All the Birds in the Sky
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by Charlie Jane Anders
Magic and science collide in a bizarre story.
Patricia and Laurence had some really messed up childhoods. Abusive parents and harassment at school by bullies, they find each other in school and their bond helps them get through the hell that is their lives. After drifting apart, they both find their respective niches in life - Patricia, a witch and Laurence, a scientist - but also find themselves fighting each other when it comes to the fate of the world.

I don't know if I could classify this as a young adult novel, but it certainly plays out like one. I'm not a huge fan of books about magic users and witches, but so far the more fantastical parts are more fun than fleshed out. I don't know if the author intended to be mysterious when it came to describing how magic worked in the world, but it's a good hook nonetheless.

The characters have been really good. They both can be assholes and hurt eachother and some of the inner dialogue happening feels real. It's an emotional story more than I thought. If you're looking for a hard science fiction book, this is not it. This is more about the two characters and them colliding and drifting together over and over throughout their lives.
S. by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
Sleuthing it out amongst the margins.
S is a wholly unique experience. I say experience because it's not just reading a book. You have to get involved. And if that's off-putting to you, then you should just avoid this book at all cost. I'm about half-way through reading the book and I still have no idea exactly what I'm reading. S. is at once a 1949 book titled Ship of Theseus written by an elusive writer named V.M. Straka. And within that book's conveniently wide margins lies another narrative - one of correspondence between Eric and Jen who find themselves caught up in the mystery of the book and author itself. Two scholars who become obsessed with finding out who V.M. Straka really is. The book comes with an assortment of letters, postcards and paraphernalia to help to guide you along the modern story.

And it's fascinating. I know the ending will leave me with more questions than answers (thankfully the internet has got that covered), but damn if I'm not enjoying trying to figure things out. The original story - Ship of Theseus - is a weird time-traveling tale of a amnesiac protagonist and his inevitable encounters with revolutionary figures. And Jen and Eric see the novel as a metaphor with coded/hidden messages that reveal who Straka is and the mysterious and secret "S" organization. 

This is going to take several read-throughs to fully form a picture of what's happening, so I don't know how I'll feel after I close the book for the first time. It's an astonishingly grand endeavour for the writers and I cannot help but admire their ambition.

Read my final review here.