House Of Leaves - I know i’m late to the game with this one, as it was apparently a big thing on the internet in the early days, Poe - the singer, not the author - has a record about it (and is the author’s sister), and it was published over 20 years ago. It was completely off my radar, but my son read it and got it for me as a gift, so I checked it out. Author is Mark Z. Danielewski, this was his debut. He has apparently continued writing and has several other things published. How to describe it… in the world of the book, there is this “found footage” style documentary, shot, filmed, edited, etc., by an award-winning photographer, about a mysterious “space” that appears within his family home. Unnatural geography, the interior space is larger than the exterior of the house, etc. It’s something everyone has seen and talks about. The book is written from the POV of “Johnny Truant”, a young, wild, sex/drugs/drinking-loving guy who works at a tattoo shop. He discovers that a crazy old man he used to see in the courtyard of an apartment has died, leaving all his work in his apartment. His work was doing a complete, annotated analysis of the aforementioned documentary film. Johnny decides to dive into this and start reading. So the book is really publishing the old man’s writings about the film, interjected with commentary from Johnny about what doing this analysis of the analysis is doing to him, his life, etc., as well as anecdotes about his life. Also, the book tries, where possible, to retain the physical layout style of the research, or layout the pages in a specific way to emphasize the mood/setting/story/etc. on the pages. So you don’t really read this in the traditional way, there are a ton of footnotes as though it’s a reference book, and there is some physical manipulation required (turn the book sideways, upside down, etc.) in sections. There are also appendices that have exhibits references, photos, letters from Johnny’s crazy mom that include secret messages to decode, etc. It’s a very unusual book. The actual story of the film gets really creepy in a Lovecraftian way, getting into “the dark”, impossible geometry, spaces older than time, etc. It’s pretty wild. The rest of it is interesting, sometimes more effective than others. I found some of it to be annoying and off-putting, which I believe to be the entire point - he does this in certain parts to make you more uncomfortable and annoyed with the interruptions, which lends to appreciating the moment in the main storyline more, etc. I also found the manipulation required unwieldy for the most part - the book is already large and, because of the partial cover fold-out, difficult to hold/read - so thankfully that doesn’t happy too often. This book gets a lot of love and has apparently been fans hold somewhat sacred, going back and re-reading several times to pick up new things they missed. I found it to be interesting and at some engaging, but ultimately kind of frustrating. You don’t really get an end to any of the stories. They just kind of reach what I guess feels like a natural ending, but because of the absolutely unreliable narrator(s), you’re left not really feeling like you can trust what was written or know what happened. So I’d say reading it was an interesting experience, it was certainly unique and at times a page-turner, but I’d say your mileage may vary on this one. The style won’t be for everyone. Again, I realize I’m late to the game on this and most people that would read this already have, but that’s my take.