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Life Is Short, Death Is Forever
Palahniuk, Chuck (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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As thirteen-year-old Madison tries to figure out how she died and ended up in Hell, she learns how to manipulate the corrupt system of demons and bodily fluids.
Authors: Palahniuk, Chuck
Title: Damned
life is short, death is forever
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 247 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: As thirteen-year-old Madison tries to figure out how she died and ended up in Hell, she learns how to manipulate the corrupt system of demons and bodily fluids.
Local Note: CLKADFIC
ISBN: 9780385533027
Statement of Responsibility: Chuck Palahniuk
Subject Headings: Hell Fiction. Future life Fiction. Dead Fiction.
Topical Term: Hell
Future life
LCCN: 2010044841
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Dec 15, 2013
  • looper46 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Yes, its wild and crazy Palahniuk going at it again--Its clever, disturbing, and out there--You have to develop a taste for this writer, but its worth the time...Start with "Fight Club" and go from there.

Oct 30, 2013
  • JimmyGman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Where do I start on this one..."little" Madison Spencer is now dead and residing in hell...that is how it opens. It takes a few chapters literally for her to get beyond that and start figuring out what is next. "Life is short, death is forever" is the sub-title, so I expected more about forever. It was more about Maddy's 13 years alive, and how she became dead...she is wrong at first, but finally figures it out...and in typical 13 year old fashion, is conflicted about her next moves (which is pretty incredible considering it was written by an adult male.) And then it ends...with a reference of "to be continued". And, thus, I am on the wait list for Doomed. This book is okay, but not a page turner at all.

Jul 18, 2013
  • the17pointscale rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

DAMNED has some dreadfully funny passages, the occasional bit of insight, enough nastiness to fulfill a lifetime quota, theological irony, plenty of narrative gaps, and a story line that seems silly and unrewarding. Palahniuk can write fine, but it doesn't take long here for his jokes to get stale, and in the absence of endearing characters or a clever plot, I felt less and less inclined to finish the book. DAMNED is certainly funnier than the Divine Comedy, but Palahniuk lacks the poetry, heart, and sophistication of a Dante Alighieri. And so I suggest this book to you if you're the kind of person who laughs at the grotesque and the paradoxical, especially if you keep laughing at some semblance of the same (funny) joke over and over again; if you have a hankering for literature that feels only partially spun, as if the writer cared more about being clever than snaring you with a good story; or if you're weighing your options, trying to decide whether to be naughty or nice, and want to gather some literary evidence about the afterlife, because clearly Palahniuk is a paragon of metaphysical insight.

Jul 14, 2013
  • Kristen Merke rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I know a lot of people don't like this book, but I enjoyed it a lot. I thought Madison was hilarious, and every character was so likable in their own ways. It had the typical Palahniuk feel, and kept me interested. Looking forward to the sequel.

Mar 04, 2013
  • blue_711 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I did not enjoy this book. I found it boring and I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters. I gave up reading it part way through.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Michael Colford rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Chuck Palahniuk's DAMNED is a clever, pointed social commentary about a 13-year-old daughter of a famous movie star who unceremoniously dies and finds herself in hell. In her quest to meet Satan and rid herself of that pesky feeling of hope, Madison learns difficult truths about herself and the world while amassing political clout and power in the netherworld. Imaginative and fun, DAMNED feels like it could have been even more.

Sep 14, 2012
  • mpanko rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

a lightweight better off reading tom robbins

Aug 03, 2012
  • mothersbam rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As always, Mr. Palahniuk does not disappoint. This is an extremely weird, disturbing, disgusting, offensive, fantastic, hilarious, descriptive and imaginative book. I would highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys Chuck Palahniuk. This book is clever, well studied and well written. Definately a must read.

Jul 02, 2012
  • Farleyas rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hilarious and imaginative in the most wicked sense.

May 24, 2012
  • jeremybenny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is so MF good ... So good That I actually made a comment on it ... I was enthralled suprised, excited, sad , and inspired .. so many good things .

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