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House of Leaves
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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.
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udanis
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski

I enjoyed it. Something different. Can definitely see the influence to new work such as “Tanis“ and “You should have left“

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Cosmixx.Entity
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Pickpick

A good read so far .. but really … Thumper? Lol

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mushroom_Miu
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I can't wait to read House of leaves with @Dismal_Blues 🍂

Chrissyreadit Welcome to Litsy! My profile has a link with info about litsy. 1mo
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Cosmixx.Entity
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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@mushroom_Miu we are doing a book reading we have set goals to read the book thank you @paperwitchs for your suggestion #bookdisscusion #spookstopics #intresting

LoverOfLearning Reading this one now!!! Slow and steady but loving it. 3w
Cosmixx.Entity Im glad it‘s very interesting and time consuming be careful not to over indulge it causes burnout 2w
Cosmixx.Entity All that thinking it causes 😂 2w
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Mehso-so

I had heard many great things about this book over the years and was eagerly expecting to be blown away, but wasn‘t. Don‘t get me wrong—I admire what Danielewski does with form and style, and how he uses format to mirror the events and atmosphere of the story. The horror part fell flat for me BECAUSE of the format. I felt that the format held me at arm‘s length from the action and I never got to experience it with the characters. That‘s just me!

LoverOfLearning Currently reading this! Gonna be awhile but I'm really enjoying it so far! 2mo
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RaeLovesToRead
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Bookspin card for May!

I've been struggling to concentrate on reading these last few weeks - first with the excitement of holidays and now with the anticlimax of being back from holidays and exhausted. Fingers crossed I'll be able to immerse myself in imaginary worlds again pretty soon 🤞

Bookspin & doublespin this month are both #pop22 titles and #roll100 included Voodoo Histories which is the book that I've had the longest on my TBR...

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LoverOfLearning
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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"Ever see yourself doing something in the past and no matter how many times you remember it you still want to scream stop, somehow redirect the action, reorder the present? I feel that way now, watching myself tugged stupidly along by inertia, my own inquisitiveness ... "

Texreader Wow, what a quote! 3mo
LoverOfLearning @Texreader Just in the first few pages! Such an absolutely fascinating story so far. 3mo
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paperwitchs
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Update to ch 2 and I‘m terrified

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paperwitchs
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Finally tackling this big boy. So excited, and a bit intimidated that it‘ll go right over my head #tbr #2022 #bigbook #chunksterchallenge

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Outofcontroltbr
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Mehso-so

What did I just read?! It was creepy and I enjoyed it but also it was hard to get through.

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JessClark78
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Pickpick

Took a little while to get through this one. This was a strange novel, a little aggravating at times, but was definitely an interesting read. Some of it was pretty creepy. I preferred the parts about the house and the Navidson family.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheLudicReader I have long wanted to read this, but it seems like too much work. 😭 4mo
JessClark78 @TheLudicReader It was a lot of work. I started it back in September and had to take a couple breaks cause it was driving me nuts at times. 🙂 4mo
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cheesemoi
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
Mehso-so

The book was insane, and you feel insane reading it. The more you engage with the book, the more insane you get, and the book knows that. That‘s what the book wants.

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kyraleseberg
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I really almost spit out my drink 😆

vivastory 🤣😂 5mo
TieDyeDude 🤣 (slow clap) 5mo
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AmandaBlaze
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Trippy haunted house story...Of course I liked it! You don't have to read the footnotes to enjoy the book, but they definitely add to the story.
#horror #hauntedhouse

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JessClark78
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Currently reading House of Leaves. I started it back in September and kept setting it aside for the holiday books. Now I‘m working on finishing it and finally on the last quarter of it. It‘s a chunkster and not like anything I‘ve ever read. Also still reading The Shadow Over Innsmouth in the Kindle Lovecraft collection.

#WeekendReading

Andrew65 Have you enjoyed it? It is a book I do own but not read. 6mo
sprainedbrain I threw that book across the room more than once, but it was a pick. 😂 (edited) 6mo
JessClark78 @Andrew65 It can be a little frustrating at times but I do think it‘s an interesting read. 5mo
JessClark78 @sprainedbrain That is the first book I‘ve ever yelled at and thought to myself This is going to be the first time I‘ve ever thrown a book. 😂 5mo
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JessClark78
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94

✨ My goals are to read 70 books for GR Challenge, catch up on reviews, read more of the books I already own, and work on series I haven‘t finished yet.

✨ Mindful

✨ Yes, it‘s definitely interesting.

#ThoughtfulThursday

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StephMC82
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Finally got the nerve to buy this book. What's always been intimidated is now an addition to my #tbr pile. 2022 goals!

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Aruckdes
House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
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I really honest to God found this book wonderful. If you are looking for an dark, weird, rule-bending novel that is somehow still fairly accessible, I would recommend this book. The world building, with its faux footnotes referencing authors, films, books, & magazines both real & imagined is truly immersive. I may not have thought I was looking for a book that combined Pynchon, DFW, “The Ring” and “The Blair Witch Project”, but it turns out I was!

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DrexEdit
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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My #WeeklyForecast for all of December. Ambitious. But I do have some time off coming up. The top row is all books I'm committed to: #doublespin (@TheAromaofBooks) #OokBOokClub (@JulesG) #IRLBookClub #NYRBBookClub (@vivastory) #ARC #bookspin.
The second row is mostly #LibraryLottery but I'd also like to try and fit in a couple for #cloakanddaggerchristmas (@merelybookish) and some #inprogress.

We'll see where things end up I guess!
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Very ambitious but exciting possibilities 🙌🏻💕I have one on my coffee table but it‘s heft is intimidating me 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
DrexEdit @Cinfhen yeah I have the ebook of that cycling in and out of my library holds, so I didn't realize how hefty it was until recently! There's something to be said about being able to make visual judgements on how much reading you have to do! 7mo
DrexEdit @TheAromaofBooks your #bookspin challenge has got me fired up and ready to go this month! 😊 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Awww that genuinely makes me so happy to hear!!! ❤ 7mo
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Leftcoastzen
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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#GratefulHarvest #Leaves People love this book, hate it , or are just plain confused by it! Still on my TBR , wondering when I will eventually dive in.

vivastory I loved it when I read it. Don't think I'd ever reread it though 😂 8mo
Zoes_Human I loved it, but I'm not sure how much of that was loving it as the story it is or loving that in decades of reading I'd never seen anything like it. 8mo
Eggs Sounds intriguing - it‘s new to me. Great choice🙌🏻 8mo
Read-y_Picker Didn‘t love it. Read it after coworkers raved for ages. It took me several tries. Didn‘t even truly feel satisfied once it was done. I cringe when I see it referenced. Still haunted I guess lol. 8mo
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LeslieO
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Eggs Brilliant 🤎🍁🧡 8mo
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FantasyChick
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Thank you so much @Mitch for this package! The leaves fit right in with my fall bookshelf decor I'm putting the zombies right on my outer french doors as soon as I locate the tape! So excited for House of Leaves! I've flipped through and I can't wait for it. I haven't heard of the other books but they all sound perfect for me! I'm hiding the skittles (nom nom nom) but the toddler already laid claim to the adorable bat bag 🤣 such a great gift!!

FantasyChick #hauntedhollowswap @wanderinglynn Thanks for hosting another awesomely creepy swap! 8mo
wanderinglynn That bat bag! 🖤🦇 Great box! 🎃🧡 8mo
Mitch So glad you liked it - I was hoping the little one liked the bag! Happy Halloween! 🧟‍♂️ 8mo
LeahBergen I recently bought Killing For Company and it looks 😬😬 8mo
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vivastory
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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RaeLovesToRead Still haven't got round to this one... looking forward to it though! 8mo
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead It's very polarizing. I liked it. Definitely an experience 8mo
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Tianarose
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Wow! So proud of myself, after 2 failed attempts, I finally finished ! So happy. The book was amazing, well worth the wait!

sprainedbrain Took me three tries too… and I only threw it across the room a couple of times. 😂 8mo
Tianarose @sprainedbrain glad I‘m not the only one! It was definitely a challenge, but worth it! 8mo
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TamTracy
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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The best way to describe this book is tedious. Not necessarily in a bad way though. I‘m glad I read it and I‘m even more glad that I chose to start it while I was stuck in the hospital with no distractions. I‘m not sure I would have made it through if I had my attention anywhere else. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suet624 Good for you for completing it. 8mo
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Tianarose
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Ok littens wish me luck! This will be my third attempt to read this book! Normally I don‘t give books this many chances but I cannot give up on this one for some reason.

Eyelit 🍀 😁 I need to get back to this one myself 8mo
wanderinglynn 3d time‘s a charm! 🍀 8mo
Tianarose @wanderinglynn my thoughts exactly! 8mo
allureofbeauty It‘s an amazing read. 8mo
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WJCintron
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I haven‘t read this one yet, but I‘ve heard it‘s quite #disturbing. I need to be mentally prepared for it. On my #TBR
#littensdressedinblood #disturbia #houseofleaves #horror #markzdanielewski #book #challenge #September

MidnightBookGirl I also have not read this book, but I really, really, really should! 10mo
Zoes_Human It is disturbing and written like nothing else I've ever read. 10mo
WJCintron @Zoes_Human 😱 😬 10mo
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TheSpineView
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Annabelle

House of Leaves has over the years become something of a cult classic. Creepy and very Stephen Kingish in my opinion.

KCofKaysville @TheSpineView I have a copy and will read it when I get a chance! 10mo
TheSpineView @KCofKaysville 👍 Hope you enjoy! 🤩📖📚 10mo
Klou This is one I want to read! Great choice! 10mo
TheSpineView @Klou 🤩📖 10mo
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The book‘s epitaph is: This is not for you. And maybe it isn‘t. Maybe it‘s a warning. Maybe it‘s a challenge. It‘s a love story. It‘s a horror story. It‘s a sad story. It‘s all true. It‘s all those things. I felt so many emotions reading this book. The biggest emotion was satisfaction. Because I finished. Right? But no. Like the labyrinth at its center, this book is never done with you. 203/1,001 #1001Books

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Littlewolf1
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Finally adding this beast to shelves. However, I have this weird desire to go camping with people and read this book together. Anyone down to see how much we can get done in two weeks? No… Oh well, I guess I‘m on my own.😱

Tianarose This sounds like a cool idea. Camp away book club! 8mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Mehso-so

I know that a lot of people found this book terrifying but I wasn‘t one of them. I appreciate what Danielewski did with style and format, and it was very clever, but it also served to keep me, the reader, at a distance from the story. I was never allowed to become immersed in the story, to experience the events with the characters. I was disappointed since I had heard how scary this book was, but the format prevented the development of it for me.

Freespirit I have this on my list of books to read.. but I notice it gets a range of reviews 12mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Freespirit There are a LOT of people who love it, so don‘t let my review influence you! 😁 11mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I‘m loving the book so far and am enjoying the format. The only thing that is bugging me is that the narrator keeps saying “would of” instead of “would have!” Obviously this was a deliberate stylistic choice by the author, but he says it so OFTEN!! It‘s driving me crazy!! 😡

llcoolnate I started that once but definitely need to read it! Heard its one of the greats. Let me know if thats true! 12mo
LeslieO I own this book but I‘m afraid of it! 12mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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This has been on my tbr shelf FOREVER! I‘m so excited to be starting it today. 👏🤞

tournevis Don't read it in the dark! It is genuinely terrifying. Also, there are very sexist male characters. I loved it, but ymmv. 12mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit I‘m loving it so far! It definitely is not an easy read, but I like nontraditional formats. One thing that is driving me CRAZY is that he says “would of” instead of “would have!” 😡 And he says it OFTEN!! 🤦‍♀️ 12mo
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WeirdAtHeart
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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My little nerd heart went a little crazy when my boyfriend gave me my birthday present early. A bookcase!

On Christmas eve 2018 we lost everything in an apartment fire, including the bookcases I had just gotten to house my extensive book collection. Replacing books has taken much longer than I thought it would, but I am so happy.

Also, who displays their book of the months by their date instead of alphabetically?

#bookcase #bookcollection

Shmemilina Congrats on rebuilding! ❤️ 12mo
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WeirdAtHeart
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Well shoot, I guess I'll just turn around now. 🤷‍♀️

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Carla
House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
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There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast: Episode 68: Bone-Chimes and Primitive Spiders: House of Leaves
The first in my HoL series: https://www.spreaker.com/user/claradox/68-Mu3293
#podcast
The House of Leaves universe: House of Leaves, The Whalestoe Letters: From House of Leaves https://bookshop.org/a/6560/9780375714412 + Poe‘s album “Haunted”: Apple https://apple.co/2MT62F4, Spotify https://spoti.fi/3c2RsDq

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Carla
House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
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There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast Episode 70: Ergodic: House of Leaves: the second in my HoL series: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/44973302

Show notes: In which Carla explores the beginning of the Navidson Record, the structure of the novel, the history of ergodic literature, and the social phenomenon of the novel 21 years ago, as well as the psychological symptom that drives the stories in this novel. #podcast

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TieDyeDude
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Blindness by Jose Saramago. Not only was it an excellent story, but it was a unique and challenging read in its formatting.

2. House of Leaves, though it was probably intentional by the author.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! ❤📖 1y
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reading_rainbow
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Everything I‘ve read about this book has me extremely intrigued. I don‘t know when I‘ll start this one but flipping through it is just wow. Very unique

TheNeverendingTBR Really want to read this one too!! 1y
reading_rainbow @TheNeverendingTBR The whole cult following around it has me so curious!! 1y
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Rachiiebookdragon
House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
Bailedbailed

DNFing this book/putting it down for now, its a dark and depressing book and it‘s doing my mental health no good

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Carla
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Recording my first House of Leaves #podcast episode now. I was supposed to record yesterday on its 21st anniversary, but I had inexplicable and never-before technical difficulties; My computer simply could not hear my voice. (“Pick up please mom hello?”) Which seems appropriate for this novel of high strangeness. Here we go for the 1st ep, entitled “Bone-Chimes and Primitive Spiders”, available this evening, if no further high strangeness occurs.

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AlisBookNookCorner
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I have been wanting to tackle this chunk of a novel for awhile. It has finally arrived in the mail & after a book bail, I felt this may be the perfect time to dive in. I am a bit intimidated by this work of art, yet so eager to start it.

Jari-chan This book is very special - I love it! 😁 1y
jb72 I bought this last year but haven‘t started it yet. 1y
AlisBookNookCorner This is unlike any book I have ever read, I am completely taken by it! It had so much detail and perspective I find myself reading rather slow in hopes of not missing anything. 1y
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MaleficentBookDragon
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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One particular rabbit hole I often go down is the What Culture Horror YouTube channel. Here‘s their list of must read horror. Comment below if you agree or disagree. I‘ve read two off the list and didn‘t like them. A few others on my #TBR.
Spoiler- No Grady Hendrix so boooooo.

https://youtu.be/d0eZaB3yuZQ

vivastory I've read 6 of the 10. I don't know if I agree with their inclusion on most terrifying, but I do appreciate the eclectic approach of the list 1y
Ruthiella Interesting! I‘ve read four. But I wouldn‘t have considered, for example, Jennifer Egan‘s The Keep to be horror...🤨 1y
Sweettartlaura I‘ve read 7 (unless I lost count 🤔). And I, too, appreciate the scope of this list. I even loved the inclusion of The Keep. It‘s exactly what I thought of the book - glad that not only was I not the only one, but someone thought so highly of it to put it on a list of must-read horror 🙌🏻 1y
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Addison_Reads I've read 7/10. Great range of books, although I wouldn't use the word "terrifying" for some. I haven't read The Keep, but now I really want to. @vivastory have you read the Jones book that was on the list? Curious about your thoughts on it. 1y
vivastory @Addison_Reads I haven't read The Last Final Girl, but definitely plan on it. Their comments on it made me think of his first book (I hope a publisher would reissue it) 1y
Addison_Reads @vivastory Demon Theory is the first book I read by him and I loved it. 1y
vivastory @Addison_Reads Same here! It's still one of my favorites 1y
Reggie I can not trust this list when she picks Coldheart Canyon out of ALL Clive Barker‘s books. Lol 1y
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Carla
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I had misplaced my copy. I recently found it...fat with torn-up papers marking pages...So. Intermingled with episodes on other topics, for the rest of this year I am going to do a deep-dive on this book & its accompanying album, Haunted, by Mark's sister, Poe. There will be geeky analysis and reaction podcasting. I'll podcast as I go & do psychology/history/parapsychology/physics geek-dives 😉 like I did with Stephen King's Eclipse series (ep 19).

magyklyXdelish I got this beast for Christmas and I‘m waiting until I‘m caught up with my ARCs just because I know this is going to be time consuming. I really can‘t wait though. 1y
Carla @magyklyXdelish cool! It is time-consuming because once you‘re in, you‘re in, if that makes sense. I hope you‘ll have a listen—looks like it‘s good timing. 😎 1y
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Airykah13
House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
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I give up. I‘m not enjoying the story and I‘m always confused as to what the hell is actually going on.

Texreader I‘ve considered checking this one out, but assumed the same thing: I don‘t have what it takes for that book. 1y
Airykah13 @Texreader I really wanted to like it but I just couldn‘t focus. The story was all over the place 1y
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magyklyXdelish
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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The hubby bought me this beast. I‘ve no idea when I‘ll get around to it but I‘m so excited 🤩

CaliforniaCay Ahhhh yes, lemme know when you get around to it even if its no time soon. This monster has been collecting dust on my shelves for years, just waiting for the right time to dive in! 1y
magyklyXdelish @CaliforniaCay will do, friend ♥️ 1y
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brandierickson
House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
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😬😬 a hundred pages in and it is definitely making me feel things!

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Forget_The_Third
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Now that's a first, had to use 2 bookmarks to keep track of my reading! A real labyrinth of a book, loved it!

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Sungirl79
House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Mehso-so

This was definitely a weird book. Several times I thought I wasn‘t going to finish it but then something would happen and I had to read on. Wasn‘t that scary but definitely an odd book for sure!

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Mrs_Black
House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
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Enjoying this strange book. I love the layers to it.