[Book Review] House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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House of Leaves is interesting. It essentially follows three narratives. One , the subject of the novel (per say) which is The Navidson Record and it’s house on Ashe Tree Lane. Two, Zampano, as the author of the the writing. Three, Johnny Truant and his stories and his time assembling the notes left by Zampano.

The amount of layering in this novel is actually quite incredible to me. The novel is definitely not easy. The main body of text is sometimes all over the place, leaving an eerie and haunting feeling. The footnotes are extensive, sometimes making you follow two narratives at the same time.

But, the effort is definitely worth it in the end.

At the heart of the tale, House of Leaves is a love story. There’s Navy and Karen, Johnny and Thumper, but it is also one that is scary. The house on Ash Tree Lane provides us with many creepy instances, brought along by the skill of the author and the text placement, at times leaving you feeling claustrophobic.

Despite taking me a long time to get through House of Leaves, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and found in the instances I was reading it, I couldn’t put it down (despite the heavy weight of the novel!). I would definitely recommend it purely based on the interesting structure of the novel.

From reading upside down to back to front, House of Leaves left me waiting to see what twists and turns followed on the next page. I loved it! Have you read House of Leaves? Let me know what you thought!

 

House of Leaves was one of our book club books for October. You can find my partial review of the novel here

[Book Discussion] House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Please note: This discussion will only include talks about the book until chapter 16 as time has passed me by and I’ve not finished! 😭

House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is an interesting book for me. From the narrative structure of the novel, to the way the novel is physically laid out.

The novel (up to what I have read), follows two main stories. The Navidson Record, and Johnny Truant. One part the story of a haunted house, set out written like a critical discussion of a film, the other found in the footnotes by Johnny Truant who discovered this novel.

Firstly, the novel is hard. It took me a while to figure out how I should be reading it. The footnotes are extensive and massive. Sometimes taking over whole pages. When I first picked up the book, I found it hard to keep track of what was going on in both stories, but eventually I figured myself out and managed to get a rhythm, which has lead me to where I currently sit at chapter 16.

The story is so engrossing. I’m having so much fun reading it. Up until the point I’ve gotten to, I’ve not encountered too many scares, but the novel has certainly left it’s mark on me. After one particularly heavy reading session, I had nightmares. But, for the most part, the novel is surprisingly a love story. I’m really liking the novel so far, and definitely do plan on finishing it.

The layout of the novel is so interesting. At certain points the writing is back to front, side to side. The best part of the layout for me came when Navy and the gang were at the bottom of the stairs, and all of their sections were at the very bottom of the page, but for those on top of the stairs, the writing was on the top. It’s really hard to explain, but I loved that difference so much. I might have geeked out a bit at that.

There’s so much going on, and I’m so excited to finish reading it!

What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Want to know what we’re reading next month? You can find out here.

What Book Are You Reading?

We have a choice of three books for this months book club, and which did you choose?

If you aren’t sure of the choices just yet, you can find them here:

  1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  2. People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I’ve decided to read House of Leaves which is quite the hefty book. It’s also a little confusing to read. Which way have you decided to read it? The footnotes in some sections are really long, so I’m reading them all as they come, but then the main text is also important, and it’s getting my mind in a boggle.

Let me know what you think so far!

Are there any other scary reads you plan on reading this month? Let me know!

It’s October First! Let’s Get Reading

Happy 1st of October, everyone!

If you aren’t sure of what we’re reading this month, and want to know your choices, look no further!

Our reading this month includes:

  1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  2. People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I hope everyone enjoys, and let’s see what they have on offer!

[Book Club] October Reading!

As this is the first month of the Long Readers Book Club after our short hiatus, I’m giving something new a try.

I figured halfway through my time off that perhaps setting one book is perhaps too constricting, so this month, we’re trialling a new format.

I’ve gathered a list of three books, from which you can decide which book you would like to read for the month of October for the book club.

Since October is the month that houses Halloween, I’ve gathered some books that seem scary for us to read!

You can find the list below!

  1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  2. People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I hope these books cover a taste for everyone, and I hope everyone enjoys reading them!