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Day 317: S by Doug Dorst

S is one of the most interesting, fun and compelling books I've read all year. Apparently, J.J. Abrams came up with the idea and worked with writer Doug Dorst to make it a reality.

On the outside, it looks pretty normal though it is in a slip case.

When you slip the book out of the case, however, you are presented with an entirely different book, Ship of Theseus by V.M. Strata. It looks like something pulled directly out of the 40s of 50s, with a library sticker and everything. Opening the book, you find a conversation written in the margins of this old book in different colors of ink.

It may be better to show you what I mean. This video, which I originally saw on BoingBoing, is the whole reason I bought the book:

The effect is unbelievably realistic. I felt like a voyeur uncovering a secret conversation I wasn't meant to see. As a result, it is one of the best book I've read in 2013.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller, classic literature, innovative books or House of Leaves.


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