House of Leaves

House of Leaves

Book - 2000
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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, c2000.
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9780375703768
Branch Call Number: FICTION Danielew Mark
Characteristics: xxiii, 709 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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JCLMattC Oct 24, 2019

There's more to this cover (and this book) than meets the eye.

"Put simply, House of Leaves is one of the most frightening books ever written. From a fairly standard horror premise (a house is revealed to be slightly larger on the inside than is strictly possible) Danielewski spins out a dizzying tale involving multiple unreliable narrators, typographic... Read More »

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JCLMattC Apr 04, 2014

This is more of an experience than a book. Experimental writer, Mark Danielewski, dresses up a horrifying story in experimental writing, pictures, fake interviews and lots of footnotes. As difficult as it is to read, it's just as easy to become obsessed with this mind-bending tale.

A family moves into a house which is actually bigger on the inside than outside which leads to horrible findings by their children.

A photographer decides to create a film document of his family moving into a new home. The project runs smoothly until the interior dimensions of the house turn out to be larger than the exterior. Over time, a maze of passageways appear and disappear, perhaps inhabited by an unseen malevolent cre... Read More »

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Oct 16, 2017

Unique book, it's not going to be for everyone but I really enjoyed it. While I was recommended this book for the horror angle there is much more to this book than that.

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