CONCLUSION If you’re looking for a night-stand book to relax and read by the firelight, Rant is not that book. If you’re looking for something weird, funny, and more than a little twisted, definitely pick up a copy.
Everyone knows the first rule of Fight Club. Unfortunately, the same rule seems to have been adopted toward the slew of other works by Fight Club author, Chuck Palahniuk (Paul-an-ick). Even Palahniuk himself, the author of over fifteen novels, takes a delightfully sarcastic poke at the shadow Fight Club casts over his other (arguably better) works in this video where he reads Fight Club 4 Kids, a children’s book version of his most famous novel. WARNING: NSFW.
After watching this video, we can all agree Chuck Palahniuk is a hilariously sarcastic and delightfully dark-minded god among men. This is the segue into my review for Rant, one of my favorite novels by our demented deity.
Rant is written as a series of interviews from people involved in Buster “Rant” Casey’s past, compiled into a biography that outlines the short and spectacular life of “the most efficient serial killer of all time.” The unconventional writing style allows the reader to enter the mind of each character, continually manipulating our perspective of the departed Rant Casey. Is Casey a small-town mental-case, a genius , or even a god? The events that are recounted are weird, thrilling, and oddly insightful in true Palahniuk style. It’s twisted, it’s funny, it’s shocking, and it’s impossible to put down.