S.

S 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

  • Title: S.
  • Author: J.J. Abrams Doug Dorst
  • ISBN: 9780316201643
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 unknownOne 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 unknownE 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 journeyE 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 himE 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.

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    1. J.J. Abrams Doug Dorst

      Jeffrey Jacob J J Abrams is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor, composer, and founder of Bad Robot Productions An Emmy and Golden Globe winner, he is known as the creator or co creator of the television series Felicity, Alias, Lost, and Fringe, and as a director of films including Mission Impossible III and the 2009 feature Star Trek.

    523 thoughts on “S.”

    1. As a tutor of homeschooled students in my community, I have to fight against a certain proclivity when reading books: no writing or marking them! The parents generally won't allow their children to "damage" the books, so they can be reused by younger siblings or resold to other homeschooling families. This rule eventually becomes the norm for the students, and as they grow older they have an ingrained objection to writing in books. I have and will continue to argue that they should mark up their [...]


    2. I just closed the book after finishing the final chapter. I'm profoundly confused and unsettled. I think I may have to go all the way back to the beginning, and read the margins again, going in chronological order (according to the colors) to piece together Jenn and Eric's story. I thought I'd figured out who Straka was, and *why*, but (likely because I put this book down for months) I lost the plot. I think a rereading of the margins will refresh my memory and pull it all back into focus.I like [...]


    3. I wonder what it's like to be JJ Abrams.Does a trip to the supermarket become a frantic sortie into a grocerian wilderness? Do battles rage between produce and deli, with stalks of celery raining like arrows upon quivering chunks of roast beef and aged Vermont cheddar? Are the pizzas lurking in a control room behind the freezer case, broadcasting shortwave signals that force the croutons, lemminglike, to hurl themselves from the shelves to the floor where they lie, helpless, waiting to be crushe [...]


    4. TEN. FUCKING. STARS.Okay, actually, in my mind it's more like 9.5 as I had some quibbles with the last chapter, however "9.5 stars" didn't quite sound right for a heading. Reading this book was an "Experience". There was pure joy for me in this act. What more could anyone ask?[Review to be continued, when I've had time to process it all. Also, the Chaos Reading group is doing a group read - discussion starts January 12th.]----------------------------------------------------------------------[Fir [...]


    5. 2.5 Stars S. By J.J. Abrams is a beautiful hardback carefully distressed to look like an old Library book with its old book smell and stuffed full of notes, postcards, papers and bits and pieces. When I received this book in the post I was pleasantly suprised with the faboulus concept and design. I loved the idea and could not wait to start this novel. I loved the margin notes to begin with and was fascinated to see how this story would play out. I have to admit for all its gimmicks I soon found [...]


    6. I might have accidentally taken most of the day off to finish reading this book, and now I have a lot of feels.There are a lot of things that I could say about this book, and I almost wish that I could go back to my freshman English class where we studied nested narratives and I wrote a paper about The Neverending Story, so that I could write about this instead. If I can compare this book to anything, it would be House of Leaves. I've always enjoyed non-linear and experimental narrative forms, a [...]


    7. Not sure how to adequately express what I just read, or rather experienced, because this book is most definitely an experience. It's a piece of art. And like all good pieces of art, it has so many layers allowing for so much interpretation. It's complex and original and unlike anything I've ever read before and will probably ever read in the future. This book takes time, devotion, attention, and it asks you to really give of yourself in order to fully experience it. And I think, though it was no [...]


    8. 4.8 starsThis has been such an amazing, unique experience. I wholeheartedly applaud J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst for creating this puzzling, entertaining side of literature. Everything was so well developed, every facet coming together in such a satisfying way. Prose, notes, postcards, pictures, maps, newspaper articles, codes… This was not just a book. It was a project. A bold one at that. It was almost entirely perfect were it not for the Obituary. Being Brazilian, one of my biggest pet peeves [...]


    9. This book probably deserves two stars, but I gave it one because I was upset I wasted time on such a mediocre story/stories. I'd watched the trailer for the book. It built the novel up as a contemporary thriller, yet did not deliver. I was excited about the interactive concept of a story within a story along with the pull outs (telegraphs, notes, newspaper articles, etc.) and J.J. Abrams being involved with the project; however, this was another reason for my letdown. I expected more. The actual [...]


    10. This book did something that very few books are capable of: it came to life, and it did so in the margins. While the old story of S. and Sola and the rickety barge with its half-witted crew is interesting in its own right, the story that really had me hooked was that of Jen and Eric. I was surprised over and over again by the things they accomplish and felt the same way Jen did about a lot of things they discover. (Just to be clear: the margins and the story itself are intertwined, but you'll di [...]


    11. In case your inserts fall out: sfiles22/2013/01/ Thanks, Erica!Random thing not really relevant but interesting to me because it's in my home town: the only place mentioned by name in "The Ship of Theseus" is Fort Point.


    12. A tale of S.Inspired by E. A. Poe (modified by A. Reader)During the winter of the year 2013, while residing in Dubai, UAE, I casually made the acquaintance of S I gazed at S. wonderingly - bathed in the full knowledge of S.'s origins--Abrams royalty. Conceived by JJ and brought to life by his partner, D Dorst, their imaginations were singularly vigorous and creative. S. no doubt derived additional force in this world from such privileged entry, albeit from a long and arduous labor. S. was remark [...]


    13. 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 major call to state that a modern work of this kind could be more of a puzzle than Joyce's depiction of Dublin and yet I believe that it is (or at least as convoluted a labyrinth in its way). However, I [...]


    14. Ugh. Gorgeous, brilliant concept, beautifully printed, but super tedious to read. A bad novel is still just a bad novel no matter how you dress it up. And the two students scribbling all over the bad novel? Who cares.


    15. 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 novelist Doug Dorst, is a story within a story within a story. The book contains "Ship of Theseus", the final novel of the critically popular but mysterious author V. M. Straka (who disappeared under unknown [...]


    16. OMG. I went to B&N and this came home with me and it is gorgeous and I haven't even taken the plastic off yet!!If I weren't reading way too many books at once right now, I'd just plop down and get going.***HERE THERE BE SPOILERS***(probably, it's hard to talk about this book without spoilers)hearts and souls and lives can themselves be sites of unimaginable suffering."What is S.?" is quite probably one of the most difficult questions I have ever found myself trying to answer. S. is not so mu [...]


    17. I have two thoughts on finishing this book:1) This is the most intricate piece of literature I have ever read.2) JJ Abrams is a fucking smart dude. (Doug Dorst too)S. is nothing like anything I've read before. The main story is Ship of Theseus written by a writer no one knows the identity of who goes by V.M. Straka. On its own is a wonderful story. The other story is about Eric and Jen, two readers brought together through this book, communicating in messages in the margins. The color of their p [...]


    18. First off - twenty ZILLION points for concept and execution - this is the single most pefectly designed book I've ever held in my hands. From the vintage cloth binding (with library sticker on the spine) to the I'd-swear-they're-really-written-in-pen margin notes to the (I am not kidding) musty old-book smell, this thing is flawless. And that's before taking into account the inserts - a map jotted on a napkin, legal pad letters and worn business cards, a yellowed obituary clipped from a newspape [...]


    19. What did I think? I finally finished reading this book hours ago and my head is still spinning. As I turned the last page I remember thinking, this is unreviewable, or at the very least unrateable. I'll try to articulate some thoughts - that will be the review - then at the end I'll see if I can come up with a number.Firstly, I have to put it out there - this is the highest of high-concept books I think I have ever read. 5+★ for that. I was so excited to collect it from the library, along with [...]


    20. Questa recensione è presente anche sul blog: thebooksblendertervistaMolto in difficoltà nel dare una valutazione secondo canoni standard, ma direi almeno 4,5 (arrotondato per eccesso)!Ebbene, lo ammetto: con un misto di apprensione, curiosità, mistica devozione per questo esperimento letterario così discusso, ho iniziato la lettura di "S. La nave di Teseo" (solo "S." nell'originale).[No, un attimo. Prima c’è stato un lungo, complesso e logorante processo di decisione: lo prendo? Non lo pr [...]


    21. 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.I absolutely loved it, enjoyed the ride, disliked some of the overly-literary atmosphere that spills off the story (because most of that ju [...]


    22. How cool is this? It's a story involving a book in which said book is the actual book, and the story about it is told through scribbled notes and ephemera found on/within the pages.Is it gimmicky? Absolutely! But who doesn't love a heady dose of such things every once in a while?


    23. So I think I made a mistake. I read this all in one shot and I don't think that's how I should have read it.J.J. Abrams had a clever idea about reading a book and seeing a couple writing to each other in the margins of the book. He turned to Doug Dorst to pen the story within a story.S. is a story about Jen and Eric reading Ship of Theseus by V.M. Straka. Jen and Eric are trying to figure out who Straka is. (turns out he was a mysterious author with a mysterious past) Ship of Theseus is about a [...]


    24. I really enjoy the concept of the book and JJ did a great job promoting the book with the trailers. I was hooked immediately. Even with that as the background, the book is a bit overwhelming when you try to tackle it. There are all the clue pieces, the dialogue between Eric and Jen and then the story itself. I was having a tough time trying to read the story and the banter while keeping it all together in my head. I decided to pull out the clue pieces(catalog the pages they are stuck between, it [...]


    25. Video-review (entirely spoiler-free): youtube/watch?v=NldbFFeatured in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2016: youtube/watch?v=4X6OQMore literary-board game than novel, S. is way more over-the-top gimmicky, way more complex, and waaaaay more well written than I expected. It's a thrilling experience and a wonderful narrative on the nature of escape and commitment, reading for pleasure VS reading for knowledge, the power and limitations of writing and reading.If you're on the fence about reading this (and [...]


    26. * ALL THE STARS *This book is a very unique reading experience.At the core it is the story of Eric, a disgraced former PhD candidate, and Jen, an undergrad with graduation looming, investigating and discussing the mystery about an elusive and mysterious author.I found Eric and Jen delightful and enjoyed their company, eavesdropping on their conversations, written in the pages of this book (and in some cases, through inserts in the book). I was completely engrossed in this story.For those of you [...]


    27. Idea: ■■■■Forse non è così originale, ma l'idea di intrecciare la storia del romanzo con la storia dei lettori mi piace molto (a quale lettore non piace leggere la storia di un lettore?)Realizzazione: ■■■■■Lo sapete, il cartaceo è spettacolare (e, mi dicono, la versione per tablet funziona altrettanto bene) e questo per un lettore feticista, compulsivo, avido è un oggetto che soddisfa la parte fisica e meramente materialistica di noi. Pagine a colori, fintamente invecchiate [...]


    28. "S." is an act of love. Love towards reading, and towards the book as a physical object. The concept is wonderful. Many other books "pretended" to be some mysterious manuscripts by fictional authors, or translations of obscure novels, and this was actually a technique in fashion a few centuries ago (i.e. see The Betrothed, Alessandro Manzoni). But with "S.", something stands out far above everything similar that's ever been created: the EXECUTION and the attention to DETAILS. By the time you get [...]


    29. S. is a book much smarter than me. Why? Because there are so many layers to this story that one could read it five times over and still be left with unanswered questions. It's not that these questions can't be answered, because they can be. You just have to be clever enough to work them out.The concept of the book is phenomenal. Within the margins of the pages is a complicated story between two characters trying to discover their own sense of identity. Additionally, the book (or story) itself is [...]



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