Book Review: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Book Review: House of Leaves by Mark Z. DanielewskiHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Published On: March 2000
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Horror
4 Stars
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Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth -- musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies -- the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story -- of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.


This is the craziest thing I have ever read. In a good way though. It was scary, creepy and weird all at the same time. There’s footnotes telling another story on just about every page and at some point you need to turn the book upside down to read it. It’s a really clever book and some people think you need to read it more than once but I could never read this book a second time. The formatting with the upside down parts, footnotes and even some blank pages all has to do with the story. It’s crazy. I can’t say anything about the plot here because I really have no idea what happened in this book! You have to read it for yourself. I’m warning you though, it could take a while to get through it. There’s so many questions you’re asking throughout the book and not a lot of them get answered. Usually this would bother me but in this book it makes sense. I don’t even know what else to say about it but it was really good.

It doesn’t get a full 5 because of all the craziness but close to it. 4 out of 5.

“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”

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