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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.
I heard praises about this book so I had to read it myself. I was expecting an intellectual horror story. What I got was the ramblings of a drug addict without an ounce of horror. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ivory Black
There are a ton of reviews for this book, so I'll try to keep mine short.
A young slacker, Johnny Truant, has come into the possession of an academic analysis of a... Read more
One of my favorite books. This is not an easy read! You will only get through it if you WANT to. There are many stories and plot lines intertwining and it takes paying real... Read morePublished 8 days ago by sharkle
This book takes form as fiction to the next level. There are so many layers that I'm sure I missed some. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Brandon Dolly
I was searching for a horror story to read and this book has come up on several lists on the internet. It also got a lot of great reviews. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Chrissy B
I had to put it down and pick it back up years later and I am happy that I did.Published 24 days ago by Daniel Courtney
How do you describe a book that you don't understand? It's true, I do not truly understand House of Leaves. I don't think anyone who reads it does. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Rebecca Trogner
So fun to work through. Haven't played around with all the forums online, though a quick scan indicates the additional conversations are more for fun than to really expose more of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Yardley