The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks Kindle Edition
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"Most, if not all of Aicher's stories feature characters and situations that inspire confusion, curiosity, exploration of the self, and exploration of reality. This one is no different, and it reaches new heights of tension and originality." - Peak Story Reviews
From the Back Cover
- "An intricate and evocative sci-fi triumph!" - Alanna Rusnak, Editor Blank Spaces Magazine
- "Oblivion meets Transcendence" - Diane M. Chattaway, Author 8, Fertilizer
- "A Mental Trip-Out Session" - Shea McGee, Author Voices in the Air
- "Once again his writing style and rush kept me at the edge of my seat, or in this case my bed."- Lizabeth Sorensen (Goodreads Reviewer)
- "Well crafted ... with just enough ambiguity to be truly disconcerting."- J.G. (Amazon.com Reviewer)
- "I loved the pacing and cadence of the writing as it paired with the character and his story unfolding."- Joy Roll (Amazon.com Reviewer)
- ASIN : B079PJTW83
- Publisher : William F. Aicher (February 16, 2018)
- Publication date : February 16, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2403 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 329 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #426,302 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He creates a world where David S. Sparks is dropped, with no memories, into a very dangerous place. He meets what is essentially a terrorist, who befriends him and takes him on a long journey through some really interesting places (as you can see I’m trying not to spoil anything).
There are a great deal of things that are super creepy and somewhat gross that happen to David on his journey, but they make the story so much better. There’s all this action and adventure and mishaps in this world David knows nothing about.
There’s a huge reveal about 3/4 of the way through that I never saw coming. And, to be honest, I have a really easy time guessing plot points. The fact that William Aicher managed to keep me in the dark until he was ready for me to know that information is incredible. I actually had to stop reading for a few days to recover.
The prose and overall writing structure of David Sparks flows so smoothly from one idea and one chapter to the next. The writing is incredible and so professional. This has got to be in my top 5 favorite books I’ve read this year.
Great job, William, I look forward to reading more from you.
Aicher’s novel has left me amazed. The intriguing premise, found in the product details page both here and on Goodreads, lays out a few concepts, but the execution of the story, what is actually delivered, far exceeds that summation.
I’m going to list a few things that I was reminded of during my read:
•Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly; and We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, and the movie it spawned, Total Recall.
•Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
•Heller’s Catch 22
•Twelve Monkeys, (and Terry Gilliam might be one of the few directors that can handle this novel.)
•Beirce’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
•The film, Moon, directed by Duncan Jones and written by Nathan Parker
•Vanilla Sky and its predecessor, Abre los ojos , directed by Alejandro Amenábar and co-written by Mateo Gil.
•The final scene in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., directed by Spielberg.
•Calvinism’s predestination and the acronym of T.U.L.I.P.
• Total Depravity
• Unconditional Election
• Limited Atonement
• Irresistible Grace
• Perseverance of the Saints
Why such a list for a review? This novel is disorienting, in a good way, and the analogies I make are not references of the text, nor ‘you may also like,’ but more, this book put me in a similar state of mind as these works. The themes of administrative chaos at the top of all decision makers, a disoriented protagonist, uncertain reality, memories as the bedrock of identity, consumerism, capitalism, immortality, and destiny. If anyone wants to talk about their takeaways from this exceptional novel, send me a message. I’m still unpacking my experience and may need to update this review later.
Actually, the story's style develops along with the plot. At the beginning, it's at its most charmingly pulpy, as you (and the protagonist) try to get a handle on what's going on, and where. Through the middle, you start to realize that this is a more sophisticated story than you expected, and you find yourself drawn in, faster and faster, as the hard scifi facts about the world are revealed. By the end, it's a bit... transcendent, free of the limitations of the previous two styles, and with a satisfying conclusion.
By the time I finished the book, I was thoroughly surprised by it. I underestimated it early on, and it corrected my mistake in delightful fashion. I'll be reading more by this author, for sure.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is full of imaginative technology that gives a varied and colourful illustration of a possible future. It is exciting, action-packed, and potentially divisive. But, like all good sci-fi, it also comes with a warning as to where our obsession with cutting-edge tech and playing God may land us.
If you live to read a book that you as a reader have to invest in then this serves well.
Traditional style that will one day be placed next to Bradbury and PKD.