Not only do we get a novel, Ship of Theseus, purportedly by a "VM Straka" - about a man shanghaied onto a mysterious boat with a demonic crew - the copy in the reader's hand is heavily annotated by two other readers, Jennifer and Eric, who are attempting to make sense of the text and themselves, as well as the enigmatic figure of Straka himself. Interleaved into it are countless pieces of ephemera: Emmy Award-winning filmmaker J.
Abrams has produced, directed, or written films and television shows including Fringe, Lost, Alias, Felicity, Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Mission: Doug Dorst teaches writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Epoch, and elsewhere. Dorst is also a three-time Jeopardy! Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
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Kindle Edition "Please retry". Preloaded Digital Audio Player, Import "Please retry". 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.
Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.
Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched on a disorienting and perilous journey. 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 him.
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. 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.
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For the first two chapters I had similar feelings as 'S', lost and trying hard to know where I am supposed to go. This book needs more than 1 reading, it tires you the first time, if you make it till there, it's an easy ride till the end.
I liked that the fact the two people who had written notes in the margin and had underlined, circled and sketched all around the written text were so astute in analysing their emotions. Hardcover Verified Purchase This is topping my list of Favorite books! See all 4 customer reviews newest first on Amazon.
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I read a lot of books, and I often love what I read, but I literally no pun intended have not been this excited about reading a book since I was a kid. It's not just the story or should I say stories , or all the ephemera and the clever, well-produced presentation. It's how it all combines to actually make you feel like you're in on it. That you're trying to figure it all out right along with Jen and Eric.
Reading and re-reading The Ship of Theseus for clues and inferences to what's happening in the "real world". Then, if you're really adventurous, and you start tapping Google to expand your research, you'll find that the experience goes beyond the book.
As cool as all the inserts are, trying to keep them from falling out of the book as you're reading is a pain, so take them out and use post-it notes to mark what page they came from, then put them in an envelope that you can easily access. You can generally go by the color of the ink between them to tell what phase of their story you're at.
First, there's Eric's pencil notes to himself about the actual book. He sees this and writes back. Those early messages are Jen: Blue Ink - Eric: Black Ink At some point after they go through the book a first time, they go through again.
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Orange Ink - Eric: Then a third time Jen: Purple Ink - Eric: Red Ink Finally, a fourth time which seems to be after the denouement, in which they retrospectively discuss what has transpired. These are less frequent, and both Jen and Eric are in Black Ink. Then, move on to the next chapter. Even after finishing it, I'm still going back and looking for anything I may have missed. The journey was fantastic and the the destination was, well you'll see. Parker Smith III - Published on Amazon. You see, you can only enjoy this book if you go in accepting that you are not its first owner and that what you are reading was not intended for your eyes.
The ability to become an active participant instead of a passive reader, I would imagine, is the difference between loving this book and hating it. The novel follows S. Straka — an enigmatic author of the novel Ship of Theseus, the book which serves as stage to this mystery. Jen and Eric have taken extensive notes in the margins and left dozens of pieces of ephemera tucked into the pages that serve as clues. You will use these clues to not only help solve the mystery of V.
Straka, but also explore the mystery of why it is that you now have this book in your possession. In the same way that Eric and Jen attempt to solve a mystery about FXC and VM Straka, you must solve the mystery of Eric and Jen. Eric and Jen will often express frustrations over how they are not privy to the conversations and events that took place outside the pages of Ship of Theseus. The quantity of information that is thrown at you all at once is alarmingly difficult to comprehend.
This is, of course, intentional. You may reach a page that has a postcard tucked into the binding, has 2 footnotes from FXC, has 11 margin notes from Eric and Jen in 4 different ink colors , and, obviously, the continued Ship of Theseus novel. There is no good way to digest all of this, you simply have to read through it and absorb it as best you can before moving on. As you progress through the book, you pick up tricks for understanding when a note was written, who wrote it, and what the meaning is.
However, while this is undeniably frustrating, it lends authenticity to the overarching plot of S. I continue to obsess over every detail, every clue, and every word contained in these pages. If The Da Vinci Code was the pizza of the literary world, then S.
I could go on about this book for days. By Michael - Published on Amazon. This is not a book. It is an activity. You can't curl up with this thing in bed and cool off for the night -- you need to read it sitting at a desk with room to take notes and spread out the stuff it includes.
It's meant to be an experience, and it takes commitment and time to get through it. Still, it's pretty fun if you can find the time and the patience, though it would be nice if there were some "recommended" way of progressing through the book I'm aware that's probably counter to the point, but I would have appreciated it.
Basically you read the book, then you read the notes, in whatever order makes sense to you. It tells a few simultaneous stories and it can be hard to track, so it's definitely not something for a plane or casual reading session.
Free time 15 December GRIMM - Published on Amazon. This book is one of the few that I have read multiple times and have discovered something new each time.
Abrams team up with an author and effectively rob me of my free time. Now who will make hamburgers at McDonald's when all of my time is spent flipping back and forth in this book trying to discover every conspiracy I can't believe I even found time for this review By Sheila M - Published on Amazon. I loved this book.
It is really to be thought of more as an experience. I won't describe the actual book because others have done a thorough job already. I wanted to add that the experience of making the reader an active participant in the telling of the story reminds me of one of my favorite series of books The Griffin and Sabine books by Nik Bantock. Those books tell a story through correspondence. The act of punching through the page that divides the reader and the book, was what I loved about those books.
This book has a similar experience to me, although this book is much more complex since the story is being told on many levels. I highly recommend this book. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Australia Brazil Canada China France Germany Italy Japan Mexico Netherlands Spain United Kingdom United States. Abrams Page Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Hardcover, 29 Oct Get to Know Us About Us Careers Press Releases Amazon Cares Gift a Smile.
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