Rant by Chuck Palahniuk is a prime example of this author’s brilliantly bizarre and ingeniously insane body of work. Chock full of enough ideas to sustain a couple dozen novels, or half a dozen careers, Palahniuk creates a frightening future world where the populace has become so saturated by the vagaries of technology run amok that people intentionally crash cars into each other just for the vivid reality of the experience. The novel unfolds from the viewpoints of dozens of friends and acquaintances of the protagonist, Buster Casey, with each throwing in their two cents – a few sentences or paragraphs at a time. The style takes a bit of getting used to, but in the end, provides a full picture of Casey in all his perversion and Machiavellian cleverness as well as a well-rounded view of the future as only could be conceived by a cynical realist. At times hilarious and horrifying, Rant is enjoyable for fans of the author’s work, and is as good a place as any to start as an introduction into the madcap mind of Chuck Palahniuk.

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