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u/JustTerrific · 128 pointsr/books

Here are my personal favorite head-fucks, each one of them did something strange to my whole world when I read them:

u/NiceBootyGuurrrrlll · 120 pointsr/AskReddit

House of Leaves, baby. More of a mind-fuck than fucked up, but still a hell of good time!

u/Capissen38 · 53 pointsr/AskReddit

On the other hand, if it measures larger on the inside than on the outside, you've got an entirely different problem with your house.

u/smith7018 · 30 pointsr/AsianBeauty


I once did Reddit's book swap like 5 years ago and I sent away House of Leaves and received some hentai. Sigh.

u/Mathochistic · 28 pointsr/books

If you want to break your mind into tiny, little, mostly mad pieces, I recommend pairing House of Leaves with Haunted.

The author and musician, respectively, are brother and sister. Both projects stemmed out of dealing with the death of their father.

u/Barl0we · 28 pointsr/PNWS

Incoming wall of text! Sorry in advance, look at the bolded words to kind of do a TLDR of my reply :P

Read "Annihilation", the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy, by Jeff VanderMeer. It'll ruin Tanis for you, because you'll see where they got a lot of their content from (to put it nicely).

The two last books in that series are okay, but I wasn't completely on board for them. Loved the first one, though. You could also just watch the movie version that's on Netflix, but know this: while well-made in some aspects, the director chose not to re-read the book OR read its sequels, so it diverges from the original book / book series quite a lot in some unfortunate ways.

I'm currently (still) trying to get through [House of Leaves]( by Mark Z. Danielewski. It's a fantastically weird story about a house...And about other things. It's probably the weirdest book I've ever read, in that it plays a lot with the format. There's at least two stories being told simultaneously most of the time, which can get kind of overwhelming. Think of it like if a regular horror movie and a found footage horror movie had a bastard child together. And that bastard child was this book.

If you're looking for weird fiction in the form of podcasts, I'd direct your attention to Archive 81. For my money, it's the absolute BEST in weird fiction podcasts. It's currently 3 seasons, and each season the podcast changes. It's still the same overarching story / world, but the settings are way different.

Other notable podcasts include King Falls AM which has sort of a goofy x-files-if-they-were-a-radio-station vibe to it, featuring both a lot of good comedy, good songs (when they happen) and the occasional gutwrenching drama. The writing is good, the performance is amazing. You could also go for Darkest Night if you're into the idea of podcasts as a horror medium. They do excellent stuff, and their new season starts this October! They feature a few cameos from Michelle Visage and RuPaul if that's your thing (and these two amazing people feature more heavily in the other podcast by this company, Deadly Manners.

Going back to books, I suggest Laird Barron to anyone who likes horror and short stories. He has mixes of gritty noir and cosmic horror, and he's an absolute blast. The Imago Sequence is my favorite collection of his, but The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All is great as well. Laird Barron has also appeared in compilations outside his own, and was part of compiling the excellent modern Cthulhu short story collection, Autumn Cthulhu. This book is great if you like the idea of cosmic H.P. Lovecraft-esque horror, but don't so much like the gross racism that HPL had (and showed in his work).

If you like Slenderman and have time to burn, I'd suggest looking at Marble Hornets on YouTube. It has 87 "main" entries of varying (but mostly short) length, with a bunch of cryptic in-between shorts. It's one of the first Slenderman pieces of media, though they don't call him that. In Marble Hornets, he's called "The Operator". TBH it's sort of varying in quality (especially in the beginning), as I'm fairly sure the people who made it were film students at the time. As they go along, they have some amazing moments where they show off some really, really great editing skills. Of course, you could also buy the whole series on BluRay if that's your thing, but it's available for free on their YouTube channel.

u/palaner · 22 pointsr/todayilearned

Ahh, real life House of Leaves.

u/Yetilocke · 20 pointsr/booksuggestions

House of Leaves.

u/sliferz · 18 pointsr/books

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

It's a book about a book about a documentary about a house that is a labyrinth. It also appears inside itself twice and is title-dropped in a poem, sort of. In short, it is a labyrinth.

u/J4K3TH3R1PP3R · 13 pointsr/booksuggestions

I just finished Salem's Lot by Stephen King; it was a good read and totally changed the way I feel about strange dark rooms. Just don't research the storyline. I went in not knowing what it was about and was pleasantly surprised about halfway through. If you do plan on getting this book, I suggest the illustrated edition, it is beautiful.

I'm waiting for House of Leaves to arrive in the mail, from what I'v heard, this will do the trick.

u/haloshade · 13 pointsr/suggestmeabook

House of Leaves is a modern classic for highly imaganitive horror. Everything from the book's strange plot to its even stranger composition. The only way to really read the book is to get the physical copy since you have to do crazy shit to read it.

u/TheOneTonWanton · 13 pointsr/starterpacks

Sounds a bit like House of Leaves. Talk about a weird, non-linear book with footnotes galore.

u/ehchvee · 13 pointsr/horrorlit

(On mobile so hopefully my formatting isn't borked!)

Everyone's nightmare fuel is different, of course, but here are a couple that gave me some freaked out nights for very different reasons:

COWS by Matthew Stokoe
This book is sick. But it's also well written, which is what takes it beyond shock value. Pretty much everyone who has read it can recite a scene that really messed them up.

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jack Ketchum
I took this out of the library several years ago. I had to renew it multiple times because I could only read it in small sections. It made me cry more than once and I definitely had nightmares. I've never read any other Ketchum, but I've seen folks around here saying he's got other books that will mess you up. I know OFF SEASON and THE WOMAN get mentioned quite a bit; maybe someone who's read those can chime in.

HOUSE OF LEAVES by Mark Z Danielewski
This one is divisive, but it's one of my favourites. I buddy-read it with several long distance friends in various time zones (I'm in Toronto, and they were in Ohio, California, Washington State, Colorado and Australia!), so we spent many nights texting about how creeped out we felt being home alone while reading it. We likened it to a long, terrifying drug trip.

HAUNTED by Chuck Palahniuk
A collection of short stories that have a through line narrative. Each story is about/written by one of the characters, and each is its own kind of disturbing, creepy, or upsetting.

I used to moderate a massive book club on Livejournal (!!) that was devoted to the most disturbing books in the world; I wish we could've migrated all of the 4,000 members to Reddit successfully, because we had a hell of a list! (ETA: here are a few posts about books with a captivity theme - THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is mentioned a couple of entries down. I'm amazed our massive archive is all still intact! You can search it by tag, too.)

u/areyoukiddingmehere · 12 pointsr/nosleep

House of Leaves freaked me out pretty good recently.

u/Celestaria · 11 pointsr/writing

Depends on who your audience is too. House of Leaves has a huge cult following and its' "inferface" is designed to be as visible and intrusive as possible.

u/Niflhe · 11 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm sure you mean House of Leaves.

u/[deleted] · 10 pointsr/books

House of Leaves. It's really not that similar, but it has some similar themes (in the idea that it just takes one small, impossible thing to completely change your life) -- plus, it's just a batshit scary story.

u/spxshark · 10 pointsr/movies

If you liked the Tower, I highly suggest you read House of Leaves. The Tower reminded me a lot of a claustrophobic version of the House.

u/hablamierda · 10 pointsr/AskReddit

House of Leaves

u/dancon25 · 8 pointsr/MorbidReality

Yeah. The novel House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski includes a fictionalized version of the photographer, Kevin Carter. That photo is an important part of the story. It's a really good book, very different and "postmodern" in a lot of ways, and very morbid in its own way, really messes with your mind. I recommend it to anybody.

u/viaovid · 8 pointsr/Parahumans

House of Leaves is that kind of thing, but more-so.

u/GrabbinPills · 7 pointsr/Favors

Don't you mean House of Leaves?

u/StoneColdRommel · 7 pointsr/AskReddit

Everyone reading/responding to this without catching the reference should educate themselves post-haste

u/Gopheur · 7 pointsr/horror

I've been reading a lot of horror recently, so I can suggest a few off the top of my head.

Hell House by Richard Matheson

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

The Shining by Steven King

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (You might hate this one.)

Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Also, I'm not sure if you're into comics, but there's a bunch of great horror there. I recommend Locke and Key, Colder, and Wytches.

u/mwshots · 7 pointsr/pics

Some paperbacks have the formatting in them.

It's a fantastic book. Well worth owning a copy of.

u/WormyJermy · 7 pointsr/books

Spooky! I just picked it up just last week because the book store had Cosmicomics and not if on a winter's night a traveler

a good friend of mine recommended it to me. I got him reading House of Leaves and this is what he responded with.

So far I'm really digging the galactic scope of his stories. He writes so elegantly about the time before anything was describable. Astounding!

u/didyouwoof · 6 pointsr/tipofmytongue
u/tariffless · 6 pointsr/Fantasy
u/vitras · 6 pointsr/funny

Looks like a page out of House of Leaves

u/eagreeyes · 5 pointsr/books

House of Leaves can be somewhat hit or miss with people, but I found it to be one of the few books that actually creeped me out. Also, both its content, a story within a story within a story, as well as it's style ("Danielewski packs in poems, scientific lists, collages, Polaroids, appendices of fake correspondence and "various quotes," single lines of prose placed any which way on the page, crossed-out passages, etc") are rather unique.

u/tehuti88 · 5 pointsr/Lovecraft

IMO you can never go wrong with Thomas Ligotti.

ETA--after reading your link, I'd also like to recommend this book: House Of Leaves

u/Zuljo · 5 pointsr/creepy

The book House of Leaves is great if you really liked the Dionaea House

u/molecular · 5 pointsr/houseofleaves

Amazon has the "Look Inside" for HoL, which lets you do a text search:

u/GRRRRaffe · 5 pointsr/pics

This. This is what I felt the whole way through the album. I’ve read House of Leaves. I know how this ends!

u/xkcd_transcriber · 5 pointsr/RedditDayOf




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u/Yarbles · 5 pointsr/rva

The selection this month is House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, but I'm not sure anyone got through the whole thing. Usually we just talk about any books that anyone has recently read, any shows or movies that are any good, and advanced spatchcocking techniques. It's a very loose agenda.

u/physics_to_BME_PHD · 5 pointsr/askscience

Anyone reading this who enjoys thinking about the above analogy, should try to read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Similar concept, but it's happening to his house.

u/Redditpus_Complex · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

House of Leaves

u/powarblasta5000 · 4 pointsr/scifi

A room existing outside of time and space reminds me of the House of Leaves

u/GalacticUnicorn · 4 pointsr/movies

Don't you mean House of Leaves?

u/ObjectiveGopher · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. It changed the way I look at history, both American history and the subject in general. It, for lack of a better phrase, blew my mind. There's an entire history of this country that I was just never taught and never knew about until I read this book. If I could pick one book that everyone, in America at least, had to read it would be this one. It's nonfiction though, if you're specifically looking for fiction then the first thing that comes to mind is House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski.

u/facebones2112 · 4 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank

House of leaves, one of my favorite books in the horror genre.

u/shammat · 4 pointsr/books

You'll probably hear House of Leaves thrown around quite a bit. While it's pretty good, it's also as equally daunting, and sometimes hard to stay absorbed in.

u/robertpaulson7 · 4 pointsr/horror

I can't recommend Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves enough.

u/dropbearphobia · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Don't know what you like to read so I'm going to go a few ways, but these are good ''stuck in bed'' books. By Author (because thats how i like to read):

Haruki Murakami:

u/Cenobite · 3 pointsr/books

A few books I read recently (within the last couple of years) that really stand out for me:


  • On Writing by Stephen King. The first half is a combination of a memoir of King's early life and professional writing tips on things like grammar, character development, etc. The second half is an application of these skills in a very lucid and memorable description of his recent automobile accident and subsequent rehabilitation. Even if you're not interested in writing as a craft, it's still a good read.
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. If you're a non-believer, or someone in the process of questioning your faith, you'll love it. It clearly states many of the things you think and feel much more eloquently and clearly than you yourself could. Even if you're religious and an opponent of Dawkins, it's still a good peek into the mind of an atheist to understand where they are coming from. Because of its eloquence and clarity, it's a dream to read.
  • Lennon Legend by James Henke. A very simple and accessible biography of Lennon featuring tons of amazing photographs, incredibly detailed reproductions of memorabilia (such as the scrap of paper on which Lennon composed the lyrics to "In My Life"), and an accompanying audio CD containing rarities. It feels like the kind of book Lennon would have written himself.


  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. One of my personal favourites and a book that's become something of a cultural phenomenon. As the Amazon review says: "Had The Blair Witch Project been a book, written by Nabokov, revised by Stephen King, and typeset by Blast." It's a pretty scary book that plays with your mind. You'll understand what I mean once the nightmares start...
  • VALIS by Philip K. Dick. A semi-autobiographical tale of a man who may or may not be crazy and his quest to find God... Literally. It combines ancient religion with contemporary philosophy and screwup characters.

    Unfortunately the two fictional books aren't easy reads. Not difficult, mind you, but not as straightforwardly easy as, say, The Road. But I think they're engrossing enough that you'll get sucked in nevertheless.

    I hope this helps!
u/vi_fi · 3 pointsr/rational

Yes, House of Leaves should be read in a physical version. This book has tons of little quirks which just don't translate to an ebook. For example, the cover is too small, which means that the book is bigger on the inside!

I've got a solution for your problem. Make an account on and use this link to buy the book. Shipping from Germany to Poland should be far quicker than overseas.

By now, I've got accounts on, and, because sometimes the prices on another site are cheaper even when postage is taken into account.

If that doesn't work for whatever reason, send me a private message here on reddit, and we'll find some kind of solution. If necessary, I'll buy the book and ship it to you personally :)

u/irrelevant_sounds · 3 pointsr/tipofmytongue
u/NickNack33 · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Well, in that case, you must check out House of Leaves. It plays with that fear of the dark, claustrophobia and sense of being trapped incredibly well.

u/Lexilogical · 3 pointsr/WritingPrompts

I find Neil Gaiman is good at a show, don't tell story. I tend to reach the end of American Gods or Coraline wondering what the heck just happened and just knowing it was a ride.

Also House of Leaves does that too. I'd probably have to pick them up again to check if that's consistent on a details level.

The other thing is just practice. You can sometimes find prompts on here to "Describe a colour without using the colour" or "Describe a place without using any proper names." or "Write a story that all happens in less than 5 seconds." Things like that are really good for practicing showing because they force you to stretch your writing muscles.

u/visualmadness · 3 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank

House of Leaves. When I first heard about the book I didn't know anything about the plot - just that people who'd read it would report feeling that the walls around them started to shift and move as they were reading it, while others claimed to have weird dreams about the house even months after they'd finished the novel. Not a scary book, necessarily - but it will give you the creeps.

The typography is also insane, but it's thankfully not used in a gimmicky way, and serves the story very well as a narrative device. So far I've never read anything like it.

u/TheNickropheliac · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

If she's into horror novels, such as Paranormal Activity, I recommend you buy her House of Leaves. It's something that's bound to keep her up at night.

u/effervescenthoopla · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

AHHH we should both get House of Leaves because it's been on my wishlist tooo... We can talk about how weird it is as we read it. Make it a mini book club. Also everything on your wishlist looks awesome btw. Why are we not friends. How did I not know you before.

u/searedscallops · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

I'm in the middle of House of Leaves.

I'm also reading More Than Two.

And I'm about to start Wonder. My son is reading it at school and I want to read along.

u/goinkzop · 3 pointsr/gaming

He found Will Navidson's house

u/SamSJester · 3 pointsr/books

If you can get through it House of Leaves might fit that description pretty well. I definitely got a Palahniuk feel from it. Its hard to really say I "enjoyed" the book, but I recommend the fuck out of it every chance I get. It had a far greater and longer lasting emotional impact than anything I can think of reading since I was a kid. But its a bitch to read, and it screws with you any chance it gets.

A more tenuous connection would be Vonnegut, maybe its because I spent a whole summer reading almost only Palahniuk and Vonnegut, so they are forever entwined, occupying the same brain cubby.

u/megaanmaarie · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

C'mon...gimme. I've wanted this book for a while now, haha.

As for the dream gift, these would be pretty awesome.

You two look absolutely amazing! :D But really, you two are just simply amazing anyways!

u/PrincesssBubblegumm · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I want this [book!] (

My favorite desert is that mud pie stuff. You know the chocolate pudding with crushed up oreos and gummi worms?! But I could totally eat cheesecake all day everyday! ;)

u/iamdevour · 3 pointsr/Metal

Since Ghost Story was already mentioned, I'd like to recommend House of Leave It's strange and winding, and has a Blair Witch Project kind of feel to it.

u/LucyMorgenstern · 2 pointsr/NoSleepOOC

I took a long time to get back to you, which means I need to delete my reddit account and hide forever. I mean apologize. That one.

Anyway. Junji Ito is awesome. Not sure which of his stuff you've seen, but I think his best works are the short The Enigma of Amigara Fault (not for the claustrophobic!) and the longer series Uzumaki.

Thomas Ligotti is sort of the best-kept secret of modern horror - he's very reclusive due to severe anxiety and bipolar disorders. It gives his work a grounding in the sort of horror that comes from inside your own mind, and a sense that reality is a weird, broken place, or maybe something even worse. There's a couple of his stories online here if you want to check him out. "Nethescurial" is one of the creepiest things I've ever read.

One of my favorite books is House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. It's sort of experimental with how the text is laid out in parts, which can make it kind of weird to try to read, but the overlapping narratives are really strong and chilling in a number of different ways.

Are you familiar with the SCP Foundation? If you like /u/ParanormalAdvisor's posts it should be right up your alley. There's so many different kinds of scary there, plus all kinds of awesome.

u/Grey_Chaos · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Two movies stand for me: The first and the scariest was the Chinese version of The Eye. Me and my best friend watched it in our mid 20's and we were both terrified. Very well done movie IMO.

The other would have to be Grave Encounters. I know it has its faults but as someone who has read House of Leaves the part where [spoiler:](#s "they break through the front door and its just another hallway") terrified me. Just the concept of being in a situation like that. I think the movie was a very solid premise that was cheapened by some bad jumpscares and laughable effects.

u/AMZN-ASSOCIATE · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

If you liked John Dies at the End you might enjoy this, this, this or this.

Happy reading!

u/kurashu89 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Read House of Leaves.

u/PatricioINTP · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

This is the edition I have…

… which has all coloring, including the ultra-rare purple. It’s a large paperback with the front cover smaller, as seen in the pic. Alas that seems to be the more expensive one (library binding). On the 5th or 6th page of the ‘look inside’ preview, it tells what version of book it is.

u/seraph77 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

If you can get through it, House of Leaves. The comments can summarize it a lot better than I could here. It's, well.. indescribable. Not for all people, but I liked it.


u/nismo267 · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

the book house of leaves addresses this. it's not the biggest part of the story, but one character gets famous for a picture of a starving child who dies.

it's a horror book... maybe. every horror fan should check it out.

u/sumdr · 2 pointsr/exmuslim

So the main problem is that these arguments are just bullshit. Islam isn't true. None of the apologetics are correct, it's all just a way that people rationalize an irrational belief to themselves and sanitize its flaws for others.

> The first argument was that Islam is misinterpreted by the majority of Muslims, because the Quran is being taken literally and out of context.

Bruv, that's what the Qur'an tells you to do. This is the Book about which there is no doubt and such. It is correct that not every verse can be taken at face value -- for example, most of the "kill the disbelievers" verses actually do have "but also seek terms of peace" clauses nearby, and where they don't, it's an honest reading of the text to say that they were speaking only to specific battles conducted in Muhammad's lifetime. For the most part, though, the Qur'an intends itself to be read literally.

> The second was that there are many laws that cannot be practiced in a modern society (i.e. cutting hands of thieves, killing apostates, women's testimonial's being half of a man), and that they were only meant for their time.

Total bullshit. The cutting hands verse is followed immediately by "and if you don't actually use this, you are a disbeliever". The occasion of revelation for the "those who don't judge by what Allah has revealed" verses was a time when the Jews decided to "adapt to the times" by not stoning adulterers anymore. Muhammad got mad at them for not taking the Torah literally enough and made them stone her. That story is in Muslim (previous reference) and in Bukhari. Also, 'Umar says that he fears a day when Muslims will quit stoning. Hell yes, Muslims are supposed to support that stuff, according to the Qur'an and the sunnah. Unambiguously.

> The third argument was that the Quran has been preserved and we still have a full copy of the first ever Quran, and it's the same as a modern Quran with the exception of the addition of diacritics.

Not really. There was disagreement between Abu Bakr and 'Umar about whether the Qur'an should be collected at all. Muhammad himself used to forget some verses, so it's unlikely that the verbal transmission of Qur'an (and hadith, for that matter) was as solid as Muslims would like to think. There were many differences among the early copies, so 'Uthman fixed it by standardizing to one language and burning the rest of them. Perhaps the Arabic Qur'an hasn't changed since then, but it's most unlikely that that revision was actually exact.

> The fourth arguments was that the Quran had many scientific facts that could never have been realized by people back then (i.e. water gives life to beings, the earth is round), and this proves that the Quran was written by something divine.

This is the bullest of all the shit. The Qur'an also says that God uses shooting stars to fight space demons. Mountains don't keep the earth from shaking, they are just the earth lumping up when the plates collide -- Muhammad's people thought the earth was flat (like a carpet!) so it needed mountains to keep it from blowing away. While there's not a smoking gun of a scientific statement that's like... only wrong, these "scientific miracles" are always super vague, and if God wanted to prove Himself correct, He could have.

None of these scientific statements were unknown at the time -- they were either (1) immediately observable (2) repeated from the knowledge of ancient Greeks or (3) "written in" by later people. Like "oh man, the Qur'an says iron was 'sent down!' And iron can only come from nuclear fusion in stars! It's a miracle!" Nah. They didn't know about nuclear fusion.

If you think about how a man who did believe in a flat earth with the sun revolving around it would explain things... He'd explain things the way they're explained in the Qur'an. This guy breaks it down pretty well -- I started it at a point where he discusses a hysterical pair of commentaries on the "rising-place of the sun" verse.

> The fifth argument was the Quran was written in such a way that no way a human (the prophet specifically, since he was illiterate) could have done it, only a modern computer would have been able to make in its structure.

This is really dumb. First off, poetry battles between illiterates was like. A big thing that the Arabs of the time did around campfires and stuff. Think about how much beautiful gospel music (and lyrics) was written by American slaves during the 1800's.

Even then, any author's style is mostly inimitable, and these stylistic fingerprints are fairly precise. This is how biblical scholars have cast doubt on the authorship of books of the bible traditionally attributed to the apostle Paul. So whether the Qur'an was written by God or Muhammad, it would be hard to convincingly reconstruct its style...

...Not to mention that this is such a subjective claim. What the hell does it mean to "produce something like" the Qur'an? What would it mean to produce something like Shakespeare? Who would measure it?

This is an untestable hypothesis, and can't be given real consideration. Either way, I've roundly disproved this claim with my own construction.

Also... I'd argue that William Faulkner's writings show a brilliance of composition far beyond that of the Qur'an. House of Leaves, by Mark Danielewski, is also a masterpiece of form far more sophisticated than the Qur'an.

Like yeah... The Qur'an has poetic bits, interesting arguments, some chunks of good moral teaching, but... Overall, it just doesn't get the Nobel Prize for literature. Thousands of people have memorized the Qur'an, either because they were forced to or because they thought it would get them mad pussy in heaven. How many more thousands have memorized Shakespeare's works purely because they thought it was well-written and interesting? I like Abdullah Sameer's reflection on this.

u/eferoth · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

House of Leaves. Just saw it in the book store one day, and that gorgeous cover and strange size drew me in, and the weird layouts within grabbed me, and than they called it Horror. There was no way I wouldn't buy it.

u/b3antse · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I love my Kindle 3. The keyboard is super handy. I'm extremely prone to migraines, so while I still love physical copies of books, I can't read them in bright light or in the sun. The reflection triggers migraines 75% of the time.

It's nice to have options.

Every month Amazon lists 100 ebooks for 3.99 or less. Pretty much every month you can find winners there. This month there's "I Am Legend," "The Sirens of Titan," and "John Dies at the End" among others (I heartily recommend them ALL).

A great non-Kindle book is House of Leaves. Creepy and satisfying, that one.

Good luck with your Kindle endeavor!

u/Waffleteer · 2 pointsr/books

Impossible to read in a digital format:

  • Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer — Foer took another book, The Street of Crocodiles, and cut out lines of text, creating an original story.

    Not quite as impossible, but still difficult or not the same experience:

  • Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon —
    Similarly, this author took newspaper articles and blacked out most of the words, leaving poetry.

  • A Greater Monster by David David Katzman — The book contains unusual formatting and illustrations, including black pages with white drawings.

  • And, as others have mentioned, House of Leaves
    by Mark Z. Danielewski — Insane formatting, colored words, and many footnotes and appendices.
u/cknap · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Happy birthday!! What are you doing to celebrate?

I've already mentioned this today, but I took 4 years of Latin in high school. The only sentence I can say is Aqua bona est, which means water is good. Even though this is grammatically incorrect, we learned that semper ubi sub ubi kinda translates to always wear your underwear.

I would love a used paperback copy of House of Leaves. Thanks for the contest and I hope you have a fantastic, fun-filled day! :)

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u/VSindhicate · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I'm not sure if it counts as a thriller, but if you want an excellently written book that will severely screw with your head:

[House]( "This is not for you.") of Leaves

u/ellimist · 2 pointsr/books

If it's not too late, you can go here:

And search for relevant words like "failed" and find the pages and see them.

u/heylu · 2 pointsr/creepypasta

oh this book gave me nightmares.. like it's not the best piece of literature BUT once i finished it i had to think about this book day and night... it was so creepy and weird and crazy!

House Of Laves by Mark Z. Danielewsky just for those who are interested...

really good read for Creepypasta fans!

u/Eric-R · 2 pointsr/LetsChat

My blue canary,

You were writing your in depth description as I was writing my greeting from Vallejo. :) Oh, your descriptions make me feel like a drive. You may have heard Poe's Hey Pretty at some point but there is a version with her brother (who wrote House Of Leaves ) reading a segment of his book about a woman driving on Mullholland Drive. This will have to be a My Addiction deal. Look it up under "Drive By 2001" Mix If you would like.

>Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Delivered just like your "love, love, love", right?

So we parked in the garage at Anchorage shopping center right at Fisherman's Wharf. The professor decided he wanted to be sure of his lunch and chose to stop in at the Subway restaurant to get a picnic sandwich. Every instinct of mine revolted at the very thought of going to a Subway in The City! Couldn't we score countless hard to find treats by tripping over our own feet?! I tried to share this feeling, but it wasn't happening.

Since I was going to see, even a tiny bit, some of the most advanced race boats in the world today out racing and I would be doing so in




where I've not been for far too long,

I'd already decided to go wherever the people with opinions and desires wanted to go for the race view, so instead of trying to locate something else for my own, different, edibles I decided to embrace the adventure, or lack of it as it presented itself. Tuna on "9-grain honey oat" with all the salad went into my backpack and away we went.

Right along Jefferson street realising I'd not done the wharf in many years. We walked through Aquatic park where I saw swimmers (I wonder if Annie has swum there?) and a woman carrying a camera (Annie told me about a day of taking pictures along this route-- oh! don't stare at this woman). Up to Fort Mason with us. I could have walked so much more today....

Anyway, I'm there watching the big cats prepare for the race and check reddit:

>At the end of the AC pier, looking toward you

That I would somehow be able to see the look on my own face when reading that line. Annie, I started and looked that direction! Turned out you'd written an hour before. It seemed unlikely that you would still be standing there.

To share even brief thoughts with you during the race was almost as good as sharing race with you directly. Sometimes I don't know if I let you know how good to me you are. To get your description of your experience over there photographing a boat, sharing your sense of it was another gift of smile for me!

You write while I'm composing this?!

>Okay, heading off into the water!

I've my own happy-overload over you getting out there in the water.

You say you won't be home until really late. Enjoy a gorgeous night drive, just do it defensively. I'm all selfish and want more of your time.

One note, spelled l-i-t-E

Edit: Repeated a reapeat thought thought

u/marmaladeskiiies · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


EDIT: Okay here it izzzz.

These are the items you are looking for... (everything listed is from my wishlists here! )

1.) Something that is grey. – The bike lock on my wishlist (that was already gifted (: ) This one’s grey!

2.) Something reminiscent of rain. These leggings are Doctor Who Cosmic Tardis Leggings are cosmic… as in galaxy… as in the universe… in which there is a water cycle…. Which is reminiscent of rain…. Yup. ;)

3.) Something food related that is unusual. – It’s not every day you get to have jagermeister infused gummy bears....... Freaking nom.

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!)A dog bed for my puppy!! He really, really needs a new one.


6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related! This with the value of 95 cents ;) hehehe I’m sneaky.

7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (Keep this SFW; you know who you are...) -- This cat bed, even though I don’t have a cat, was on my puppy’s list! My puppy (who’s really a 9 year old dog but I call him puppy cause he looks/acts/is one) is a 6lb pup who’s basically a cat ;)

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it. – The Chuck Complete Series Collector Blu-ray is not necessarily useful to my life…But the show’s so gorgeous, the cast so beautiful, the plot so delicious…I love it and need it! :P

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why?TANGLED!! (OK, one of the only movie related pieces on my list :P) But really, Tangled is PERFECT, SO adorable, a real winner.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain. – Okay this may seem crazy but stick with me here. these bones would be super helpful once whittled down. You could use it to double tap those stanky ass zombies

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. I have lots of stuff for fitness and school and all my goals likes that, but I thought I'd use something a little different for this one. This skin corrective cream would allow me to cover up my stupid little burn marks on my leg that make me really self conscious in skirts and shorts. This would be a good step in my goal of being happy with myself and gaining self confidence for the first time in my life.

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items.– One of those pesky add-ons… The MSC Joie Simply Slice Strawberry Slicer on my WL is one of them pesky add-ons.

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item, why?A Bike. Why? Mine was stolen and its extremely hindered my mobility as I need it for transportation to school /:

14.) Something bigger than a bread box. – The puppy bed on my puppy’s wishlist within my own wishlist is most definitely bigger than a breadbox.

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball. -- These cable organizers HOLLAH at me, Tiger Woods.

16.) Something that smells wonderful. -- French Vanilla Green Mountain Coffee Portion Packs for Keurig Mmmmmmmmm, delicious.

17.) A (SFW) toy. -- Crock Pot COOKING IS LIFE AND HAVING A CROCK POT WOULD BE THE BEST OF TOYS. For something more traditional, I have hedgehog toys etc on my puppy's list.

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school. -- This beautiful backpack! Mine is shot to hell and I'm dreading buying a new one.

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be. This Friends Milkshake Poster Print from my wishlist OMFG I AM OBSESSED WITH FRIENDS RIGHT NOW. IDK WHY BUT I AM. Also with the Chuck DVD on my dreams list xD

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.– The New York Window Print Poster on my wishlist is pretty awe-inspiring. Looking into the city "where dreams are made of" in whatever town your in.... In a place that's essentially the culmination of all your dreams and desires.... At least for me.



  1. [YOUR NAME IS……]() Amirite?! actually... I've messaged so many people trying to figure it out, and I could've sworn I knew it before, but I absolutely cannot remember it.

  2. And this handwarmer mug – OCEAN TIDE was made in Milton, Oregon! This ones not on my WL however.

    Finally, some people say that fear cuts deeper than swords but does it? Who knows.
u/Naish23 · 2 pointsr/promos

I'm not getting any presents this year, but if you want to give something. Then i'd like something like this. But thats just selfish thinking of me expecting that 1. You'd wanna pay so much. and 2. That you're going to choose me over that Clean water well idea. But if you don't want to buy me a wacom, i'd also be happy with just a good book or something. I heard House of leaves is good.

Even if you dont pick me or something, I just want to say you are a great guy and props to you for this kind of christmas spirit. This song is for you.

u/matthewbaldwin · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

House of Leaves by Mark. Z Danielewski.

Don't read anything about it. Block out a few days of time, buy the book, and prepared to get fucking creeped out.

u/ressis74 · 2 pointsr/writing

Weirder than House of Leaves?

u/scottgreyjoy · 2 pointsr/gaybros

I was reading John Dies at the End last night in bed and had a few moments of... horrorterror

Here are a few books I'm reading right now:

  1. John Dies at the End
  2. Infinite Jest

  3. House of Leaves
u/karthurneil · 2 pointsr/books
  • House of Leaves. It won't really teach you anything, but you'll get a sense of accomplishment from finishing it.
  • A Confederacy of Dunces. If you feel like you have no direction in life, this might make you feel better about yourself. If nothing else, its a good laugh.
  • Catch-22. Mentioned here already, but really, it might be the best book of the 20th century.

  • EDIT The French Laundry Cookbook. It's a must for foodies, it's a phenomenal coffee table book, and it's inspiring to read the perspective of someone with so much passion for their craft.
u/iamhaen · 2 pointsr/books

I'm going to second, House Of Leaves (Goodreads). It's a challenging read, but it tells such a fantastic story. You can get lost in it. It took me about a month and I spent that month completely paranoid, afraid of the dark and nervous about opening doors. If you go with this one make sure you get the physical book the eBook version does not cut it.

John Dies At The End (Goodreads) is a comedy horror book that's also really great. It's not terribly heavy on the disgusting side but it's worth checking out none the less. The sequel is coming out in a month or so.

I haven't read Misery (Goodreads) but it's a King novel that's been recommended to me for all the reasons you've mentioned above. It's on my list and I hope to get around to it soon.

u/ksi3301 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The Raw Shark Texts was ridiculous the first time I read it. More so the second time. Ended up loaning my copy out a dozen times, eventually losing track of it. But it's probably in a better place now. Also, House of Leaves is phenomenal. If you haven't read it yet, you need to correct that as soon as possible.

Used books are fine. They're still books. Smell more like books, too.

Bookworms rule!

u/High_king_of_Numenor · 2 pointsr/AskScienceFiction

The word ^house is always blue and off-kilter in the book

u/goofandaspoof · 2 pointsr/channelzero

Hi There!

Its actually an entire book. You're in for a treat.

It can be pricey so I borrowed it from the library. It's like high quality long form creepypasta.

u/cabothief · 2 pointsr/horrorbookclub

Someone's going to recommend House of Leaves, and it might as well be me.

u/RC_Colada · 2 pointsr/movies

House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski.

I read this book years ago and it still haunts me. I love it but I still don't have it all figured out.I would really love to see a film adaptation, as difficult as that sounds, because of how nontraditional the narrative/film would be. In the right hands it could be pulled off really well (like say, Fincher, Aronofsky or maybe Lynch could really turn up the horrific/suspenseful elements). I wish someone would adapt it because it is such an intense mindfuck of a story.

I would also really love to see Haunted by Chuck Palahnuik made into a movie.

u/dwell3D · 2 pointsr/ArtSphere
u/monstehr · 2 pointsr/books

Funny thing happened to me when I read this book. One night my roommates and I had some friends over to hang out. A few people were still there but it was getting kind of late so I decided to get to bed. I shut my door to block out the noise and read a bit of House of Leaves. As it happened I was in a terrifying part of the book [Spoiler](/s "The part where the narrator spills black tattoo ink on himself and is, metaphorically at least, nearly drowned by darkness"). Freaked out, I turned off my light and after some effort, fell asleep.

I jolt awake and there is a tremendous pressure on my chest. it hurt. There was also something hot at my face. My mind short circuited. There was something in the room with me. something alive. I started screaming. Loudly. As far as I was concerned I was seconds away from my mortal end with a very real possibility of eternal torment.

No one came to my rescue. No one heard or cared. I pushed the weight off my chest and lunged off my bed and towards my bedroom door. I tore it open, but before I fled, I had to know. What horror had nearly slaughtered me?

I turned around and there was my black labrador retriever wagging his tail happily at me. My roommate had brought him into my room to keep me company. . .

u/poetniknowit · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Blue Because this is all I could think about after reading #1

  1. Summer Accessories bc this would be Awesome at the beach, and I hear they work great!

  2. Weird food related items items. Not sure I'd be able to actually consume these without vomiting lol.

  3. Id gift this for my daughter, bc she is the ultimate FNAF fan and 6 years old, and it's one of the only 3 she doesn't own for her plush collection.

  4. House of Leavess my ultimate favorite book, and I push it on everyone I know that loves reading. Although intimidating, the format is awesome and original, and mimics the way we Google and use the internet for constant reference. Plus the codes are siiiick.

  5. This is less than a dollar and ADORABLE

  6. This looks like a rad dog toy, whilst simultaneously resembling a sexy toy too lol

  7. This is so expensive and impractical but I would live in this thing!

  8. Vanilla Skywas a movie that really spoke to me as a teenager. If you don't like your reality, change it- just, errrr, mayne not the way Tom Cruise does. Also the mostly Radiohead soundtrack kicks ass.

  9. A katana would obviously trump guns in the zombie apocalypse- you'd eventually run out of bullets, and this baby is the most expensive Amazon's got, so I'd hope youd get quality.

  10. Microsoft Office would help me out. I'm an aspiring writer, but using an offbrand, free version that doesn't work makes writing a nit more tedious and difficult-even spellcheck doesn't work!

  11. Annoying add-on bc a girl can never have too many of these, amirite?

  12. FNAF is as close to fandom as I get. My kid is obsessed, therefore I am obsessed, and I'm not into sports :(

  13. This watch popped up after seeking the most expensive item on Amazon, although it doesn't seem justified lol.

  14. I Chose BOTH a shark & unicorn !

  15. Thierry Mugler Angel smells great- I had to ask a customer what she used bc I wanted to eat her flesh when she walked past me.

  16. Teddy Ruxpin was so 90's- we put our fave cassettes in and hed seemingly sing along

  17. The Artist's Way
    by Julia Cameron is one of my favorite books on creative unblocking for both writers AND artists! I go back to it whenever Im in a slump!

  18. This tote file would be totes cool bc Im obsessed with organizing!

  19. This coloring book about farts? Ridiculous and fun. Id likely make ea fart a different color lol.
u/TsaristMustache · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Check out house of leaves

u/getElephantById · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

If you want a straightforward page-turner, try The Descent by Jeff Long. Turns out, a species of hominid diverged from homo sapiens a long time ago, and continued to evolve deep below the earth, in underground caves and tunnels. All of a sudden they seem to be coming to the surface to attack people, and we've got to stop 'em. To paraphrase one of the characters, "we've declared war on hell".

If you want something more challenging, how about House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. It's hard to describe this book, but if you get a chance to pick it up in the bookstore, flip through the pages and look at how it's laid out. The fonts and layout change, some pages only have a couple of words on them, some pages are printed diagonally, others reversed. The book itself is a mystery about a mystery. It may be a horror story, or it may not be, but it will definitely give you an uneasy feeling when you're out there in the woods.

If you want a book that may inspire you while you're out there, pretty much anything by John Muir would do, but how about The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures. I haven't read this book, but it's a compilation of his writing and I'm sure I've read many of the stories that go into it. Muir is a great lover of and writer about nature, and had a lot of adventures to draw from.

Have fun on your trip!

u/shandylawson · 2 pointsr/writing

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski and The Lilies of the Field by William Barrett. Both made me want to give up writing.

u/G0ATLY · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  • I don't know about you. But I love just sitting outside reading on the front porch. So for my springtime enjoyment. I present a book!

  • Definitely the rain. I had some weird connection with rain when I was younger where I would stand outside and stare up.. I was a strange one. I also looove fishing, but haven't been in a few years due to some health issues.
u/Kinickie · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Doesn't appear to be a kindle version at the moment, but the formatting of the novel doesn't really lend itself to digital. Still worth a read even if you must lug around a dead tree.

The Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card.

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin. My favorite sci-fi short story. Couldn't find a link to a kindle version, but it's in a lot of sci-fi short story collections. You can probably find it in your local library (if it still exists).

u/finalcutfx · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

House of Leaves. Written by Poe's brother. It's about a labyrinth in a house and as you're reading it, the words and pages begin to echo the labyrinth. Poe's album "Haunted" goes with it hand-in-hand. It's a very strange experience to read it and know the album.

u/scrotum_spatula · 2 pointsr/pics

I normally support e-readers (I have a Nook) because they are light-weight, carry thousands of books, and are better for the environment than countless trees being used to print books. However, House Of Leaves is one that you should really have a physical copy of to fully appreciate the experience of the read.

u/Ben_Yankin · 2 pointsr/trees

Oh man. I've been waiting for a thread like this to pop up. I loved Neuromancer to no end, along with House of Leaves. Containment was good shit too, very interesting read, but relies on easy plot fixes. It doesn't ruin the story, in my opinion.

You also can't go wrong with anything by Kurt Vonnegut and Phillip K. Dick.

u/galindafiedify · 2 pointsr/AmericanHorrorStory

House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski is the single most fucked up book I've ever read. It's also one of the best books I've ever read. It completely made me question reality and left me with the most creeped out, twisted feeling for at least a week after I read it. I immediately wanted to read it again. And the typography for the book is ridiculously insane. It's basically AHS in paper form.

u/2BrainOnTheTrack · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Normally I'd post a Stephen King book, but... something's telling me that my usual is too usual...

For the most terrifying book I ever read, try House of Leaves. It's up there as one of my favorites.

But my favorite book (s) and series of all time lies with Harry Dresden. I had this set actually. Signed. Now, it's mysteriously missing like most of my Dresden collection :/ All e-books now. The 15th book (of a planned 23) comes out this year, in about a month. Maybe you'll catch up on time ;)

If you do read, or have read, any of these books, I LOVE TO TALK ABOUT THEM, so feel free to message me about them WHENEVER. (Especially Dresden, I'm rereading them to get ready for the new one)

u/dizzyvonblue · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Get yourself an Apple TV

Dang girl.

I really want House of Leaves I was going to recommend you buy it also, but your budget was 50-500 so it was way less than that.

u/Blacula · 2 pointsr/itmejp

I wonder if you'd read The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. It's a different from Tolkein kind of fantasy book, more in the vein of Conan, or early DnD stories people like Gygax were playing, where the main characters aren't necessarily "good" people, just people. It's pulpy, gritty adventure while still being quite epic in scope.

I also wonder if you'd ever read house of leaves. That book is great inspiration for creating suspense and drama inside of a dungeon without ever seeing an enemy to swing a sword into.

u/thomas-apertas · 2 pointsr/Christianity

OK. I don't want to argue about this with you, because I'd rather have an interesting conversation with you than just shouting back and forth across each other. :) (also, I haven't read/seen The Giver, so I'm not really equipped for that fight anyway)

I read a book a couple of weeks ago and I want to know if you've read it. It seems like it might be right up your alley: House of Leaves. Have you read it? If so, what did you think? If not, it might be worth a read sometime. I know when I read it I had several moments where I felt a real sense of "spooky dread".

u/Bruskie1990 · 2 pointsr/Showerthoughts

House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition

That's the version I bought, it was decently large print but still, I also wouldn't have minded a larger print copy haha

u/divarealness · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'll be your buddy! :D <3

House of Leaves is written in a weird format, and is a horror and love story together, apparently. I really want to read it because as Wikipedia says about it:

The format and structure of House of Leaves is unconventional, with unusual page layout and style, making it a prime example of ergodic literature. It contains copious footnotes, many of which contain footnotes themselves, including references to fictional books, films or articles. Some pages contain only a few words or lines of text, arranged in strange ways to mirror the events in the story, often creating both an agoraphobic and a claustrophobic effect. The novel is also distinctive for its multiple narrators, who interact with each other in elaborate and disorienting ways.

While some have attempted to describe the book as a horror story, many readers, as well as the author, define the book as a love story.

u/Zuul29 · 1 pointr/horror

Amazon link to HoL

I love this book.

u/serenity345 · 1 pointr/horror

Editing my first reply with tons more cheaper used options?

If I get money for Christmas I am going to buy this.

I can't remember what book scared me the most, honestly I don't want to!!

u/Holl0wayTape · 1 pointr/houseofleaves

When you go to amazon's website, then to the kindle section and search for house of leaves, you get this:

However, there is no actual option to buy a kindle version.

My mistake!

u/jivanyatra · 1 pointr/nosleep

House of Leaves.

There's a curse, which I can attest to: once you start the book, crazy things will happen in your life until you finish it. They start small, but your life will be hell until you finish.

It's a brilliantly engineered book, though, and definitely worthwhile if you can knock it out in a few days.

u/72pintohatchback · 1 pointr/IAmA

House of Leaves is a "horror" book in only the strictest sense - it has an overall impending sense of doom, but the horror elements are only really emphasized in a few segments of the book.

What makes the book so damn good is that it takes the concept of a traditional narrative and turns it completely on its head. It's certainly not the first book to do this, but it's done in such a convincing and seamless manner that it's really a sight to behold.

(To put it in perspective, the book is a letter to the reader, from a narrator, who is telling his story about his life after finding a manuscript, which is another portion of the book, and the manuscript is based upon a film that may or may not exist, so at times the manuscript is effectively narrating the action from the film. Even the fonts used and orientation on the pages become part of the storytelling.)

u/agnoristos · 1 pointr/KeepWriting

There's one at Amazon. Look for sections in Times New Roman, especially starting at page 3 (not iii).

u/xandr00 · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

House of Leaves

Novel by Mark Z. Danielewski

ISBN-10: 0375703764

ISBN-13: 978-0375703768

u/Auzimov16 · 1 pointr/books

Hands down: House of Leaves

I have never worked so hard to read a book before, but it is completely worth it.

u/bitassassin · 1 pointr/books

Books that changed the way I look at things, and thus changed my life:

Light by M. John Harrison Helped me understand that my feelings of smallness and impotence were pointless. In the greater scheme of things there is always two things: Someone better-off than you, and Someone worse-off than you. Whining about it helps no one.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins Helped me understand my mother's drug abuse. Not condone it of course, but understand it. Within six months of me reading this book, my Mother actually started to get clean. Maybe she found it in my room or something.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski Through this I learned the true power of fiction. This book makes movies look bad. It is the biggest must-read on my list.

Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking by CHristopher Hadnagy taught me how better to interpret my actions and the actions of others, and in general made me a more observant person. Barring the manipulative side of things, (which it helps you notice as other people do it or you do subconsciously) it helps you understand social interaction on a deeper level than just words.

A Child's First Book of Virtues by Emily Hunter

I'd have to say that this was one of the single most important books of my childhood. It taught me all the important bits. This book was gifted to me right after I learned to read, and I am quite frankly a better person because of it. It helped form the model by which I judged my own character.

And of course a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica and Compton's interactive encyclopedia.

Buh I like reading.

u/idioma · 1 pointr/AskReddit

House of Leaves

by mark z. danielewski

u/Cigareddit · 1 pointr/AskReddit

House of Leaves. It's a story within a story with footnotes that become another story. It's scary as hell and the way its physically written makes you have to sometimes turn the book around, upside down, or use a mirror. Most original novel I've ever read and a very fucked up one.

u/nerdgirl37 · 1 pointr/books

Here you go, great price if you ask me.

u/artofwelding · 1 pointr/AskReddit

House of Leaves is always my first suggestion, but it's not for everyone. I suggest pushing through the classics (The Picture of Dorian Gray! Heart of Darkness! Etc!) before you read anything else. Most of the good books published nowadays have references or callbacks to classic lit.

u/arms_of_the_beloved · 1 pointr/books

I recommend House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

It encompasses everything you're looking for and in a book including a junkie, a couple of people going crazy, a house plagued by seemingly supernatural occurrences, and is overall a creepy book. Frankly it surprises me that I'm the first one to mention it. This is Reddit, right!?

Here are a few things that might not appeal to you in regards to House of Leaves. It's 709 pages long. The entirety of one character's story is told in the footnotes that are on nearly every page. The layout of the text in some chapters is literally all over the place and can be tricky to read, it mimics what some of the characters go through while exploring said house.

Overall I enjoyed this book thoroughly and recommend it at every opportunity.

u/deadasdisco · 1 pointr/AskReddit

best book i've ever read: House Of Leaves

u/finalremix · 1 pointr/truegaming

Oh, my, very bad... Don't try that in Morrowind or Oblivion...

I had guides for both... ... somewhere... along with notebooks detailing where I put things, or where some quest things and people were located, etc. The guides were thick. I'm talking House Of Leaves thick. The side quests in the first several Elder Scrolls games (I can't vouch for Skyrim) were fun and engaging, if you knew how to blow through them properly, and could multitask, and had strength to carry whatever peeps wanted, etc... It was great fun, but I couldn't be arsed to complete Oblivion. I had too much fun living as a Nord Knightblade doing whatever I wanted. I don't care about finding the replacement king to save everything. I'm gonna venture into Oblivion through the gaes, and sell artifacts and buy mansions.

u/thrilljockey · 1 pointr/AskEngineers

I'm not an ME, but these are some of my (more computery-ish) favorites that might have general engineering appeal:

The Difference Engine - proto-steampunk!

Gödel, Escher, Bach - essays on logicians' wet dreams.

Anathem - mathy and fantastic.

House of Leaves - you'll either love it or it will just piss you off...

Also, anything by Phillip K Dick or Kurt Vonnegut. And Feynman's (first) autobiography is definitely a must.

u/CitizenJake · 1 pointr/Foodforthought

He was the basis for the main character in the Navidson Records in the book House of Leaves.

u/furgenhurgen · 1 pointr/booksuggestions
u/harperrb · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Well so much depends on everything. Some basic suggestions:.

Contemporary Science Fiction:
Ted Chaing, Stories of Your Life and Others his short stories are science fiction gems.

Classical: Vladimir Nabokov Short Stories, amazing prose. Though English was his second language he wrote a good number, especially the later half, in English, often challenging themes from dubious narrators.

International Fiction: Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore, reductionist, clean prose, with symbolic/metaphorical imagery that blends hard-boiled noir, Japanese animism, and surrealism.

Post Modern: Roberto Bolano, 2666: A Novel, perhaps the odd relative of Murakami in structure if not style. Sometimes rambling, though powerful prose with surrealist moments within graphic and "visceral" scenes.

Deconstructionism: Mark Danieleski, House of Leaves, carefully crafted entangled adventure horror of a story, explained in the footnotes of an essay, edited by a tattoo artist, written by a blind man of a homemade video of a house gone awry.

A start

u/FromAGreatHeight · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Welcome! I, too, love horror books. I see you don't have House Of Leaves on your list. That's definitely a must-read if you enjoy horror.

u/moby323 · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

I would recommend House of Leaves if you want kind of trippy psychological stuff.

Very creepy book.

u/supra621 · 1 pointr/django

For HTML/CSS/JavaScript/jQuery, Jon Duckett's books are pretty good. I linked the set because individually they're about $23, and together it's $28. His is the only JavaScript book in my library. I found his books to be well-ordered, and he describes things in really simple ways, though the book layout feels like reading House of Leaves until you get used to it. Both books have made for great references, though free HTML/CSS tutorials are quite abundant, and I leaned on Google more than the book for learning those.

I can't recommend the Django book that I started with, "Mastering Django: Core" by Nigel George, as much of the advanced topics were no better explained than the official documentation. If you're using Django 2.0, forget it. This, and other Django books I've looked at, don't go into any front-end details, seemingly from a belief that "writing Python code and designing HTML are two different disciplines" (quoted straight from the book I linked). The official docs and web tutorials have served me better for bringing Django to the browser.

Aside from d3.js, I'm only using basic JS and jQuery. d3.js was a very specific use-case for the data I'm working with, as it excels at making graphs and charts using SVG. If that sounds like something you're doing, Interactive Data Visualization for the Web was pretty clear for d3.js. Note that d3.js only uses a minimal amount of traditional JavaScript, so do consider your project needs before dropping $40 on it.

The basics of JS and jQuery will go a long way, even without react/angular/vue.js. Just like my first statement about HTML/CSS, I'd say learn the other frameworks when you can no longer do what you want with JS/jQuery, or when a framework is going to save you time.

Sorry for the wall of text - hope that helps!

u/at-night_mostly · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Bit late, but seems we have similar taste, so here are some things I really love:

House of Leaves - not a straightforward read, but it's worth sticking with it; the labyrinthine structure of the narrative mirrors that of the house, and is an overwhelming presence, a character in its own right. The story itself is ambiguous, fragmented, ultimately unresolved, and stubbornly avoids any traditional narrative satisfaction, an exercise in open-ended uncertainty, so if you crave narrative closure, this probably isn't for you. But if you can tolerate the ambiguity, it's a book you can get thoroughly lost in.

Good Omens - since you're a Pratchett fan, you've probably read this collaboration with Neil Gaiman. If you haven't, you're in for a real treat - one of his best.

Anything by Phil Rickman. The Merrily Watkins books are essentially supernatural detective stories, based on the traditional folklore of the borderlands between England and Wales, with a little exorcism on the side. My favourites are his early books, especially The Man in the Moss and December.

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury classic evoking the fears and freedoms of childhood. Wonderfully and weirdly atmospheric. If you like it, you should also read Dandelion Wine - not genre, but in Dandelion Wine he perfects his evocation of childhood, and personally, I think it's his best book. The realities of life, death and mortality, along with its wonder and mystery, seen with the clarity of childhood. And none of the usual rose-tinted 'innocence'.

u/921ren · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

[I recommend it] ( I lent my copy out and it was destroyed, so I've been meaning to get myself a new copy as well. It's been years since I accomplished this book, maybe time for a revisit. :)

u/ellisftw · 1 pointr/Wishlist

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. The book itself is a masterpiece of literary engineering.

"The story remains...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."

u/reostra · 1 pointr/WritingPrompts

Getting a sudden House of Leaves vibe from this prompt :)

u/NightGolfer · 1 pointr/WTF

How is this the weirdest book ever??? oO

Try reading The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, it's certainly a lot more "weird" than LaVey's Satanic Bible (it's also quite good, really).

u/JimmehGeebs · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

If you're into weird/gimmicky/out-there writing styles, Mark Z. Danielewski (author of House of Leaves) is writing a 27 volume series called The Familiar. He'll be releasing a novel every 6 months for the next 13.5 years. I'm most of the way through One Rainy Day In May, and while it's definitely got his writing style, it's actually really enjoyable to read. So give those a shot if you're interested in a very long series, lol. They even have their own subreddit for those curious to learn more!

u/-Skadi · 1 pointr/Wishlist

Happy birthday! I hope you've been having a fantastic day!

I have so many books on my wish lists, it's hard for me to pick just one, but I can narrow it down to the top 3 I've really been wanting to read:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I love Norse mythology, history, language, religion and learning more about it, and from what I've read of Gaiman's, I enjoy his writing style.

S. / Ship of Theseus by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams

From the reviews it seems like a great book. There's the book Ship of Theseus, but in the margins and inserts there's a whole different story between two people trying discover the identity of the author of Ship of Theseus. It just looks like a fun book.

House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski

Another book I've heard great things about. I've heard it can be a difficult read with the unconventional format and footnotes etc.. But that just makes me want to read it even more.

All 3 are on my Most Wanted list.

Thanks for the contest!

u/Leonine09 · 1 pointr/gaybros

Thanks for this!!! I'm putting it on my TBR list.

Currently reading:

Possible Side Effects - Augusten Burroughs

House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski

Scott Pilgrim Series - Bryan Lee O'Malley

Just bought:

More Than This - Patrick Ness

Looking into the list that your provided too!

u/TalksInMaths · 1 pointr/ADHD

Try reading House of Leaves. Lots of jumping around.^1 Lots of format screw: sidways or upside-down text, text in geometric shapes, one word per page, etc. Lots of hidden clues and easter eggs. Plus it's a pretty bizarre, surreal, suspenseful story in itself. It made for a much more dynamic reading experience.


^1 Half the story is told in footnotes.^2

^2 And there are footnotes to footnotes to footnotes.

u/shalashaska4 · 1 pointr/gaming

Wow this really reminds me of house of leaves, which if you haven't already read, I would highly recommend if you're into this stuff

u/Bufo_Stupefacio · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Have you tried House of Leaves?

Had The Blair Witch Project been a book instead of a film, and had it been written by, say, Nabokov at his most playful, revised by Stephen King at his most cerebral, and typeset by the futurist editors of Blast at their most avant-garde, the result might have been something like House of Leaves.

u/kaeorin · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue
u/jon_titor · 1 pointr/gaming

FYI, that part of the game is loosely based on the book House of Leaves.

u/p4km4n · 1 pointr/bookclub

Modern Book Submission

House of Leaves

Mark Danielewski

u/GuyMontagz · 1 pointr/books

House of Leaves

The Shining

u/Sailing2Nowhere · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

I’m always going to recommend the book “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski

I can read it over and over and still find new things that I never noticed before, and the story is still intriguing even after finishing the book.
I definitely recommend joining the book club dedicated to it on Facebook, too. The author is active on it, and even answers some of the readers’ questions from time to time.

u/ktown · 1 pointr/trees

relevant thread.

tl;dr: fuck it, if you're just looking for something that's a trip to read while high and not necessarily for the content itself,

House of Motherfucking Leaves

u/mizike · 1 pointr/books

Surprised nobody has mentioned House of Leaves which seems to be exactly what you're looking for. It's often been called the literary equivalent of the Blair Witch Project a comparison some may consider less than flattering but I personally think is pretty apt.

u/admorobo · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Obligatory: House of Leaves

u/shadowdra126 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Shadow is a man with a past. That is the first thing you learn in Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Enjoy the adventure Shadow takes while being stuck in the middle of a battle between the old gods and the new!!

the book I want is House of Leaves

I have always wanted to check this out since someone told me about it :P

but you don't have to take my word for it.

u/MunsterDeLag · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The first thing I thought of was House of Leaves Alas, there are no more cheap used copies, so how about some used copies of Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids?

u/mementomary · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This is my intro. I have gifted :)

I have two fave books! My first is House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski. I can't really do it justice in a summary. It is about a guy named Johnny who finds a trunk full of paper scraps that belonged to an old man that died, and puts them together into a book. That book is about a family who moves into a new house, which is bigger on the inside (like the tardis, but scary). As the people explore the mysterious hallways in the house, Johnny reads/edits the book, and everyone goes a bit crazy. As you read the book, the actual text makes you feel like you're going crazy with them. It's a hard read, but it's great! The only book that has ever creeped me out. :)

My other fave is Pride and Prejudice. I imagine I don't have to summarize it, but I will. Elizabeth Bennet is the second of 5 sisters who aren't rich. Since respectable women could only make lives for themselves by marrying well, that is the obsession of their mother, Mrs. Bennet. A rich young man named Bingley moves into town, and with him comes his proud, disagreeable, and even more rich friend Darcy. Elizabeth, who thinks pretty highly of herself as well, decides she hates Darcy right away because he is such a jerk, and hijinx ensue. Jane Austen is the master of poking fun at the social interactions of the time, and the dialogue makes me laugh out loud each time I read it (especially Mr Collins).

I really hope your Gram's surgery is quick and painless, and she has a quick recovery. <3

u/cskaryd · 1 pointr/books

For those wondering... House of Leaves is by Mark Z. Danielewski.

u/Jooshbag · 1 pointr/fifthworldproblems

Yeah, makes me want to read House of Leaves

u/kevlarsoul · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Check out House of Leaves. It's long, but it reads as though it was written by a person with ADD.

Barring that, check out Overqualified. It's a series of cover letters written to prospective employers by a job seeker at the end of his rope.

u/GodOfAtheism · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/Klush · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Friend of mine has a copy. It's a very interestingly annoying book. It's printed... strangely, and is all over the place.

Hit up the "Look inside!" option and check it out.

u/Locke1337 · 1 pointr/bookclub

Some people would call me crazy, but House of Leaves by Daniel Z. Danielewski.

u/parabolic_tailspin · 1 pointr/

I would like to get the House of Leaves. I've been interested in getting into horror novels, rather than my more usual fantasy and sci-fi. Reddit has recommended this one and I think it looks good.

u/autisticmario · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

It might be a bit different from what you've been reading, but House of Leaves is an absolutely amazing book. It's basically the diary of a guy who finds a book about a movie that apparently never existed (sounds confusing, I know) and it's a big mess of plots but it totally works.
I couldn't find any books under 10$ that I want, but I decided to still leave this here :)

u/celticeejit · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Didn't see House of Leaves

  • and We Need to talk about Kevin is on there twice
u/hkdharmon · 1 pointr/theydidthemath

Or you can just read House of Leaves.

u/deltrig2113 · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook
u/fantasystation · 0 pointsr/horror

If you like short stories, I recommend Songs of Dead Dreamer & Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti. It's his first two collections in one.

Also, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

u/fireshaper · 0 pointsr/whatsthatbook

House of leaves is a book that is all about a book.

u/zachatree · 0 pointsr/books

I am going to have to go with A House of Leaves. It also happens to be one of my favorite books. It is not poorly written at all just the page layout get progressively more bizarre in reflection of the narration. Also has three different stories going on at once, sometimes all on the same page.