Book Review – Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk

★★★ 3.5 Stars

Genre: Short Stories / Fiction
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday

There was actual cannibalism afoot in this book and I didn’t even notice because I was too busy trying to unprocess the medley of other sour details this book was feeding me. I guess it follows through with its promise, because now I have to slice the memory off of my brain.

Don’t get me wrong, Make Something Up is not by any means a bad collection, but it’s kind of crude after reading Haunted. I adored Haunted despite the fact that it was meticulously vile, because that works for depressive horror novels. Not so much for humor novels. This kind of tasted like a really elaborate yet flat dirty joke in places, but there are several stories that are great. I liked the African folktale parodies especially, which were hilarious. “Loser” and “Red Sultan’s Big Boy” are also prime dark comedy. “Cannibal” is the one I’m going to have to unread somehow.

If you like your humor in snot and blood colours, you might like it a lot, but I would recommend reading some of Palahniuk’s earlier work first – Haunted, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, etc.

2 thoughts on “Book Review – Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk

  1. The only book I’ve read by Chuck Palahniuk is “Fight Club,” which I really liked, I actually like the ending of the book better than the film. I started “Damned” but found it to be ridiculous and painfully self-indulgent. Even though I didn’t like what little I read of “Damned” I’m still interested in reading more of Palahniuk’s books, but I’ll make sure to check out “Haunted” before “Make Something Up.” I have to wonder if Palahniuk is an author who decreases in quality as time passes. Very nice review, people’s reactions to this book have generally seemed pretty mixed.

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    1. Thanks 🙂 Some of Palahniuk’s more recent novels are insane, like “Pygmy”, I couldn’t believe it’s the same author as something like “Haunted” or “Invisible Monsters”, both of which I thought were fantastic. “Fight Club” is good too. “Make Something Up” is at least better than most of the recent books, but it’s a mixed bag. Just my personal take though.

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