Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread by Chuck Palahniuk

Make Something Up
Stories You Can't Unread
by Chuck Palahniuk

Doubleday Canada Hardcover, 336 pages

Certainly the strangest book of short stories I have read in quite some time. Possibly ever. One can't help but wonder if at least some of them are the travails of a drug-fueled mind. Others have a certain sense of wisdom. And a few seem forcibly shocking. None of these descriptions would shock a Palahniuk fan, of course - this book is, I am guessing, exactly what they would hope for in a collection of his short stories.

For those not familiar with Chuck Palahniuk (of Fight Club fame), enter with caution.

These are wild waters. Bad is good, good is bad. Sin is delicious and normal is nowhere to be found.

I know there is a certain subset of the population that gobble up these bizarro tales and their twisted sense of morals - and they will be well pleased indeed.

From the Back Flap:

Stories you'll never forget--just try--from literature's favourite transgressive author.

     Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. The absurdity of both life and death are on full display; in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze: electric shocks from cardiac defibrillators. In "Knock, Knock," a son hopes to tell one last off-colour joke to a father in his final moments, while in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing 'relief' to dying clients. And in "Excursion," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precusor story to Fight Club.

     Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant; these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK is the author of fourteen novels--Beautiful You, Doomed, Damned, Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Rant, Haunted, Diary, Lullaby, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Fight Club--which all have sold more than five million copies in North America. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, published as part of the Crown Journey Series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him on the web at chuckpalahniuk.net.