House of Leaves

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    Dec 11, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    I went into Barnes and Noble awhile ago and asked the lady at the counter if she had any good books to recommend. I told her I like the classics and any "make-you-think" book. She walked me around and pointed out a few books. Eventually she goes "ooooh, this is a really good book". I asked her why and she said "well, it will change the way you read any book. And every time you reread this book, it's like a completely different story".

    Man, was she right. I've read it once and really enjoyed it. But it's intense--a challenging read. What makes it worse is you can't believe anything you read. In other words, the book lies to you. I won't tell you what it's about because that'd take too much time. Anyway, this is one of those books that you should probably just pick up and read.

    Has anyone else read House of Leaves? Do you have any other books that you would recommend?
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    Dec 11, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    Here are a few images to give you an idea of what the book is like. As an interesting note, it took the author 10 years to write the book which I can fully believe.

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    Dec 11, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Whoa! That is an interesting approach. I am reading the Game of Thrones novels. I would not call it a "make you think" type but the writing is stellar and you actually end up really hating and loving some of the characters.
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    Dec 11, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    Thanks for the book recommendation! Adding this to my Kindle wishlist til I get money set aside for it. Appreciate you sharing your gems. icon_smile.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    Dec 11, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    I like more the lady who walked into the bookstore looking for a book with real pictures of dinosaurs.
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    Dec 11, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    I dunno. It seems like most of these experimental stylistic books are interesting for the first 50 or 100 pages. Then the gag starts getting old. By the end, they seem screamingly tedious. It's really got to have something well beyond the clever structure to draw me in.
  • calibro

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    Dec 11, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    it's pretentious and a filler book for people who are taken away by gimmicks. a book that actually does justice to this genre is anne carson's nox
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    Dec 11, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    I don't want pictures in my books and I don't want gimmicks. icon_neutral.gif
  • HorrorHound

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    Dec 11, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    This book is AWESOME!! & its presentation/layout is beyond cool
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    Dec 11, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    What is the book actually about?
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    Dec 11, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    mtguy333 saidWhat is the book actually about?



    It's not about anything.....just written in varying angles. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 11, 2012 4:50 AM GMT
    HorrorHound saidThis book is AWESOME!! & its presentation/layout is beyond cool
    Now I'm really curious... icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 11, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    calibro saidit's pretentious and a filler book for people who are taken away by gimmicks. a book that actually does justice to this genre is anne carson's vox


    Have you read the book? Either way, how ironic.

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    Dec 11, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    mtguy333 saidWhat is the book actually about?


    Some call it a horror story. Some call it a love story. Some say it doesn't fit a genre.

    The nutshell version of the plot is this:
    Johnny discovers a dead blind man (Zampano) and the manuscript of a novel he had been working on. The problem is that the manuscript is in disarray and written on napkins, envelopes, pieces of paper, etc. Zampano's novel is about a documentary made by a famous movie director, Will Navidson, of his family moving into a new house. The documentary is about how Will discovers his house bigger on the inside than out and pretty much has a mind of its own. So, you have a story within a story within a story that run parallel to each other.
  • calibro

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    Dec 11, 2012 6:17 AM GMT
    aero89 said
    calibro saidit's pretentious and a filler book for people who are taken away by gimmicks. a book that actually does justice to this genre is anne carson's vox


    Have you read the book? Either way, how ironic.



    one, yes i have read it. two, you clearly don't know the definition of irony considering my having or not having read the book doesn't constitute irony.
  • rustoleum

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    Dec 11, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    I think it's an ambitious book that almost-but-not-quite succeeds. If it had been a straightforward account of the Navidson diaries/videos, it would have been an amazingly effective, frightening haunted house/love story combination. All the other stuff, meh. Not so much.

    Overall, I liked it. Not loved. I loaned it to someone and didn't bother getting it back before I moved across the country, so. I don't know. If it had been my copy of "The Haunting of Hill House", I'd have hunted them down and made them return it.
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    Dec 11, 2012 6:28 AM GMT
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    Dec 11, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    i just dont wanna spend money on books....can someone send it to me?
  • Androfski

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    Dec 11, 2012 6:30 AM GMT
    calibro said
    aero89 said
    calibro saidit's pretentious and a filler book for people who are taken away by gimmicks. a book that actually does justice to this genre is anne carson's vox


    Have you read the book? Either way, how ironic.



    one, yes i have read it. two, you clearly don't know the definition of irony considering my having or not having read the book doesn't constitute irony.


    I have read House of leaves and I greatly enjoyed it. If you believe Vox by Anne Carson is much better, could you elaborate? With break coming up, I'm looking for new books to read.
  • calibro

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    Dec 11, 2012 6:44 AM GMT
    watch the video of nox i posted above this post. here's other work by carson.

  • calibro

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    Dec 11, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    LilPuppet saidi just dont wanna spend money on books....can someone send it to me?


    your local library is good for more than just using computers to watch porn
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    Dec 18, 2012 11:23 PM GMT
    wait..isn't that a Circa Survive song? ha