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BarbaraBB
Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
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#90sSpringFling

Question 7 of 7.

If you participated in #StepfordSummerParty and or #HellOween  buddy reads did you have a favorite book? How did Fight Club compare to the other two books? How did you feel about Palahniuk‘s writing compared to the others? Do you see any similarities between the three books? Would you consider Fight Club horror???

Megabooks I didn‘t do either of those buddy reads, but I have read The Stepford Wives. I think Fight Club is more suspense than horror, but I did find FC scarier! 2mo
BookwormAHN I missed The Stepford Wives, but I really loved The Elementals. I liked the way Palahniuk writes but I didn't think that Fight Club was horror. I think it was more psychological suspense. 2mo
BarbaraBB I agree, FC is much more psychological than horror. I didn‘t do either of the other buddy reads but I will be joining from now on ♥️ 2mo
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Librarybelle I‘ve participated in all 3! Stepford Wives was the spookiest for me, I think. The Elementals I didn‘t really enjoy and thought a little campy, though I know I was in the minority on that. Fight Club is more psychological. All three have been fun to read, and I‘m excited to see what the next read will be! 2mo
TrishB I loved The Elementals. Didn‘t do Stepford Wives and bailed on Fight Club. 2mo
peaknit I‘ve participated in all three as well. I enjoyed The Stepford Wives the most I think because the 70‘s were such an odd time. I didn‘t think any of them were particularly scary, but all definitely weird 😊 I‘m with @Librarybelle on The Elementals, campy is a good word. 2mo
Kalalalatja I read The Elementals and enjoyed it way more than FC! 2mo
thereadingowlvina I didn't join The Stepford Wives, loved The Elementals and bailed on Fight Club. I didn't like the writing at all 😔 2mo
DebinHawaii I joined in all three & Stepford Wives was my favorite. All had dark elements mixed with dark humor. I agree that Fight Club was more psychological suspense than horror. I listened to The Elementals on audio which I think enhanced its campiness & made it fun-scary. Fight Club just grossed me out. So for me, I'd rank them in the order we read them. Thanks for hosting @Cinfhen & @BarbaraBB looking forward to another buddy read. 🤗 2mo
CarolynM I wouldn't have read any of them without the buddy reads but I felt that all of them were interesting reads. I think The Stepford Wives was the best of them. It was atmospheric and insightful and I actually cared about the characters. Thanks for the party @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB 😘😘 2mo
GripLitGrl The stepford wives was my fave the book had a more creepy vibe & diffrent ending to the film. So while i saw the movie the book felt diffrent & kept my interest. Elementals would be my second pick. fight club the book was so-so for me really translated better for me as a film. 2mo
GripLitGrl I Definitely dont see fight club as horror genre. The other two books fit into the horor genre. 2mo
batsy All three are such fascinating books that I probably would have put off for longer if I didn't do the buddy reads, so thank you for that ❤️😁 Stepford and Elementals win out over Fight Club, but I'm glad I read FC; it's definitely a book that disrupts one's perspective! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I didn‘t do The Elementals (couldn‘t get a copy on time), SW and FC were great reads though I liked SW better. Wouldn‘t have picked up FC if not for the buddy read. Both are thought provoking and have loads of discussion points. FC is definitely not horror. 2mo
Cinfhen First to my triple hit players @batsy @GripLitGrl @CarolynM @DebinHawaii @peaknit @Librarybelle Thank you for partying with me through the decades! It‘s been super fun and I‘ve found our discussions really insightful. For me, SW was my fav too. The story just worked on all the levels and it‘s withstood the test of time. I too thought Elementals was more of a spoof and campy is the perfect word. It was more atmospheric than scary. Hated FC 2mo
Cinfhen @Megabooks @BookwormAHN @BarbaraBB @TrishB @Kalalalatja @thereadingowlvina See above comments and THANKS for sharing your LOVE of reading with me!!! These buddy reads are only successful because of your participation!! So fun to share music, fashion and books with you all!!! Hope you‘ll be back for #BelowZer00s in Jan 2020😜 2mo
JaclynW @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I missed the Stepford Wives buddy read 🙁 but I've done the last 2 reads. I liked both The Elementals and Fight Club. I agree with others about Fight Club being more psychological and Elementals more horror (campy, yes). I think Stepford Wives would be more MY kind of book than the other two so I've got to read it someday. I have it, just need to carve out the time. I've read 2 other books from that author and LOVED them both!! 2mo
JaclynW @Cinfhen Count me in for #BelowZer00s ! 2mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW Yay! You can still nominate a book from the 00s - see @Cinfhen ‘s page! 2mo
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Great! Thanks! I will start thinking. 2mo
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batsy
A Change of Time | Ida Jessen
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"If was as if the sand were a thing alive"—this is a quiet, contemplative book set in 20th-century Denmark, but naturally the first thing that came to mind when I read that was Michael McDowell's creepy The Elementals that we read for the #HELLoWeen buddy read. Sand will always fill me with foreboding now. Will I ever go to a beach again?
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Velvetfur Oh gosh, that's certainly a whole new way of looking at sand...! 4mo
Kalalalatja Oh that definitely reminds me of The Elementals! So creepy 😅 4mo
batsy @Velvetfur It is! That slight undertone of menace... 4mo
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batsy @Kalalalatja Doesn't it just 😆 4mo
LeahBergen That book has stayed with me, too 😆😆 4mo
kspenmoll Like that quote very much! 4mo
batsy @LeahBergen It leaves an impression, doesn't it! 4mo
batsy @kspenmoll This is proving to be a lovely book. Slow and introspective and quiet, about a widow coming to terms with her sudden "freedom". 4mo
Reggie Without reading your comments I started thinking of that book!! Lol 4mo
batsy @Reggie Ha! 😆 4mo
saresmoore Listen. I don‘t know how creepy sand is in books and whatnot, but you ain‘t experienced true dread ‘til you‘ve sunk your feet in up to your bare ant-bit ankles in the sandy soil of backwoods Florida. I mean. 4mo
saresmoore Which you may have done while visiting your sister? There are some downright disturbing places in the vicinity of Gainesville. *shudder* Ooh, but now my desire to read The Elementals is renewed, in addition to my desire to remain safely distant from Florida for the time being... 🙃😳 Apologies for the weird sand tangent! 4mo
batsy @saresmoore That sounds terrifying, Sara! Almost as terrifying as it is in The Elementals. (I've never visited my sister in Gainesville or been to the US because of the requirements re: finances one has to show to obtain a visa. We just make her come visit us, instead!) 4mo
saresmoore Money and visas are dumb. I think we‘d all get along just fine without them. But, then, international travel is even dumber. At least, my anxiety thinks it is. 4mo
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mklong
The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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I am so late to the #Helloween party that I‘m sure you all have finished off the punch and blown out the candles by now, but I am so glad that I read this! It was such fun for Halloween. I also learned that the author is from the same small town in Alabama that most of my family (including Sandy! 🐕) is from. Small world right?

britt_brooke I‘m late, too, haha! My library hold just became available and I doubt I‘ll get to it before it expires. 😩 7mo
LeahBergen Wasn‘t it a fun one? 7mo
Cinfhen So glad u showed up, late stragglers are always welcome! We are reading Fight Club for our #90sSpringFling ( March 20-22) if u feel like joining us💕 7mo
mklong @Cinfhen Sounds great! 7mo
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Balibee146
The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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Late starting and finishing the #HELLoWeen read but enjoyed it. Atmospheric and written with charm and restraint, but with plenty of flourish too. Weirdly it felt like reading a short story to me. Thanks for the invite to the #80sparty @Cinfhen x x

Bklover You know, now that you say that about it feeling like a short story, I think I know what you mean- I agree. 😊 7mo
Cinfhen That‘s true for me too @Bklover but any longer and I would have lost patience with the book!!! 7mo
Cinfhen Great review!! Glad u were able to party with us!!! Looking forward to #90sSpringFling 7mo
batsy Glad you liked it! 👻 7mo
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GripLitGrl
The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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3/5⭐Starts out w/ 1 wild funeral then slows down a bit giving you past and present family history of 2 Mobile Alabama families. The slow creepy factor in this book built up for one hell of an ending. This is a good creepy Halloween quick read perfect for this time of year!🎃👻 Thank you @Cinfhen for putting together #HELLoWEEN #8osparty 🤗🤗
Full review: https://griplitgrl.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/the-elemental-by-michael-mcdowell/?p...

Cinfhen So glad you joined in!!! I agree this book had an awesome beginning and a crazzzy ending. Can‘t wait for the #90sSpringFling 7mo
GripLitGrl @Cinfhen looking forward to #90sSpringFling too🤗🤗 7mo
batsy Yup... Thank you @Cinfhen otherwise I probably would have never got around to reading it 😘😘 7mo
GripLitGrl @batsy same I wouldn't have gotten around to reading this one myself 😊 7mo
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peaknit
The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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#HELLoween #80sParty Yes, it was an 80‘s party, 1989 to be exact. This guy and I just celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary to boot. (We don‘t look quite this cool anymore 😂) Big hair was my jam 🤘🏻 I have really enjoyed this throwback party! Thanks @Cinfhen for organizing. Can‘t wait til the 90‘s!

CouronneDhiver Awww, that‘s so cool. 👍🏽 7mo
Cinfhen I was looking for my prom pics!!!! Sooooo awesome💕💕thanks for the memories!!! See you at the #90sSpringFling (edited) 7mo
Reggie Did you guys have a song back then? This pic is amazing!!! 7mo
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DebinHawaii
The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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Not the best horror I've read & more atmospheric than scary, but I enjoyed it. Listening to the audiobook was a big part of my enjoyment as the narrator (RC Bray) did a great job bringing all of the characters to life. I liked the Southern gothic feel, creepy houses in sand dunes setting, & the foreboding tone. It was a long lead up to the final, scariest parts, but worth an October listen. Mahalo to @Cinfhen for the #HELLoWEEN #80sParty fun! 😘👻

Cinfhen Love your collage and review!!! So glad you could make it to the #80sParty 😘#90sSpringFling is only 5/months away 😂😂😂 7mo
JaclynW I liked the audio version too! It did take a while to get to the scary bits. 7mo
mkittysabibliokitty OMGosh just read this myself! 7mo
GripLitGrl Great collage & review😎 7mo
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DebinHawaii
The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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1. Can't believe this pic is seeing the light of day-only for @Cinfhen 🙄
2. It's a Halloween costume circa 82-84 (high school or just out) & not my standard dress
3. It's sprayed pinkish & styled (more) weirdly but that permy mullet is my own 😱
4. Not sure what I was going for-maybe 80s club?🤔
5. Check out the gold fridge & yellow & orange linoleum
6. I think it's a White Russian in the glass or something with Kahlua.🍹

#80sParty #HELLoWeen 👻

zzz Awesome🤘🏼 7mo
Cinfhen Hehehehehe 😂😂#WinnerWinnerChickenDinner 🏆#80sParty 😘😘😘thanks for sharing 🙌🏻 7mo
Naj Thanks for sharing. Love everything about this! 🙌🙌 7mo
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Balibee146 So much 80s awesomeness in one pic 👏👏👏 7mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 And what are you drinking? A White Russian?? 7mo
JennyM Love it! 7mo
thereadingowlvina Awesome pic!!! 👍 7mo
Reggie So sassy!!! Love this pic!!! 7mo
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen Only for you would I share! 😉😘 7mo
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen That is my guess or something else with Kahlua. I may have gone through a phase! 🙄😉 7mo
DebinHawaii @Reggie Hah! Thank you! 🤣 7mo
Hollie Your permy mullet is fabulous 😂 7mo
DebinHawaii @Hollie My permy mullet and I sincerely thank you! 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
Bookzombie I love this! Great photo! Thanks for sharing with us! 7mo
CarolynM Kahului and milk! I thought I was so cool ordering that in the early 80s😂 7mo
Kappadeemom White Russians were definitely a thing in the 80s. My roommate in college threw ‘em up all over our staircase one night 😂😂😂 7mo
batsy Fabulous 😆 7mo
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Bookzombie
The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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This was my standard look in the 80‘s. Bangs (most likely cut by my older sister) and braids (on the side or in the back). I also remember how popular these plastic charm necklaces where when I was a kid. My sister (10 years older than me) had so many strands of Twist a Beads. #HELLoween #80sparty

Jerdencon I had those charm necklaces too!! 7mo
Kappadeemom Twist a Beads!! 🤗 7mo
Karkar I used to love those plastic charm necklaces! The were so much fun 😍😍😍 7mo
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amie I had a charm necklace like that, too. I recently found mine in a box of stuff from my childhood. 7mo
Hooked_on_books Oh goodness, I remember those twist necklaces. I loved them! And how about pop beads?!? 7mo
DebinHawaii Love this! Twist-a-Beads were the best! I wish I still had mine! 💜💜💜 7mo
Eggs I remember twist beads !!😊 7mo
Bookzombie @Jerdencon @Karkar They were so much fun! @amie That‘s so cool that you found yours! 7mo
Bookzombie @Kappadeemom @Hooked_on_books @DebinHawaii @Eggs I need to check but I doubt my sister still has hers. I‘m sure I probably messed up a few as I was apt to sneak off with them. 7mo
LeahBergen Cute!! 7mo
JaclynW Cute! I had those charm necklaces too! 7mo
LibrarianRyan I forgot about those charms!! 7mo
CouronneDhiver Great photos!!! 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm I don‘t remember the plastic charms. You look adorable 🙂 7mo
Cinfhen I loved that charm necklace!!! Such good memories!! Adorable photos 🧡thanks so much for participating 😁see you at the #90sSpringFling 7mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen Yay! Looking forward to it! 7mo
Reggie Lol, so cute and I love the pigtails!!! 7mo
Bookzombie @Reggie Thank you! 7mo
batsy Adorable!! ❤️ 7mo
Bookzombie @batsy Thank you! 7mo
readordierachel Awwww. So cute! 7mo
DivineDiana So sweet! ❤️ 7mo
Bookzombie @DivineDiana Thank you! 7mo
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