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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
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Sep 20, 07

bookshelves: books-i-hope-die, fiction
Recommended for: People I hate.
Read in March, 2007

One of the reviews I read of this book compared it positively (bewilderingly) to The Blair Witch Project. I agree, only I thought The Blair Witch project was primarily a ninety-minute gimmick, and not particularly engaging, at that. I should probably admit that I only made it 3/4ths of the way through House of Leaves before realizing that my skull appears larger from the inside than it does from outside. Every person I know who has a brain currently, previously, or aspires to one day have a brain, who has read this book, swears by it. Perhaps in the final 4th of the book the wizard was revealed, I just gave up too early, and everyone else was in on some giant joke I didn't get. Maybe I saw the previews too many times and all the tricks were spoiled. I should have seen it in the theater instead of on video. I dunno. I recognize that I am the only person in the world to feel this way, but I just plain did not like this book much. Pretentious garbage for people who want to like literature more than they actually like it.

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message 6: by Miriam (last edited Feb 24, 2010 09:52AM) (new)

Miriam Pretentious garbage for people who want to like literature more than they actually like it.

I think this explains an entire category of publications that would otherwise not make it into print.


☯Bettie☯ lol - I loved it and it scared the bejeebers out of me. That claustrophobic descent was an incredible ride but it did peter out into pretty much a non-entity. For that ride down the staircase though, it is a one-off creepy journey through hell.

What's with the letters though - did not make any sense to me apart from a switchback to fluff out the page numbers.


message 4: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Oh, I haven't read House of Leaves yet. I have to order it from Supersearch and my library only allows three books at a time. I didn't feel strongly about Blair Witch project one way or the other, so that comparison doesn't mean a lot to me.


☯Bettie☯ Miriam wrote: "Oh, I haven't read House of Leaves yet. I have to order it from Supersearch and my library only allows three books at a time. I didn't feel strongly about Blair Witch project one way or the other, ..."

I do not have anything positive to say about BW - and my upbringing dictates that 'if you have nothing nice to say, say nowt'




Karen You did better with this book than I did. I started reading it because someone had recommended it to me, they thought it was excellent. I gave up after about one hundred pages. It just didn't grab me and I wasn't prepared to waste any more time on it. As for The Blair Witch Project I came out of that wondering what all the fuss was about and thinking that all the people who raved about it had seen a different movie to the one I'd seen.


message 1: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I gave up, too, Karen. I thought the interior of the layered stories was better, but not enough so to wade through the frame narrative by the douche.


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