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.
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 4 days ago by T. Yardley
I wanted to like “House of Leaves” more than I actually liked it. I had frequently seen it recommended on sites like Metafilter, lauded for it’s experimental approach and for being... Read morePublished 6 days ago by theuninvitedguest
I love this book. It left me unsettled in the best way imaginable.Published 8 days ago by Dariusz R. Jakubowski
I've never returned a book before. Never. I returned this book without reading it. There should be an advisory about the print style ( if it is a style). Read morePublished 9 days ago by Pam Lund
Disappointed. The experimental aspect fell short and ultimately led to nowhere but wasted time. I didn't like how reams of words listed that aren't even pivotal or meant to be... Read morePublished 10 days ago by avidreader
Definitely an interesting read. This is the most unique format I've ever seen in a book. It looks like a type of text book, and at times reads like one, but this does not take away... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Alysha M. Jimenez
A masterpiece. Once you buy it, you will see why it can NEVER be available in digital form. So worth every moment you can spare to put into it.Published 17 days ago by P. L. Dwyer