Welcome to Killer Thursdays, where everything goes bump in the night…
At long last, I have procured a copy of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. I was hesitant to read it for two reasons. Yeah, I know it’s been out for a good long while and I’m kinda late to the party.
At first, the hype put me off. Any time tons of people are shouting about a book or movie, my inner rebel stomps her foot and refuses to join the crowd. Plus, the reviews all sounded too intellectual for a horror novel. And the book’s buzz sounded an awful lot like a superhero’s creation story.
You’ve also got all that business about how the novel’s put together. Not only is it a story within a story within a story yada yada yada, but it’s also got all the funky format stuff. There are notes and footnotes. There’s “handwritten” notes and seemingly random lists of words and names. There’s the whole thing with house being blue.
And then there’s the idea of the story itself. Any book promises to change our lives, even if only in the smallest way. And so many people have claimed that House of Leaves has really, really, really changed them. Terrified them. And so maybe I was the teensy-weensiest bit scared to dive in and explore the House myself.
Once I open that door…can I really close it?
I’m going in with a rope around my waist. If I’m not out in (however long it takes me to finish the thing), send in search and rescue.
1 okay…maybe I didn’t exactly procure (which is defined as “to obtain or acquire by special effort) it so much as request it from the library. Once it came in, I just popped by the library in the car and picked it up. No real special effort required. But still, I did have to request it ;).
2 It was published in March 2000. Out longer than my kiddos but not quite as long as hubby and I’ve been married.
3 I consider myself reasonably intelligent and in possession of a decent vocabulary. And when I have to pick up a dictionary to get through a review…it kinda puts me off. You know?
5 Which just kinda makes me want to select one random word per post and color it. What about you?
6 Make sure they’re equipped with coffee and chocolate and maybe some whiskey.
4aa I mean it. I’m really stopping…soon.
Have you read House of Leaves and lived to tell the tale? Any experiences you want to share? Any advice or warnings before I continue further?
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