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    I would like this a billion more times if I could. Probably one of the very few things you and I will ever have in common. Excellent book, hope you are enjoying it.

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    seconded. such a fun, bizarre read. good choice.

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    @Jinsai is it your first time reading it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantra View Post
    @Jinsai is it your first time reading it?
    Yup. It's been sitting on the shelf for a while though, and I've poked at it over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jinsai View Post
    Yup. It's been sitting on the shelf for a while though, and I've poked at it over the years.
    Oh okay, cool. What do you think of it so far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantra View Post
    Oh okay, cool. What do you think of it so far?
    I like it. It's trippy and creepy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jinsai View Post
    I like it. It's trippy and creepy.
    Cool, I'd be interested to hear what you think of it when you finish it. I read it more than a decade ago and really loved it at the time. The older I get, the more I feel like the rest of Danielewski's work is not so great, but when I think back on House of Leaves, I still find the concepts and the whole approach to be pretty exciting. I've been thinking I might re-read it at some point, just to see if it still holds up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantra View Post
    Cool, I'd be interested to hear what you think of it when you finish it. I read it more than a decade ago and really loved it at the time. The older I get, the more I feel like the rest of Danielewski's work is not so great, but when I think back on House of Leaves, I still find the concepts and the whole approach to be pretty exciting. I've been thinking I might re-read it at some point, just to see if it still holds up.
    Yeah, I've tried to read two other books of his and they just don't grab my attention. Only Revolutions feels like a rambling mess no matter how you read it.

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    I can see how this could have proven to be a one-off home run, with a sort of approach that couldn't survive repackaging and retreading. Still, finding it really entertainin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demogorgon View Post
    Yeah, I've tried to read two other books of his and they just don't grab my attention. Only Revolutions feels like a rambling mess no matter how you read it.
    Yeah, thinking about it now, Only Revolutions feels like a botched attempt to make one of those super difficult, impenetrable books like Finnegan's Wake or Gravity's Rainbow. The problem is that it just feels hollow at the core.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jinsai View Post
    I can see how this could have proven to be a one-off home run, with a sort of approach that couldn't survive repackaging and retreading. Still, finding it really entertainin
    Exactly. He achieved everything he could have hoped for with House of Leaves, and given the spooky subject matter of this house taking on a life of its own, it makes sense that the text itself could be used to express that. It didn't strike me as gimmicky. But the other books just feel like he's doing weird textual stuff because that's his "thing" now, even though it doesn't really make sense in the context of these other stories. I think it would have been better for him to completely move on from the textual experiments for good after HOL and just concentrate on other approaches to writing, experimental or otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantra View Post
    Cool, I'd be interested to hear what you think of it when you finish it. I read it more than a decade ago and really loved it at the time. The older I get, the more I feel like the rest of Danielewski's work is not so great, but when I think back on House of Leaves, I still find the concepts and the whole approach to be pretty exciting. I've been thinking I might re-read it at some point, just to see if it still holds up.
    Ditto. I tried OR and couldn't get into it at all and that bull about a 27-volume story is just too much. Though I did read The Fifty Year Sword and it was OK. I blame this book for my reading S. as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegate View Post
    Ditto. I tried OR and couldn't get into it at all and that bull about a 27-volume story is just too much. Though I did read The Fifty Year Sword and it was OK. I blame this book for my reading S. as well.
    Oh yeah, that 27 volume thing is deranged. I still can't believe it's real. And it's not like they're little novellas. Each volume is 880 pages. So the final product will be a book series that's 23,000 pages long? Does he honestly think anyone's gonna want to read all of that? Even Proust's In Search of Lost Time is only 3000 pages, and that's already offputting enough to most people, regardless of how great that book is supposed to be. Who's gonna wanna read 23,000 PAGES?! I'll bet that in the entire world, there'll be maybe 600 die hard fans who, driven by the sheer power of their Danielewski devotion, manage to successfully trudge through it all. Everyone else will be running for the hills.

    I've never heard of that S. book, but wow, it sounds like a blatant rippoff of HOL.

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    It took me three tries to read it. I just got to this weird spot where I couldn't give a crap about the "main" characters because they were fake people. I've never had that happen before and it was really weird. My last try I just powered through it because it was the only book that I had ever given up on and I was not going to have that be the only book on my Goodreads as abandoned.

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    I'm reading Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

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    "Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul"

    Re-reading it, I first read it in the 70s, reading it with fresh eyes and an older perspective.


    Edit: Also still reading Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” as well as Lindsey Vonn’s “Strong is the New Beautiful”
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    I'm sort of curious about Fire and Fury, but I'm also trying to lower my blood pressure, so I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantra View Post
    I'm sort of curious about Fire and Fury, but I'm also trying to lower my blood pressure, so I don't know.
    I'm mostly LAUGHING while reading it, fwiw, it's pretty sarcastic and funny,

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