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message 1: by Gem , Moderator & Admin (last edited Dec 01, 2018 01:19PM) (new) - added it

Gem  Paullin | 1290 comments Mod
Hello fellow Crime, Mystery, and Thriller readers! This discussion is about House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski your hostess is Jamie.

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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Summary

Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth—musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies—the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story—of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.


message 2: by Jamie, Moderator (last edited Dec 02, 2018 10:32AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jamie Zaccaria | 157 comments Mod
So i started this one early and am about halfway through. What does everyone think of the incredibly unique and different style this book
is in written in? Does it help or hinder the storytelling?


Scott | 6 comments Jamie wrote: "So i started this one early and am about halfway through. What does everyone think of the incredibly unique and different style this book
is in written in? Does it help or hinder the storytelling?"
Hinder imho.....totally distracting for me as I felt it added nothing to the narrative. I know I'm in the minority but I felt the heart was footnoted right out of it.


RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) I didn't vote for this book but since it won and because I happen to have an unread copy lying around I think I'm going to jump in to the group read if that's ok. But based on the size of the book and my reading commitments for December I probably won't finish it until next month.

I haven't gotten too far into the book yet so I can't comment much about the storytelling style, but I did flip through the pages so I got an idea of what lies ahead. I'm looking forward to it.


message 5: by Jamie, Moderator (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jamie Zaccaria | 157 comments Mod
My overall non-spoiler review:

This was a very interesting book, to say the least. It's completely unique both in story and style and while I am still processing it entirely, I would automatically classify this as a "must read" for horror literature buffs.


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Donna Schmidt | 141 comments I’m glad a group is reading and sharing as when I received my book I was a bit intimidated as I flipped through it. Intrigued and intimidated. I shall get reading.


Summer (paradisecity) | 37 comments Donna wrote: "I’m glad a group is reading and sharing as when I received my book I was a bit intimidated as I flipped through it. Intrigued and intimidated. I shall get reading."

It's really not as bad as it looks. There are a lot of pages with just a few words on them so it's definitely shorter than the actual page count.


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