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, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.
THE BOOK: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.
M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched on a disorienting and perilous journey. THE WRITER: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world's greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumours that swirl around him.
THE READERS: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they're willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts and fears. S., conceived by filmmaker J.J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don't understand.
It is also Abrams and Dorst's love letter to the written word.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 472 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/10/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857864772
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Review by thejohnsmith
This is a novelty book, looks interesting but as a novel I can't find much good to say about it. Once the novelty of the gimmicks in it presentation wore off I found it boring.
Review by KVHardy
What did I think of this book.... Many things, actually, and I'd rather leave an hour infront of me to compose a decent post about it rather than hastily throw out a bunch of thoughts. This book deserves that. But briefly, I found it thrilling, slow, thought-provoking, snobbish, relevant, confusing, brilliant, and it contained more than one "wtf" moments for me.<br/><br/>I absolutely loved it, enjoyed the ride, disliked some of the overly-literary atmosphere that spills off the story (because most of that just goes over my run-of-the-mill head), but for that Jen and Eric's story helped me along with that. Wish this had been one of the "required reading" books in high school, I might have passed English Lit. On top of it, I know I'll be reading it again down the line.<br/><br/>The whole package of the book is fantastic. I cannot rate that high enough. The book is actually sewn, just like the OLD books my parents had, and some of the old books I've collected on my own. Just holding (honestly, just holding!) a book like that is fun for me (yes I know, I really do need to get out more). Then with all the old postcards, photos, and the map-on-a-napkin... I swear I'm back in my childhood looking through books people would let me look through, and the big prize is when you find a note someone left in it. What a treat, it is like meeting a new person.<br/><br/>Loved it. Now I get to attack all the easter eggs, symbols and all that! Kinda like a Lego toy. :-)