Title: Stranger Than Fiction
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Publisher: Anchor 2005
Genre: Nonfiction life stories
Rating: 3/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Well-Rounded Reader -- Short Stories; TBR Pile; Monthly Motif -- April; New Author
Chuck Palahniuk’s world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. In his first collection of nonfiction, Chuck Palahniuk brings us into this world, and gives us a glimpse of what inspires his fiction.At the Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival in Missoula, Montana, average people perform public sex acts on an outdoor stage. In a mansion once occupied by The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson reads his own Tarot cards and talks sweetly to his beautiful actress girlfriend. Across the country, men build their own full-size castles and rocketships that will send them into space. Palahniuk himself experiments with steroids, works on an assembly line by day and as a hospice volunteer by night, and experiences the brutal murder of his father by a white supremacist. With this new direction, Chuck Palahniuk has proven he can do anything.
I really wanted to like this collection, but I found that I just couldn't. The stories all seemed disjointed and abrupt. I couldn't really sink my teeth into any of them. By the time I would start, the story would be over. Plus, some the material was really hard to connect to. Just not a fan...