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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
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Jul 11, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, mysteries, tomes, creepy-as-hell
Read in January, 2001

Suspenseful, creepy, weird, stories within stories, tales of madness and genius and explorations both interior and exterior. Very strange, very experimental, very annoying at times (seriously, did I have to have text spiralling in on itself to convey spiralling down a staircase?), very much like an 18th century novel yet very postmodern. You've got to read it for yourself.

Some have called it "Infinite Jest lite." I haven't yet read Infinite Jest, myself, but I think it's a pointless comparison. Yes, they both have footnotes. Yes, they're both really long books. That's where I suspect the similarities end.

Oh, and definitely check out the "soundtrack" to this book, by his sister Poe, entitled "Haunted." Very apropos.

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