May's Readers Choice : Rant, by Chuck Palahniuk
This month's lucky winner is Ryan Bracha, who picked Rant: the Oral Biography of Buster Casey, an under-the-radar Chuck Palahniuk novel published in 2007 that might've been forgotten today if Hollywood's semi-interesting court jester James Franco didn't pick up the movie adaptation rights in 2014. I'm excited about this review because I have previously read Rant in what seems to be another life and have little to no recollection of it. So, I'm looking forward to the experience. I'm also really happy Ryan won this month's draw because he's been steadily participating since last January. If I'm not mistaken he's been the only one to submit at least one title each month. And I've been looking forward to read Chuck Palahniuk again, so how bad can it to revisit a forgotten novel? Here are the other nominees for May.
Victor LaValle - The Changeling (submitted by Brian Evenson)
Brian Catling - The Vohhr (submitted by Brian Evenson) *
Philip Fracassi - Behold the Void (submitted by Laird Barron)
Philip Kerr - March Violets (submitted by Larry Prater)
Douglas Coupland - All Families Are Psychotic (submitted by Ryan Bracha)
Stewart Lee - The Perfect Fool (submitted by Ryan Bracha)
Hubert Selby Jr. - Requiem for a Dream (submitted by Ryan Bracha)
Robert Bolaño - Antwerp (submitted by Kelby Losack)
Sam Pink - Witch Piss (submitted by Kelby Losack)
Thomas Mullen - Darktown (submitted by Tom Walton)
Henry Miller - Quiet Days in Clichy (submitted by Alec Cizak)
That's it: 13 titles. Fourteen if you count the Palahniuk book. Participation has been slowly decreasing since March, so depending on how it goes in June, I may or may not take an audience suggestion break for the summer in order to see if you guys miss it at all. Anyway, here's the video of me picking the winner last Friday and talking all hushed up because Josie is sleeping beside me. I already have the novel so it should be fairly easy to review during the month. Expect it towards the end of May, though. LOTS of cool stuff already planned.
* That...might end up being read anyway.