Archive for February, 2010

I managed to snag a copy of Chuck Palahniuk’s upcoming book, Tell-All.

First things first, it is short. 175 pages short. Second, I found this to be one of his worst books. In fact, his past three novels have left me sort of cold. His style is unique, but I was never able to engage with the characters or the story.

When I read his recent books, I feel like my mind’s eye is seeing the events through a fog. Or from a distance. It’s an odd feeling that I don’t really like.

I found the only reason I wanted to read them was to see his word-play. He never disappoints in that regard, but without any real emotion in his stories it is hard to get involved with the story and characters.

Below is a story I wrote for a website that only accepted fiction that had exactly 55 words. It was rejected.


Peater was a lonely leprechaun sitting by himself at the end of a rainbow. Thinking he might find another leprechaun, Peater set out travelling to the other end. It was a long journey through a strange human world. He made many friends, and before completing his trip, had already found what he was looking for.

Max Barry can’t be classified as  a great writer. But he is very entertaining and has unique ideas and subject matter. Should that make him a great writer? Not in the traditional sense, but he is very readable and unique.

That being said, Company is an entertaining book with an interesting plot. The writing isn’t great, but I was engaged throughout. He has found a niche for himself in the literary world and with Company he cements himself there.  I would rank it right in the middle of his three books. Above Jennifer Government but below Syrup.

Check out Max Barry’s website:

It has some good posts about many topics.

What struck me most about this novel was how authentic it felt. Great dialog and great use of sea-faring terminology of the era.

The story is pure adventure and taps into every young child’s dream of leaving their humdrum life for mystery and action in exotic locales. It reminded me very much of one of my favorite books of all time: Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. They don’t make them like that anymore. But if I am wrong, please let me know.

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