Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves

Mark Z  Danielewski s House of Leaves
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Author: Mark Z. Danielewski,Zampanò
Pages: 709
ISBN: 9780375420528
Release: 2000
Editor: Pantheon

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries

Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves

Mark Z  Danielewski s House of Leaves
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Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Pages: 709
ISBN: 9780375420528
Release: 2000
Editor: Pantheon

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries

House of Leaves

House of Leaves
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Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Pages: 709
ISBN: 9780385603102
Release: 2000
Editor: Random House

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Johnny Truant wild and troubled sometime employee in a LA tattoo parlour, finds a notebook kept by Zampano, a reclusive old man found dead in a cluttered apartment. Herein is the heavily annotated story of the Navidson Report. Will Navidson, a photojournalist, and his family move into a new house. What happens next is recorded on videotapes and in interviews. Now the Navidsons are household names. Zampano, writing on loose sheets, stained napkins, crammed notebooks, has compiled what must be the definitive work on the events on Ash Tree Lane. But Johnny Truant has never heard of the Navidson Record. Nor has anyone else he knows. And the more he reads about Will Navidson's house, the more frightened he becomes. Paranoia besets him. The worst part is that he can't just dismiss the notebook as the ramblings of a crazy old man. He's starting to notice things changing around him . . . Immensely imaginative. Impossible to put down. Impossible to forget. House of Leavesis thrilling, terrifying and unlike anything you have ever read before.

The Melody

The Melody
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Author: Jim Crace
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780735235229
Release: 2018-06-19
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Harvest, Quarantine, and Being Dead, a tender new novel about music, lost love, and the way barely whispered fears and desires push their way into the light. Alfred Busi lives alone in his villa overlooking the waves, with only his trusted piano for company. Famed in his town for his music and songs, he is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days--occasionally performing the classics in small venues, though never in the stadiums he could fill when in his prime. On the night before receiving his town's highest honour, Busi is wrested from his bed by noises in his courtyard, and then stunned by an attacking intruder. His hands and neck are scratched, and his face is bitten. Busi can't say what it was that he encountered, exactly, but he feels his assailant was neither man nor animal. The attack sets off a chain of events that will cast a shadow on Busi's career, imperil his home, and alter the fabric of his town. Busi's own account of what happened is embellished to fan the flames of old rumour--of an ancient race of people living in the surrounding forest--and to spark new controversy: something must finally be done about the town's poor, the feral vegabonds whose numbers have been growing. Meanwhile Busi, weathering a media storm, must come to terms with his wife's death and decide whether to sing one last time. The Melody is a story about grief and aging, about reputation and its loss, and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. In trademark crystalline prose, Jim Crace portrays a man taking stock of his life and looking into an uncertain future, all while bearing witness to a community in the throes of great change--with echoes of today's most pressing social questions.

The Familiar Volume 1

The Familiar  Volume 1
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Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Pages: 880
ISBN: 9780375714955
Release: 2015-05-12
Editor: Knopf

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From the author of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award–nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting. The Familiar (Volume 1) ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, with nine lives hanging in the balance, each called upon to make a terrifying choice. They include a therapist-in-training grappling with daughters as demanding as her patients; an ambitious East L.A. gang member contracted for violence; two scientists in Marfa, Texas, on the run from an organization powerful beyond imagining; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash consequences far exceeding the entertainment he intends. At the very heart, though, is a twelve-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous . . . which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter, but this world, too—or at least the world we think we know and the future we take for granted. (With full-color illustrations throughout.) Like the print edition, this eBook contains a complex image-based layout. It is most readable on e-reading devices with larger screen sizes.

Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves

Mark Z  Danielewski s House of Leaves
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Author: Michael Seidlinger
Pages: 184
ISBN: 1632460513
Release: 2017-04-11
Editor: Ig Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In his entry inthe acclaimed Bookmarked series, Michael Seidlinger takes on Mark Z. Danielewski's contemporary classic, House of Leaves."

Broken River

Broken River
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Author: J. Robert Lennon
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781555979652
Release: 2017-05-16
Editor: Graywolf Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The most inventive and entertaining novel to date from “a master of the dark arts” (Kelly Link) A modest house in upstate New York. One in the morning. Three people—a couple and their child—hurry out the door, but it’s too late for them. As the virtuosic and terrifying opening scene of Broken River unfolds, a spectral presence seems to be watching with cold and mysterious interest. Soon the house lies abandoned, and years later a new family moves in. Karl, Eleanor, and their daughter, Irina, arrive from New York City in the wake of Karl’s infidelity to start anew. Karl tries to stabilize his flailing art career. Eleanor, a successful commercial novelist, eagerly pivots in a new creative direction. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Irina becomes obsessed with the brutal murders that occurred in the house years earlier. And, secretly, so does her mother. As the ensemble cast grows to include Louis, a hapless salesman in a carpet warehouse who is haunted by his past, and Sam, a young woman newly reunited with her jailbird brother, the seemingly unrelated crime that opened the story becomes ominously relevant. Hovering over all this activity looms a gradually awakening narrative consciousness that watches these characters lie to themselves and each other, unleashing forces that none of them could have anticipated and that put them in mortal danger. Broken River is a cinematic, darkly comic, and sui generis psychological thriller that could only have been written by J. Robert Lennon.

The Little Blue Kite

The Little Blue Kite
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Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781524747695
Release: 2019
Editor: Pantheon

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

We all have fears, but if we can't face the small ones how will we face the big ones? Kai is afraid to fly a little blue kite. But Kai is also very, very brave, and overcoming this small fear will lead him on a great adventure. Remember: all great adventures start with one little moment. You know the one. It's like a gentle breeze whispering in your ear what you already know by heart: not even the sky is the limit . . . The only other thing you might want to know about this book is that there are at least three ways to read it. The first way takes only a few minutes. Just follow the rainbow-colored words. The second takes only a little bit longer. Just follow the words haloed with blue and red and the rainbow words too. For the third way, just start at the beginning.

Revolutionary Leaves

Revolutionary Leaves
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Author: Sascha Pöhlmann
Pages: 235
ISBN: 9781443845809
Release: 2013-01-16
Editor: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Mark Z. Danielewski is routinely hailed as the most exciting author in contemporary American literature, and he is celebrated by critics and fans alike. Revolutionary Leaves collects essays that have come out of the first academic conference on Danielewski’s fiction that took place in Munich in 2011, which brought together younger and established scholars to discuss his works from a variety of perspectives. Addressing his major works House of Leaves (2000) and Only Revolutions (2006), the texts are as multifaceted as the novels they analyze, and they incorporate ideas of (post)structuralism, modernism, post- and post-postmodernism, philosophy, Marxism, reader-response criticism, mathematics and physics, politics, media studies, science fiction, gothic horror, poetic theory, history, architecture, mythology, and more. Contributors: Nathalie Aghoro, Ridvan Askin, Hanjo Berressem, Aleksandra Bida, Brianne Bilsky, Joe Bray, Alison Gibbons, Julius Greve, Sebastian Huber, Sascha Pöhlmann, and Hans-Peter Söder.

Only Revolutions

Only Revolutions
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Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780375421761
Release: 2006
Editor: Pantheon

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Moving back and forth in American history, a kaleidoscopic novel follows Hailey and Sam, two wayward teenagers, as they crash New Orleans parties, barrel up the Mississippi, head through the Badlands, and take on other adventures.

Blind Side

Blind Side
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Author: Jennie Ensor
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781783529766
Release: 2016-07-22
Editor: Unbound Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Can you ever truly know someone? And what if you suspect the unthinkable? London, 2005. Despite her friends’ warnings, a young Englishwoman can’t resist her attraction to a charismatic Russian ex-soldier recently arrived in London. But, realising how deeply war-time incidents have affected him, she starts to suspect that he’s hiding a horrifying secret... Set in the year of London’s 7/7 terrorism attacks, Blind Side is a powerful tale of love and friendship, trauma and betrayal, secrets and obsession. A gripping, multi-faceted psychological mystery thriller that will stay with you long after you’ve reached the end, appealing especially to fans of Rosamund Lupton, Claire Mackintosh, Louise Doughty, Stella Rimington and Sadie Jones. “builds suspense brilliantly” — Gail Cleare, USA Today bestselling author of The Taste of Air “An absolutely stunning debut from Jennie Ensor; so thought-provoking and profound that every reader will get something different out of reading it” — The Book Magnet “I read this book over the course of the day without putting it down once. It’s a powerful and engaging novel, thought-provoking and difficult to forget once you’ve reached the end” — Reviewed The Book “a storyline that doesn’t let you go until the very last page”— Keeper of Pages “a thrilling psychological story that I really enjoyed and raced through” — The Last Word Book Review “Blind Side is a story that will keep you up until the early hours, totally gripping and full of suspense. A fantastic debut by Jennie Ensor and one I will highly recommend”— It’s All About the Books

Torture Garden

Torture Garden
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Author: Octave Mirbeau
Pages: 156
ISBN: 9781465606945
Release: 2020-09-28
Editor: Library of Alexandria

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

One evening some friends were gathered at the home of one of our most celebrated writers. Having dined sumptuously, they were discussing murder—apropos of what, I no longer remember probably apropos of nothing. Only men were present: moralists, poets, philosophers and doctors—thus everyone could speak freely, according to his whim, his hobby or his idiosyncrasies, without fear of suddenly seeing that expression of horror and fear which the least startling idea traces upon the horrified face of a notary. I—say notary, much as I might have said lawyer or porter, not disdainfully, of course, but in order to define the average French mind. With a calmness of spirit as perfect as though he were expressing an opinion upon the merits of the cigar he was smoking, a member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences said: “Really—I honestly believe that murder is the greatest human preoccupation, and that all our acts stem from it... “ We awaited the pronouncement of an involved theory, but he remained silent. “Absolutely!” said a Darwinian scientist, “and, my friend, you are voicing one of those eternal truths such as the legendary Monsieur de La Palisse discovered every day: since murder is the very bedrock of our social institutions, and consequently the most imperious necessity of civilized life. If it no longer existed, there would be no governments of any kind, by virtue of the admirable fact that crime in general and murder in particular are not only their excuse, but their only reason for being. We should then live in complete anarchy, which is inconceivable. So, instead of seeking to eliminate murder, it is imperative that it be cultivated with intelligence and perseverance. I know no better culture medium than law.” Someone protested. “Here, here!” asked the savant, “aren't we alone, and speaking frankly?” “Please!” said the host, “let us profit thoroughly by the only occasion when we are free to express our personal ideas, for both I, in my books, and you in your turn, may present only lies to the public.” The scientist settled himself once more among the cushions of his armchair, stretched his legs, which were numb from being crossed too long and, his head thrown back, his arms hanging and his stomach soothed by good digestion, puffed smoke−rings at the ceiling: “Besides,” he continued, “murder is largely self−propagating. Actually, it is not the result of this or that passion, nor is it a pathological form of degeneracy. It is a vital instinct which is in us all—which is in all organized beings and dominates them, just as the genetic instinct. And most of the time it is especially true that these two instincts fuse so well, and are so totally interchangeable, that in some way or other they form a single and identical instinct, so that we no longer may tell which of the two urges us to give life, and which to take it—which is murder, and which love. I have been the confidant of an honorable assassin who killed women, not to rob them, but to ravish them. His trick was to manage things so that his sexual climax coincided exactly with the death−spasm of the woman: 'At those moments,' he told me, 'I imagined I was a God, creating a world!”

The Good Sisters

The Good Sisters
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Author: Helen Phifer
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780008209568
Release: 2016-10-31
Editor: HarperCollins UK

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

‘So frightening I had to stop reading it at night’ – Judy (Netgalley) The chilling new horror from bestselling author, Helen Phifer

The Fifty Year Sword

The Fifty Year Sword
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Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780307907738
Release: 2012-10-16
Editor: Knopf

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this story set in East Texas, a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans who are not only captivated by a storyteller’s tale of vengeance but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold and now foretold. The blank pages in this book are a deliberate design element.

Sauced Up Scarred and at Sleaze

Sauced Up  Scarred and at Sleaze
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Author: G C McKay
Pages: 320
ISBN: 8409016540
Release: 2018-05
Editor: Gareth Daniel Clark

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"This book isn't for everybody. You've got to be willing to take a trip through some pretty dark places and entertain some of the most perverse ideas committed to paper, completely free of moral judgement." - Author, Alex Swery (sharpobjectspress.com) If sins, vices and illicit encounters are what makes transgressive fiction, then this book is its wet dream... or some might say nightmare. Inside this "disturbingly well-written collection of stories" (Linda, Amazon Reviewer) you'll be confronted with a cast of debauched characters who view desire as the solution to their problems without realising it to be the main cause of their woe. Opening this collection of disturbing short stories is the suitably ceremonious, 'Something Borrowed, Something Blue', where a womanising, drunk and depressed late-teen has his life thrown out of balance after he's sloppily seduced by an older woman and the traces of white powder under her nose, only to find himself inside the midst of a dirty divorce, an even dirtier, decaying friend and a videotape which gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'Revenge Porn'. The Importance of Safe Sex Max likes Hannah. Hannah likes Max. They've seen each other naked, but never actually met. How? Through the wonders of modern technology, of course. Take a trip down memory lane as Max reminisces over the events surrounding his first time and how they made him into the man he is today. You'll never look at your favourite childhood toy in the same light again. A few drinks in we take a turn into 'A Lesson Worth Unlearning', where a father and son bond over their mutual appreciation for teachers, pornography and the best places to masturbate during a mysterious road trip out of town. A 'coming of age' story dripping with debauchery. The Perfect Client As a mysterious stranger struggles to knock on the door beyond which a seventeen-year-old prostitute waits, we're left to wonder what he's actually doing there as the girl recalls the reasons why she ended up hooking in the first place. Abandonment is never clear-cut. Bloodhound Lust A man with a missing dog shows more concern over his pet than his newborn son, who he finds difficult to even look at. Using his absent best friend as an excuse for eyes to go wander, we soon begin to question the mindset of our protagonist and the disjointed thoughts he expresses. It seems that the missing best friend isn't his dog but more the beast between his legs, which a certain ex-fling clutches the leash of

We Were Witches

We Were Witches
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Author: Ariel Gore
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9781936932023
Release: 2017-09-05
Editor: Feminist Press at CUNY

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This inspirational “magic-infused narrative . . . is a moving account of a young writer and mother striving to claim her own agency and find her voice” (Publishers Weekly). Buying into the dream that education is the road out of poverty, a teen mom takes a chance on bettering herself and talks her way into college. But once she’s there, phallocratic narratives permeate every subject. Wryly riffing on feminist literary tropes, We Were Witches documents the survival of a demonized single lesbian mother as she’s beset by custody disputes, homophobia, and America’s ever-present obsession with shaming unconventional women into passive citizenship. But even as the narrator struggles to graduate, a question uncomfortably lingers: If you’re dealing with precarious parenthood, queer identity, and debt, what is the true narrative shape of your experience?

Don t Look Back

Don t Look Back
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Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781466848733
Release: 2014-08-19
Editor: St. Martin's Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"Smart and relentless... Hurwitz starts the pressure early and never, never lets up." —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) on You're Next In Don't Look Back, Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she's long dreamed of—a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton. Later that night, in a rarely used tourist cabin, she finds a discarded prescription bottle—also with the name Teresa Hamilton. From the camera's memory card, Eve discovers Teresa Hamilton took a photo of that same menacing looking man in the woods. Teresa Hamilton has since disappeared. Now the man in the woods is after whoever was snooping around his house. With a violent past and deadly mission, he will do anything to avoid being discovered. A major storm wipes out the roads and all communication with the outside world. Now the tour group is trapped in the jungle with a dangerous predator with a secret to protect. With her only resource her determination to live, Eve must fight a dangerous foe and survive against incredible odds—if she's to make it back home alive.

Twice a Daughter

Twice a Daughter
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Author: Julie Ryan McGue
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781647420512
Release: 2021-05-11
Editor: She Writes Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Julie is adopted. She is also a twin. Because their adoption was closed, she and her sister lack both a health history and their adoption papers—which becomes an issue for Julie when, at forty-eight years old, she finds herself facing several serious health issues. To launch the probe into her closed adoption, Julie first needs the support of her sister. The twins talk things over, and make a pact: Julie will approach their adoptive parents for the adoption paperwork and investigate search options, and the sisters will split the costs involved in locating their birth relatives. But their adoptive parents aren’t happy that their daughters want to locate their birth parents—and that is only the first of many obstacles Julie will come up against as she digs into her background. Julie’s search for her birth relatives spans eight years and involves a search agency, a PI, a confidential intermediary, a judge, an adoption agency, a social worker, and a genealogist. By journey’s end, what began as a simple desire for a family medical history has evolved into a complicated quest—one that unearths secrets, lies, and family members that are literally right next door.

The Familiar Volume 2

The Familiar  Volume 2
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Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Pages: 880
ISBN: 9780375714979
Release: 2015-10-27
Editor: Pantheon

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

NATIONAL BEST SELLER From the author of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award–nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting. The Familiar (Volume 1) ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, with nine lives hanging in the balance, each called upon to make a terrifying choice. They include a therapist-in-training grappling with daughters as demanding as her patients; an ambitious East L.A. gang member contracted for violence; two scientists in Marfa, Texas, on the run from an organization powerful beyond imagining; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash consequences far exceeding the entertainment he intends. At the very heart, though, is a twelve-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous . . . which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter, but this world, too—or at least the world we think we know and the future we take for granted. (With full-color illustrations throughout.) Like the print edition, this eBook contains a complex image-based layout. It is most readable on e-reading devices with larger screen sizes.

The Familiar Volume 3

The Familiar  Volume 3
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Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Pages: 880
ISBN: 9780375714993
Release: 2016-06-14
Editor: Knopf

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Familiar Volume 1 Wherein the cat is found . . . The Familiar Volume 2 Wherein the cat is hungry . . . The Familiar Volume 3 Wherein the cat is blind . . . Released for the summer from the perils of school, Xanther and her nameless cat are settling into a comfortable routine at home. However, the rest of the Ibrahim family is growing more and more unsettled. Astair fears their stretched finances are already at a breaking point. Not even a visit from an old friend can mitigate Anwar’s feeling that he’s failing to support those he loves and that even worse things are to come. The twins, Freya and Shasti, sense something too and blame their older sister. Honeysuckles haunt the air and smell of offerings . . . Meanwhile, Cas and Bobby’s survival may depend on facing the one person they fear most. And on the other side of the world, Jingjing and Tian Li set out to find what was lost: their missing cat. With spectacular visuals and the vibrant wordplay that are his trademark, The Familiar (Volume 3) is a beautiful and singular reading experience that could come only from the imagination of Mark Z. Danielewski. THE FAMILIAR continues The Familiar Volume 4 Wherein the cat is toothless . . . The Familiar Volume 5 Wherein the cat is named . . .