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S. (Hardcover) by J. J. Abrams

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Book Synopsis

The chronicle of two readers finding each other, and their deadly struggle with forces beyond their understanding -- all within the margins of a book conceived by Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst.

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.

S. contains 22 inserts and will be delivered in a sealed slipcase.

Review Quotes

"S. is gorgeous, a masterpiece of verisimilitude. . . . The book's spiritual cousin is A.S. Byatt's Possession. . . . The brilliance of S. is less in its showy exterior than the intimate and ingeniously visual way it shows how others' words become pathways to our lives and relationships." --Washington Post

"Both as literature and as a physical object, S. is a profound and tremendous work of art."--The Miami Herald

"Both as literature and as a physical object, S. is a profound and tremendous work of art. . . . Brilliantly conceived and perfectly executed, the book harkens back to a golden age of storytelling. . . . An audacious literary achievement that calls to mind Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, Chris Ware's Building Stories and even Charles Portis' Masters of Atlantis." --Miami Herald

"Impressively smart, engaging . . . Filled with secrets and stories that are endlessly beguiling and inviting . . . Reading S., and trying to decode everything [was] an incredibly enjoyable, fun experience, as well as a particularly immersive one. . . . For all its mysteries and intrigues, this is a book about the value of books, and what they can offer us that other storytelling mediums cannot." --Wired

"Reading S. is fun, and the book feels alive . . . Gloriously embroidered with marginalia and jammed with artifacts inserted between its pages . . . A celebration of the book as a physical thing." --Chicago Tribune

"The best-looking book I've ever seen. . . . The book is so perfectly realized that it's easy to fall under its spell. . . . If you want to write a romantic mystery meta-novel in which two bibliophiles investigate the conspiracy around an enigmatic Eastern European author, you couldn't choose a better team." --Joshua Rothan, New Yorker

About The Author

Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker J.J. Abrams has produced, directed, or written films and television shows including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fringe, Lost, Alias, Felicity, Star Trek, Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, and more.

Doug Dorst teaches writing at Texas State University. He is the author of the PEN/Hemingway-nominated novel Alive in Necropolis and the collection The Surf Guru. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Epoch, and elsewhere. Dorst is also a three-time Jeopardy! champion.

Dimensions (Overall): 9.74 Inches (H) x 6.42 Inches (W) x 1.64 Inches (D)
Weight: 2.36 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 472
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Romance, Mystery + Crime
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: J. J. Abrams
Language: English
Street Date: October 29, 2013
TCIN: 14903109
UPC: 9780316201643
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-3112
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 9.3 inches length x 6 inches width x 1.6 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews
100% would recommend
2 recommendations

The Book S

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Swedish Warrior - 1 year ago
Just what my daughter wanted. Great quality and good price
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J.J. Abrams the most creative multimedia creator of our time.

5 out of 5 stars
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Gemini5150 - 8 years ago
J.J. along with 3 time Jeopardy winner create a love letter to the written word, similar to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Watchmen, there are 2 parallel stories going on here. Similar to the way Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood weaves in and out Watchmen and creates commentary on itself so do the stories here. The packaging is the mainstay of this book, it is so unique that the interactive experience made me the most excited to read a book again then I have felt in years. Ty JJ, you are my hero.
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Different kind of book

5 out of 5 stars
Susan - 11 years ago
This is actually two stories in one book. The book itself and than the messages left in the book tell another story. There are also inserts throughout the book. It would make a great gift for teens and up.
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