“Subtly moving, this singular writer reminds us that real life is often just as tragic, absurd and fabulously perverse as a Palahniuk novel.” — Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the best-selling novels Fight Club, Survivor, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Damned, and many other works of fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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LOVED having to work to read this book. Nothing out there like it. It is very true that when you complete it; you feel like you are missing something. I am rereading it cover to cover (with a mirror when necessary) to ensure that I haven't lost anything.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
The REMIX is fresh, exciting, and really fun to read May 30 2012
By Derrick Hibbard - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Let me write a short disclaimer here. I recieved this book in the mail yesterday. I was under the impression that it didn't come out for a few weeks, but hey, pleasant surprise. In the last 24 hours, I've read the book--though I don't think I've hit every single part. See, the book is set up kind of like one of those old "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories (which I loved as a kid), so you skip around in the book to different parts of the story. The difference is that there are random chapters sprinkled about with nothing leading to them--like the "easter eggs" on DVDs, or deleted scenes. It reminded me of books like House of Leaves or Only Revolutions: A Novel, but without the actual manipulations of text. All in all, the style and format of the book is very fun, clever, and enjoyable to read.

As far as the story, well, it is one of my favorites by Mr. Palahniuk. I would put "Invisible Monsters" on par with Fight Club: A Novel and Survivor: A Novel. To read this is a reminder of Mr. P's genius with the written word. Highly recommended for fans, and those new to Chuck Palahniuk as well.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
"Every story is an experiment in collecting, organizing, and presenting details." May 31 2012
By ikirkwood62 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Invisible Monsters: A Novel is perhaps one of my favorite books of all time. It's not that I necessarily think its an objectively "good" novel, but it is a fun, wild ride through sex, drugs, and rock and roll. In fact, since reading Invisible Monsters, I have read every Chuck Palahniuk book to date, hoping for that same thrill of a first experience when reading. Unfortunately, for me, his other works were fine and dandy, but none of them reached the high intensity feeling of reading Invisible Monsters for the first time. That is, until now.

Invisible Monsters Remix is the book form of a movie's directer's cut. This is the way Chuck Palahniuk wanted it to be, totally and absolutely. That means added material, hardcover, a new introduction, etc. The entire experience is a fanboy's dream. Do not pass this up.

The plot of this novel is simple, but made complex via distorted point of view and chronological twisting. A super model gets her jaw blown off in a highway accident and must restructure her entire life. But the genius is in the presentation.

Unlike its predecessor, Invisible Monsters Remix is presented as a choose your own adventure style book. The opening of the old novel (which was chapter one previously) is now found all the way at the end of the book, chapter 41. At the end of each chapter, the reader gets a little note that says "Please Jump to Chapter __".

But note the "please".

Like the characters in his works, Chuck is presenting the readers with a choice. And only by breaking the rules does the fun and shine of this book come out. There are hidden "scenes", and a running commentary that shows of some of Palahniuk's excellent essayist skills throughout the novel. The catch is that no chapters ask you to please go there. You must go on that adventure yourself.

It was a pleasant surprise to receive this book much earlier than anticipated, and now that it is in my hands, I cannot wait to dive immediately back in and do some more searching. Invisible Monsters has undergone the entire Brandy Alexander Witness Reincarnation Project, and come out something new. It has a shiny new look (one of my favorite Palahniuk covers to date), a tough, sturdy spine, and maybe even a little bit of nihilist/romantic philosophy to get you through your day.

As I said earlier, do not pass this up. Even if only to read the added material (an excellent introduction and conclusion, some nice tidbits along the way, too, like an entire chapter ABOUT mirrors that must be read by reflection IN a mirror), this book is worth your 20-odd dollars.
58 of 73 people found the following review helpful
a disaster for kindle - please please please fix June 5 2012
By Indygreg - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was excited to read this and pre-ordered it. I think the concept of it (no spoiler) where in it is non-linear in how it is laid out and it sends you all over the place (go to chapter 23 it might tell you) is interesting and worth trying. I love Chuck and this fits him well.

However, this is completely useless on the kindle and I had to return the book. I am stunned that no one thought of this or caught this. Right off the bat (after intro explaining how this is all going to work) it tells me to go to chapter 46. Great - this kindle book has not linked chapters. If you go to table of contents, it is just the first page. As such, it would be impossible to read this as it is supposed to be done.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Face-Lift" to the original edition. Sept. 27 2012
By Olga. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When I first read the news about a remix to the original, 1999 edition coming out this summer, I was skeptical. Remix to the novel that already was good enough to shake person's mind and make wonder if anything is real? It seemed to be hardly possible. Still, I had to get the book and experience it all once again. This resulted in partial isolation from the world and drinking more coffee than usual.
So, everyone interested in Palahniuk's art, knows the plot: a celebrated fashion model gets shot in the face, survives but loses her lower jaw and re-creates herself, simultaneously discovering shocking secrets of her past that influence present and become a reason for the future. More interesting part is the structure of the novel - all chapters are numbered, but plotline is far beyond the linear order. In the end of each chapter, there's a note like, "Please jump to Chapter...".That was quite interesting, and some of the chapters were even printed backwards to be read through the mirror. The author also advises to mark pages in some way to make sure you went through them all. I was going to do so, but then decided to actually keep a log of chapter sequence instead. Turned out, there was Chapter 41 after preview, and I listed it as a Chapter 1, then there was Chapter 1, which I marked as 2, and so on.
The most interesting is Chapter 31 (21), which reads: "The End". Obviously, that was not the end at all. My log was challenged and I knew there was something missing, something that makes the novel a remix besides its structure. So I went back to my list to find out that chapters 3, 9, 13, 16, 18, 25, 27, 30, 36 and 42 weren't mentioned anywhere before, and I started reading from there. Sometimes, those numbers would go in loops, heading back to the previous chapter, but if you really feel the mood of the novel, you can always find your way. It was delightful to see Chapter 42 being the actual Chapter 42.
Those last chapters were truly new and exciting. The novel ended and the other story began. Story so personal and genuine,, that you can clearly hear author's voice and feel his emotions in the process of writing. Very good ending. As always, strong characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Strange story, yet an excellent one! Sept. 25 2012
By panblock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The first book of Palahniuk that I read was "Survivor". I am from Greece so I read it translated in greek. Maybe that was my mistake. I hate it, it was really boring.
So I was quite reluctant to buy another Palahniuk book. But I 've read so many good reviews about "Invisible Monster" that I decided to give it a try. In English this time...

I was in one word thrilled! I couldn't put the book down but on the other hand I didn't want it to end. An excellent book, a unique story, narrated in a great way. The "back and forth" way of telling the story, the "jump to where" Palahniuk's technique is really something. This way you don't know where the story ends. You keep reading chapters, jumping from the beginning to the end of the book and you have no clue where or how the story will end. And a word of advice. The author tells you to mark with an X all the pages that you 've read in order not to miss one. He says that he wishes you will be lost and confused. Believe me , he means it!

About the story now. This book is all about beauty and how people treat beautiful and ugly people. How vain extremely beautiful people behave and being treated. It's all about making a new start out of a disaster. Palahniuk's plot is strange and full of surprises. You think you know what happened but you don't. And when you say "oooh now I got it! This is what happened!", probably you are wrong again...

To cut a long story short: A highly recommended book! A strange story, a unique narration, a surprisingly good book!

ps: It is a pity that this book has so many negative votes due to Kindle version... This is a 5-star book hands down...

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