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“There was a book. Oh man was there a book. It is still to this day a book I mention it to any book lover if asked for a recommendation. The best books stick with you, often reminding you of the power, and potential, of storytelling, and House of Leaves is one of those books.”—Michael Seidlinger, in this Bookmarked volume on Mark Z. Danielweski’s classic of experimental co ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Ig Publishing
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David
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
House of Leaves is like an addiction. It pulls the reader in with the same kind of obsession that the characters themselves display. It leaves one with that incredible NEED for more while still being totally complete, so there's no way to resist picking up this book to be able to dig even further in, to get inside what it was like for someone else being the only way to go any further since all that was written. There's just no way that wasn't going to be amazing, though the text makes clear Seid ...more
Michael Seidlinger
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
All the stars for "House of Leaves," the book that revealed to me the joy of both reading and writing. ...more
Johnny
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
House of Leaves had a profound effect on me eleven years ago and never really left me. The strange novel began occupying my thoughts again recently, so I sought out texts that might inform a second reading. I had hoped for more from this book in the way of analysis, but instead I got a lot of Seidlinger doing a lot of stream-of-consciousness riffs on the woes of the creative process. At least half of this book consists of the author lamenting over the writer's block he experienced while writing ...more
Jenn
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What to even say about this book...it’s certainly a fav. Of you like behind sucked into a book, this one’s for you- but hold on for the ride. The weird part- if you ask anyone who has read this book to pick a quote from it that he or she sums up
the book, you would get many different responses.

Besides the dedication page that reads “This book is not for you.”
I would go with:
“Little solace comes to those who grieve when thoughts keep drifting as walls keep shifting and this great blue world of
...more
Codey
Sep 07, 2019 added it
This is probably the most awful thing I have ever read in my entire life. I can appreciate the fact that this series aims to share an author’s experience at reading another piece of work, and that this is by no means an analysis of House of Leaves; but this reads like an angsty, egocentric, pseudo-intellectual, early 20 year old’s diary. It’s as if Holden Caulfield grew up and wrote a book, although Caulfield would likely understand the difference between “it’s” and “its”. Extraordinarily disapp ...more
Clay Vermulm
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is outrageous, terrifying, beautiful, tragic, hilarious, and heartbreaking all at the same time. I cannot remember the last time I was this compelled to read on and re-read and re-read again.
Adam
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
if you're looking for new insight into HoL, skip this, but if you're looking for a lame version of Geoff Dyer's OUT OF SHEER RAGE, this is your book. ...more
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MICHAEL J. SEIDLINGER is a Filipino American author of Runaways: A Writer's Dilemma (Future Tense Books, 2021) and other books. He has written for, among others, Wired, Buzzfeed, Thrillist, Goodreads, The Observer, Polygon, The Believer, and Publishers Weekly. He teaches at Portland State University and has led workshops at Catapult, Kettle Pond Writer's Conference, and Sarah Lawrence. You can fin ...more

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