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After a Halloween ritual gone awry, Madison finds herself trapped in Purgatory--or, as mortals like you and I know it, Earth. She can see and hear every detail of the world she left behind, yet she's invisible to everyone who's still alive. Not only do people look right through her, they walk right through her as well. The upside is that, no longer subject to physical limitations, she can pass through doors and walls. Her first stop is her parents' luxurious apartment, where she encounters the ghost of her long-deceased grandmother.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013
ISBN: 9780385533157
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 20, 2014

Unfortunately, this book does seem to suffer from some Second In The Series Syndrome. It is good, but, unlike Damned, it does not seem capable of standing on its own.

I did enjoy it, but it left me feeling like I need to read the next one in the series, instead of being disappointed that I had finished reading it.

Doomed does give some more insight into Madison Spencer, but at the same time it tries to say too much in too little a time. I suppose that when the third novel comes out, I will be glad that I read Doomed. But until then, I wish I had stuck with Damned.

Jun 26, 2014

I have long been a big fan of Palahniuk's and have enjoyed pretty much all of his work thus far but have found myself disappointed in Doomed. I wasn't overly sold on the premise of Damned to begin with but the writing and plot line pulled me in and I ended up greatly enjoying it. As such, I was sadly disappointed by its sequel, Doomed. It lacked a lot of the characters that had really made the first one enjoyable and instead focused on making Madison more and more unlikeable while constantly alluding to ideas and important plot points that seemed painfully obvious by the point of the "big reveal" of sorts. Really let down by this book, though on its own it is an alright read.

Mar 06, 2014

"All progress is the result of the unpopular."
The problem with being a provocative, transgressive writer is that your audience will expect you to keep topping yourself and devising even more shocking scenarios. I was feeling that Palahniuk was in a rut and instead of being shocking, his recent books have simply been contrived. So I was pleasantly surprised with his last book, "Damned," which some reviewer described as Dante meets John Hughes. Or alternately, "Are you there Satan? It's me Madison." This sequel finds Madison returned from hell and back on Earth. She's one of his wittiest and most sympathetic characters and keeps the narrative grounded, even as it gets increasingly ridiculous (Satan shows up) and gross (penis mutilation). Presumably he's doing his own "Divine Comedy," so will book three be set in Heaven?

Jan 30, 2014

I devoured this second-in-the-series. my only disappointment was in how little the timeline advanced. Also, really like the pals in Hell, wish we'd seen them more. Don't really want to have to wait for the next one. As some of my patients say "hurryhurryhurryhurryhurryhurry" I love to visit the alternate realities of Mr. Palahniuk, they are fairly complete.

Dec 18, 2013

Book #2 in what appears to be at least a trilogy, but it wasn't as good and fresh as book #1. Madison being stuck on earth (in this book) wasn't nearly as entertaining as her ending up in hell, and discovering how to navigate within it (in the first book). Now that she knows she doesn't belong in hell, can she make it to heaven - and should she? I guess that is what will make me read book #3 when it comes out.


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Aug 07, 2014

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