After reading a blog post by Emily Short, I searched Amazon for a copy of Ship of Theseus, by V. M. Straka. It is a hard back in a slip case. I just received it today. It is a wonderful adventure, an interactive treasure hunt with included media that includes wonderful things such as a “whiz wheel” calculator, post cards, letters and guides.
It is going to be a wonderful way to spend a vacation. I will post further impressions as I progress. Well worth the cost if you can find a copy.
Treasures like this are why I never miss reading every post by Ms. Short.
I actually got this book as an IFComp prize a couple years ago. I haven’t gotten through it (I’m almost too afraid to ruin the arrangement of what pages artifacts are on!) mainly because some of the annotations are difficult to read, especially the gray ones. But sometime I’ll be stuck for a day or two with no work and no internet and I plan to put on gloves and lay it all out on a table.
Ship of Theseus is a fictional book in the feelie-artifact experience also known as S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, but I’m sure that’s a nightmare to search for in browsers and on websites. It’s well worth the $21 US they’re asking to have it on the shelf for a rainy day!
I did not imply that Ship of Theseus was endorsed by Emily Short. I only stated that it was mentioned in one of her blog posts. As usual, the information she shares has more content and value than most any blog I have ever read on a regular basis.
She was not impressed with Ship. I am. I learned many years ago not to accept artistic reviews by others as gospel. I saw the book mentioned and it looked like something I would be interested in reading. I have found it to be unique and creative. There are multiple story lines and multiple ways to approach the fiction in an interactive way that is difficult to accomplish in a printed text that is over 450 pages long. I have found it to be interesting and a challenge, better than much of the interactive fiction I have played since the beginning of interactive fiction. For example, I still remember Myst. My brother considered it to be the best game he had ever played. I found it tedious.
I mentioned the blog since I find Ms. Short’s blog posts informative and interesting. Well worth the time others might spend reading her posts.