Elizabeth Finley, December 27, 2013 (view all comments by Elizabeth Finley)
Early in December my daughter announced that I was not to look at,look up, preview or in any way find out any information about the book "S" or any information on either of the authors. I must admit that I never imagined that J.J. Abrams would co-write a book so addictive as his tv series 'Lost'. "S" or "The Ship of Theseus" is an addictive read on many different levels. There are several sub-novels or mysteries happening within the one book. A person can read "The Ship of Theseus" straight through,or as I did, read the handwritten margins of the two University students untangling one of several mysteries while reading "The Ship of Theseus. This is the perfect book for readers who are often left wanting more from a book, the plot and the unwritten plot that J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst have so masterfully woven together a thought provoking novel of political intrigue, trust, menacing characters, and adventures on the high seas. I do recommend that readers start this book with an open mind and to be prepared to exercise the imagination and to immerse themselves in the world of V.M. Straka.
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fahmi, November 8, 2013 (view all comments by fahmi)
In reviewing this book, I should start by saying that 'S' is not a 'book' as such. 'S' is a multi-media experience based around a collection of material contained inside an artificially aged library book. In some ways its like an adult version of those 'Pirate Treasure' books you see for children, with maps and compasses and 'parchments' held in a large book sleeve. There really isnt much out there like this at the moment, but i'm sure that this book will spawn a new genre of adventure fiction.
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Anyone familiar with J. J. Abrams's cultishly popular film and TV projects should know exactly what to expect from his first foray into the printed word: the unexpected. This über-meta, genre-blending novel (akin to House of Leaves and Cloud Atlas) takes the reader on a fast-paced, perplexing ride.
by New York Times,
"Pop's reigning futurist has something very old-fashioned up his sleeve: It is not a TV series, a prequel or sequel, a crowd-sourced online mystery, or an app. It's a book — a hardback novel."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Opening S. feel[s] like uncovering a literary artifact."
by USA Today,
"An intriguing and impressive experiment in storytelling that's full of paranoia, conspiracy theory, love and mystery."
by CBS News,
"You, the reader, become sucked-in as mysterious post cards and notes tucked between the pages actually fall into your hands."
"The S. experience is like reading a novel while eavesdropping on a conversation....As if Franz Kafka had written an episode of Lost."
by Publishers Weekly (starred),
"This is a must-read for literary puzzle fans, even for those unfamiliar with Abrams's TV and film work."
"An intriguing mix of coming-of-age story, police procedural, and magical realism."
J.J. Abrams and acclaimed novelist Doug Dorst create a reading experience like no other in this dazzling novel of love and mystery.
J.J. Abrams has created, written, produced, and directed groundbreaking television shows such as the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Lost and Alias and blockbuster films such as Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Mission: Impossible and Armageddon. His work is renowned for its sense of wonder and invention, and for helping reshape what's possible in film and television today.
In his first-ever idea for a novel, Abrams conceived of and developed a multi-layered literary puzzle of love and adventure. At its core, we have a book of mysterious provenance. In the margins, another tale unfolds: hand-scribbled notes, questions, and confrontations between two readers. Between the pages, online, and in the real world, you'll find evidence of their interaction, ephemera that brings this tale vividly to life.
Abrams turned to PEN/Hemingway Award- and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novelist Doug Dorst, author of the acclaimed novel Alive in Necropolis (Riverhead, 2008) and story collection The Surf Guru (Riverhead, 2010), to write S. Together, Abrams' vision and Dorst's expert craftsmanship will redefine the novel.
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