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review 2018-09-16 17:55
Horror Square
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
I'm not quite sure what I just read.

On one hand, this is a haunted house mystery. On the other hand, it is a family drama. On a third hand (or on a foot), it is a story by two men(?) who may be losing it.

But parts of it are quite scary. 

Do not read in ebook format.

It takes a bit to get into. But once you let yourself get into the book, it does take you away. 

It is very, very, very, very, very male driven.

But what I enjoyed best about wasn't the horror or the plot. It was the mocking of literary and film criticism. That is really the most brilliant part of the book, especially the interview section. Parts of the book scare you half to death, and then you burst into laughter.

Either way, you stand a good chance of peeing youself. Fair warning.
 
 

 

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review 2017-09-29 03:59
House of Leaves
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski

This sort of reminds of what my writing journal looks like. I start a story, then another, then continue, then add a box to add something witty I thought of.

 

At first glance this looks like a jumbled mess written by someone off their meds, but it's good. It takes a lot of concentration. Though, no matter how focused you were when you read it, I am sure you will find something new if you ever picked it back up for round two. Very consuming, a heavy read. 

 

Highly recommended,

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review 2017-01-24 00:00
House of Leaves
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski I just finished this book moments ago, and it may be one I have to separate myself from for a while before I can articulate any of my thoughts and feelings about it.

But I will say this: this definitely ranks as one of the most fascinating, creative, mind-bending and thought-provoking books I will never read again.
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text 2016-08-27 14:53
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski

If you're still trying to think of books for the Halloween Bingo game, House of Leaves would be an excellent choice for a number of squares. 

 

I read it a while back, but for some reason I hadn't added it my Booklikes shelves. I stumbled across my paperback copy this morning. (To be honest, I'm not sure how I'd missed it earlier seeing as it's bloody enormous).

 

Haunted houses, things that go bump in the night, unreliable narrators... what more do you need?

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text 2016-07-03 08:41
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski

I gave myself a re-read because I'm well ahead of my reading target this year. 

 

This time around, I read it out of order, going along with the skips and jumps the book suggests everywhere (e.g. "see chapter XI", "Appendix II-C", "page 345" or whatever).

 

It's an interesting experience but I don't think it's a particularly good way to read the book for the first time. I had all these dim memories of what happens in the book but I never seemed to get to the point where I read them, instead only stumbling across hints and after-the-fact mentions - that endless deferral of meaning a nice metaphor both for the endless lightless corridors of the house and for the way the text itself gives us no direct access to the film at the heart of it. To get Saussurean for a moment: we don't ever experience the thing, only interpretations of the thing.

 

The ending felt weirdly abrupt and simple, like Danielewski ran out of steam and went "fuck it, I'm just going to finish this thing now". Of course, that could equally be Zampano saying that, in which case it's a deliberate authorial move and not a failure.

 

It's all a lot of fun to think about: I'm a huge Gothic fan and I love the way Danielewski plays with the conventions of the genre so knowingly. Fittingly for a book framed as commentary, I think a lot of its (literal) twists and turns are useful for thinking about what other Gothic novels are doing too.

 

Reading House of Leaves was quite an academic experience this time around. I enjoyed it.

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