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House of Houses Paperback – March 3, 2008
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"Absolutely essential for the Bizarro fan. An immense achievement." --THE MAGAZINE OF BIZARRO FICTION
"This is perhaps the weirdest book that anyone has ever written, or will ever write. Donihe is the best kept secret of the bizarro fiction genre." --CARLTON MELLICK III, author of Adolf in Wonderland
"It starts out as something that sounds like a joke, becomes an exploration of the human spirit and how it is dampened, and ends up being something rather sensitive and poignant." --ANDERSEN PRUNTY, author of Zerostrata
"Kevin L. Donihe is brilliant. One of the most creative, most original authors out there, Donihe is in my top five list of sure things. When I need a little surrealism, a little thought to my scare and tear, it's him I sprint to." --HORROR WEB
"Kevin Donihe? Yeah. That boy has problems." --NICK MAMATAS, author of Move Under Ground
"Who opened the gates and set free this slouching beast (on the proverbial march to Bethlehem, of course) called Kevin Donihe?" --MICHAEL HEMMINGSON, editor of What the Fuck
Top Customer Reviews
Donihe surprised me on nearly every page of this book. It starts out as something that sounds like a joke, becomes an exploration (through the examination of house metaphysics and politics) of the human spirit and how it is dampened, and ends up being something rather sensitive and poignant.
House of Houses concerns a loner named Carlos who is so committed to the upkeep of his house that he marries it, calls it Helen. From all outward signs as we read, it appears that he is a bit misguided and eccentric in his belief that Helen is actually a sentient life form. At least, it appears so until he starts noticing her decay. We're not just talking dryrot or mold, either. There's mucus and everything as Helen flatlines!
Carlos sets out into the cruel world he'd abandoned in order to find answers. Houses everywhere are dying. He meets up with R'Hony, or Tony in our language, to brave this depressing new Helenless world. What he finds is that there is a heaven, but it's one where humans are slaves and houses live within even bigger houses built by said humans. He reconciles with his love, but just as soon as he has his heart's desire, the devilish Manhaus threatens to snatch Helen and Carlos' newfound fortunes away.
This is a common thread throughout Kevin Donihe's work, the consistent feeling of coming up short, the 'ohhhh, so close, but just out of reach' feeling that originated with the Icarus myth. There is a tremendous gulf of melancholy in Kevin's work that I know, as a friend, he has most likely had to experience as we all have. It is good then that he can transmute his pain into an artistic experience that should be paramount to us in this day and age of instant gratification.Read more ›
I cannot give enough kudos to this book. It is by far one of my favorites, not only in the bizarro genre, but it is also one of my favorite books of anything I have ever read. A fully developed story with great characters make for an extremely unique, bizarre, and fantastical read, with a touch of Twilight Zone thrown in.
Kevin L. Donihe is severely underrated. He is a great writer with great stories. This is an awesome book! I'm of the opinion that everyone should read it because, well, it's just freakin' fabulous.
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With something new and interesting appearing on every page, Donihe's House of Houses reads like an assault of concepts, each idea seemingly fitting into a puzzle. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Vincenzo Bilof
The books is about a dude (loser) who's literally in love with his house, who he calls Helen. But then she dies, and he mysteriously follows her on a journey to House Heaven. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by PattMayne
House of Houses starts of as a straight up comedy about a man mourning his house, who he wanted to marry. Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Meryl
House of Houses is one of my favorite bizarro books and easily the best by author Kevin L. Donihe. Carlos, the narrator, loves his house, names her Helen and gets married to her. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by Dave Anderson
This book will literally take your mind and lock it away while reading. You will forget about all your daily routines, chores, work, etc... Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by Kevin D. Corcoran Jr.
Kevin Donihe has written something truly unique. Briefly: A man loves his house. Then, all of the houses on earth collapse. Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by Dustin Reade
My favorite type of weird fiction takes a normal character and has strange things happen to him. I'm also very fond of anthropomorphic stories. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Christopher Bowsman
If you are looking for something really, really, REALLY weird to read, this is the book for you. However, reading the description you might think HOUSE OF HOUSES is just going to... Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Andrew Haynes