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If you are looking for an easy read, you are in the wrong place picking up a Chuck Palahniuk novel. You are in such the wrong place, that you may as well be in a different country. This author is so hard hitting, you feel like being punched by Tyson may prove a rest bite. `Snuff' is another strong novel by Palahniuk, not only in terms of quality, but content and adult naughtiness. It revolves around an adult entertainer trying to beat the world record for sleeping with the most men in one sitting. The story is told from the point of view of three of the men in the queue, plus a female assistant whose job is to keep them in order.
In many ways `Snuff' is more of a series of short stories than a novella; you learn about each of the characters individually and how they came to be at the shoot. Their backgrounds are very telling and classic Palahniuk. Some of the stories are extremely brutal and hark back to the author's excellent `Haunted'. The story of the movie itself is an excuse for Palahniuk to voice his opinions on the seedier side of modern life. He combines his usual pop culture references with the types of observations that only he and Douglas Coupland seem to possess.
`Snuff' should not be the first Palahniuk novel that you pick up; it his most extreme to date, even more so than `Choke' or `Survivor'. There is so much bad language in the book that you could paint the whole town blue, and still have enough to give the local villages a coat. It makes for uncomfortable reading; not only in terms of imagery, but also the fact that people will see you reading it. The book may also have benefitted slightly from a more traditional narrative in places; it remains an excellent read, but more short stories than novel.