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For some reason, you will no longer be the person you believed you once were. You'll detect slow and subtle shifts going on all around you, more importantly shifts in you. Worse, you'll realize it's always been shifting, like a shimmer of sorts, a vast shimmer, only dark like a room. But you won't understand why or how.We'll have to take his word for it, however. As it's presented here, the description of the spooky film isn't continuous enough to have much scare power. Instead, we're pulled back into Johnny Truant's world through his footnotes, which he uses to discharge everything in his head, including the discovery of the manuscript, his encounters with people who knew Zampanò, and his own battles with drugs, sex, ennui, and a vague evil force. If The Navidson Record is a mad professor lecturing on the supernatural with rational-seeming conviction, Truant's footnotes are the manic student in the back of the auditorium, wigged out and furiously scribbling whoa-dude notes about life.
Cormac McCarthy, this guy ain't.
Truly an experience, mentally and, somewhat unexpectedly, physically as well, as the book uses page layout and text color as part of the experience.
It isn't a book to be read from the first page to the last -- It's more a story to be explored, and it's a story about exploration.
OK, I'm puzzled. I've kept slogging along in this book waiting....waiting...waiting for it to go somewhere, to get interesting, to captivate me. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lester Eversen
Seems like a great book but my girlfriend stole it from me when it came in! She's loving it so far I'm sure I will when I get my turn.Published 6 days ago by Patrick Finneran
I bought House of Leaves 14 years ago while on vacation in Sydney, Australia. I tried to get into it several times and failed every time, but stubbornly held on to the book. Why? Read morePublished 15 days ago by Malfoyfan
I found the Navidson story to be fascinating. There were some very memorable scenes that were, regrettably, interrupted by the other 'narratives'. Read morePublished 17 days ago by E. Von Ray
Read this book. Seriously, read it now. No spoilers, go into it fresh. It's like reading all the notes from some mystery and figuring it out for yourself as you go. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Pasadena Resident
What can I say about this book? It is almost like two stories running at the same time, it does get a little confusing and although it looks like a really thick book, many of the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by pixiestix