5.0 out of 5 stars Sing me to sleep
Who would have thought that Palahniuk's LULLABY would be such a knock-out book? The power of words has no equal. They can inform, inspire, motivate, pacify and entertain. Words can also hurt, deceive, and kill. Kill? You know that words have inspired others to kill, but what if words themselves could kill? In LULLABY, the new novel by Chuck Palahniuk, words have exactly...
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3.0 out of 5 stars observer of the absurd
What first fascinated me was the "culling song" plot element. Really the only part of the synopsis you need to know is "The consequences of media saturation are the basis for an urban nightmare in Lullaby. Assigned to write a series of feature articles investigating SIDS, troubled newspaper reporter Carl Streator begins to notice a pattern among the cases...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sing me to sleep,
This review is from: Lullaby (Paperback)Who would have thought that Palahniuk's LULLABY would be such a knock-out book? The power of words has no equal. They can inform, inspire, motivate, pacify and entertain. Words can also hurt, deceive, and kill. Kill? You know that words have inspired others to kill, but what if words themselves could kill? In LULLABY, the new novel by Chuck Palahniuk, words have exactly that power. I'm not going to give anything away, because I want you to read it with no preconceptions or knowledge of the subject matter. If you've already read a review. Too late, but you'll still enjoy it. Chuck has taken his ablilities in a slightly new (The book is still 100% vintage Palahniuk) with wonderful results. Highly recommended, along with another great Amazon by Jackson T. McCrae titled "Katzenjammer."
4.0 out of 5 stars Lullabies and Culling,
"Lullaby", is thought provoking at a minimum, and will take you to areas of conduct that are still among some subjects that virtually all will consider taboo. An example is Necrophilia which I think will make most people feel they are reading material that will cause varying degrees of discomfort. The entire book is meant to press the darkest buttons inside of readers, Mr. Palahniuk will venture wherever he decides his story needs to go, he offers no respite, no safe haven. Whether you like this style or not I think it is refreshing to find an author that will go in to the darkest areas of human nature, not to be puerile or exploitative, rather to utilize material that is a valid piece of his tale. He is not afraid of offending, or perhaps he is just completely honest, he writes what he needs to write, if some are put off and he sells less books, so be it. The man is not commercial.
Placing topic aside for a moment and turning to style, I find this writer's work to be original in how he presents detail. Colors play a large part in this book, so when he needs to use green it becomes much more than simply green. He describes the green that appears on the felt of a pool table, but only when the red number 3 ball is upon the felt, as opposed to the yellow number 1. Or green is not lime but rather like the color of key lime pie, not avocado but avocado bisque topped with a thin sliver of lemon. This level of description is not meant as sleight of hand or an effort to fill space; it makes the reading incredibly rich, or perhaps lush
Mr. Palahniuk is not for everyone but if you like stepping away from what you usually read, and take a bit of a risk, you may be pleasantly surprised and appropriately rewarded. This writer follows only his own path.
3.0 out of 5 stars observer of the absurd,
This review is from: Lullaby (Paperback)What first fascinated me was the "culling song" plot element. Really the only part of the synopsis you need to know is "The consequences of media saturation are the basis for an urban nightmare in Lullaby. Assigned to write a series of feature articles investigating SIDS, troubled newspaper reporter Carl Streator begins to notice a pattern among the cases he encounters..."
You don't need to read more as it will give away some plot points that are nice to discover rather than having them exposed on the dust jacket.
The culling spell leads to even more old world spells which when used in modern day have some interesting applications... so of course I suggest it because it has magic and as one review put it "it's chock full of eco-hippie rhetoric and nihilistic tendencies".
But I also found some beautiful paragraphs about color - yes it was the artist in me that drooled over these - and moments of startling profundity that awaken the reader to the absurdity of modern culture and make you wonder whose world is crazier - his or ours. This is a modern day Film Noir pulp detective story - complete with haggard-life-weary detective. It's got a lot of dark and dry humor and is a little gritty.
Half way through it get even more surreal and though I finished it I thought there were two books under one binding... I was not as enthralled with the second half. In Fight Club I identified with Marla (yeah say what you will) in this one I'm just an observer of the absurd.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Palahniuk Starter,
This review is from: Lullaby (Paperback)In a Guardian Online interview, Chuck claimed that this book would be the best book for a Palahniuk novice to enter his world of eco-hippe rhetoric and nihilistic tendencies. Having only read two of his books(This and Fight Club), I enjoyed the socially conscious message that Chuck sends through both the Protagonist and Antagonist of the story. The plot can best be described as surreal. The absurdity of the wiccan lovers and the necrophiliac co-worker and succesful real estate agent all mingling to obtain the source of the culling lullaby is laughable(in a good way). Overall the most powerful impression this book leaves is the affect that we have on the environment, how we willingly rape the land of its natural resources and habitat and slaughter animals for our own self-interests pushed me in the direction of vegetarianism or at least incited me to accept the validity of the vegan lifestyle.
Fun book that Chuck sprinkles with statements of profundity that will take your mind off the crazy store and apply much of what happens to your own life.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Enough,
This review is from: Lullaby (Paperback)I bought this on a whim since i had read most of Fight Club and loved that book. I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this book. I haven't read any other books by Palahniuk, so i dont' know if this is just his style of writing or what, but it felt as though it had the same exact tempo as fight club but without the great outcome and story to go with it. I think if maybe it was just a bit shorter and a lot of parts were left out or more developed it would have been better, not sure though. Overall it was still a pretty decent book, but i don't really think i have any intention of going and reading it again any time soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Infanticide and all the things that go with it,
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4.0 out of 5 stars it is still Chuck Palahniuk, but its not his best,
This review is from: Lullaby (Paperback)It's an excellent book, but
It's not as
With that said, it is still excellent and its still Chuck Palahniuk
While you read it, you might get to the point where you feel this is not as good as....... but right then he pulls the rabbit out of the hat and you realize he still got it.
Final Verdict: the book is not a step up or ground breaking stuff, but it's not a step down. The book is still very entertaining and appealing to Chuck Palahniuk's fans
3.0 out of 5 stars Lullaby,
This review is from: Lullaby (Paperback)"Lullaby" is a story about a reporter (Carl Streader) who is working on a story for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS.) Through his research for the story, he makes a startling discovery -- a poem that is printed in a children's book, called the "Culling Song," causes death to its listeners. The story follows Carl in his quest to destroy all of the copies of the Culling Song, and he gets mixed up with other characters who share his secret of the poem's power, if not his desire to destroy it.
I was drawn to this book because I really enjoyed the movie "Fight Club," and "Lullaby" possesses alot of the same angry undertones that made Fight Club entertaining. The book started out very strong. Palahniuk seems to have a gift for creating intelligent, edgy, and angry characters who go on rants that feel like they were borne from blast furnaces. Another thing I notice in the book that you can't detect in the movie is his unique way of describing things. Green is not good enough, he describes green as the reflection off of the yellow ball on the pool table rather than the red one. I like that.
This story does bog down a little bit. He spends much too much time on a road trip scene, and he tries to develop a love interest for Carl that feels like a movie where the two love interests are just plain miscast, (i.e., Keanu Reeves and anybody...just kidding.) These parts of the book are slower, but they do not undo all the good that Palahniuk created in the beginning of his story.
This story, though probably one of the author's weaker ones, was very entertaining to a first time reader, and I am excited to read more of his works.
2.0 out of 5 stars This book sucks,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating,
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This review is from: Lullaby (Paperback)In very much the classic Chuck Palahniuk style, Lullaby focuses on many human frailties. Carl Streaton, an investigative reporter, is assigned to write a five-part series on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. During his investigation, he discovers a poem that grants a power many people have often wished for: the ability to kill with a thought. The idea of corruption that comes with power has been documented thoroughly and is well known, but Palahniuk presents it in a truly creative and entertaining way. While Palahniuk's style may be hard to get used to, the book gets difficult to put down once the plot picks up. In addition to being a captivating read, Lullaby is also a deceptively short read for being 260 pages. Great for a long trip or a few nights of leisure reading, Lullaby only heightens my respect for a brilliant writer.
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Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk (Paperback - July 29 2003)
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