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by Doug Dorst, J.J. Abrams
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Lolanta
Lolanta rated it 3 years ago
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blackguysdoread
blackguysdoread rated it 3 years ago
2.5 StarsIn these times of Kindles, Nooks, and iBooks, a novel like S. is a really exciting breath of fresh air. It's truly a love letter to physical books and a great effort in interactive reading and storytelling. The novel, written in a collaboration between film director J. J. Abrams and novelis...
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink rated it 3 years ago
Ever since this book came out I've been excited to read it, but I put it off for months because I was intimidated to start it. As it turns out I didn't need to be. The format made this book exceedingly difficult to put down. This book is an experience, and you don't read it so much as you interact w...
Sam Reviews Whatever He Feels Like
Sam Reviews Whatever He Feels Like rated it 3 years ago
"What begins at the water shall end there. And what ends there shall once more begin." S by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams is a fantastic acheivement. More than simply a novel, S strives to be an experience. I'll begin by talking about the package. The book comes in a black sleeve with the title an...
lisally
lisally rated it 3 years ago
This is probably the most unique reading experience I’ve had in a long time. Rather than a traditional novel, S. is presented as an old copy of the fictional book “Ship of Theseus” by “VM Straka” from 1949. The book has a period appropriate cover design, and is faux-aged to look like an old library ...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 4 years ago
For those not already familiar with S. this book – how to explain it? – is a layer of two stories: the book itself, Ship of Theseus, written by the completely mysterious V.M. Straka, and the unfolding story of Eric, a former post-grad student who accidentally leaves his copy of Ship of Thesius in t...
Bitter Scheherazade
Bitter Scheherazade rated it 4 years ago
Through sheer tenacity, I finished this "book" (I am not mocking it by putting it in quotations like this, as you are about to see, this is less of a traditional book and more of an experience in eavesdropping) and, five months later, I can safely say that I "finished" the material in the book, but ...
Aerin
Aerin rated it 4 years ago
I have an admitted weakness for puzzlebox stories. And for books that are beautiful objects. And also for metafiction. This book and I were meant to collide catastrophically. It was always going to be love. If you're not familiar with S., it is the brainchild of J.J. Abrams, brought to fruitio...
Trillian
Trillian rated it 4 years ago
"One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire. A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, a...
Ironic Contradictions
Ironic Contradictions rated it 4 years ago
S. is by far the most intricate novel I have read in the past few years. Even the monumental work of James Joyce in Ulysses cannot quite compare to the full flavour and power of the metafiction and post-modern styling of Doug Dorst's work (inspired by the ideas of J.J. Abrams). Certainly it is a maj...
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