S.

by Doug Dorst, J. J. Abrams

Little, Brown And Company | October 29, 2013 | Hardcover

S. is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
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 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., 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, and it is also Abrams and Dorst''s love letter to the written word.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 472 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.75 in

Published: October 29, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316201642

ISBN - 13: 9780316201643

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Unique and Special Book! This is a read like no other in the form of a used library book with a slew of curios stuffed within its pages. The mysterious story of S will mesmerize you while you follow the notations by two passionate academics on the side pages. This book is a tribute to all those rare books that one would one find on university bookshelves,. Amazing stuff!
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new book that will appeal to lovers of old books I spent most of my university days digging through libraries looking at old musty books... and I loved it. This book manages to capture that experience while giving you an interesting new piece of literature to read. The presentation of this idea is incredible, pages look as though they have been marked by two people writing in pen and there are inserts in the pages which look exactly as though some reader had slipped them in (including one where a map is drawn on an actual napkin). I love the story, both the novel itself and the second story contained in the notes between the two readers, but even if I didn't this book would be worth buying purely on the basis of aesthetics. 
Date published: 2014-01-04

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S.

by Doug Dorst, J. J. Abrams

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 472 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.75 in

Published: October 29, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316201642

ISBN - 13: 9780316201643

From the Publisher

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 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., 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, and it is also Abrams and Dorst''s love letter to the written word.

About the Author

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

Doug Dorst teaches writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. 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.

Editorial Reviews

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