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So I’m posting this today, and with multiple images, because I just can’t put into words the experience of just opening the book that came in the mail.

S. - By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, photographed by David Bickley

It is called “S.” Well, sortof…it’s a novel within a novel.

S. - By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, photographed by David Bickley

Yes, “bookception” if you will. The nested novel is titled “Ship of Theseus” by V.M. Straka, an author whose existence or lack thereof seems to be the entire point.

S. - By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, photographed by David Bickley

The entire work “S.” is the brainchild of J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst. Recommended to me by a good friend and his wife, all I really know at the moment is that I am apparently going to love it. From what I’ve seen so far, they aren’t even close to wrong. That’s not too common given how random my tastes can be. All that said, since so far I’ve only really read the first 5 or so pages, everything else I have to say on it really has to center around what I saw upon opening it. And for that we need photos.

S. - By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, photographed by David Bickley

You may not have noticed the “library tag” on the back binding of the book in the second image…if you’re wondering why, the photo above, and the one directly below should really drive home the point.

S. - By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, photographed by David Bickley

This creation (I really have no idea what else to call it) is presented as an old library book whose margins are filled with notes from two students. Each of them wondering about and debating over the identity of it’s mysterious author.

S. - By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, photographed by David Bickley

If that weren’t enough, it is also filled with newspaper articles, letters, postcards, and photos. Those are just the handful of things I noticed as I riffled through the pages!

S. - By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, photographed by David Bickley

Yes, that part is in another language. I have no idea what to expect, and that’s awesome. If you want to check it out yourself I’ll put a link at the bottom. Don’t worry, it’s not an affiliate thing I promise.

S. – by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

See you tomorrow,

D