Mark Z. Danielewski and Zampano - House of Leaves

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  • For Sale: 5 1/2 minute footnotes

    Jan 12, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: innovative, experimental, decidedly creepy
    Cons: this book is a victim of its own creativity.

    Summary: Virginian House. 1/4 inch bigger on the inside than the outside. Transformative power. Moving staircases. House has regenerative power. (Note to self-- Great selling point) Pit of despair? (Ahh- we'll wow them with the spacious ... read more

  • Just rent Donnie Darko.

    Apr 14, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The supernatural elements were interesting, and the insane way the book itself was structured.
    Cons: It lagged a lot in the middle of the book, and that got me lost.

    Summary: The book has two narratives, sort of. Some old fart dies, and his neighbor finds a report that the old guy wrote. It contains a detailed examination of a couple of videos of a supernatural house and the people who inhabit it. So, it follows that part ... read more

  • Great if you want to look pretentious, not if you want a good read

    Feb 14, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: You can pretend you're snooty and artsy
    Cons: Pretentious for the sake of pretentiousness

    Only 1/8th of the book is interesting

    Summary: This book is one of those books that were made with college kids who like to pretend they're deep in mind. It's a story about a famous photographer by the name of Navidson who has recently moved into a possessed, evil house and is making a documentary ... read more

  • HOUSE OF LEAVES - SIMPLY GENIUS

    Apr 27, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: words cannot describe how amazing this book is
    Cons: none at all, other than its impossible to put this book down

    Summary: I did this review on ebay a long time ago, but decided to share it here on Epinions. Please note I have corrected some spelling, and have added some more thoughts. Amazing book. It changes the way you read novels, and does to closets what "psycho" ... read more

  • the Abyss stares back

    Jan 10, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Original, geniunely haunting
    Cons: uh...

    Summary: Of all the novels I’ve read recently, HoL stands out as an amazing achievement, not only in plot, suspense and psychological manipulation, but in literary form. These elements are inseparable as the strange and original use of the text illustrates the ... read more

  • Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot; Over.

    Jan 26, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Extremely interesting read, blows convention out of the water.
    Cons: Sometimes the clever layout and narration is too clever for it's own good.

    Summary: Be warned, I give away a *LOT* of the plot in this review... To quote one of the great minds of Western thought, Keanu Reeves, "Whoa"(1). House of Leaves, written by Mark Z. Danielewski, is a novel that does it's level best to throw a monkey ... read more

  • Literally a labyrinth

    Jun 28, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: captivating plot, original format, multiple story layers
    Cons: ending, some slow parts

    Summary: House of Leaves is an all around great novel. It has all the genre elements one could possibly hope for - suspense, romance, science fiction, drama, horror, character study, etc. All I could do for about 5 days was read this book. The writing ... read more

  • House with too many rooms

    Mar 2, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Frightening main story line, some interesting characters, fascinating format
    Cons: Too ambitious, could have benefited from focusing more on how characters related to the house.

    Summary: I enjoyed the experience of reading this book very much. There are sections of this book that are truly frightening and if you are willing to let your imagination run with the story and if you are able to push aside the numerous distracting story ... read more

  • House of Zampano...Johnny Truant...Navidson...Danielewiski...Poe...

    Sep 9, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beautifully developed plot
    Cons: unravels at the end...and yet even that is appropriate

    Summary: Premise: An old blind man (Zampano) mysteriously dies in his apartment and leaves behind a manuscript comprised of scraps of paper, passages written on napkins and pieces of used notebook paper, some of it scratched out or illegible, mostly in a s ... read more

  • The Talent Must Run In The Family

    Aug 21, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Supporting; favoring
    Cons: In opposition or disagreement; against: debated the issue pro and con. Short for contra.

    Summary: This review is not for you. 4 am. Just a few hours from receiving this book, I have alr ... read more

  • I Dare you to read this!

    Apr 21, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Extremely emotional! No way could I put this book down!
    Cons: Unfortunately, some people have jobs!

    Summary: Mark Danielewski really has a genius side. This book is the only book that got me to read cover to cover, without being able to put the thing down! And it's over 400 pages long! It is based on a fictitious documentary called the Navidson Record, which ... read more

  • Lost in a Maze

    Mar 16, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Creative, innovative, will likely stay with you long after you finish.
    Cons: At times, it can get pretentious.

    Summary: The set-up runs more or less as follows: A young man named Johnny Truant happens upon a blind, elderly shut-in known only as "Zampano". After Zampano's death, Johnny discovers a manuscript Zampano was working on up to his death. Having little else ... read more

  • Why read this 700+ page book!

    Aug 6, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Captivating, original, unexpected, interesting footnotes.
    Cons: Average ending.

    Summary: I read this novel because it was recommended to me by a friend, who had never exactly finished it. At first glance, after I scanned the pages of the book, I figured that the pages with whirlpool writing, square-formed writing, and upside down writing ... read more

  • Why read this 700+ page book

    Aug 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Captivating, original, unexpected, interesting footnotes
    Cons: average ending

    Summary: I read this novel because it was recommended to me by a friend, who had never exactly finished it. At first glance, after I scanned the pages of the book, I figured that the pages with whirlpool writing, square-formed writing, and upside down writing ... read more

  • House of Leaves by Mark. Z. Danielewski

    May 25, 2002 by cdm72 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything but Johnny Truant's footnotes
    Cons: Johnny Truant's footnotes

    Summary: Where to begin? House of Leaves is a novel, written by Mark Danielewski. House of Leaves is the title of the manuscript Johnny Truant finds when his friend Lude calls him in the middle of the night to help him with the belongings of Lude's ... read more

  • House of Leaves Footnote, Bijou Style

    Feb 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It challenges so many literary conventions it forces (gasp!) critical thinking and analysis.
    Cons: If my home were bigger on the inside than outside, would my rent go up?

    Summary: "It was enormous. We dropped a few flares down it but never heard them hit bottom. I mean in that place, it being so empty and cold and still and all, you really can hear a pin drop, but the darkness just swallowed the flares right up...It's so deep, ... read more

  • Probing the Levels of Semiotics

    Aug 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Endlessly Diverting, Psychologically Probing and from A Semiotics Point of view brilliant
    Cons: It eventually has to end

    Summary: The book House of Leaves is a brilliant synthesis of everything that the postmodernists attempted to do, from the works of Jorge Luis Borges, to Deconstructionist theories of Derrida, and to top it off the Philosophical insight of C.G. Jung, it deserves ... read more

  • H O U S E of Leaves

    Aug 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Will Navidson and his family. The House. The interesting format
    Cons: too long. Where was the editor?

    Summary: I finished House of Leaves a week ago and am now well into John Updike's The Witches of Eastwick in which, at one point, Sukie and Alexandra sigh about their friend Jane (played by Susan Sarandon in the movie of the same ... read more

  • untitled

    Jul 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Immaculate Perfection.
    Cons: ~none~

    Summary: House of Leaves is a magnificent work. It is the physical manifestation of everything I like about a novel. To start, the book is formatted very unconventionally. Every instance of the word 'house' is colored blue (in my edition, anyway) ... read more

  • Entrapment

    Jun 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Sucks you in, connects you to characters
    Cons: Confusing as all hell.

    Summary: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is an entangling Horror novel, made for those with open, willing minds and plenty of time. Don't get me wrong, I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE THIS NOVEL. It entangles you in two-four entirely different stories ... read more

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