Monster mash

Not many authors get the chance to redo a novel in the way they originally intended. Lucky for him, Chuck Palahniuk got to do just this with one of his first novels, Invisible Monsters, originally published in 1999. Now, his updated Invisible Monsters Remix (W. W. Norton & Company, $25.95) is a tome inspired by fashion magazines—in that it’s not meant to be read in a linear fashion. Unlike the original novel, the chapters now bounce around in time and place as Palahniuk originally intended, yet the story remains strong and easy to follow. And with characters such as the pill-popping drama queen Brandy Alexander and a veiled, disfigured ex-fashion model, this remix is still a thrilling experience not to be missed.