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on 29 November 2015
This reads much like a literary equivalent of a concept album, you understand the general point they are trying to make but then this doesn’t mean it’s rendered in a coherent or enjoyable way and after a while it seems to descend into a mess. I’ve read enough Palahniuk now to know that when he’s good he’s great (“Survivor”, “Fight Club”) but when he’s bad he can be pretty poor (“Doomed”, “Pygmy”).

It’s one thing to try and take pot shots at the shallow, meaningless world of celebrity etc but it would be nice if it could be done within a readable story structure too, or else we’re getting into another territory altogether. Throwing in countless names of former Hollywood stars and fashionable names in the hope that it will translate into a novel or compensate for lack of a good story is laughably insulting to the reader. Put simply it doesn't work. This tries to be edgy or experimental but instead it just comes across as boring and self indulgent. On the plus side it’s only 179 pages long.
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VINE VOICEon 20 September 2010
I have enjoyed several of Palahniuk's other books, admiring the quality of the writing to be found among the often very robust subject matter.

That made this one all the more disappointing; it felt rather too much like a great idea for a short story which had been stretched to book length, to the point where it became not a little self-indulgent and guilty of the same sort of hubris it is allegedly satirising.

It may well appeal rather more to those with a better knowledge of the milieu; for me, there is one joke in the whole piece, which is taken too far to be funny any more.
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