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Palahniuk delivers another entertaining and cynical social commentary on American materialism and gluttony. In her final pornographic performance, Cassie Wright has decided to be on the receiving end of a 600-man gangbang. Neither Cassie nor the men waiting for their chance with her expect her to survive. But some of the men have very different ideas about what this encounter will mean for them in their personal and professional lives. Todd McLaren does an excellent job voicing the many different first-person accounts. Whether reading the accounts of Cassie's assistant, an aging stud or the Cassie's presumptive abandoned son, McLaren finds a complementary voice for each and keeps them consistent throughout. Given the raunchy discussions of sex and the sinister elements that are often associated with the porn industry, McLaren's gritty voice adds the needed edge to this seedy but interesting novel. A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 11). (May)
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“Often biting, often hilarious, often awful, but always compelling . . . It’s ludicrous, of course, but that’s the point.”
— Los Angeles Times
“An absurd dark comedy about damaged people.”
— The Seattle Times
“In Snuff, [Palahniuk] does a masterful job of putting all of our excesses, phobias, and neuroses on full display.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
From the Hardcover edition.