From the vantage point of three men waiting in line to be three of the 600 men Cassie Wright plans on having sex with on camera to break a world record, Snuff is not for the shy and reserved.
Number 600 is the man who introduced Cassie to the industry and the man who introduces us to the rest of the men waiting in line. Number 72 is not only one of the youngest ones there--20 something years old--but he is one of the too many men claiming to be Cassie's son. The last man, number 137, has been in the television biz and is looking to get his career back on track by screwing an on-the-verge-of-being-dried-up porn queen.
This is not a sex novel--sorry, gentlemen. It is a story of men bonding over a similar interest, getting to know one another through their future sexual conquest, and, for a few, trying to find--and twistedly bang--their misplaced mother. There is a surprising lack of sex for a novel about a porn star and her 600 exploits. But don't be turned off by this. There's still some sex, plenty of laughs, and some telling moments as each of the three main narrators finds something buried deep within himself.
One more time, Palahniuk approaches, pushes, and mockingly steps over the line with Snuff. If it isn't enough to have a woman conquering 600 men in one day and to get a first class voyage deep inside the porn industry, throw more mommy issues and even some daddy issues into the picture. Just when you thought Palahniuk couldn't get any more off the wall, in walks Cassie Wright.