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Little, Brown, Oct 29, 2013 - Fiction - 472 pages
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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.

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A fun way to tell a sweet love story. - Goodreads
Difficult to read and not worth it in the end. - Goodreads
The prose is purely intoxicating. - Goodreads
Innovative and inspiring storytelling. - Goodreads
Our margins writer Jen ends up shrill and tiresome. - Goodreads
I loved both story lines. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

Entertaining and extremely inventive; like nothing I've seen before. The only complaint I have is that it is, at times, a bit difficult to read. But well worth it. Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Bednarczyk - Goodreads

Loved the concept, couldn't totally get into it. Took me a year and a half to make it through the book. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

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.

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