You broke my brain, Danielewski. YOU BROKE IT INTO A MILLION BILLION PIECES, YOU SEMIOTICIANING MUDDERFUGGER!! 😱😱😱😱
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    So this is "House Of Leaves". It's big, bulky, is over 700 pages long, and is just under £20 at its cheapest, because for reasons that shall soon become apparent, it is a book not exactly made for easy mass market publication...
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    Looks quite aesthetically appealing, does it not?
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    So inside the book, every utterance of the word "HOUSE" is coloured in hyperlink blue. Why? Because reasons.
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    The story of the book is made up of three layers - a documentary book convolutedly written over many years by a blind man named Zampanó; the attempts at putting them all in some cohesive order by a young LA man named Johnny who finds the writings after Zampanó has died; AND the putting together of all this insanity by an unnamed editor publishing the dry academic essaying of an eccentric old man, as put together by a young man who slowly started losing his mind. 😳😳😳
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    On top of all that, you have this bizarre use of colour in the typography of certain words and passages. Why? Because reasons.
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    These are the very first words you read of the story. It suckers you in, daring you that you won't like it or get through it, which of course only makes you want to read it more, BUT YOU CAN NEVER BE FULLY PREPARED FOR WHAT IS TO COME AND WHAT IS GOING TO BE DONE TO YOUR MIND!!!!!!
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    This is the documentary book that Zampanó spent years of his life working on. It's about a found footage horror movie, and the reaction to the film in the public and critical consciousness...except the film never seems to have ever existed...?????
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    Footnotes. Footnotes. So many many many footnotes. If it's possible to get PTSD from footnotes, this is the book that'll do it to you.
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    Johnny's side of the story - detailing the way the writings drive him slowly insane (though he is one of the most unreliable of unreliable narrators in all of literature) - is told almost entirely in massively extended footnotes. There's sex. There's drugs. There's existential despair and psychological horror. All the good stuff.
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    THEN SHIT LIKE THIS HAPPENS.
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    LOOK AT THIS SHIT.
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    AND THIS SHIT.
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    AND THIS SHIT TOO.
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    AND THEN SOMETIMES THE BOOK DOES THIS.
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    OR THIS.
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    OR THISSSSSS.
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    OR EVEN THIS!!!!!!!
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    AT SOME POINT EVEN THIS IS A THING THAT HAPPENS.
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    NOT TO MENTION YOU NEED TWO BOOKMARKS TO KEEP YOU ON THE MAIN STORY WHILE YOU'RE DIRECTED TO THE BACK OF THE BOOK WHERE THERE'S POETRY
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    OR ILLUSTRATIONS
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    OR EVEN MORE POETRY
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    OR CODES SPRINKLED HITHER AND THITHER THAT REQUIRE A PEN AND PAPER TO WRITE DOWN THE FIRST LETTERS OF EVERY WORD TO UNVEIL THE HIDDEN MESSAGE
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    PLUS THIS
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    PLUS A FREAKIN' INDEX
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    PLUS PLUS PLUS...Danielewski's sister, Poe, made an album that coincided with the release of the book, and which ties into themes and concepts and passages from the book, and is a great album, and you should listen to it, but JFCASDFWTFOMGAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!
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    And I didn't even mention how the book one dark night made me jittery and nervous and paranoid and unable to sleep due to its mind-fuckery, because it's THAT powerful.
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    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! 5/5, 10/10, 👍🏻👍🏻, etc... 😁😁😁