House of Leaves was one of the most memorable reads I've experienced over the past fifteen years.
|poster by Justin Fetters|
When these criticisms laid out above are levied at Mark Z. Danielewski's follow up novel, Only Revolutions, I'd question the critic why exactly he or she were being so nice to what I'd describe as a maddeningly frustrating anomaly of a novel, a book so difficult to parse for pleasure it might as well be championed the 21st century's Finnegans Wake. But some people loved it. I happened to hate it, yet loved House of Leaves.
Learning this morning of Danielewski's forthcoming twenty-seven part serial-novel, The Familiar, to be published in 2014, and for which he's already been paid one million dollars (at least for its first ten installments), I absolutely cannot predict whether I'll love or hate it. Had I learned this morning instead of the latest pending release from a William T. Vollmann or Denis Johnson or Joan Didion, predicting would be easy: I'd of course love them absolutely no questions asked! Not so, the more mysterious and enigmatic Mark Z. Danielewski.
Love or hate his novels, I'm unwaveringly wowed by his unpredictability.
L.A. Times Jacket Copy Article on The Familiar