In this fictional oral history, Buster RRantS Casey's friends, enemies, admirers, detractors, and relations have their say about him--an evil character who may or may not be the most efficient serial killer of our time.In this fictional oral history, Buster RRantS Casey's friends, enemies, admirers, detractors, and relations have their say about him--an evil character who may or may not be the most efficient serial killer of our time.Read Less
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Rant is a thoroughly enjoyable piece of classic Palahniuk viewed through the lens of the an oral history which makes it slightly more disjointed due to the multiple viewpoints than his previous works albeit somehow more believable.
If you enjoyed any of Chuck's works you will like it. I'd put it behind a few of his others but not by too far.
Apr 25, 2008
A mixed blessing
As always, and as was to be expected, Palahniuk has once again succeeded in writing a gripping novel. A solid front-to-back read, with the interview style really hitting home. The one flaw (one which brings to mind Diary, in which the same thing happens) is, that as the plot advances, the reader is plunged into an increasingly far-fetched rollercoaster ride of plot twists. This makes Rant stand out, not as much as strong social satire, but as a sort of sf-noir. Which still makes it a hell of a lot better than a lot of other books rolling off the press, so enjoy
Nov 19, 2007
Chuck Palahniuk will not disappoint faithful readers in this "oral" biography, told from the points-of-view of Rant Casey, a dead serial killer. As is the case with human subjects, the characters in this book often contradict each other, remember different events, and "talk" in different ways. The only negative criticism I can make is that the book moves excruciatingly slow at some points, but it always speeds up to a fast and furious pace afterwards. A good read if you are interested in psychological, Palahniukian themes.
Oct 17, 2007
Doesn't get any better then this
Palahniuk is at the top of his game with "Rant" . He delivers all of his standard wit and darkness. The story of Buster Casey told through a creative oral history style does not feel forced like some of palahniuks more recent work. In this intensly original mystery you will be introduced to a possible future and stained past.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-03-05 Buster Casey, destined to live fast, die young and murder as many people as he can, is the rotten seed at the core of Palahniuk's comically nasty eighth novel (after Haunted; Lullaby; Diary; etc.). Set in a future where urbanites are segregated by strict curfews into Daytimers and Nighttimers, the narrative unfolds as an oral history comprising contradictory accounts from people who knew Buster. These include childhood friends horrified by the boy's macabre behavior (getting snakes, scorpions and spiders to bite him and induce instant erections; repeatedly infecting himself with rabies), policemen and doctors who had dealings with the rabies "superspreader"; and Party Crashers, thrill-seeking Nighttimers who turn city streets into demolition derby arenas. After liberally infecting his hometown peers with rabies, Buster hits the big city and takes up with the Party Crashers. A series of deaths lead to a police investigation of Buster (long-since known as "Rant"-the sound children make while vomiting) that peaks just as Buster apparently commits suicide in a blaze of car-crash glory. This dark religious parable (there's even a resurrection) from the master of grotesque excess may not attract new readers, but it will delight old ones. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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