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Doug Dorst

Autor(a) de S.

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About the Author

Doug Dorst is the author of Alive in Necropolis, which was a runner-up for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and one of Amazon.com's Best Books of 2008. His short story collection, The Surf Guru, was also an NYTBR Editors' Choice New York Times Book Review mostrar mais Editors' Choice as well as a Rumpus Book Club selection. His stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies Doug is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and he has received Fellowships from the Michener-Copernicus Society and the National Endowment for the Arts. He co-wrote New York Times bestseller S. with J. J. Abrams which was released October 2013 from Little Brown imprint Mulholland Book. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Doug Dorst

S. (2013) 3,280 exemplares
Alive in Necropolis (2008) 278 exemplares
The Surf Guru (2010) 76 exemplares

Associated Works

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contribuidor — 627 exemplares
Stumbling and Raging (2005) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Politically Inspired (2003) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 45 • February 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares


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Geek alert! JJ Abrams & Doug Dorst book em The Green Dragon (Abril 2014)


I'm pretty much the exact target audience for this book. A huge fan of both meta-fiction and conspiracy theory books, and this one delivered both in spades. I think I enjoyed the book within the book more than the story in the margins, but they do complement very well and it made for a really fun reading experience.
rknickme | 86 outras críticas | Mar 31, 2024 |
"That's why people like Vévoda always have the advantage, you know," Corbeau says, rubbing her nose. "Over people like us. Because we're cursed with the belief that people matter. It's much, much easier to bend the world to your will if bending the world is what matters most to you."

S. is several different books at once. At the base, there's the physical book; a very satisfyingly weighty object with library binding and a library sticker on the spine called, rather obviously, Ship of Theseus. That volume holds the last work of famed author V.M. Straka, a mysterious person whose identity is the subject of debate. In this novel, a man washes ashore at a small industrial port city currently in the midst of a labor strike. He is quickly swept up in the chaos and ends up taking shelter with the ringleaders of the strike as things rapidly fall apart and they are forced to flee across the mountains. Eventually, the man ends up back on board the ship that had left him at the city, and no matter what he does, he ends up back on this ship, one that becomes more and more battered as damaged parts are replaces with ever flimsier substitutions.

The next part of this book are the footnotes written by his translator, a person who never met Straka, but who has spent their life working for him. Straka himself was seemingly disappeared, or chose to disappear, the pages of this novel left scattered in the alleyway behind the hotel where he was taken. There are clues and codes embedded in the footnotes and relate to Straka's history of being part of a band of artists fighting an evil corporate entity.

Then there's the story of an English major working part-time in the university library who finds a copy of Ship of Theseus "owned" (see library markings) by a graduate student expelled from the university who is desperately trying to find out who Straka really was, even as the professor he had studied under has taken his work and is trying to discredit him. As the two correspond through notes written in the margins, they begin to work together to find out who Straka was and what exactly happened to him, leaving information between the pages of the book. There's an added layer in this correspondence, as they go back and forth through the book with their messages, so that a single page can hold messages from different times in their storyline.

The result of all of this is a very tactile and interactive book, where there are maps scrawled on napkins and all sorts of comments on the text as the story progresses. Doug Dorst has created an intricate work where the various elements enhance each other. It's a slow reading process, and one that requires more from the reader than just turning pages, and I very much enjoyed my time with this book. There is an audio version of this book, which boggles my mind.
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RidgewayGirl | 86 outras críticas | Mar 21, 2024 |
I really love the concept of this book. Some of my favorite children's books are ones with hand-written letters in them. But I had trouble reading this book, from the practical standpoint of all the extra documents wanting to fall out, to the question of what order to read each page in. It was very enjoyable, but I don't think I would re-read it, just because of the practical difficulty of handling all the documents.
knerd.knitter | 86 outras críticas | Mar 20, 2024 |
not at all what I expected. From the cover I though it might be a somewhat humorous story involving ghosts and crime. Instead, it was a fairly complex exploration of love and relationships. enjoyed it, but a fairly strange mixture
cspiwak | 15 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |



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