Every Novel by Chuck Palahniuk — Author of Fight Club

shelved under Books by... and Fiction

One day I noticed that we people were coming to Flashlight Worthy from a site called "chuckpalahniuk.net". While most people would assume some crazy Ukrainian hacker was entering their site, I recognized it as "Chuck Palahniuk" — the name of the author of Fight Club.

I went and took a look and it seems that the site is the offical site of the author, the site has a message board, and some of Chuck's fans had started a discussion about Flashlight Worthy.

Well, far be it for me to be ungracious. The least I could do is put together a list of all of Chuck's novels. Enjoy.

P.S. If you're coming here from Chuck's website, I purposefully left descriptions off the books. I figure you can do a much better job describing them than I ever could.


Tell-All (May 4, 2010)

by Chuck Palahniuk

While Chuck's books range from sublime to very good, with this book something went... wrong. I think Amazon's reviewers explain it best: "This book cannot be written by the same Chuck Palahniuk who wrote the brilliant novels Fight Club, Choke, and Survivor. Alien abduction, demonic possession, mind control, something. Anything. I refuse to accept depreciation of creativity and talent as a viable option." "I think Chuck's a talented writer who is almost completely original. But Tell-All came off seeming like a hack writer trying to rip off Chuck. The premise is tired and the writing is weak." "Brief and uninspired." "A complete mess." "The plot, if there was any, was incomprehensible to me." "The book read like stream of consciousness drivel written by someone who was on really bad drugs." ...need I continue?


Pygmy (2009)

by Chuck Palahniuk

Nicole Trafton from St. Louis, Missouri says:

A brilliant and poignant look at terrorism and The American Way — from the point of view of a young, little terrorist dubbed Pygmy. He's shipped to the U.S. with his teenage comrades, all trained by their unnamed totalitarian state to destroy American culture through Operation Havoc. Written entirely in broken English, the book is difficult to follow at first; but once you get the hang of it, there's a sort of beauty and innocence in the young terrorist's words. And expect Palahniuk's usual heavy dose of violence and strange sexual relationships. As the book jacket says: it's a comedy... and a romance.


Snuff (2008)

by Chuck Palahniuk

Palek Margot says:

One of the most disgusting and simultaneously brilliant novels I've ever read. It combines Palahniuk's signature nihilistic style with characters sharp enough to draw blood. Snuff is the latest masterpiece from an important writer who we have come to expect nothing less from. A marvelous accomplishment!


Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey (2007)

by Chuck Palahniuk

RJ from Auckland, New Zealand says:

I found Rant to be pretty spectacular. After the less than interesting Diary and the very hit-and-miss Haunted, Rant was a fresh book with fresh ideas. I loved the slow release of information describing the world they were living in, minimal exposition made me want to keep reading just to find out more. The night shift and day shift class system was very inventive, and the way it dealt with time travel left me agog. Definitely 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.


Haunted (2005)

by Chuck Palahniuk

Three Monkeys from Dublin Ireland says:

Literary accolades have been surprisingly sparse in Palahniuk's career, thus far. Haunted, with its bucketloads of blood, and uncomfortable sexual scenarios (in all senses), is unlikely to change this. It's unfortunate, and says more about the keepers of the literary canon than the merits of the book, for Haunted is a fine literary work. Flawed perhaps, but daringly imaginative, experimental, and a gripping read.


Diary (2003)

by Chuck Palahniuk

Jane Baker from Hampshire, UK says:

Diary is the least shocking of all of Chuck's novels, while simultaneously being, I think, one of his most accomplished. It's as if the time he normally spends on developing his brilliant and unique visceral trademarks was instead spent on cultivating the bare bones of the story and its characters. I think Diary demonstrates that there's much more to his writing than the guts and gore we've enjoyed from him so far.


Lullaby (2002)

by Chuck Palahniuk

Curtiss Peterson from Menahga, MN says:

I think this is the most clever of Chuck Palahniuk's books. It has twists that you never see coming, and has a very interesting take on magic and fairy tales. It tells an ultimately unbelievable tale an introduces the fantastic elements in a gradual and disturbing way that makes the entire thing seem plausible, right until the end.


Choke (2001)

by Chuck Palahniuk

Casey Hicks from Wheeling, West Virginia says:

Chuck Palahniuk often uses twisted, hyperbolic characters to expose the grit of today's society. Victor, the protagonist of Choke, is difficult to like at times, but as the novel progresses and you learn more about his past, you can hardly hold it against him. This novel is an interesting way of looking at the American health care system... complete with Palahniuk's usual scenes of support groups and sex.


Invisible Monsters (1999)

by Chuck Palahniuk

Miranda Wilson says:

It was difficult to choose one Chuck Palahniuk novel, but this one stands out. A model loses part of her face and jaw in a tragic accident and then takes up with society-be-damned character who guides the model in recreating herself to fit her new form. The disturbing and graphic descriptions of this journey and the characters met along the way challenge the reader’s acceptance of what is and is not possible in this society. Just when you think you’ve figured everything out, Palahniuk throws a curve ball so bizarre that the reader challenges everything he/she already has read.

This book also appears on Books That Journey into Darkness


Survivor (1999)

by Chuck Palahniuk

Kathryn says:

Probably the best Palahniuk book — and yes, I'm including Fight Club. Told in the first person from the P.O.V. of a passenger on a crashing plane, it's full of twisted little bits of knowledge that may or may not be true, like how best to get blood off a mink stole. The narration bounces around in typical Palahniuk fashion, but manages to keep you hooked throughout. Definitely recommend for a first time Palahniuk-reader.


Fight Club (1996)

by Chuck Palahniuk

Sarah from New Haven, CT says:

I love this book, and Chuck Palahniuk in general. He writes such brilliant social commentary. In particular, the way he picks at social standards, or the way his main character has recreated an Ikea room in his home. Chuck burns the condo down, and forces him to face his values. Fight Club is about a 20-something trying to finding excitement in the "real world."