FICTION

Burnt Tongue

Medallion. Aug. 2014. 310p. ed. by & others. ISBN 9781605427348. pap. $14.95. F
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In this collection of transgressive fiction selected by novelist Palahnuik (Doomed) from his fan website, a group of amateur authors and Palahnuik readers have submitted stories, which, according to the introduction, "run the gamut from horrific and fantastic to humorous and touching, but each leaves a lasting impression." From teenage suicide to pranks gone horribly wrong, from the pain of purgatory to classroom shootings, this is definitely not for the faint of heart. The book's introduction, which seems to serve as warning, is spot on; these curious stories will stay with you long after you read them. While many of the selections are humorous and fantastic, a few—one featuring bestiality and another with zombie rape in particular—could cause some issues in a more conservative readership.
VERDICT Fans of transgressive fiction authors such as Palahnuik will enjoy this selection, but it is certainly not for everyone.

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