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Rant Buster Rant Casey just may be the most efficient serial killer of our time A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small town home for the big city where he becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life

  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Rant
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • English
  • 03 May 2019
  • 0385517874

About the Author: Chuck Palahniuk

Written in stolen moments under truck chassis and on park benches to a soundtrack of The Downward Spiral and Pablo Honey, Fight Club came into existence The adaptation of Fight Club was a flop at the box office, but achieved cult status on DVD The film s popularity drove sales of the novel Chuck put out two novels in 1999, Survivor and Invisible Monsters Choke, published in 2001, became Chuck s first New York Times bestseller Chuck s work has always been infused with personal experience, and his next novel, Lullaby, was no exception Chuck credits writing Lullaby with helping him cope with the tragic death of his father Diary and the non fiction guide to Portland, Fugitives and Refugees, were released in 2003 While on the road in support of Diary, Chuck began reading a short story entitled Guts, which would eventually become part of the novel Haunted.In the years that followed, he continued to write, publishing the bestselling Rant, Snuff, Pygmy, Tell All, a remix of Invisible Monsters, Damned, and most recently, Doomed Chuck also enjoys giving back to his fans, and teaching the art of storytelling has been an important part of that In 2004, Chuck began submitting essays to ChuckPalahniuk.net on the craft of writing These were How To pieces, straight out of Chuck s personal bag of tricks, based on the tenants of minimalism he learned from Tom Spanbauer Every month, a Homework Assignment would accompany the lesson, so Workshop members could apply what they had learned all 36 of these essays can currently be found on The Cult s sister site, LitReactor.com.Then, in 2009, Chuck increased his involvement by committing to read and review a selection of fan written stories each month The best stories are currently set to be published in Burnt Tongues, a forthcoming anthology, with an introduction written by Chuck himself His next novel, Beautiful You, is due out in October 2014.



10 thoughts on “Rant

  1. says:

    I can t do it I can t finish this book Usually Palahniuk creates fairly unsympathetic characters, as in this book, and that I m used to Because it WORKS the plot lines of his books are always ridiculous in a totally fascinating way, which makes up for the stupid characters However, Rant bored the fuck out of me I tried I readthan half and I do not care about this nutjob guy and his rabies and his slobbering all over the ladies, or the driving around in cars being obnoxious or whatev I can t do it I can t finish this book Usually Palahniuk creates fairly unsympathetic characters, as in this book, and that I m used to Because it WORKS the plot lines of his books are always ridiculous in a totally fascinating way, which makes up for the stupid characters However, Rant bored the fuck out of me I tried I readthan half and I do not care about this nutjob guy and his rabies and his slobbering all over the ladies, or the driving around in cars being obnoxious or whatever other bullshit he s engaging in Seriously, the ONE nice thing I can say about Palahniuk s writing is that it s amusing It s all about as deep as a kiddie pool FILLED WITH PEE but at least it s interesting So this book fails in the one arena that Palahniuk is totally capable of being morbidly amusing Also in the first like. 10 pages or so. he managed to work in used maxi pads, black widow bites, rabies I don t know, I forget now, but I m pretty sure semen and excrement was in there too.See what you have reduced me to, Palahnkuik I have mentioned pee, semen, and feces in this review of my DISLIKING of your stupid book BEING DISGUSTING IS NOT BEING EDGY For either one of us Stop writing books, Palahniuk I put a pox upon you I will take the pox off when you stop writing like a caricature of yourself and actually develop some substance rather than relying on shock value and things that only a hipster dbag would find meaningful Grade F Plus because I like the cover design.Edit I realize I misspelled his name a few times in this review but suck it, Palalalahiuk and all Palankik fans It s your punishment respectively for pandering to hipsters being a trendy hipster Also. I think I will have to actually go back and read this in its entirety someday Because I m still a bit curious But. someday I m too much of an elitist bitch to be able to enjoy it right now

  2. says:

    I m not a Chuck P fan simply because he is edgy or because I get off on the so called depravity of his often violent and sexual themes I know a few folks like that What I enjoyed most about this book was the structure, the measured reveal Based on the oral tradition, each chapter is composed of brief statements from a cast of dozens Individually, these narrators are hopelessly unreliable, but taken together they form a whole picture that istrue than any single testimony could be I I m not a Chuck P fan simply because he is edgy or because I get off on the so called depravity of his often violent and sexual themes I know a few folks like that What I enjoyed most about this book was the structure, the measured reveal Based on the oral tradition, each chapter is composed of brief statements from a cast of dozens Individually, these narrators are hopelessly unreliable, but taken together they form a whole picture that istrue than any single testimony could be I m a sucker for an unreliable narrator, so give me a couple dozen and I m in heaven Some critics accuse the author of choosing gruesome subject matter for shock value, but in this book, at least I found the weaving of those violent themes to be compelling rather than repugnant Another aspect I appreciated was the inclusion of experts whose testimonies were full of academic and theoretical pontifications I think that was Chuck poking fun at himself and his edgy reputation

  3. says:

    WTF did I just read and why did I finish it This book is a mish mash of narrators, grossness, time travel, car crashes, a rabies plague, segregation and dull characters I kept hoping it would improve and then it was just over This story somewhat follows a dull witted character named Buster or Rant as he s better known who gets off on catching rabies His attraction to pain and rabies eventually leads to a rabies plague The story is told from the various and far too many points of view of p WTF did I just read and why did I finish it This book is a mish mash of narrators, grossness, time travel, car crashes, a rabies plague, segregation and dull characters I kept hoping it would improve and then it was just over This story somewhat follows a dull witted character named Buster or Rant as he s better known who gets off on catching rabies His attraction to pain and rabies eventually leads to a rabies plague The story is told from the various and far too many points of view of people who stumbled across Rant during his life In this world people are either daytimers or nighttimers The two don t mix, they have curfews and are fined if they break em The problem here, besides 20 too many narrators, is that they all have different opinions about what Rant did or didn t do and it s hard to discern what is truth, lie or confusion It took many a rewinding before I just let the frigging thing go and then things started to gel somewhat From what I can gather Rant grows up in a stereotypical small white trashy town which appears to be the dumping ground for unwanted dogs, tampons and used condoms Somehow he has a superhuman sense of smell and can sniff out a soiled condom or tampon and know from whom it once belonged to Now that s a talent there I ll never envy Lucky for Rant there seems to be lots of them floating about in this town as the sex tornado hits constantly and strews everyone s gross trash hither and fro This book is gross for no other than to ick out the reader This is fine if the book is fun but it s not It s boring and the characters unsympathetic So what did I learn Rant, our dashing lead whom all the woman later adore, spends his toddlerhood picking his nose when he s supposed to be napping, rolling it into black balls of goo and sticking it on the wall above his head Did I really need to know that He inoculates himself with venom from various critters and rabid animals at an early age When he reaches his teens he can not only sniff out the owner of a tampon but he gets a close looksee at most of the female genitalia in town and can name the previous owner of every bloody tampon he finds littering his yard simply by its shape There are some things we never need to know about a person Seriously.The book then rambles about withpeople adding their two cents about mostly boring bits of Rant Buster s life as he purposely infects himself with rabies and then spreads the infection all about And then time travel enters the picture and my brain explodes.I like weird books but they have to be interesting This one just wasn t

  4. says:

    Chuck Palahniuk is the literary equivalent of punk rock In a book that pulls on varied and important themes, Rant An Oral History of Buster Casey manages to feature an exceptionally peculiar storyline that never stops at its primary goal being a hell of a good time This is a book that deals with important topics, like religion and the meaning of life, but doesn t keep itself neatly organized and stacked with pristine white pages Instead, Rant is a beautiful book with pages askew that just h Chuck Palahniuk is the literary equivalent of punk rock In a book that pulls on varied and important themes, Rant An Oral History of Buster Casey manages to feature an exceptionally peculiar storyline that never stops at its primary goal being a hell of a good time This is a book that deals with important topics, like religion and the meaning of life, but doesn t keep itself neatly organized and stacked with pristine white pages Instead, Rant is a beautiful book with pages askew that just happens to be covered in the dirt and slime of real life Pulling on the underused oral biography format, Palahniuk is able to fully flesh out a huge cast of characters and an immense story in a relatively quick read Essentially, this is a novel with the long expositional passages replaced with non stop dialogue It is initially jarring, but this novel pulls from a history of stories being told conversationally The format of oral history reinforces the themes of the novel the development of fame and legend through, essentially, word of mouth, while also being a stylistic and enjoyable experience The plot Honestly, I don t even want to talk too much about what happens in Rant There is a lot of joy in not knowing what you are in for The novel is roughly divided into three acts, and each one plays on a different part of our main character s Buster Rant Casey life This novel never stays stagnant, and moves with the speed of a Party Crashing vehicle on a collision course All the same, on this second read, it had me flipping back to the start to pick up the trail of candy crumbs pill capsules Palahniuk has deftly interwoven for a stellar finish This novel is sci fi, in that it is set in the future, but doesn t use its genre moorings as a crutch Rant is a character study through and through Oh, and its weird As in, some of the weirdest stuff you may have ever read in a novel Bottom line, you aren t going to read many books as unique or as much fun as Rant There s other stuff too, but don t read up about it, go in clean You ll come out dirty, but you ll have been highly entertained in the process

  5. says:

    What the hell Let me first say I love Chuck P I love his usually disturbing stories and weird characters I don t mind the fact that he seems a little crazy, and I don t mind all of the sex he writes about I also don t mind the gory gross factor I like him This book was just bad in my opinion Maybe if I knew it had an amazing ending I could have pushed through the last half, but after the first half of this book I realized I didn t care at all about Buster, or his story So I stopped reading What the hell Let me first say I love Chuck P I love his usually disturbing stories and weird characters I don t mind the fact that he seems a little crazy, and I don t mind all of the sex he writes about I also don t mind the gory gross factor I like him This book was just bad in my opinion Maybe if I knew it had an amazing ending I could have pushed through the last half, but after the first half of this book I realized I didn t care at all about Buster, or his story So I stopped reading This book seemed to be over the top in grossness which seemed like he was relying on pure shock value I also didn t much enjoy the writing in oral history fashion, but he made it clear this is how it was going to be since page one so that s my own fault.I m giving this two stars instead of one, because I so always enjoy his humor, and it s present in this book again The writing is still good, I just found the story lacking.I don t think I would recommend this book to anyone.I want to read another Chuck P book right away, so that this isn t the last experience in my mindNot sure which one to move onto next, though

  6. says:

    This is the story of a small town hell raiser named Buster Rant Casey who did some slightly unusual things when he was growing up like collecting bucketfuls of his classmate s teeth Young Rant also angersanimals than Steve Irwin so that they ll bite him and infect him with rabies which he deliberately spreads to his class mates After he grows up and moves to the city, Rant joins a disenfranchised part of society forced by law to stay in their homes during the day and who get their kick This is the story of a small town hell raiser named Buster Rant Casey who did some slightly unusual things when he was growing up like collecting bucketfuls of his classmate s teeth Young Rant also angersanimals than Steve Irwin so that they ll bite him and infect him with rabies which he deliberately spreads to his class mates After he grows up and moves to the city, Rant joins a disenfranchised part of society forced by law to stay in their homes during the day and who get their kicks by crashing cars into each other After his spectacular fiery death, the government labels him a bio terrorist who unleashed a deadly outbreak of rabies while others claim that Rant may have had a larger destiny than anyone can imagine.And that s not even the weirdest or most twisted part of the story This is my second favorite Chuck Palahniuk novel after Fight Club Rant s story is told as an oral history by a variety of friends and enemies The mishmash of weird anecdotes about a guy who seems to be completely fucked in the head eventually coalesce into a wild narrative that almost makes an audible click as the story starts locking together Like all of Chuck P s books, it s disturbing and gory and gross and funny and definitely not for the faint of heart or easily offended As soon as I finished it the first time a few years ago, I knew I d come back to it again because this is one of those story where knowing the ending gives you a whole different spin on things your second time through

  7. says:

    A Brief CaveatIt feels somewhat strange and almost in bad taste to be reviewing a Chuck Palahnuik book because this just happened If you don t want to search through the link Paquita one of the coolest peeps on Goodreads made mention of the fact that Chuck P had recommended the book she had just read and if she had known that, then she probably wouldn t have read the book because she doesn t care much for the stylings of Mr Palahniuk Enter a crazed, rabid fan of Chuck P who starts criti A Brief CaveatIt feels somewhat strange and almost in bad taste to be reviewing a Chuck Palahnuik book because this just happened If you don t want to search through the link Paquita one of the coolest peeps on Goodreads made mention of the fact that Chuck P had recommended the book she had just read and if she had known that, then she probably wouldn t have read the book because she doesn t care much for the stylings of Mr Palahniuk Enter a crazed, rabid fan of Chuck P who starts criticizing Paquita s tastes A bit of witty banter ensues which leads to the most insane, misogynistic troll tirade I ve ever seen That crazed fan was promptly shouted down by a loyal troll fighting clan of goodreaders but then several sock puppets joined in on the bashing I d like to leave all that emotional baggage at the door and continue this review as if none of this happened and attempt to address the book and its author on their own terms.Introductionary Quote, S.penkevich Style, to Set the Mood Thematic WeightMe and Death, separated at birth PreconceptionsI m drawing from an extremely small sample size, but there seems to be a positive correlation between my fellow literature lovers and those who dislike the cut of Palahniuk s jib The opposite seems to be true as well I know several people who fashion themselves as casual readers but still love to read Chuck Palahniuk haven t you read Fight Club It s the greatest thing ever, dude It seems natural for a person such as myself then to associate the two together and draw a larger conclusion, given the data presented, that Chuck P., while very well being a good writer for the plebeians, may not be the writer that I could ever get into, only one about whom I could have a full arms extended appreciation and to which I could say well, I certainly see the appeal, but it s not my cup of tea Zounds Induction be damned, because I m here to say that I straight up loved this book Sure, it s not perfect Sure, he is pulp in a certain sense Sure, he wears his Vonnegut Pynchon inspiration on his sleeve but the guy still knows a thing or two about writing that I think we all can appreciate, hold hands and sing kumbaya to.Plot SummaryThis book centers around the enigmatic figure of Buster Rant Casey, a character that is involved in a variety of juvenile activities as a child and eventually joins a group of people called nighttimers that participate in party crashing not what you re thinking here The act of party crashing involves tagging a target car and allowing everyone else to attack said targeted car in an attempt to destroy it the people inside Writing StyleThe book is told in oral biography format, which means that the book is a series of interviews with all the people in Rant s life, as they talk about all of his misadventures and shenanigans The only person who doesn t get a voice is Rant himself view spoiler and Rant s father, because it is Rant hide spoiler For anyone who s read The Savage Detectives this should probably sound familiar In fact, it was very difficult at first to not think of Se or Bela o during this whole book and compare and contrast their differences While SD is a sprawling masterpiece, filled with tons of side stories and with every last conceivable minutiae about its characters detailed in long paragraph chunks, Rant is a muchfocused piece of writing The chapters are much shorter The characters are consistent and there are very few un introduced characters through the middle and end A Brief Digression about Bola oAt first, I longer for Bola o s sprawling, all encompassing style SD just covers so much ground As I wrote about in my review, he is able to dissect an entire cultural literary movement through the eyes of everyone that came into contact with his two main characters You got a sense for an entire era of intellectuals and bourgeoning writers and most importantly, each character that is interviewed gets a long time to talk A lot of the character s monologues had short story length Thus, the novel took on that whole composed of simultaneously operating parts that such short story driven novels function as Name any book from my top ten favorite books and it s bound to be of this type of novel.Writing Style cont What I came to realize though, was that not every book ought to be of this maximalist, sprawling style in order to appeal to me I can also love a book that strips away everything it deems unnecessary and stick to just the story at hand Now, don t get me wrong I ve been a basher of the minimalist style for as long as I ve been forced to read Hemingway So, I think there has to be a reason why I can enjoy a book that limits itself to just a small slice of its world and not the entire pie It was fun to spend some time in a book that is focused and controlled and never rambled on for too long and each chapter title was explicitly clear as to the content therein.Why I Was Able to Like This Book Despite it Being Minimalist Plebeian GarbageThis is difficult to address head on, so it might take a bit of set up to get there.A Bit of Set Up in Order to Explain Why I Was Able to Like This Book Despite it Being Minimalist Plebeian GarbageSome criticism I ve gathered from what I ve heard of Palahniuk is that his books are all the same and that he reuses the same trope in all his books distention from society s norms with a main character that is a mysterious, sexy figure that just doesn t care about all us moralizing, materialistic sheep of society This isor less a strawman of his work But it s done to make to illustrate a point I think there is some substance to this criticism because in many ways, that is what a lot of his books are about And it s easy to associate all the morally heinous things in Palahniuk s books with the guy himself and write him off as a sensationalist writer who writes books that are devoid of anything but nihilism, and not even sexy, intellectual nihilism a la Nietzsche, but hip nihilism a la Bret Easton Ellis or any other author that DFW would criticize And to this I would probably agree And I would probably cede a lot of ground about Palahniuk at this level, that he often does play up this anti society, moral less shtick because it s cool and it sells ironically But I think that for a person like me, I can still enjoy something purely for its fun and entertainment, even if for many other concerns it is not successful.Why I Was Able to Like This Book Despite it Being Minimalist Plebeian Garbage cont Because the experience of a book is almost completely contingent on the expectations you bring to it and the frame by which you judge it And for many other books, I do bring a high expectation to the table, see all the high brow literature that primes me for having such expectations But there comes a point when such judgement seems unnecessary I think there is an impulse to draw large conclusions about all the disparate parts of a book because I m used to that type of reading so often But if you really asked Palahniuk, I m sure his priorities are to telling a story, just that He isn t really interested in making any point at all even if that point is that there is no point And with many such works that don t really even get to that place that so many authors aspire that mysterious realm of thematic weight and important, earth shattering lessons about human experience I can t really bring the same criticism that I normally would to other books.In short, this book was just a lot of fun and it had enough clever things in it to keep me entertained and my brain distracted enough that it allowed me to revel in the crass, irreverent humor and fun This is probably not doing much to convince anyone who already hates Chuck P but I guess that s not really my intention here because I would totally understand anyone not enjoying it.Spoiler Section Where I Talk About One of Those Clever Things view spoiler I found all the self referential jabs to be great The car salesmen was cool, Palahniuk s reminder that all of the oral retellings and then of course the book by extension, then of course all writing by extension are rhetorical constructions that are meant to lead you in believing certain things determined by each author s own personal bias and intention That coupled with several other plays on the reality of the text kept me distracted enough to allow the entertainment to stream in mostly un judged and un analyzed to death P added in several real flesh and blood people into his story, as doctors, anthropologists, etc to help explain what was going on and used fact dump paragraphs to explain how some of the bizarre events could actually be possible And then there was the Palahniuk trademark plot twist gimmick at the end which was only made bearable by the fact that it also contributed to this messing with the reality of the story blurring the line between fact and fiction In that, because of the rules of time travel let s not get into it it is possible that none of the events in the book could have happened if Rant was not successful in impregnating his mother or something Anyway, the take home message is that all these things could have happened in real life, but never happened because time travel is screwy and makes my head hurt hide spoiler Where I get to show off my music tastes and you get to act impressed in the commentsSo Greg said that this song reminded him of this book While I see where he is coming from, given the context in his review, I couldn t stop thinking of this song the entire time The song sounds like a Palahniuk book waiting to be written Some will die in hot pursuit and fiery auto crashes,Some will die in hot pursuit while sifting through my ashes,Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountainThat is pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountainHere s another song that I like that is completely unrelated to this review

  8. says:

    History is nothing except monsters or victims Or witnessesChuck Palahniuk, RantHE was close He was so damn close He just didn t close it at the end It was a poem that ended in a whimper The mixture was nearly perfect, just not flammable But don t say Chuck didn t try I imagine Palahniuk had Ballard s Crash and Benford s Timescape, several Oral Histories, and perhaps even Hofstadter s G del, Escher, Bach An Eternal Golden Braid sitting on his shelf as he wrote this Reading Rant wasHistory is nothing except monsters or victims Or witnessesChuck Palahniuk, RantHE was close He was so damn close He just didn t close it at the end It was a poem that ended in a whimper The mixture was nearly perfect, just not flammable But don t say Chuck didn t try I imagine Palahniuk had Ballard s Crash and Benford s Timescape, several Oral Histories, and perhaps even Hofstadter s G del, Escher, Bach An Eternal Golden Braid sitting on his shelf as he wrote this Reading Rant was like watching a blind guy juggle a bunch of balls, some are on fire, and some you realize are actually burning cats Palahniuk exists on an edge of grotesque, absurdity and social criticism that sometimes makes you lose sight of the shore You forget what the normal is You forget the boundaries You are caught between a weird night and equally bizarre day You aren t sure what to do so you just keep digging reading Five major takeaways from this novel which I might one day delve into deeper if I ever find myself with too much Liminal time or space in between 1 Rabies Bites2 Hyperosmia Hypergeusia 3 Time Travel Incest4 Party Crashing Night Day5 Oral History Myth making ChristianityAnyway, I enjoyed the novel It flew But it just ended meh No bang No cliff Just a strange, absurd, grotesque, incestuous loop

  9. says:

    It s not everyday you read a book about rabies, the origins of God, time travel, and bumper cars Seeing that this is a Chuck Palahniuk book, I shouldn t be surprised that this novel hops barriers and barrels through genres without a single fuck given for your comfort or confusion level Buster Rant Casey can tell you what you had for breakfast three days ago, what kind of flowers you have waiting in a vase back at home, and whether your shower head is steel or bronze simply by eating your pus It s not everyday you read a book about rabies, the origins of God, time travel, and bumper cars Seeing that this is a Chuck Palahniuk book, I shouldn t be surprised that this novel hops barriers and barrels through genres without a single fuck given for your comfort or confusion level Buster Rant Casey can tell you what you had for breakfast three days ago, what kind of flowers you have waiting in a vase back at home, and whether your shower head is steel or bronze simply by eating your pussy That s talent folks Of course, all this is explained, but for a while all you can do is laugh Rant An Oral Biography of Buster Casey is so fucking absurd that you will begin to think you are reading bizarro fiction And then, about 2 3 of the way through, everything starts making a shade of lunatic sense Before it s all over everything is explained and you re left wondering how in the Greater Balls of Christ Palahniuk managed to juggle all these different voices and plot threads into one cogent narrative Invisible Monsters is still my favorite of his works, but this is the new runner up Sorry Choke, but this book is smarter than you Don t feel bad You re still good, but not as good as RantFunny side note I didn t finish this the first time I read it because it seemed like a book full of character interviews and I fucking hate that shit This time I powered through Damn glad I did All the fucking stars In summation You ll need your thinking caps if you re going to appreciate this one The book is written the way it is for a reason Every character is important, and all thread tie together by the end A lot of people will hate this book I get that But it does not deserve their hatred.Final Judgment Fight Club references are rad

  10. says:

    First off, a disclaimer I love Chuck P like a brother If the man was on dialysis I d give him a kidney even if I only had one good one left and consider it payback for all the stories of his that I ve enjoyed since discovering his work The lowdown Rant tells the story of Rant Casey a small town kid that turns his little town on it s ear before moving to the city to continue his work The book is comprised of accounts from people that knew Rant with only second hand accounts of his words a First off, a disclaimer I love Chuck P like a brother If the man was on dialysis I d give him a kidney even if I only had one good one left and consider it payback for all the stories of his that I ve enjoyed since discovering his work The lowdown Rant tells the story of Rant Casey a small town kid that turns his little town on it s ear before moving to the city to continue his work The book is comprised of accounts from people that knew Rant with only second hand accounts of his words and deeds and no perspective from our hero In that way, it s almost Biblical Although it is science fiction and a pretty far departure on the whole from Chuck Palahniuk s previous books, it s not as far off from what I expect out of him as Diary But Palahniuk s voice and eye are still there and elements of the book like character relationships and atmosphere are reminiscent of earlier books like Choke From the beginning, it s not clear where or when the setting is The place seemed to me to be a small desert town Time seemed to be anytime in the past century It s a brilliant device that Palahniuk never wavers from in the first half of the book It makes the reading a bit unsettling The significance of that displacement just builds throughout the book The characterization in this book is pretty amazing A strong and compelling vision of Rant is built as a charismatic, smart, wild man, but nobody describes him as such throughout the book Nobody says, Rant was crazy or sexy or maddening or 6 2 with brown hair and hazel eyes, but as the characters tell of their relationships with Rant the picture of him starts to come into focus The very memorable and alluring characters that populate the story by contributing to the oral history are intriguing and become fully fleshed out as the story progresses as well I really don t want to give it away, so if you haven t read the book, don t read the next line, butthe most interesting thing about this book to me was the future Palahnik creates out of what seems to be the past time It s very real and although it s not clear if it s 20 years down the road or 200, it s very believable which makes the book frightening to contemplate at times I very much loved how the past of Rant s childhood could have been the 1930s or the 1990s or any time until Bodie talks about plugging in The sci fi aspect of Rant really set the wheels of the story into motion and made it so muchinteresting than if Rant had been stuck in Middleton trading gold for teeth the entire book

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