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.
This book was a wild ride. It is definitely slow at times, but if you take it for what it is, it is worth every penny. Definitely not a book you want to read on an eReader. Read morePublished 2 days ago by kyle bieser
You'll hate it until you love it. Like many great things, the ideas and devices from House of Leaves are puzzling at first but incredibly rewarding in the end. Read morePublished 3 days ago by David Angrisano
you will go a little crazy reading this. Uniquely written, bit of an art-piece. Words.Published 4 days ago by Long-time user
This book is an experiment in story telling. Its a book about a guy who discovers a series of research and writings on a movie left behind by a blind stranger upon his death. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Taylor Miles
Interesting gimmick, but doesn't live up to the hype. Like watching Hitchcock's "Rope," it's interesting but not very good. Read morePublished 14 days ago by W. Petkanas
Having first read this book about a decade ago, I went in knowing quite a bit about what I was about to experience. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Adam Oster
A dense read that took me two months to get through. Don't let the mammoth size of this book turn you away, though. One of the best books I've ever read. Read morePublished 20 days ago by David Naber
The House of Leaves is the kind of book that requires a huge investment from it's reader - both in time and mental capacity. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Tracy Russell