I have finally embarked upon a long and arduous journey that is reading S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. The book was released in time for Christmas last year, and did so well the printing sold out and they weren’t able to get the second edition released until late February.
Why did it take so long to reprint you ask?
Because the book is a beautiful work of art with numerous loose pieces secreted within specific sections of the book that relate to the story.
The creators and publisher went all out with using original looking photographs and artwork, a complex map drawn on a napkin, legal paper with handwritten notes, and old typewritten letters. The detail and execution is simply astounding.
With the reading of this book, I plan on making a number of posts on the work of art, not so much going into detail with the story, but with some overtones and how the work feels as a whole and discussing the minutiae that went into creating this book.
The premise is that an old library book is discovered named Ship of Theseus by V. M. Straka. It looks like an actual library book with the detailed shelf location on the spine, stamps and details in the first few pages, lending it further authenticity. Two complete strangers who are fans of Straka are commenting back and forth on just about every page of the book with their thoughts and feelings as well as having outside discussions about themselves and their lives.
One does not feel the horrible sense of a book being written in and basically destroyed, because the notes and discussions are just as much a part of the book as the actual story is, perhaps more so in some ways; we will just have to see as I progress further.
So far I’ve just read the introduction from the translator of the work which lends it a feel of something created by the Dharma Initiative from Lost, which is exactly what I was hoping from the likes of J. J. Abrams.
I know this is also going to take me some time to read, for it is almost as if I am reading two books at the same time within the same manuscript, or like reading a detailed scholarly journal with tens of footnotes on every page. One cannot simply read the discussion and then read the story, or vice-a-versa, because they are both interrelated. You read part of the story, then the notes that relate to it, so it s a lot of stopping and starting which simply means it takes longer to read the page.
Nevertheless, I find this a fascinating endeavor, one might even say adventure, which is always the point of a good book, no?
And to give you an idea of the many different loose pieces delicately placed within the book, and to help anyone who may have had some fall out, there is a helpful YouTube video detailing what piece should be with which page.
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