Hey, 2 in one day (thanks to the wonder of audio books) not bad. This time out it's Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. Like Halting State earlier today, this is a novel that takes some enormous chances, but this time around it's not for the best. I'm actually kind of amazed this book became the giant mess it did given how strongly it began, really just kind of sad, especially from a writer as assured as Palahniuk.
Anyway, the setup for the book is brilliant. The novel is told as an oral biography of Buster Casey, a kid with a stash of rare coins, a penchant for getting bit by wild animals and living through car crashes, and most importantly the originator of a country wide Rabies epidemic. To make things even stranger, the story takes place in a near future in which the population has been divided into daytime and nighttime camps, and in which playing back the experiences of others has replace all other forms of entertainment. All of these elements are blended together flawlessly.
And narrative pulls a total 180 and becomes a debate over the feasibility of time travel, and what would happen if you impregnated and/or killed your mother. Yeah, an odd choice to say the least, and it ruins what otherwise may have been Palahniuk's best novel (which I still say is Lullaby).