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Damned
Damned | Chuck Palahniuk
Think adolescence is hell? You have no idea... Welcome to Dante's Inferno, by way of The Breakfast Club, from the mind of American fiction's most brilliant troublemaker. "Death, like life, is what you make out of it." So says Madison, the whip-tongued 11-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk's subversive homage to the young adult genre. Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas while her parents are off touting their new film projects and adopting more orphans. Over the holidays she dies of a marijuana overdose--and the next thing she knows, she's in Hell. This is the afterlife as only Chuck Palahniuk could imagine it: a twisted inferno inspired by both the most extreme and mundane of human evils, where The English Patient plays on repeat and roaming demons devour sinners limb by limb. However, underneath Madison's sad teenager affect there is still a child struggling to accept not only the events of her dysfunctional life, but also the truth about her death. For Madison, though, a more immediate source of comfort lies in the motley crew of young sinners she meets during her first days in Hell. With the help of Archer, Babette, Leonard, and Patterson, she learns to navigate Hell--and discovers that she'd rather be mortal and deluded and stupid with those she loves than perfect and alone. From the Hardcover edition.
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LeticiaToraci
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Pickpick

This was originally funny and occasionally disgusting. 😁

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Clwojick
Damned (Damned #1) | Chuck Palahniuk
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“Are you there Satan? It‘s me, Madison.”

So far, I am absolutely loving this book. I have no idea how I have never read any of his books before now... especially considering I‘ve have 4 of them on my bookshelf for years 😅#NewToYou #Palahniuk #MayMadness

@TheReadingMermaid @RadicalReader

Mynameisacolour This is what got me hooked on Chuck P. ! Doomed is good too! 5mo
ElizaMarie Been meaning to read this one 5mo
vivastory I highly highly recommend his book 5mo
Mandoul Havent read this one yet, but really enjoyed a few of his earlier books. Totally agree about Rant, which was my fav. 5mo
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gradcat
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#MayMovieMagic

(Day 7 - #RedRightHand)

*The lyrics to this song always make me think of Palahniuk‘s novel “Damned.” There‘s Maddie, the 13-year-old telemarketer, calling from Hell, surveying the old and infirm. But—what lo—they fall in love with our Maddie, which prompts them to cash in their chips ahead of their expiration dates so they can join her army in Hell, confronting such baddies as Hitler, Vlad the Impaler, Catherine de Medici, etc.

Cinfhen How crazzy !! palahnuik is such a polarizing writer 🙃gotta admire him- original! 6mo
rohit-sawant What a premise! 5mo
gradcat @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant He has ups & downs in his writing. This one is part one of a supposed trilogy, but so far we only have the second one... 5mo
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readordierachel
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I DNF'd this tale narrated by a 13-year-old girl who ends up in Hell. Interesting idea, but I hated the execution of this #highwaytohell.

#maymoviemagic
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Patchshank I didn't like it much either. I wasn't able to finish it. 6mo
readordierachel @Patchshank I remember liking some early Palahniuk back in the day, but this was just not my cup of tea 6mo
merelybookish I have no desire to read Palahniuk and posts like this remind me why! 😉 6mo
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rohit-sawant I haven't read anything by him yet. Love this cover, though! 6mo
Reagan-reads I think Snuff was the last one I finished. Lullaby was so great. 6mo
Cinfhen One Palahnuik was enough for me 🙄 6mo
Cinfhen But good choice for prompt!! 6mo
Reggie Me and you both. This book was the last time I bought a Palahniuk until Fight Club last month. 6mo
gradcat He is very difficult to swallow, but I like a few things he‘s done. I can easily understand why people don‘t like him, though—not everyone‘s cup of tea 🍵! 6mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I used to dig him, but I've changed so much as a reader in the last 2 decades 🙃 6mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant I do, too! 6mo
readordierachel @Reagan-reads I might have to check that one out someday. Just the premise of Snuff was too much for me 🙈 6mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen Funny enough I've never read Fight Club, but I don't think I want to tbh... 6mo
readordierachel @Reggie It's just so unsavory, and not in a fun way! 6mo
readordierachel @gradcat Yes, I can totally see (and respect) that there is an audience for his work. Just not me anymore, I guess! Although I remember liking Survivor and Invisible Monsters way back in the day. 6mo
ephemeralwaltz I DNF'd this too!!! 5mo
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madamereadsalot1
Damned | Chuck Palahniuk
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📚 - Damned

🎬 - The Gate

🎶 - Devil in Jersey City, Coheed & Cambria

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 🖤😈🖤 7mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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#31bookpics | Day 21 (playing catch-up!)

This was a #DNF for me. I tried to read this a few years ago and I'm not even going to try to find an excuse for bailing. Ugh. I've enjoyed a few Palahniuk novels but this just was a big "no" from me.

@howjessreads

Jadams1776 I felt the same way. I just couldn‘t finish it. 12mo
ephemeralwaltz @Jadams1776 nice to see I'm not alone! I've been scrolling through the posts on Litsy and I'd never seen a book on here that so many people had bailed on or panned!😂 12mo
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teenangstlives
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Unreadable. I feel as interesting as the plot is the execution of this was horrible. I can't imagine anyone enjoying this. Nothing to do with the writing style either because I loved Choke by him. This was scattered, repetitive and seemed like something he puked up to meet his deadline. I'm shocked this was even published.

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Jadams1776
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Bailedbailed

The obsession with bodily fluids was a bit too much for me. This is ridiculous- I‘m moving on.

j9brown I bailed on a different book of his (Diary maybe?) for the same reason! 1y
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heylaurenmack
Damned | Chuck Palahniuk

True, Jane Eyre is an eternal, ageless character, but no matter how many times you read that damned book, she always gets married to gross, burn-victim Rochester. Reread that Bronte book all you want but Jane Eyre‘s never going to get gender reassignment surgery or train to become a kickass ninja assassin. And it‘s pathetic she believes she‘s real. Jane‘s just ink stamped on a page, but she really, truly thinks she‘s a living-alive person.

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Chellebearss
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Mehso-so

Madison Spencer is 13 years old when she wakes up one day and finds herself in Hell. She speaks to Satan and discusses her life before death when she was living with her celebrity parents. “Are you there, Satan? It‘s me, Madison,”
It's a little cheesy but I found it entertaining. It's first in a proposed trilogy but I didn't enjoy it enough to seek out the others.
“My parents meant well, but the road to Hell is paved with publicity stunts.” 3.5🌟

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Dogearedcopy
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Panpan

🎧 Palahniuk skewers lest coast liberalism and its inherent hypocrisy in this satire featuring a 13-yo who dies after smoking too much mj and finds herself in Hell. While by no means family-friendly listening, there‘s not much of the author‘s trademark shock content and there are some tiresome and repetitive word/phrase usages. Audiobook narrator sounds like a 13-yo, but mispronunciations and awkward delivery “damn” this production.

BethFishReads Crap. But he‘s hit or miss for me 2y
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Dogearedcopy
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🎧 Pulling this backlist title from my TBL queue and starting it tonight! I‘m prepared for rough/crude scenes and satirical humor in this story about a 13-yo who dies and goes to hell. So yeah, just your standard run-of-the-mill Palahniuk 😜

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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#overdrive

MidnightBookGirl I've tried a few times with this book but it's too gross. But I did like the snark. 2y
Gezemice Sounds like my kind of book. Stacked! 2y
DarcysMom @MidnightBookGirl I think listening to the book made it easier to get through the gross stuff. If I had been looking at the descriptions... blergh! 2y
BookwormM Great review stacked 2y
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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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TricksyTails Ooh this is a fun one! 2y
DarcysMom @TricksyTails I am about 30 minutes in and enjoying Madison's teenage attitude tremendously. I have laughed loudly multiple times - including at a red light, where I startled the person in the car next to me. 😂🤣 2y
TricksyTails 😂 There are many more of those moments! Hope you‘re not easily embarrassed in public! 😂 2y
DarcysMom @TricksyTails Not even a little bit. I have been out on #audiowalks where In have laughed like a crazy person and cried like my heart was breaking. No shame. 2y
TricksyTails YES! Same! 🙌🙌🙌 No shame!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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SincerelyWinona
Damned | Chuck Palahniuk

“In a world where people say you're lazy for not shaving your legs, then being dead seems like the ultimate character flaw.”

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Victoriahoperose
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This was a fun book. I think a lot of people didn‘t like it because it was so heavy in the satire genre, more so than any of his other books. He makes reference to Johnathan Swift who is one of the great writers of satire in this and it makes it evident of how the sarcasm is supposed to be heavy to make its point, similar to Swift‘s “A Modest Proposal”. Definitely over the top, but it wouldn‘t be Palahniuk if it weren‘t.

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shahn77
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I have been a long time fan of Chuck Palahniuk. Some of his earlier books are among my all-time favorites(Survivor, Diary, Invisible Monsters, Choke, Lullaby). He lost me somewhere around Haunted and Pygmy. This audiobook was available from the library this week so I gave it a shot. It wasn't as great as his earlier stuff, but I enjoyed it and look forward to the sequel!

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dariazeoli
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13-year old Madison finds herself in hell. Not the #afterlife any of us expect. (Alternate title: Hell Is for Children?)

Damned is the first in what was supposed to be a trilogy, but I'm not sure if the 3rd book is ever coming out.

#junetunz

Cinfhen 🙀🙀 2y
britt_brooke That cover is 🔥🔥🔥! 2y
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EmiisBooks
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Review continued...
The plot is a bit out there, but if you try to just focus on the main character's development it is a fun read.
I found this book interesting and funny! Maybe something is wrong with me, but I was told it was a fun read!

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EmiisBooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book was a hell of a read (pun intended)!
I enjoyed the character development. Some people might not like how the main character is 13 years old, but I think it's okay.
There is a Breakfast Club type thing going on, but it's only surrounding the main character and nothing like what we know as the Breakfast Club.
I LOVED Chuck's version of how Hell is and how you can be "Damned" to it!
‼️WARNING-Might be too crude for some readers‼️

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EmiisBooks
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Something before I write my review on this book.

Some advice, don't read the summary of what the story is about. You will be disappointed if you go into reading this if you think it's just like the breakfast club, but in Hell. I'll spoil it for you; it's not.
It is a crude book, so it might not be for everyone.
Also at chapter 28 page 184, things escalate quickly!

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EmiisBooks
Damned | Chuck Palahniuk

This booking isn't what I was expecting, but I want to know how this will end!

Not bailing this time!

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EmiisBooks
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Interesting view on Hell!

Candy and sweets are currency and there's an ocean of sperm, bugs, and hills of clipped toenails/ fingernails!

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EmiisBooks
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My brother recommended this book to me.

He says it's basically like the Breakfast Club but in Hell.
He also says it's funny, so I guess I'll see if this book can turn my mood around from the previous horrid book I read!

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Audiobookhead
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Mehso-so

This okish... that's all I got

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Azrael
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Ceveneth
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"Therefore, when we neglect to fear such a brittle monstrosity, we render it powerless."

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Ceveneth
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Finally! The words I've been searching for to describe my state of mind!

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Ceveneth
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"Hell is very much like Florida in that the resident bug life never dies."

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Gregman6
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My current read and some new books.

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Crystalblu
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Pickpick

Fun! Tolken type descriptions of hell. I approve!

BookBoggart I have the second book "doomed" chilling in my book bag right now. I was both in love and thoroughly grossed out by his version of hell. You definately know when you are reading a Palahniuk book. :) 3y
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JasonArnopp
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What a splendid piece of work this is. Chuck delivers his own personal vision of Hell via a dead 13-year-old girl, which you just know is going to be fun. Disturbing, clever, funny, all that good stuff.

JasonArnopp Looking forward to reading the sequel, Doomed, too. 3y
jessicarenee I listened to the audio books of both and loved it! :) 3y
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KiraBruner
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New buy, excited to read

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Classic_Wirginia
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Have one audiobook a d one printed book already borrowed, so I decided to go back and get two more just in case. Damned and The Children of Cthulhu. #ineedtoreadmore

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moniquelagune
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JasonArnopp
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"... what makes Earth feel like Hell is our expectation that it should feel like Heaven." Killer line.

jessicarenee Great quote. This book is awesome. (But everything he writes is..) 3y
Cynbalch Love that quote! It's all about expectations, isn't it? 3y
lcarter3489 Loved this book! 3y
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dixi_e Would this be a good book for teens (not sure how facetiously stated YA is in descriptor)? Sounds like it has great potential to be recommend for my school library to order. 3y
JasonArnopp Hi dixi_e! Hmm, hard to say - Chuck rarely seems to remain within any given boundary and I haven't finished reading. :) Guess it depends which end of the teen age bracket we're talking! 3y
PrezBookster Been on my TBR for a while, better move this up in the long long lines of books! 3y
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