This is a book I had to read twice. I literally finished it, then flipped right back to the beginning. It isn't because I thought the story was all th...moreThis is a book I had to read twice. I literally finished it, then flipped right back to the beginning. It isn't because I thought the story was all that compelling - because, honestly, it wasn't - but it's more the writing. The style was so interesting, so ambitious. I mean that in all respects. The map metaphors could easily have fallen flat. Same with her art. Those could have seemed annoying or even distracting, if not done properly, but it was really interesting how they were put in here.
(view spoiler)[Also, random trip to China? That could have also been...awkward, but it worked. And the same with the geocashing, though I love the comparison it makes between the two characters with GPS vs. maps. (hide spoiler)]
It makes me want to read it over and over, just to learn the secrets of the writing and how I can adapt them to my own style!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was recommended by my lit teacher (and by recomended, I mean he nerded out about it to an extreme amount but stressed that he wasn't actually rec...moreThis was recommended by my lit teacher (and by recomended, I mean he nerded out about it to an extreme amount but stressed that he wasn't actually recing it because he's not allowed to because of the "mature" content" but shh) and let me just say, wow.
It's very rare that a book stays with me as strongly as this one did, long after I actually finished it. I'll still find myself spacing off and then suddenly jerking back into awareness, another theory about the book suddenly occuring to me!
And then, people are constantly asking me, "What's House of Leaves about?" I've finally settled on a quick summary that goes as follows: It's a book about a book about a movie about a house that's bigger on the inside.
And I'm usually greeted by a slack-jawed look and either a loud, "What?!" or people just turning away and refusing to make eye contact with me for a while.
But anyways, getting back to my reactions to the book. I talked to my friend, who's a lit teacher, and he said it took him three months to finish. The teacher who told me about it read it in three weeks. So, I'll admit, I read this in two weeks just so I could say I read it faster than my teacher. But that means I immersed myself in it so quickly, so completely. I remember this one part that actually gave me nightmares (and that's a first for books).
Luckily, I have a friend or two who've succumbed and decided to read it. One is reading it extremely slowly. The other occasionally calls me at three am, freaking out and demanding answers that I don't have, because no matter how much I stare at that book, it won't give me it's answers! And I know, the internet probably contains bountiful explanations and theories on the books many secrets, but I don't want to get my answers from the internet. I want to figure it out for myself.
In short? You'll get weird looks if you read the book and/or talk about it in public. But it's totally worth it.(less)
Can't do it. This book was a total disappointment. It seemed so promising, and the first couple pages made it seem like it could be so great! Now...moreNope.
Can't do it. This book was a total disappointment. It seemed so promising, and the first couple pages made it seem like it could be so great! Now, I'm glad I didn't spend much on it, because I guarantee I'll never finish it.
It seems like an interesting concept, really. I want this book to be good, I want the interesting style of narration to work and make it unique. I want that, because I love seeing experimental forms of narration. This book fell flat, though.
Or, no, that isn't the right way to describe it.
I'd go so far as to say that how it was told ruined it.
If you don't know, Jason has different "characters" in his head, and they talk to him. They comment on and narrate his life. But most of the time, they just serve to be distracting, interrupting the narrative. It's hard to focus on both the audience and the story itself. I found myself skipping either the characters or the actual narrative, because they're written in with each other, and by switching back and forth, all emotion is lost.
I wish this book could live up to my hopes for it. But sadly, it could not.(less)
I'm seeing a lot of negative reviews floating around, but all of the reasons people seem to dislike it are the reasons this book is so amazing to me!...moreI'm seeing a lot of negative reviews floating around, but all of the reasons people seem to dislike it are the reasons this book is so amazing to me! I love books with strange sentences and descriptions. I love the crazy that comes with it, and the intrigue of trying to figure out just what she's saying. The strike-throughs, to me, were perfect. As were the rambling sentences about nothing. You'll soon find, this girl is broken a bit, in the head. And the way it was written, it perfectly mirrored her broken internal monologue.
I only have a couple issues with it, though. One is her personality. She's so helpless. She takes damsel in distress to a new extreme. Also, the ending was just...what? The author is continuing it, I guess, but I don't see how she can possibly live up to the first one.
But, all in all, I'd definitely recommend it!(less)