Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves

Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves

Book - 2000 | 2nd ed
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One of the most acclaimed fiction debuts of 2000, national best-seller House of Leaves influenced, and was influenced by, the music of POE, Mark Z. Danielewski's sister. Her highly anticipated new album, Haunted, which includes many songs inspired by House of Leaves, will be released in September 2000 by Atlantic Records.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2000
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780375703768
0375703764
Branch Call Number: FICT DAN
Characteristics: xxiii, 709 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: House of leaves

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Cameron_Pryde
May 26, 2021

This is beautiful madness. It's a masterpiece, pushing the bounds of what a novel can be. Not for the faint of heart. It breaks conventions in an unsettling and horrifying way. The only reason that this doesn't get a perfect review is because so much of the book is either devoted to setup or the vastly less interesting meta-narrator of the piece. Still absolutely worth reading, though.

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arglybargly
Oct 13, 2020

The first 50 pages are rough, don't get me wrong. The storytelling is unique and takes a bit of adjustment. Once the tone established itself to me, it became my favorite novel I have ever read. Outstanding, weird, unique, haunting. I don't think a book ever made me feel the way this one did.

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eliza312
Jun 09, 2020

A (somewhat) multimedia, nonlinear experience that deserves a second read! While it is a horror novel, there's a lot more going on under the surface, which quickly becomes clear as the layers of the story are peeled back. Really unique in its storytelling and format.

ArapahoePatrick Jan 17, 2020

After several failed attempts to get into this book, I was finally able to enjoy sorting through the footnotes and unraveling the passages. It was well worth the efforts, and I now consider House of Leaves to be among my favorite books. It is weird and uncomfortable in the best ways and has made me rethink how I interact with books as a medium.

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MissTBaxter91
Nov 15, 2019

I wanted so badly to read this book because I have seen so many reviews saying it is one the the scariest novels out there. Unfortunately the format of this book does not flow well at all for me. It is a very different format and I do appreciate it for being unique. I wish that I could force myself to make it through it but I just can't.

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Miller3230
Nov 06, 2019

One of the craziest reads ever. Beyond the contents of the story, the layout of the text is trippy, creative and impressive. The layers upon layers in this book is just wild.

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bhender8
Aug 14, 2019

Either you will love this book or you will hate it. I tried reading this several times but it never hooked me. Wound up just skimming through and reading bits and pieces.

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Ace4aDay
May 03, 2019

By far, this is the strangest book I have ever read. I can't even place it in a particular genre. It pulls from so many. More in line with H.P. Lovecraft or E.A. Poe than modern story tellers, it often leaves things to the reader's imagination. This book is not an easy read. A narrative of a narrative of a series of documented events, containing footnotes, and footnotes of footnotes, often by one author, but sometimes by more than one, sometimes coherent, but mostly rambling in long run on sentences, separated by comma after comma, not unlike this sentence, often going for paragraphs, sometimes for entire pages at a time, some of it written upside down, sometimes backwards, some in code. I needed a dictionary in more than a couple of spots too. All said, I didn't really put this book down for 3 days. It sucked me in.

TrundletheGreat Jan 29, 2019

I don't think I've ever been so completely enveloped by a book.

mvvsshh Oct 17, 2017

Perfect postmodern, self-obsessed (masturbatory??) english/art theory book. If you love reading theory or you love reading something that consistently challenges your ideas of narrative, your ideas of how the reader and story teller engage and exchange, and your ideas of what the reader is entitled to then this is the book for you! If you only like horror and don't like a book that makes you work for it, then this is not for you!

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