Make something up Stories you can't unread

Chuck Palahniuk

Book - 2015

"Stories you'll never forget--just try--from literature's favorite transgressive author. Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. The absurdity of both life and death are on full display; in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze: electric shocks from cardiac de...fibrillators. In "Knock, Knock," a son hopes to tell one last off-color joke to a father in his final moments, while in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing 'relief' to dying clients. And in "Excursion," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precusor story to Fight Club. Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant; these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk"--

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Published
New York : Doubleday [2015]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
318 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780385538053
0385538057
Main Author
Chuck Palahniuk (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Given that Fight Club author Palahniuk can be a lot to handle when he's just telling you one story, picking up Make Something Up might demand some psychological preparation. The anthology lines up 22 of Palahniuk's best short stories with no interest in easing you into or out of the disturbing, hilarious, and bizarre roller coaster of transgressive creativity. Vignettes of grotesque body horror are bookended by stories with titles such as "Why Coyote Never Had Money for Parking" and "Why Aardvark Never Went to the Moon." Even as you likely suffer debilitating motion sickness from the jarring emotional turns on every other page, you'll be inescapably restrained by an author who knows exactly what he's doing and has you right where he wants you. Palahniuk's uniquely modern style throws out any antiquated conventions that could keep him from destroying any expectations that keep you in complacent narrative comfort. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Much of Make Something Up is not for the squeamish or otherwise sensitive reader, but none of it is to be missed by those who highly regard this popular writer. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Palahniuk's Haunted had a novel-in-stories format, but this book is being billed as the author's first full-fledged short story collection. Included are 21 stories and one novella; there's even a prequel to Fight Club. [Page 67]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Billed as Palahniuk's first collection, this volume features 21 stories and one novella, some never before published, As usual, the author's tales cover a wide variety of life experiences, some we would rather not think about. Whether exploring deceitful fathers, children using their sexuality to manipulate their parents, or teens whose latest fad is electrocuting themselves into a permanent stupor, Palahniuk takes his usual strange, off-kilter viewpoint on things we all deal with in life: fitting in, the desire for success, etc. Many of the stories are written as fables with anthropomorphized animal characters which try to find success in their careers or get through their teenage years. And Tyler Durden, the character from Fight Club, makes a brief appearance in "Expedition." Readers will find a similar tone in the Palahniuk-edited anthology Burnt Tongues. VERDICT You either love Palahniuk or hate him. For new readers, this compilation offers a small taste of the author's style. His faithful fans will be entertained, intrigued, and at times a little disgusted, but what else would we expect from Palahniuk? [See Prepub Alert, 11/3/14.]—Brooke Bolton, North Manchester P.L., IN [Page 79]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

For the first time, Palahniuk (Beautiful You) collects his short stories, which feature his signature humor, horror, and grit. Old fans will relish Tyler Durden, from Palahniuk's debut 1996 novel Fight Club, returning in "Expedition" to spread his twisted influence in Hamburg, Germany. Also included are previously published stories such as "Zombies," in which the newest high school fad is lobotomy by defibrillator; "Phoenix," in which a broken family deals with the aftermath of a house fire; and the cringe-worthy "Cannibal," capable of turning stomachs. Not surprisingly, Palahniuk finds sincerity among his characters even in disreputable occurrences in "Romance" and "How a Jew Saved Christmas." Some of his never-before-published stories show him experimenting with voice and style to mixed success, but the biggest winner is the novella "Inclinations," which follows a group of teenagers checked into a "gay cure" hospital. Other stories deal with fire, bodily fluids, malfunctions, critiques of material society, bestiality, a bewitched tennis ball, and a murder at a Burning Man–type retreat. The collection is essential for Palahniuk fans and will likely win him some new ones. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A compilation of twenty-one stories and one novella includes both previously published and original pieces, including "Zombies," "Knock, Knock" and "Tunnel of Love."

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A compilation of 21 stories and one novella by the transgressive author of Beautiful You includes both previously published and original pieces, including "Zombies," "Knock, Knock" and "Tunnel of Love."

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Stories you'll never forget--just try--from literature's favorite transgressive author. Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. The absurdity of both life and death are on full display; in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze: electric shocks from cardiac defibrillators. In "Knock, Knock," ason hopes to tell one last off-color joke to a father in his final moments, while in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing 'relief' to dying clients. And in "Excursion," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precusor story to Fight Club. Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant; these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Stories you'll never forget—just try—from literature's favorite transgressive author Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. In "Expedition," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precusor story to Fight Club. And in other stories, the absurdity of both life and death are on full display; in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze: electric shocks from cardiac defibrillators. In "Knock, Knock," a son hopes to tell one last off-color joke to a father in his final moments, while in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing 'relief' to dying clients. Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant; these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Stories you'll never forget—just try—from literature's favorite transgressive author

Representing work that spans several years, Make Something Up is a compilation of 21 stories and one novella (some previously published, some not) that will disturb and delight. In "Expedition," fans will be thrilled to find to see a side of Tyler Durden never seen before in a precusor story to Fight Club. And in other stories, the absurdity of both life and death are on full display; in "Zombies," the best and brightest of a high school prep school become tragically addicted to the latest drug craze: electric shocks from cardiac defibrillators. In "Knock, Knock," a son hopes to tell one last off-color joke to a father in his final moments, while in "Tunnel of Love," a massage therapist runs the curious practice of providing 'relief' to dying clients. 

Funny, caustic, bizarre, poignant; these stories represent everything readers have come to love and expect from Chuck Palahniuk.