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The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs
Haruki Murakami
The Bachman Books: Four Early Novels by Stephen King
Stephen King, Richard Bachman
The Complete Stories
Franz Kafka
Jay Rubin, Philip Gabriel, Haruki Murakami
The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso
Dante Alighieri, Robin Kirkpatrick, Eric Drooker
The Purgatorio (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Peter Bondanella, Julia Conaway Bondanella
The Interpretation of Dreams (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Sigmund Freud, A.A. Brill, Daniel T. O'Hara, Gina Masucci MacKenzie


Damned - Chuck Palahniuk 2.5 stars

This is the first book by Chuck Palahniuk that didn't really wow me. The book started off fairly strong but really lost focus quickly; I never got invested in any of the characters and the ending left me decidedly cold. Sure, it was funny, and Palahniuk's trademark satire was definitely there, but this novel read more like a joke that ran on too long; the plot was scant and mostly purposeless, and "Damned" as a piece of literature didn't really have any higher meaning besides being a snarky riff on Dante's Inferno. This book was disappointing because Palahniuk is such a great writer on a technical and creative level, and I expect a bit more from his books. I'm unhappy to see that his next book is a sequel, as I'm not interested in continuing Madison's journey through Hell and Purgatory.