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Postby Corynn on Fri Mar 30, 2001 3:30 am

Mark Z. Danielewskie's House of Leaves. Abso-fucking-lutely fantastic. It's the scariest book I've actually read. I only got about 50 pages in before life in general started becoming more frightening. I'm convinced that the warehouse I work at is trying to kill me now. <P>Actually, I think in order to enjoy this book properly, you should be fairly imaginative, somewhat paranoid, and willing to be frightened. People who don't let books or movies scare them (because they're boring people) probably won't like it as much. <P>Has anyone heard that newish song by Po that has a guy talking about going in a ride in some chick's BMW? The part with the guy talking is from the book. Now the song scares me. And the word house scares me. And the color blue scares me. Not to mention the invisible growling thing that's been stalking me.
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Postby Mark Gerrits on Sun Apr 01, 2001 9:26 am

Is that that book with the fucked up page layouts?<P>------------------
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Postby Corynn on Sun Apr 01, 2001 10:03 am

Indeed it is. It is the first book that has been a challenge for me to read since I read Plato's Apologia in Attic greek. I adore it.
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Postby Mark Gerrits on Wed Apr 18, 2001 4:46 am

The last book to really challenge me was Gravity's Rainbow, which unlike the Ghostz front page suggests I finished reading ages ago. Also finished the Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton (ok space opera), Whit by Iain Banks (definitely gonna check out more of his books), the 4 Space Odyssey books by Arthur C. Clarke (not too impressed by them), The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers (Powers is always a blast) and The Heaven Makers by Frank Herbert (meh) since then and am now reading Perdido Street Station by China Mi
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Postby James Thorpe on Tue May 01, 2001 3:49 am

Whit was bloody good, but as with all Iain Banks's books, the ending was an enormous disappointment.<P>(I'll make the distinction between 'Iain Banks' and 'Ian M. Banks', because I haven't finished any of the Culture books. Maybe THEY have decent endings...)<P>Oh, wait, I haven't read Wasp Factory yet either. Maybe that'll end well. I doubt it though. I don't know how such a great writer can continually fall so badly at the last hurdle!<P>------------------
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Postby Mark Gerrits on Tue May 01, 2001 4:44 am

Ah shit, you're telling me The Crow Road has a disappointing ending? I'm reading that one now, even better than Whit so far.<P>The resolution to Whit was pretty disappointing but I thought the very end of the book, the last few paragraphs or so, was damn strong.<P>------------------
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Postby James Thorpe on Tue May 01, 2001 7:04 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Mark Gerrits:
<B>Ah shit, you're telling me The Crow Road has a disappointing ending?
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Oh, shit, I guess I've missed one ;> I haven't read Crow Road, Wasp Factory or that short story collection (I think it's a short story collection, anyway), but I think I've read all the others. Espedair Street, Walking on Glass, Complicity, The Business, Whit, blah blah blah.<P>------------------
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Postby Mark Gerrits on Sun May 06, 2001 8:16 am

Let the records show that I liked the ending of The Crow Road.<P>------------------
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