New York: Mulholland Books, 2013.
First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Item #14575
Top corners bumped, "library" label peeling, otherwise slight wear; Slipcase with rear top bumped, seal broken with missing piece attached to front free endpaper, otherwise slight wear. Crisp hardcover.; "In S., J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst conceived of a multi-layered novel-within-a-novel that involves handwritten notes in the margins and physical objects slipped between the pages ... [of] the work of an incendiary novelist who may never have existed at all. What is Ship of Theseus, and who is its mysterious author V.M. Straka? Conceived by J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars, and written by Doug Dorst, an award-winning novelist, Ship of Theseus is the central novel within the experience that is S., a multi-faceted narrative of love and mystery. A mystical adventure of an equally mysterious figure, Ship of Theseus is Straka’s final book about a man who is struggling to discover his own identity. Abducted onto the eponymous ship, the main character is swept into a story that spans oceans and ports, mountains and caves, capitals and citadels. Two things sustain him: his lifelong search for his love, Sola; and the infernal purpose of the ship and its crew. Equal parts Kafka and Lovecraft, Ship of Theseus is both a frightening adventure and a philosophical treasure hunt. ... [S.] One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire. The chronicle of two readers finding each other, and their deadly struggle with forces beyond their understanding — all within the margins of a book conceived by Star Wars: The Force Awakensdirector J.J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst. ... 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." Striking work: bogus library copy of The Ship of Theseus with multiple inserts in the slipcase for "S". ; 472 pages.