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S

Abrams, J. J. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"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 onto 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 rumors 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."--Slipcase.
Authors: Abrams, J. J. (Jeffrey Jacob), 1966-
Title: S
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xiv, 456 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm +,22 items
Content Type: still image
text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Marginalia printed in various colors.
Includes 22 items purporting to be documents concerning the "author," V. M. Straka, and his "translator," F. X. Caldeira from the Straka Arkiv; decoding wheel, letters, post cards and notes by the "readers," Jennifer and Eric; and other related materials.
Title page and cover title: Ship of Theseus / V. M. Straka. Imprint on title page: Winged Shoes Press, New York, 1949. Title page and page [3] of cover printed with "stamps" of Laguna Verde High School Library; spine includes a Dewey call number label.
Title and statement of responsibility from slipcase.
Contents: Ship of Theseus / V.M. Straka.
Summary: "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 onto 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 rumors 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."--Slipcase.
Additional Contributors: Dorst, Doug
ISBN: 0316201642
9780316201643
Statement of Responsibility: conceived by J. J. Abrams ; written by Doug Dorst
Subject Headings: Imaginary books and libraries Specimens. Marginalia Specimens. Books Provenance Fiction. Strangers Fiction. Authors and readers Fiction. Books and reading Fiction.
Genre/Form: Love stories.
Epistolary fiction.
Sea stories.
Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Imaginary books and libraries
Marginalia
Books
Strangers
Authors and readers
Books and reading
LCCN: 2013942888
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Feb 28, 2014
  • VIRLFavouriteBooks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book reminded me of why I love to read. How it felt to read books passed down to me in school. Why a book is so much more than its contents. (There is also no need to keep the "extra" parts in a particular spot. Each is a treasure for the concept, and all but 1 are unnecessary to the narrative).

Feb 21, 2014
  • claireswazey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very ingenious concept. The only problem with getting this from the library is that there were a number of little notes and enclosures and such that are supposed to be in the book. Only a couple of them were in this book- they probably fell out, since they aren't attached. Also, the dust jacket with the S wasn't on the book. So I was confused as could be when I picked up the book at the library. That being said, I really liked it. Though I was more interested in the margin notes and other correspondence than the text in the seeming original book. Great story, great concept.

Feb 05, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

4 stars for the story and another half star for being so much fun (not to be confused with a funny book - which it is not). This book is creative, mysterious, challenging and unique which all adds up to a great reading experience. Those who prefer not to juggle multiple storylines should steer clear.

First, inserts keep fall out of the book. Keeping them in the right places are impossible! I hope the CPL and other libraries try to bind them in place. Another than that, a good story loved the relationship between the two main characters. You could spend all day reading the book and those little inserts.

Jan 21, 2014
  • JCLJaredH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed both stories in S. It was fun to see Eric and Jen progress not only in their relationship to each other, but in their character development. The idea of a story told in margin notes and inserts appeals to me and Dorst has put a lot of development into a small medium. Also, as creepy as Ship of Theseus is, I enjoyed that tale as well. Be aware that this is not a story for everyone. The inserts can be challenging and possibly detract from the tale (my recommendation is to remove the inserts, and place a sticky note where they are supposed to be. This makes it easier to read). For me, it is one of those reads that you will either love or hate. There is no middle ground here.

Jan 13, 2014
  • mwaxenberg rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I second Telstar2's comment. The inserts tend to fall out of the book. Keeping them in the right places (assuming there ARE right places) is nearly impossible, and they are certain to get lost over time. I hope NYPL will bind them in to prevent loss, although I think it may have been the authors' intention to have readers encounter the inserts at different times - hence the decision not to bind them into place.

I should add that the production quality of S. is fantastic. A friend who deals in rare books and prints - a fellow not easily impressed - was stunned by the effects, like fake aging of the paper and of older pencil marks, a coffee stain, the use of color, etc. The book is a true multimedia mystery. Didn't love the ending, but I sort of understand the message behind it.

I can't even imagine how the Kindle version would look like!

Nov 17, 2013
  • Telstar2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

S. comes with inserts that aren't attached. Despite the fact that I think I was probably the first person to have gotten this particular copy of S., one was already missing. After a while, I have no doubt they will all be gone.

I read speculation on a message board that libraries would bind these materials in before lending out the book. Shame that the NYPL didn't do that, or at least put the book in a sleeve.

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Aug 20, 2014
  • gcwakim rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"What begins at the water shall end there, and what ends there shall once more begin"

Aug 20, 2014
  • gcwakim rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"What begins at the water shall end there, and what ends there shall once more begin"

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Jan 14, 2014
  • JCLJaredH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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