Monday, November 29, 2004

Fishing for Info

Has anyone read House of Leaves? My boss, who has been a great source of fiction suggestions, told me about the book tonight and got me all amped up about it. (Thank God I work with cool people!) It looked really interesting and really weird, and boy do I love weird.

That's the last thing I need, to be amped up about a book I don't own when I just recently bought a pile of books. So, I was hoping to hear if anybody here recommends it. Or wants to hear if it's any good. ;)

Thanks for reading,



Blogger Hebdomeros said...

It's very good. Basically, it's about a house bought by a filmmaker. They discover a closet is much bigger than it should be. Further investigation leads to an endless series of pitch black tunnels, with suspicions that something might be living in them. Very creepy.

What makes it unique is that it's told through multiple lenses. The main character of the book finds a book of criticism of this movie about the house (supposedly a documentary). So you learn about the house through descriptions and criticism of the movie, pieces of the script and the thoughts of the reader. Nice blend of horror and postmodernism.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I tried to read this book twice. Nice concept, but not very engaging for me. It's quite a commitment to read because of its length, although not as bad as Infinite Jest (or so I've heard).

9:41 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Wow, I'm intrigued, though it's a 50/50 review at this point. My boss said she was going to find her copy but she's not sure if she still has it; I hope she does! Thanks guys.

11:17 PM  
Blogger girlzoot said...

The book is interesting, but for me it was a slow read. I had to break it up into certain amounts at a time. I would read for forty minutes and then move on to something else. Three days later I would read for another forty minutes. It is a big book, and has a lot to say, also there is also a companion series of letters that have to do with a story in the book they are all put together I think under the name the Whalestone letters.

As a whole I would say read the book, but keep in mind it was a lot like slogging through hip deep snow.

7:46 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Hi Girlzoot, thanks for stopping by and chiming in on this one. That's good to know; it's probably well timed, since the last couple books I've read have gone fast (both Liquor and Vamped seem to be on the couple-evenings-reading schedule). So it sounds like I'd best prepare myself to settle in when I get to this one (given the piecemeal evenings that allow for reading anyhow!).

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