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4.0 out of 5 stars Very JJ Abrams!, 22 Dec. 2013
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This is a book that you experience in many ways, some are simply tactile; the way you bring it out of its box to read; the vintage, old library feel to it and the experience of turning the pages and discovering 'things' that have been added and slipped inside.

What about the story? Well, there are no spoilers here; I haven't read very far into it yet. From what I can tell, you have the story contained in the book - the typeset story and you also have a second story that takes place in the book's margins. The scribblings of two people who both regularly take the book from the library and have entered into a dialogue together that, from what I have read, turns into a love story. It is these two people who leave the 'things' slipped between the pages - photocopied documents, postcards and so on.

How do you read it? It is not straightforward, nor, so it seems, is there a 'right' way; they say it is for everyone to find their own way. I have read the introduction by trying to keep pace between the typed words and the scribbled conversations, unsure which to give priority to. Moving forward, I have decided to read a chapter of the 'book' and then revisit it and read the scribblings. I think by doing this I will get more out of the typewritten story and also the second, sub-plot.

This is the first 'real' book I have bought since I bought my Kindle all those years ago and, whilst I can take my Kindle everywhere and read it anywhere, this book needs to be read somewhere; you need somewhere you can sit and turn the pages; where you can put down the book's case and the book on the occasion when you come across an inserted document. Is this an inconvenience? Not really, I have it on a coffee table next to a comfy sofa and an open fire; reading a chapter is something I more consciously take time out to do.

Is it any good? I don't know, I haven't read very far into it yet. But, it is very JJ in concept, so I am looking forward to the reading experience.
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