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Description: Books which challenge formal conventions of the reading experience (i.e., the layout of the book, reading order, the relationship between main text and secondary matter such as notes, titles, etc.). For this list I'm not interested in postmodern and metafictional experiments with style/genre or narrative point of view.

Members: 8 participating members (show all)

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1
3,340 members, 236 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Explanations:

spiphany (12): Story is told using ever fewer letters of the alphabet.

2
12,747 members, 328 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: Moomin_Mama, guyalice

Score: 2

3
2,227 members, 73 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: guyalice, spiphany

Score: 2

Explanations:

spiphany (17): Published as a vintage-looking library book with marginal notations and loose documents (letters, postcards, notes, etc.) tucked between the pages

4
1,907 members, 32 reviews
3.15 stars (3.15 stars)

Lists: spiphany, guyalice

Score: 2

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spiphany (4): Two stories printed 180° from each other, requiring the reader to rotate the book while reading

5
295 members, 54 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: guyalice, spiphany

Score: 2

Explanations:

spiphany (25): Bound like an accordian with two parallel stories, one on each side of the page.

6
279 members, 12 reviews
3.4 stars (3.4 stars)

Lists: guyalice, spiphany

Score: 2

Explanations:

spiphany (15): Consists only of footnotes

7
209 members, 13 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: guyalice, spiphany

Score: 2

Explanations:

spiphany (30): Can be read straight through or in an order chosen by the reader according to instructions at the beginning of the book.

8
74 members, 0 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: spiphany, guyalice

Score: 2

Explanations:

spiphany (2): Two separate version of the book were written ("female" perspective and "male" perspective); the printed editions are the same except for a key chapter.… (more)

9
8,145 members, 91 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (21): Pages and chapters are numbered backwards

10
4,340 members, 89 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (1): Suggested reading order requires the reader to skip forwards and backwards through the book rather than reading the chapters in order.

11
2,801 members, 64 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: guyalice

Score: 1

12
1,836 members, 19 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: souloftherose, aulsmith

Thumbs down: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (0): experiments with narrative conventions, not the physical characteristics of the book

aulsmith (1): A set of ethnographic notes about a future Pacific Northwest with a novella twined into the notes.

13
1,354 members, 40 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (11): Written without the use of the letter "e"

14
1,300 members, 41 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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spiphany (26): Consists of two stories; half the printings of the book start with one story, half with the other

15
832 members, 38 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

16
758 members, 29 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (31): Consists entirely of footnotes

17
553 members, 13 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (24): The "front" and "back" of the book are each the starting place for two stories that meet in the middle.

18
512 members, 15 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (10): Each chapter uses only a single vowel.

19
405 members, 16 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (27): Published in two editions ("dark" and "light") which have the same main text but contain different extra material (advertisements, recommendations, etc) between the chapters.… (more)

20
402 members, 16 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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spiphany (13): Consists of die-cut pages of Bruno Schulz's "Street of Crocodiles"; the story is formed using the non-cut-out words and letters.

21
386 members, 13 reviews
3.37 stars (3.37 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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spiphany (7): Every sentence is a question.

22
344 members, 8 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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spiphany (8): The individual sections of the book are sold in a box rather than being bound together in a fixed reading order.

23
261 members, 3 reviews
3.26 stars (3.26 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (22): Epistolary novel; the reader is presented with three suggested reading orders: the Conformist, the Cynic, and the Quixotic

24
209 members, 6 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

25
166 members, 2 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (6): The "front" and "back" of the book are each the starting place for two stories that meet in the middle.

26
159 members, 6 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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spiphany (36): Consists of a set of letters which, the reader is informed, can be read in any order.

27
134 members, 1 review
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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spiphany (5): Chapters can be read in any order. The book is laid out like a Tarot deck.

28
104 members, 9 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

29
97 members, 2 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: Moomin_Mama

Score: 1

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Moomin_Mama (2): A grown up choose-your-own-adventure that can also be read cover to cover.

30
94 members, 3 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (3): The "front" and "back" of the book are each the starting place for two stories that meet in the middle.

31
61 members, 3 reviews
2.92 stars (2.92 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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spiphany (23): Sold as loose, unbound pages in a box.

32
56 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

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spiphany (16): Mixture of prose and other documents; the paragraphs are randomly shuffled so that each printed edition is different.

33
48 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

34
15 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

35
9 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (19): Sold as a collection of color-coded booklets in a slipcase; the author provides 16 suggested reading orders

36
7 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (35): Each page has two columns, one with the main story and a second in smaller print with thoughts or comments on the characters and sometimes completely unrelated material.… (more)

37
7 members, 0 reviews
1 stars (1 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

38
6 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

39
4 members, 0 reviews

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

Explanations:

spiphany (18): The "front" and "back" of the book are each the starting place for two stories that meet in the middle.

40
1 member, 0 reviews

Lists: spiphany

Score: 1

41
13,377 members, 667 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Score: 0

42
2,546 members, 180 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee

Thumbs down: spiphany

Score: 0

43
613 members, 11 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: aulsmith

Thumbs down: spiphany

Score: 0

Explanations:

spiphany (0): experiments with narrative conventions, not the physical characteristics of the book

aulsmith (2): Two main narrators, one the author of a book, the other either a character in that book or the author's grandson.

44
371 members, 7 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Score: 0

45
290 members, 66 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Score: 0

46
269 members, 16 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Score: 0

47
123 members, 4 reviews
3.07 stars (3.07 stars)

Score: 0

48
44 members, 1 review
3.25 stars (3.25 stars)

Score: 0

49
28 members, 4 reviews
3.2 stars (3.2 stars)

Score: 0

50
25 members, 2 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Score: 0

51
24 members, 1 review
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Score: 0

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About this list

Started by: spiphany (November 2014)

Type: Unnumbered

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