S.  conceived by J.J. Abrahms and written by Doug Dorst

I’ve decided to share this here because I think many of you Punchdrunk fans will get a kick out of this book. I haven’t started it yet, just opened it and peaked inside. The premise is interesting. Here is part of the back cover blurb:

One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.

The reason this appealed to me as a fan of immersive theatre is that there are a few things this “book” has in common with our favorite theatre company. As you can see from the pictures, this book is beautifully designed to an immaculate detail. From the retro designed cover with a real library sticker on the spine to the postcards, photocopy documents, and a map drawn on a napkin, I’m impressed with the effort that has gone into the design. The multiple layers of story that are hinted at on the cover: the book, the mysterious author, and the two people who are writing back and forth in the margins, as wells as all the bits stuck in the book and the decoder like compass in the back have me extremely intrigued and excited to piece together the whole story. As someone who loves the physicality of a book (I want to design books and went to school for graphic design), I love that it is only available in print. No Ipad, nook, or kindle. just good old paper and ink. 

Ok, before I get too preachy about books, technology, and the sad departure of the incandescent light bulb, I’m going to go explore this book:)

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    Late to the party, but my finances & local bookstore availability finally aligned to buy this tonight. I haven’t opened...
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    That bottom left pic looks decidedly House of Leaves-y.
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    This is not the first comparison I’ve seen to Sleep No More. Are any immersive theater junkies enjoying S.? One quick...