As I will tell anyone who will listen, I have been infatuated with my Kindle ever since it arrived from Amazon last year. Before my Kindle, I was a sporadic reader. I read a great deal when I was a teenager, but somewhere along the path of jobs, freelancing and other such soul killers, I stopped reading as much. All of this changed when I got my beloved e-reader.
First, I went through a Jilly Cooper phase. Then a Dexter phase. That was followed by a Stephen King revival phase and a very extended vamp lit phase (yes, that phase included the Twilight books. Don’t judge!) along with some random books inbetween. Last month, I discovered Chuck Palahnuik. I am a late bloomer, and am also lazy. I never did get excited about actual books – most of mine were borrowed or stolen from various people throughout my life. With the Kindle, if you will pardon the sales pitch here, it was suddenly easy to get books. Switch wireless on, go to Kindle Store, find book, buy book, wait a minute or two to get book. Or, raid your cousin’s library and get hundreds of books. Easy peasy!
“Just for the record, the weather today is calm and sunny, but the air is full of bullshit.”
From the very first pages of Diary, I was entranced. Yes, the characters are epic messes that are somehow just like us. Yes, the plots are crazy and often hilarious. But that isn’t why I love Chuck. What I love about him are his words. That ability to turn something dark into something hysterical and wise and just so true.
Like this: “Just for the record, being smeared with shit and naked in the wilderness, spattered with pink vomit, this does not necessarily make you a real artist.” ~ Diary
And this: “Hysteria is only possible with an audience.” ~ Invisible Monsters
And also, this: “Being tired isn’t the same as being rich, but most times it’s close enough.” ~ Fight Club
I’m on Lullaby at the moment. Which is brilliant, but not as good as Invisible Monsters, Fight Club and Diary. Even if it does involve serial killers abusing a culling song, weird haunted houses and a dude with tiny parts of a model house embedded in his foot.
I can’t wait to finish this book so that I can start Survivor. And after that, another one. Until I have read them all, I can see this phase lasting even longer than the vamp phase.