Daily Archives: April 28, 2006

Book #9

Well, I finished House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski.  It had a few unsettling bits.  The whole concept of a house with hallways and rooms that suddenly appear and exceed the area of the actual house, intrigued me.  It’s kind of a disturbing, jarring thought, that your house may not be what you think it is.  Kind of like when I shut the back bedroom door for the first time, after living here a while, and found that on the opposite side of the doorknob was a doorhandle.  I wanted to know what kind of story someone could make out of that sort of unsettling thing.  And I still want to know, because House of Leaves is barely about that.  Mostly all the good bits were shuffled into a pseudoacademic work and the free form thoughts of a druggie.  Don’t even get me started on the type-face hijinks.  And while I think a more hierarchical (or hypertextual) storytelling form could be interesting, this just came off as annoying.  Like American Psycho, it kept me reading just to see the whole thing through.

On the plus side, Samms saw me reading it and brought me Poe’s Haunted to listen to.  (Danielewski and Poe are siblings and there was some cross-marketing between the two works.)  Pretty good.  Much better than Hello.

You know what would help my writing productivity? A wider monitor so I can do side by side edits. Yeah, that’s the ticket…

Link o’ the day:
Association of Renaissance Martial Arts which seems to include pre-Renaissance information too.

Also, I was going to post some run-downs on this year’s Nebula short work nominees, but really, I’ll be lucky if I have time to finish reading them much less post about them.  And Abagail Nussbaun at Asking the Wrong Questions does a better job of it then I would have:
Short Stories
Novelettes
I’ll link to Novellas when I finish them.

Pools for league playoffs have been posted.  We’ll play our hardest game last, it looks like.  At least Joanne’s team will be missing Dixon.  Or at least they better be missing Dixon, since we would have picked him if he hadn’t said he wasn’t going to be able to make playoffs…  But Red Hot Chilis might give us a game too, who knows?