House of Leaves

House of Leaves

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, Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, ...

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Title:House of Leaves
Author:Mark Z. Danielewski
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:House of Leaves
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:705 pages pages

House of Leaves Reviews

  • Sarah
    Oct 24, 2007
    Totally infuriating. It made me feel dumb, bored, and annoyed all at once. If I want that, I'll date my first boyfriend again. ...
  • Jake Thomas
    Jun 23, 2007
    So there's a definite cult around this book, and I am one of the many who drank the Kool-Aide and never looked back. Here's a little anecdote that speaks to the possibilities of this book: I was an RA my junior and senior years of college. One year I had a good friend of mine li...
  • Cloudhidden
    Nov 27, 2007
    Looking for a spooky book to read around Halloween I was recommended this book by several others on a message board I frequent. Quite a few people mentioned its brilliance and the fear it put in them. After reading it I could not disagree more. The story is this: a family moves ...
  • Nathan
    Sep 13, 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...
  • Mungo
    Sep 14, 2007
    Contrived and full of gimmicks. A cut and paste job using ideas from Stephen King, Bret Easton Ellis and Thomas Pynchon with a few original ideas scattered amongst the stolen property. Sure, it's pretty and an interesting mix between storytelling and graphic arts, but pretty shapes and...
  • Paul Bryant
    Sep 26, 2007
    It's like one of those very psychedelic albums from the late sixties, where they do all those funny stereo effects, and all that phasing or whatever it was called - all great fun but you still had to have good songs. As you'll know by now, "House of Leaves" has more tricks up its sleev...
  • Michelle
    May 18, 2009
    I?m sitting here trying to review this book, and I?m coming up with nothing. I?ve been thinking about it off and on all day. At this point I?m tempted to just link to Tadpole?s excellent review and call it a day, but I really feel as though I should say something. After a...
  • Kim
    May 18, 2009
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  • Mickey
    Dec 14, 2007
    ~*~*~*UPDATE, September 2017*~*~*~ It's been nearly ten years since I wrote this review and I continue to be amazed by the response to it. I'm totally blown away by all the chords I've struck and nerves I've hit with this dumb thing over the years. I'm frankly a little embarrassed by i...
  • Dan Schwent
    Jun 28, 2008
    So, I liked House of Leaves but wouldn't call it great or brilliant. I liked the concept of a cache of papers found detailing a possibly ficticious film about a house with impossible dimensions and the maze of mind bogglingly large size in its closet. It was interesting but at its core...
  • JSou
    Aug 26, 2009
    I finished this last night. At about 1:30 in the morning. Honestly, I have no idea how to even begin a review for this book. I kind of have the same panicky feeling I had when people would see me reading and ask what this book was about. I started blurting out incomplete sentences and ...
  • Matt
    Aug 31, 2008
    ?Thus despite rational objections, technology?s failure is overrun by the onslaught of myth.? ? pg. 335 This quote that I have taken completely out of context is probably the best one sentence summary of this book that is possible within the fractured confines of human commu...
  • Fabian
    Mar 08, 2016
    Hey, is it just me, or is American Horror Story Roanoke episodes 1-5 a mega rip off of this? Only those that have read House of Leaves may possibly know... As avant garde as any novel's got the right to be! It is all about condensing and expanding the parameters of the novel, heck, ...
  • Dan
    Nov 13, 2009
    I finished House of Leaves. A synopsis of the book - if such a thing were actually possible - might go something like this: This is the story of the assembly by one man, of the notes of another man, written on random bits of paper into a review of a movie - actually a documentary film ...
  • J.S.
    Oct 07, 2008
    More than anything, House of Leaves is pretentious. It does things against the grain just because they haven't been done before, not because they're necessarily good ideas. The book seems to take pride in trying its damnedest to give you a headache, and then expects you to like it (unl...
  • Wil Wheaton
    Dec 28, 2012
    If you want a really good, insightful review of House of Leaves (that I didn't write), go read this one from Aerin. If you want to read mine, here you go: House of Leaves isn't one of those tidy little things that holds your hand and wipes your bottom and tells you that you're sp...
  • MJ Nicholls
    Sep 07, 2012
    Everyone?s favourite stovepipe-hatted feline-loving formal innovator arrived in 2000AD with this quiet little novella starring Stretchy Font Man, Captain Kerning and Bendy Page Gurl. Since then he has published a version of Finnegans Wake you have to ?drive? and a book of blank s...
  • David
    Oct 19, 2009
    It is difficult for me to coherently and succinctly express my overwhelming hatred for this book - not just dislike, but absolute, overpowering disgust - but the sheer thought that people continue to naively read this and somehow leave with the impression they had just completed a mast...
  • Maciek
    Mar 31, 2012
    Everything has been said but not everyone has said it yet. - Rep. Morris Udall at the 1988 Democratic convention I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's im...
  • Aloha
    Sep 11, 2010
    ...Then no matter where you are, in a crowded restaurant or on some desolate street or even in the comforts of your own home, you'll watch yourself dismantle every assurance you ever lived by. You'll stand aside as a great complexity intrudes, tearing apart, piece by piece, all of your...
  • Stephen M
    Sep 19, 2010
    I think this just about sums it up: ...
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Aug 06, 2012
    4.5/5 stars! I plan to do a video review of this soon, so look forward to that :) ...
  • Henry Avila
    Feb 06, 2018
    If I may borrow ( steal from Dickens), it was the hardest book I've ever read, it was the easiest, it was the most enlightening, it was the most obscure, it brought daylight to the world, it brought in the darkness of the night.. Reading the upside- down words, trying to decipher the s...
  • Char
    Nov 23, 2011
    House of Leaves is an experience. I've decided not to go into the plot, because it, (they?) really can't be fully explained in such a limited venue as a book review. Depending on how you look at it, there could actually be 5 different plots going on, perhaps more, and again: limite...
  • Kevin Kelsey
    Jul 21, 2017
    ?He knows his voice will never heat this world? If you?ve ever wanted to read a novel about a group of editors who have re-compiled a second edition of a book, that was originally found (and edited) by a slowly mentally unraveling tattoo artist apprentice junkie, and was origi...
  • April
    Nov 08, 2012
    "This is not for you." *this will not follow the kind of reviews I usually do, so be prepared for a conglomerate of quotes, self-taken photos and annoying html text. Also this is quite long. All right so not only was I completely mind-blown by this book, I was also overjoyed with...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Dec 28, 2012
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 3.5 Stars Are you looking for a book with a plotline a little something like this???? If so, House of Leaves might be right up your alley. The simple synopsis (and the only one you're going to get from me) i...
  • Wayne Barrett
    Jun 07, 2017
    My first introduction to House of Leaves was a list of top Horror books in which, along with a few others, I promptly added to my trusty cell phone book list. On my next trip to the book store I came across the book and, as is my habit, I carried it, along with an armload of others, to...
  • Robin
    Oct 15, 2017
    An Academic Analysis of "House of Leaves" by Mark Danielewski This book, written in 2000, makes it onto many notable 'must read horror' lists [1 - Publisher?s Weekly Reading Scared, 2010, ranker.com List of Scariest Novels 2015, Guardian?s Holy Shit, did I just read that? 2006) ...
  • Shovelmonkey1
    Sep 17, 2011
    This is not for you.... Or maybe it is. House of Leaves is not an easy book to read. It will not only challenge your ability to hold a weighty tome at numerous different angles for prolonged periods of time as you endeavour to read text which is upside down, back to front and s...