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Survivor
Survivor: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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From the author of the cult sensation Fight Club (now a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter) comes Survivor."A turbo-charged, deliciously manic satire of contemporary American life." --Newsday"The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage," according to the "been there, done that" wisdom of Tender Branson, last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult. At the opening of Chuck Palahniuk's hilariously unnerving second novel, Tender is cruising on autopilot, 39,000 feet up, dictating the whole of his life story into Flight 2039's "black box" in the final moments before crashing into the vast Australian outback.Not since Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night has there been as dark and telling a satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world. Wickedly incisive and mesmerizing, Survivor is Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak.
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LiterRohde
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“An airplane is just so many rows of people sitting and all going in the same direction a long ways off the ground. Going to New York's a lot the way I imagine going to Heaven would be.”

#LilithJuly | 8: #WindowSeat

📷: Made with Typorama

Cinfhen Ha! I hope heaven lacks the odors of NY....just saying😉 2w
LiterRohde @Cinfhen I believe this is more about the mode of transportation. So I think you‘re safe. 😉 2w
Cinfhen Whew!! Once I get that scent of downtown subway in my nostrils it‘s all over 😖🤢 2w
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LiterRohde
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”Every stupid thing in the world, decaffeinated coffee, alcohol free beer, makes perfect sense, not because you're any smarter, but because the smart part of your brain's on vacation.”

#QuotsyJuly19 | 8: #Vacation

📷: Made with Typorama

BooknerdsLife 🤣🤣 2w
ReadingOverSleeping Palahniuk always has a way with words! 2w
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madamereadsalot1
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StayCurious Was the prompt pattern? 😄 You nailed it! 1mo
gradcat Really great Quote & Art! ♥️ 1mo
madamereadsalot1 @StayCurious @gradcat thank you! I have fun finding and putting these things together. ☺️ 1mo
gradcat Me, too! I love doing these. ♥️ 1mo
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LiterRohde
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“The main thing I worry about in public is maybe people can tell I‘m a survivor.”

#QuotsyJune19 | 2: #Survivor

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LiterRohde I haven‘t thought about it in exactly these words, but on almost a daily basis I work super hard so people don‘t notice how much I am physically, mentally, and spiritually hurting; what a fraud and fake I am; how I have almost none of my shit together; that I am disappointed by who I am. It is exhausting being me. 2mo
VioletBramble I think most people feel this way. I also think that most people have no idea what other people are going through in their lives. Or what they have gone through. 2mo
LiterRohde @VioletBramble I mentally understand this. I guess that‘s one reason I share stuff like this. But it certainly does not make it much easier. The basic concept might be the same but the details are so damn specific that it leaves you still feeling the odd one out. And some people are better at bouncing back and not internalizing everything. 2mo
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LauraJ I‘m sorry you‘re going through this and I have zero advice since I‘m going through it too. Do you have a support network of any kind? Can we help you find resources to build one? 2mo
LiterRohde @LauraJ Thanks for the kind thoughts and concern. At this point, this way of thinking has become a way of life. It is who I am. I overthink everything. I write it out every once in awhile to help myself and others take a step back and breathe. None of us really has the answers. We do our best with what we got. But if there is ever anything I can do to help you, let me know. 2mo
LauraJ @LiterRohde Thanks. 🍻 2mo
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Darklunarose This is so accurate 2mo
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Miraworm
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A true insight into the lives of those who dwell in their own thoughts. To feel so much and experience nothing.

Miraworm Finally my first c: Thank you for the inspiration and guidance fellow friends c: 5mo
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SincerelyWinona
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Called off work and spent my Chinese New Year weekend doing some local traveling. Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite audiobook staples and I eagerly downloaded this one for the drive. Survivor is probably now one of the top 2 of his books for me, alongside Haunted. Enjoyed this read.

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bookishbitch
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I stayed up way too late to finish this one. No regrets. A wild ride for sure. And dark. I found the writing style interesting. And I may steal his gardening shortcut this spring. 😁

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laurenlovesliterature
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Today's book haul. I'm only sad that the book "Dead Sky" was the UK version (with different title) of a book I already own. Damn these different titled books! Oh well... It was a $2 purchase.

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Victoriahoperose
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Loved it. Very true to Palahniuk‘s style and such a biting story. There are strong characters with a bit of a creepy past and a strange way of coming together and then a mysterious lead up to the end. Very good writing as usual.

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m.galehuxley
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Regardless of how the story is told, I wish all books counted down the page numbers instead of starting at 1.

tracey38 I've never seen that before! 10mo
Velvetfur Oohhh that's useful! Very creative 😊 10mo
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m.galehuxley
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Next book. It‘s been a while since I‘ve read anything by Palahniuk. My favorite book of his is a nonfiction book—Stranger than Fiction.

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TieDyeDude
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#tuesdaytidbits @JenlovesJT47

1. Neil Gaiman, Guillermo del Toro, Janelle Monae, Aisha Tyler, Ed Brubaker
Sci fi, fantasy, afrofuturism, Batman, gothic, horror, noir; this would be such an epic nerd-out session!

2. I would say Chuck Palahniuk really pulled me out of my comfort zone and got me to seek out books that challenged me. He was one of the first authors whose new release I couldn't wait to get ahold of

3. @Coffeymuse @Clwojick

JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 11mo
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manifestsanity
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I loved this dark comedy about a suicide cult survivor turned Mickey Mouse messiah. It's a grim satire of consumer culture and religion. Don't get frustrated with the beginning. It gets weird and wonderful. Although the protagonist could be frustratingly passive, this commentary on the cult of celebrity has aged well. It's still relevant, twisted, and funny 20 years later. Damn good social commentary.

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Jason7
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If you like bizarre and crazy, this novel is for you. While Survivor isn‘t a fast-paced novel in the beginning, it morphs into a wild ride and spirals out of control in the end. I enjoyed it. Overall rating: 4.41 stars.

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Bateman
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Second best (after choke)

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MelAnn
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TK-421 ❤️ 1y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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#NuYear #TheAirCrashBureau
@Cinfhen @TrishB

One of my favorite Palahniuk books! 🤗

MiyakoBunny Sweet ✈️😎 2y
vivastory Same! I also love Rant 2y
TrishB Not read this one 👍🏻 2y
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TricksyTails I love Chuck! Haven't read this one yet, though. 2y
Thorex So glad to see survivor getting some love. Seriously my favorite Palahniuk by far! 2y
blondie I ALMOST put this in my donate pile without reading it. I need to get to it soon! Plus, the main character has the same last name as me, so it makes me more intrigued :p 2y
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Kaye
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1 Survivor , But I haven‘t watched any tv for about a year.
2 meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, baked beans
3 yep
4 Going to grandson‘s band show, then he will spend Sunday here with us
5 We have snow, but only about 2 or 3 inches

#humpday @MinDea

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MorbidAi
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My Chuck Palahniuk collection is my favorite

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not_jmg
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First book I read from Chuck Palahniuk. Haven't stop reading his books since.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/
2y
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AmandaL
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The cover of this book was the first thing that came to mind for today's #BigJetPlane prompt. It's an odd story that starts on the last page with the main character telling his life story on the black box of the plane he's hijacked. #TuneInToNovember @Robothugs @Cinfhen (image from internet)

Robothugs Sounds interesting! 2y
Drnkpnkprincess This is one of my favorite Palahniuk books!!! I‘ve read it front wards and backwards and it‘s amazing either way! 2y
Cinfhen I'm intrigued!!! #stacked 2y
AmandaL @Robothugs It was! @Cinfhen It's definitely different. 2y
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jdtchicago
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Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?

Cathythoughts I thought it was more about temptation in the garden (edited) 2y
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Billypar
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Celebrity is such an easy target for satire that it can be more difficult to pull off without being too obvious. Palahniuk is up to the task though as he weaves the twisted tale of Tender Branson, former cult member turned celebrity, who provides his story to the flight recorder of a crashing airplane. #fame #septembowie @Marchpane @Cinfhen

vivastory This is one of my favorites by palahniuk 2y
RealBooks4ever @vivastory Agree! This book is amazing! 2y
Marchpane Is the title a spoiler? 😂 2y
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Billypar @Marchpane Funny- I actually had to go back and check just now. My amnesia for past books read is pretty bad! 2y
Marchpane @Billypar I suffer from book amnesia too. Makes these challenges extra challenging! 2y
Suet624 I've only read one of his books and it's lived on for years in my memory. Why haven't I read more?? Stacking. 2y
Billypar @Suet624 Yeah I've only read two but had the same thought after using them in challenges. 2y
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JeannieReads
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Just started this one.

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dursin
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You could call me a gentleman and a scholar, but you would be wrong on both counts.

RaimeyGallant Nice quote! 13mo
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DimeryRene
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Told Bailey to pose with the book... That's all we got. Squeezing this in next (before I finish Preacher) since I'm shit about reading books borrowed from @cjl214 anyway. 😩

vivastory Enjoy! This is one of my favorite Palahniuk books 2y
[DELETED] 1574320633 Hope you like it. I got plenty more recommendations where that came from. 2y
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Matt4
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An oldie but a goodie. Makes me laugh as much as the first time I read it. I'm in love with the style and flow. Won't be the last time I read this one.

Onioons Loved this book. Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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LauraJ
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Lola Petunia and I went to the LAPL book sale. Am I the only one who wants to reorganize the books at these things? People just toss them all willy-nilly!!!
Respect the books, you bastards!
(The cat always has to sneak into the picture)

Megabooks Yes! Agreed!! 2y
vivastory To be posted on banners & signs wherever books are sold "Respect the books, you bastards!" 2y
Soubhiville Yep, I often flip them to at least all face the same direction. 2y
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tracyramone
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Day 3 @bookriot #riotgrams #onewordtitle this was fun and hard to narrow down. I had two covers for Survivor but it was easier to see the totally with this one. #allthebooks

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kricheal
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"The sky is blue and righteous in every direction. The sun is total and burning and just right there in front. We're on top of the clouds, and this is a beautiful day forever."

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vivastory
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Palahniuk's second novel is narrated in a deadpan tone by the survivor of a religious cult. The narrator is an unsympathetic character, however he is more fleshed out than the narrator of "Pygmy." Palahniuk targets exoticism of the outsider by the media and pop culture. Published in 1999, "Survivor" seems to foresee the rise of reality TV as a vicarious experience of what mainstream America views as the innocent, spiritual & meaningful "other. "

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vivastory
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A cup of peppermint hot chocolate out of my Edgar Allan Poe mug & an excellent book.

LeahBergen Love your mug!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
vivastory @LeahBergen Thank you. I have a Kurt Vonnegut mug from the same company. They have a few others I've been eyeing, especially the Monty Python & Lewis Carroll. 3y
Kimzey Sounds heavenly! 😇 3y
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vivastory @Kimzey I'd been saving the hot chocolate for a cold night on the weekend. Today was the first one we've had in awhile. It was wonderful. 3y
JoeStalksBeck Adore this book❤️ 3y
vivastory @Book_Addict I think it's going to be one of my favorite by him. Right up there with Rant & Haunted. 3y
JoeStalksBeck @vivastory Rant is my favorite! I wished for a sequel! Though the end of Snuff made me squeal with horror , surprise and laughter. 3y
vivastory @Book_Addict Haven't read that one yet. Have you seen him read in person? 3y
JoeStalksBeck @vivastory oh my gosh! You must read it! No I haven't. I can't imagine even being in the same room with him much less hear him read. Have you ? 3y
vivastory @Book_Addict I saw him at a reading in KC for the release of "Haunted." He mentioned the reading in the afterword of paperback edition . It was about the extreme reactions of audience members to the story "Guts." 3y
JoeStalksBeck @vivastory oh Guts is incredibly detailed lol. I remember reading that years ago and the images were ones I don't care to conjure in my head again lol 3y
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vivastory
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People are walking down the up escalator, and this looks as wrong as breaking a law.

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eva_lution
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"Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. Every time you don't throw yourself down the stairs, that's a choice. Every time you don't crash your car, you reenlist."
Not every emotional reaction art generates is a pleasant one. Sometimes it makes you faintly sick, and questioning your choices. That's how I feel about Palahniuk. Still, Survivor is my "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" pick for #photoadaynov16

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OrangeMooseReads
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I'm feeling lazy so here are a few #publishedinthe1990s that I found on the bookshelf in the living room #photoaday16 #nov16 (gee I think I marked a couple things in Maya Angelou)

MrBook Loved 90s books. That was a good decade for us reader 😁👍🏻! 3y
ValerieAndBooks I have that Maya Angelou 💕 3y
OrangeMooseReads @ValerieAndBooks it's a good one to have 3y
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Qemorio
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What do you do when you are bored at work? Walk around and take pictures of books to add to Litsy of course.

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Onioons
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#bestcharactername I've always loved the name Tender Branson. We meet him as he records his own suicide note to the black box of a plane he has hijacked (and emptied). He was raised in a cult and, like all but the first-born sons, at 17 he left for the Outside World where he was hired out a servant or tender. The girls were each named Biddy. #booktober

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thats an awesome photo 👏 3y
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AlexandraGriffin
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Panpan

Meh. Thats how this book felt. It literally feels like a prequel to Fight Club. And i've never read fight club, only watched the movie. Which is a testament to how strong Palahnuk's voice and writing style is, really.

But this book felt long, and slow, and like I'd basically already seen it in Fight Club, though the details were slightly different. Or like this was just one long, drawn out backstory.
⭐️⭐️1/2

Driftglass The cynic in me says it was constructed from a lot of leftover Fight Club material. 3y
AlexandraGriffin @Driftglass that honestly wouldn't surprise me. It's too similar. I'll try another palahnuk book again someday, but this one was just too wannabe-fight club that I wasn't impressed. 3y
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AlexandraGriffin
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Morning commute thoughts.

BooksTeasAndBookishThings My Husband doesn't read, but anytime we have watched a Nicholas Sparks movie, he already knows: "Who is going to die?" Haha 3y
AlexandraGriffin @BooksTeasAndBookishThings hahaha they're all basically the same plot, just with slightly different details. I read two or three in a row and now can't remember which details go with which book, and I feel like that is likely a similar thing with palahnuk's books. 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Yep. I vaguely remember reading that one of the very first ones, if not THE first one, (maybe A Walk To Rmember) was loosely based on his sister? And it was such a huge success it seems like he can't get away from the death for love R&J kind of formula. 3y
AlexandraGriffin @BooksTeasAndBookishThings definitely. And I mean if I read one a year it'd be ok, but you know it's going to be "boy meets girl" then filler, then "rain storm romantic get together" then drama, then the death/resolution ending. 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Exactly. While sweet, so predictable. Annually is probably the right way to go lol 3y
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Yournewfriendsam
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I can't believe how annoyed I am at this book. Maybe I just don't get it? It's feeling like one of those movies that is overly confusing and weird but everyone calls it deep and genius instead. What if Palahniuk is just full of shit?

Jerame2999 That is a definite possibility. 3y
Liza I read a bunch of palahniuk in high school and right after, and eventually I decided he was full of shit and just wrote the same book over and over again with slightly different characters and scenarios. 3y
StephTKO I've only ever read one of his books, Damned. And even though the main character was a young girl, I thought the whole thing was pretty ridiculous, self-indulgent male masturbatory bs. The whole experience was one huge eye roll. Frustrating because back when he was popular I bought several of his book to add to TBR where they remain to this day, a decade later. 3y
Arbol I loved Invisible Monsters and liked Fight Club but haven't enjoyed anything since and stopped reading altogether after Choke. They just got tedious. 3y
ThatOneLibrarian You aren't alone in those feelings! I'm on the "he's full of shit" bandwagon for sure. Pygmy is what did me in permanently on his stuff. 3y
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Yournewfriendsam
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Just started this one, but interested in hearing if anyone else finds Survivor a little long-winded...

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BekahB
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My pile of books from today's library sale. I didn't buy as many as I usually do, but I'm very happy with what I found. I'm excited to dig into all of these! I may need to bump a couple of them onto my current TBR stack.

JoeStalksBeck Survivor is one my all time fav books! 3y
Classic_Wirginia I read survivor a few years ago and I loved it. It was a really new concept and not something you typically read about. Good choice. 3y
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BookswithB
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3.5 my first Palahniuk - Interesting story, recommend.

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Onioons
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For me, Tender Branson is one of the most poignantly named characters in all the books I've read. Raised in a Creedish cult, he is hired out as a domestic servant like all younger sons of the faithful. Thus he is simultaneously a tender to the needs of his employers and a vulnerable, exploited child