Madison Spencer, the liveliest, snarkiest dead girl in the universe, continues the adventures in the afterlife begun in Damned. Having somewhat reluctantly escaped from hell, she now wanders the purgatory that is Earth as a ghostly spirit, seeking her do-gooding celebrity parents, fighting the malign control of Satan, recounting the disgracefully funny encounter with her grandfather in a fetid highway rest stop in upstate New York when she - oh, never mind - and climaxing in a rendezvous with destiny on the new, totally plastic continent in the Pacific called, not at all accidentally, Madlantis.
Dante Alighieri, watch your back. Chuck Palahniuk is gaining on you.
©2013 Chuck Palahniuk (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Doomed is the sequel to Damned, the continued story of Madison.
This book was SO disappointing. I have loved Chuck Palahnuik's past works. From Fight Climb to Haunted, Choke, and Invisible Monsters, I have really treasured his books.
Doomed has SOME of the things that I love about Chuck, like the "ticks" he puts in his stories, his great writing rhythm, and his very dark humor.
What this story was missing was, well, an actual story. As the story begins, I was super excited to see what kind of trouble Madison was going to get into to, and then, nothing happened. You are introduced to a couple of characters that seems to have the capacity to drive the story forward along with Madison and then nothing happened with them either. There was very little interaction with them. The entire story goes back into Madison's past and she whines and bitches about everything that happened to her and how misunderstood she was.
It was bad, really bad.
I enjoyed the narrator, she was fun to listen to.
Sadly, I do not recommend this book.
"Too many mispronounced words"
I hate to nitpick. I hate being that guy. But, who edits/ directs these things? Words are important. Important enough to me, anyway, to fork over money to you month after month. How can you let the dozens of mispronounced words pass in this thing? It is not the fault of the reader. Someone should have caught the mistakes and fixed them. Very distracting to asshats such as myself.
"Sick, Twisted and Darkly Hilarious"
Read my title.
If you don't have a really twisted sense of humor you should move on. If you do and haven't heard or read the first book, Damned, then go get it and begin a journey to Hell...Palahniuk style.
Tai Sammons IS Madison Spencer. She is the perfect, imperfect teenager voice of this character.
You may feel the need to take a long shower to clean filth left on you in every chapter but at least you'll smell good.
Dear Gentle Tweeter....stop wasting my time and get this book for your eyes or for your ears. You'll need a stack of candy bars and sensible shoes to get through this.
"Not as good as damned"
This a sequel prequel. The story line was poor and the climax dull. Very disappointing as damned was a lot of fun. Doomed was tough to get through.
"Interesting...even for Palahniuk"
Before reading this book I had read numerous reviews about how disappointing it was, and that I should just skip it. Honestly there were points where the story seems to drag on, however one thing you need to remember is this book is part 2 of a trilogy (the 3rd book has yet to be written), and that everything Chuck writes has a purpose and will be revisited. In the end was this book my favorite...well, no. Was it my favorite Chuck book? Well, no again...however I can say this book is an interesting modern take on Dante Alaghieri's Divine Comedy (Damned was his take on inferno, and Doomed is his take on Purgatorio) and everything written was done so with purpose. I enjoyed the book and think it's worth a pass for any Chuck fan.
Yes, I would listen to it again. It is funny in a dark way.
I don't want to give anything away but her phone calls with Jesus was awesome! Love how she messes with her parents.
She is great. Up there with Marguerite Gavin. She really brings the characters to life. I will probably look for more things read by her.. just as I do with Marguerite Gavin.
Pretty much listened to it in two sittings, while I'm designing art work for murals and stuff.
I like books with a dark humor to them. This kind of reminded me of Christopher Moore books like Blood Sucking Fiend. It's got that kind of humor to it.
"A new take on the divine comedy"
Before reading this book I had read numerous reviews about how disappointing it was, and that I should just skip it. Honestly there were points where the story seems to drag on, however one thing you need to remember is this book is part 2 of a trilogy (the 3rd book has yet to be written), and that everything Chuck writes has a purpose and will be revisited. In the end was this book my favorite...well, no. Was it my favorite Chuck book? Well, no again...however I can say this book is an interesting modern take on Dante Alaghieri's Divine Comedy (Damned was his take on inferno, and Doomed is his take on Purgatorio) and everything written was done so with purpose. I enjoyed the book and think it's worth a pass for any Chuck fan
"A huge disappointment"
I loved the first book to this series and was so excited for the second one but find myself unable to even finish this one. I also find the narrators voice to be difficult to listen to for long periods of time.
"Strong, smart read"
I enjoyed this read thoroughly. It wasn't jam packed with action, drama, or heart-heart-stopping moments; rather, very intellectual moments that conveyed thought and deeper analysis. Despite not being full of intense action, it was exciting. each chapter had a new mystery to be found out and some form of thoughtful insight from Madison. I would recommend this for others in a second!
"Ending fell absolutely flat on its face."
I loved everything about the book. Everything that is, until the end. Total letdown. I always enjoy Chucks work, but this was a huge buildup to absolutely nothing.
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