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What fiction should I read next?

Asked by kevbo (25603points) August 6th, 2007 from iPhone

I love and have read everything by Chuck Palaniuk.

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GothGirl1313's avatar

Confession-I haven't read anything by Chuck Palaniuk, however:

'Slaugherhouse 5' by Kurt Vonnegut, 'A Prayer for Owen Meany' by John Irving.

occ's avatar

tell us other authors you like and I can make some recommendations...

helena's avatar

I have never read Chuck Palahniuk. From looking him up, he seems like a very masculine author. My male friends like Don Delillo, Jay McInerney, Murakami, The Dune Series, Tobias Wolfe, Ludlum.

sdeutsch's avatar

I haven't read any Chuck Palaniuk either, but from what I know of his style, you'd probably like Cryptonomicon (or anything else by Neal Stephenson). And if you're at all into sci-fi, try Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - I've never met anyone who didn't like that one... =)

mirza's avatar

try Loser Goes First by Dan Kennedy

Supergirl's avatar

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

ags's avatar

read anything by Preston Child ( they are two authors.)

mdy's avatar

Sadly, I'm not familiar with Chuck Palaniuk's work.

However, I'm planning to buy Jim Butcher's 'The Dresden Files' novels the first chance I get.

kevbo's avatar

Thank you all! So many great suggestions.

For God's sake, read Chuck Palaniuk! Something other than Fight Club if you're already familiar. Also, don't start with his nonfiction (Fugitives & Refugees and Stranger than Fiction). He's mindblowing.

andrew's avatar

I, too, have read every bit of Palaniuk's fiction.

I'd suggest, like others have, some Neal Stephenson -- Zodiac, in particular, has a similar nihilistic sarcasm in common with Palaniuk and is one of his lesser-known books.

I'd also suggest Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, though it's more of a memoir than fiction.

Also Chabon's Kavalier and Clay (which is just a brilliant book).

If you latch on to the fantastical aspects of Palaniuk's work, I'd suggest Murakami, specifically The Wind-Up Bird Chronical -- it doesn't really deal with American culture in a satirical way, however.

And actually a book which has a very similar feel to, say, Lullaby would be either Donna Tartt's The Secret History or Marisha Pessl's Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Both are page turners in a murdery sort of way.

OH! You should drop everything and read The Beach by Alex Garland. Brilliant book that's right up there with Survivor in my books, totally ruined by the movie.

HTH! How's THAT for great answer! BAM!

kevbo's avatar

You're not 300 for nothing, andrew. You da man!

helena's avatar

What is HTH?

andrew's avatar

hope this helps. ;)

Spargett's avatar

This book was amazing, and if you love Chuck novels as much as I do, I guarantee you'll love this one. I completely changed how I interpret smells. The author is an amazing writer with a very dark style, which I'm sure you'll appreciate.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

If you've already ready Perfume, than may I suggest: Tropic of Cancer.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

100 years of solitude by gabriel garcia marquez, and kite runner by khaled hosseni

Chuckie_Darwin's avatar

The Road by Cormac McCarthy – a must read and a good counter-argument for nihilism as it shows what is in store for you once society goes away.

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R.I.P Gabriel.

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