Review: House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski


House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

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Title: House of Leaves

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski

Release Date: March 7, 2000

Publisher: Pantheon

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 709

Source: Independent Bookstore

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.


1 out of 5 stars

I’m pretty sure that anyone that says they like this book is a liar, because I literally hated every single second of it. I only picked up this book because we chose it for book club and the pages are really cool. Personally I think that everyone who’s given this book a good rating did it because they felt accomplished and could see a metaphor somewhere in this book. This was the worst book I’ve ever read.

There was no plot, and the characters weren’t engaging at all. It read like a textbook, so it was really hard to get into it. For 3/4 of the time I had no idea what was going on, so I just skimmed for pages at a time, and I never do that. The idea behind this book was really cool that it was passed around from person to person, and it’s about a photojournalist, but man. I really hated this book.

Maybe it was just the wrong time in my life, but I won’t be picking this up again.

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July Wrapup + August TBR


Read:

  1. September Sky (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt *review*
  2. Nerve – Jeanne Ryan *review*

TBR:

  1. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt
  2. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt
  3. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson
  4. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Review: Nerve – Jeanne Ryan


Nerve – Jeanne Ryan

Nerve

Title: Nerve

Author: Jeanne Ryan

Release Date: September 13, 2012

Publisher: DIAL

Format: eBook

Page Number: 304

Source: Barnes and Noble

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?


3 out of 5 stars

I read this book when I was in Italy! Just that random tidbit of information. I only started this book because I needed a cheap book on my Nook for the long plane rides to and from Italy. I got this book because I knew that it was a movie, and I love the main actors that will be in the movie. I’m very excited to see the movie, because I think it will be read better as a movie.

I didn’t love this book, but I also didn’t hate it. I thought that it was okay, but definitely could have been better. One thing I didn’t like about this book was that you got no background information whatsoever on any of the characters. And the beginning had nothing to do with the end; it starts with a little epilogue thing before the story starts as kind of a hook, but there was no purpose. It literally didn’t connect at all. So ugh to that.

This book is basically the drama version of The Hunger Games, but less dangerous. These teenagers can sign up to be part of the game NERVE where they’re offered great prizes in turn for doing embarrassing dares and posting them on the website. The main character just randomly is like, ‘oh yeah. even though i’m never ever rebellious, lets just play around with the game.’ Firstly, she did not have the personality during the beginning of the book to even go through with the dares, but whatever. Her first dare is to dump water over her head in a coffee shop and sing a song at the same time. She ends up getting a ton of likes and a lot of views on her video, so she continues on. She is set with a partner named Ian, whom she, of course, falls in love with.

Ian. Hmm. I don’t get it. I get that he’s like extremely hot and that’s why she’s attracted to him, but you get no back story on him at all. He talks about how he needs to escape and be free, but you never find out why he feels like that. I didn’t see his drive throughout the story.

The actual game NERVE was a really cool concept, but it could have been better executed in my opinion. There wasn’t a reason except for selfishness. I don’t know if there’s an underlying message, but honestly it was a wannabe Hunger Games.

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