History Headscratchers / HouseOfLeaves

27th Feb '17 4:10:07 PM LB7979
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* The book is famous for printing the word ''House'' always in blue, regardless of what language it appears in (i.e. the German ''Hause'' is also blue). This is even flaunted at the reader in the Index, as it lists "House (Blue)" with lots of pages, and then "House (Black)" with DNE ("Does Not Exist"). ''BUT''... Footnote 146 [[note]]The pages-long footnote listing buildings of a certain architecture.[[/note]] contains the Dutch word "Scheepvarthuis" of which the "huis" part is the Dutch word for "House" and it's the only occurence of the word "House" in the book not printed blue![[note]]Paperback '2000 edition: page 122[[/note]] This must have been a conscious decision by the author, seeing how carefully he handles the many foreign languages; also, just preceding it there's another Dutch example but that one has been translated to / is listed in English, and ''IS'' blue (it's listed as: Schröder House, instead of Schröderhuis). Also, Scheepvarthuis is spelled wrong: it really is ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheepvaarthuis Scheepvaarthuis]], with two A's (again, the author must have misspelled this deliberately, but why?)
18th Feb '17 11:51:07 PM LB7979
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** I think it was Johnny, not Zampano, that struck out the mentions about the Minotaur. Why? Because it was Johnny that got an obsession about the monster that want to get him and indetified it with the Minotaur.

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** I think it was Johnny, not Zampano, that struck out the mentions about the Minotaur. Why? Because it was Johnny that got an obsession about the monster that want wants to get him and indetified identified it with the Minotaur.Minotaur.
*** No, it was Zampano who struck them out and Johnny who chose to include them anyway - at least the text that is not just red, but ''red-and-struck-through''; it's specifically mentioned that is text that had been deleted but Johnny decided to put back. Also, Johnny being hunted by a monster (or whatever) actually made him ''more'' interested in the Minotaur story.
12th Feb '17 2:48:56 AM comar
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** I think it was Johnny, not Zampano, that struck out the mentions about the Minotaur. Why? Because it was Johnny that got an obsession about the monster that want to get him and indetified it with the Minotaur.
3rd Feb '16 9:41:37 PM rtan
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** My take: Holloway is convinced that there is a monster stalking him in the labyrinth, reasoning that the omnipresent growling and the damage done to left-behind items are its handiwork. It turns out that there is no monster. Perhaps the author is convinced that the myth of the Minotaur must be relevant, indeed even vital to the story given the obvious connections... and then strikes it out when he realizes later that it is not.
2nd Sep '15 5:36:54 PM crashkey
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** Folding and/or crumpling, plus the locket being big, means it could probably fit in there fairly easily.


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** Well, clearly, Johnny and/or Zampano and/or the unnamed editor made those typos! ...is the excuse you can use for basically any "mistake" in the book.
1st Jun '15 1:22:21 AM Solle
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* Why is the word house written in blue in English, German and French, but not in several other languages (Dutch, Italian, Spanish)? Why does the only Dutch word that has "huis" in it contain a typo, when Danielewsky insists that the book has no unintentional typos?
9th Feb '15 3:03:33 AM MichaelKatsuro
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** Johnny lies frequently.

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** [[UnreliableNarrator Johnny lies frequently.]]
** Maybe he watched it at Lude's place.
16th Jan '15 6:58:36 AM teridactyl
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* When Johnny finally opens his mother's locket, [[spoiler:he finds the first letter he ever wrote her.]] Granted, he did describe it as a bigger locket than most, but still...How the heck [[spoiler:did she stuff a whole letter into a locket?]] Unless it was written on the back of a fortune cookie note. Or is the locket is also [[spoiler:BiggerOnTheInside "Bigger on the Inside"]]?

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* When Johnny finally opens his mother's locket, [[spoiler:he finds the first letter he ever wrote her.]] Granted, he did describe it as a bigger locket than most, but still...How the heck [[spoiler:did she stuff a whole letter into a locket?]] Unless it was written on the back of a fortune cookie note. Or is the locket is also [[spoiler:BiggerOnTheInside "Bigger on the Inside"]]?[[spoiler:BiggerOnTheInside]]?
16th Jan '15 6:57:18 AM teridactyl
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* When Johnny finally opens his mother's locket, [[spoiler:he finds the first letter he ever wrote her.]] Granted, he did describe it as a bigger locket than most, but still...How the heck [[spoiler:did she stuff a whole letter into a locket?]] Unless it was written on the back of a fortune cookie note. Or is the locket is also [[spoiler:BiggerOnTheInside "Bigger on the Inside"]]?
15th Nov '14 12:58:52 PM Ragnr
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** What happens is you die horribly. You're not going to survive this if your first instinct is to shred local spacetime even more, and I doubt the [[color:blue:house]] itself would appreciate getting holes drilled in it.
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