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House of Leaves

Discussion in 'Archipelago' started by Murf, Aug 27, 2007.


The Gates of Horn and Ivory

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  1. Murf

    Murf $$$$$$$$$$$$ Staff Member

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    Great book or greatest book amiritelol?

    Okay, House of Leaves is probably one of my most favorite books of all time. Ever.

    The typography is crazy, the two stories are crazy. I enjoy it thoroughly as a book.

    Example of awesomeness: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:HouseOfLeavesPage134.gif

    If you read it, you will discover that there are parts of the book that you literally don't have to read. The footnotes and whatnot are just there to add to the feeling that the actual story is giving you. Like, there are parts where the characters are being chased or they are rushing or something dramatic, and the number of words on the page will decrease to like 1 or two for like, twenty-five pages, and on the example page that I gave, the text feels cramped and highly contained, because that is what the characters are going through then.
     
  2. hiyayaywhopee

    hiyayaywhopee Huzzah?

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    Also, you can read the first few pages at amazon.com. Certainly sounds interesting. I'll keep an eye out for it.
     
  3. mediumrare

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    Yeah, I've heard of that. I want to read, sort of... but I'm afraid of wasting my time on something dreadfully pretentious.

    *as in I want to read "it". I just realised how pretentious my style of writing can be, what with my intentionally leaving out most object pronouns, creating ambiguous sentences... whoopsie...
     
  4. Murf

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    I'd cop that quick, like a mixtape that might be ganked before bootleg man has no mo'.
     
  5. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    I am in to fantasy and sci-fi. I would like to think of myself as being able to pursue a book like that with total attention, but I have a feeling I would get bored with it.
     
  6. Jinnigan

    Jinnigan I'll be gentle.

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    i didn't find it very pretentious, just strange and weird

    maybe that's how some people define pretentious?
     
  7. mediumrare

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    I would class something that is self-consciously strange and weird as pretentious. But it's a fairly subjective judgement as to whether you think something is self-conscious in its eccentricities, so I shpose I shall just have to read it.
     
  8. hiyayaywhopee

    hiyayaywhopee Huzzah?

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    Hrm. I would think 'pretentious' would be more along the lines of being strange and weird without either adding anything to whatever-it-is or having a very good reason for being that way, regardless of whether it's self-conscious about it or not. Being self-conscious itself usually isn't a good thing, but it's far different than being pretentious.
     
  9. mediumrare

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    That is quite the point.
     
  10. Murf

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    Either way, you guys are derailing mah thread.
     
  11. hiyayaywhopee

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    Well, okay. The book doesn't sound pretentious, based on the limited amount of information I've read about it. It looks like the strangeness and weirdness ads to rather than detracts from the story (unlike, apparently, some other books by the same author).

    I have it on hold at the library, but I'm probably not going to get it any time soon, as I'm third in the queue.
     
  12. Murf

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    Well, I saw his newest book at B&N, and I almost picked it up, 'cept I was called to go somewhere else.

    I shall purchase it this week.
     
  13. hiyayaywhopee

    hiyayaywhopee Huzzah?

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    I just bought House of Leaves. Let's see how this goes.
     
  14. Murf

    Murf $$$$$$$$$$$$ Staff Member

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    Oh, crazy cool. I hope you'll like it, and, from how much I know about you, you should.
     
  15. hiyayaywhopee

    hiyayaywhopee Huzzah?

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    I just finished chapter fifteen. It's amazing, just below the top books I've ever read. I don't think I've ever wanted to write in a book so badly before.
     
  16. Murf

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    Yeah, well, try reading that then the day after you finish it go and watch Becoming Jane. You will definately want to write a book. immediately. I did, and I still do. Oh, and to top it off, you should watch Finding Forrester, I still love that DVD because it makes me want to write a book so badly.

    EDIT: SO YOU LIKE IT?
     
  17. hiyayaywhopee

    hiyayaywhopee Huzzah?

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    YA I LIKE IT!

    I finished the book itself and now I've read everything except the Whalestoe letters (in the process) and the Pelican Poems (skipped over them). I know I'm going to have to read back through it because there's just so much stuff to think about, just not right now. After all, I have been reading it for two weeks.
     
  18. Murf

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    OH MY IOSNT IT IAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
     
  19. zimbabwejesus

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    One of my favorite books!

    has anyone read only revolutions yet?
     
  20. Umaeril

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    Nope, I am out of the loop I guess. The next book on my agenda is Altered Carbon, I think that is the name.
     

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