Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #13

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!


House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski
Published on: March 7th 2000

Synopsis: Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth — musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies — the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, 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.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story — of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.

Beginning: This is not for you.

Page 56: With superb cross-cutting, Navidson depicts how both he and Karen react to the next moment. Karen draws another card from the deck but instead of adding it to the cross slowly forming before her crossed legs, the occult image remains unseen in the air, frozen between her two fingers, Karen’s eyes already diverted, concentrating on a sound, a new sound, almost out of reach. but reaching her just the same.

I always recommend this book to people. So does my boyfriend, he made me read it. Everyone should read it. What do you think? Comment below.

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7 Responses to Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #13

  1. Laura Thomas says:

    You sure have me curious now. Hadn't heard of this one before. Curious opening.

    My Friday 56 from Checkered Crime


  2. Sounds interesting, I am not 100% sure it is my style but I always like to try new things. Happy Weekend. My Friday 56


  3. Ooh, what a chilling story! Thanks for sharing…and here's mine: “INTRUSION”


  4. Breana M. says:

    I haven't heard of this one before, but it sounds like an interesting story. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  5. This sounds eerie yet intriguing. My curiosity is piqued. Enjoy!


  6. fredamans says:

    I love the dark nature of the 56. Happy weekend!


  7. I've been eyeing House of Leaves for years! I hope to buy it very soon. 🙂


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