- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (September 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316362263
- ISBN-13: 978-0316362269
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 129 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our non-hero, one Jack Sparks, is a self-obsessed narcissist who's risen to fame writing books about "things". Drugs, gangs, etc., all bearing the titles "Jack Sparks On -----". His downward spiral after becoming an addict while writing "On Drugs" hasn't stopped, despite his insistence that he's clean and sober. Fighting the demons of his upbringing and disassociation from family, he becomes supercilious and uber-snarky as he immerses himself into the dregs of human behavior to write best-sellers. His ego takes over, as no one alive says "no" to him. Now, he's taking on the supernatural, and attends an exorcism that will ruin him, because he laughs during the procedure.
Author Arnopp take us on a drug-fueled trip that crosses the ocean, and the belief systems of a seriously messed up writer vs the reality of the supernatural. Jack Sparks is one hard character to like, but the revelations of his life finally reel the reader in. What happens to him is both chilling and heartbreaking, as he becomes a convert to believing in the unseen, through his own machinations on social media. You'll never look at Facebook or YouTube in the same way after reading this book. Time-travel, cocaine, and the death of a number of supporters, friends, and yes, enemies will seriously mess your head up if you can finish this amazing novel.
Jack is enough to bring bile up from the depth of our stomachs in his numerous examples of the many ways in which he is vastly superior to all other people. Yet amazingly, the author somehow gets us to like this guy...to start to relate; to develop a kinship.
Oh, there is so much I can say to sing this book's endless praises. Instead, I urge you to take a peak yourself, at the 1st few pages only. If you are not drawn to obtain the book in its entirety fairly soon after you examine these beginning pages, I'll be shocked.
I don't even remember another exorcism/demon possession story that hit me like The Last Days have. It's such a witty book! I recommend it at the top of my lungs! The best scary book I've read this year, without a doubt!
The book is very clever in that the conceit is that the book you are reading is the book that Jack Sparks is writing in the story. It contains author's notes to his editor written in amongst the paragraphs and, as the book is supposedly published posthumously, contains after- the-fact interviews of the other characters who interacted with Jack. These interviews and writings are an interesting addition as they give depth to characters that Jack neglects due to his self-centeredness and also reveal another side to Jack himself that he himself seems loathe to admit.
In terms of being a "horror" novel, it is very successfull as well. It kind of freaked me out to tell the truth and I am not very freakoutable. I almost found the stress level too much - the diabolical plotting of the villain is just mind-boggling in it's relentlessness. I had to put the book down towards the end to take a moment of zen and relax.
All in all, this is an excellent "horror" novel that could and should be found on the more hallowed shelves of the "Literature" section.
Jack Sparks isn't a nice man at all, and Arnopp makes it pretty easy to dislike Jack. At the core is one man's journey, and also his decline into madness. The novel takes a lot of twists and turns along the way but doesn't lose it's focus on Jack and there are even some parts of the novel that go against Jack's story so we get the truth. Jack is a bit of a jerk, and it's easy to dislike him until he begins to slowly unravel. We see just how vulnerable he is, and it's easy to question whether we would go to the same extremes as he does to prove that ghosts truly exist.
This is one of those novels that you have to read to fully experience what's going on. A review doesn't do it any justice. Arnopp is a great story teller that has created something unique. There's a dark comedy element running throughout, but it's the attention to detail that really grabs your attention. Simply put, once you start reading there's just no stopping. You become engrossed in Jack's story that you have to find out how it all ends. Then we can also add tragedy to the list of sub genres that are no doubt affiliated this book. No matter how much I say, the end is the same. The Last Days Of Jack Sparks is the kind of book you have to read to believe. All the reviews in the world can only tell you how great it is, but the experience of reading it is a personal one.
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