… and you’re history.
Mickey Wade is a recently-unemployed journalist who lucked into a rent-free apartment—his sick grandfather’s place. The only problem: it’s in a lousy neighborhood—the one where Mickey grew up, in fact. The one he was so desperate to escape.
But now he’s back. Dead broke. And just when he thinks he’s reached rock b ...more
Mickey Wade is a reporter who just lost his job due to downsizing at his paper. Since his grandfather is in a coma in the hospital, Mickey moves into his apartment to save money, but he hates returning to the neighborhood he grew up in because it’s decayed into a slum.
When Mickey takes a couple of pills he thinks are aspirin out of ...more
But...but this one’s got time travel! The blurbs all said it was kind of like Life on Mars! I love Life on Mars!
Since when do blurbs ever tell the truth?
Yeah, okay, that one turned out to be totally bogus. But...time travel?
There really aren’t any interesting time travel ideas in this book. It’s boring and pointlessly violent, just like Swierczynski ...more
Expiration Date is a fast-paced, twisty time-travel mystery written in a first-person hardboiled crime pulp style, and featuring occasional B&W ink illustrations by comic book artist Lawrence Campbell (this is a novel, not a graphic ...more
Expiration Date involves time travel, murder, secret government experiments, mystery, serial killers, fractured family relationships, obsession, madness and revenge. There’s a little bit of ...more
Expiration Date is Swierczynski's first novel since joining the Marvel Comics bullpen, and its' essence is highly informed by those days spent telling stories in such a stylized environment. The roots ...more
So, what the hell is this book about? self discover and that exact moment when your life ends and b ...more
At some point in his life, someone must have told Duane Swierczynski to "write what you know", and what Duane Swierczynski knows is Philadelphia. Living in Philly, as I do, makes his stories just that more real for me...even if they tend to include a bit of sci-fi or fantasy. It's an automatic connection to what I'm reading, so that makes the level of enjoyment that much more automatic for me.
This time he ex ...more
The novel seemed like it was supposed to be a mix between a 1950s detective novel, a noir style film, and possibly an alternate history novel. This comes complete with flat first person narrative, obvious plot twists, and a not so mysterious mystery. From the blurb, one could surmise that the kid is going to d ...more
Expiration Date (Minotaur 2010) is the story of Mickey Wade, a recently unemployed journalist who moves into his grandfather’s apartment in the old Philadelphia neighborhood where Mickey grew up, the very place he was so eager to escape from. Mickey’s grandpop is in the hospital, so the rundown apartment is available and free, an important factor to Mickey, who has only enough money to afford peanut butter, apples, and very cheap beer. After too much to drink one night, Mickey ...more
Expiration Date is, simply stated, a novel about time travel, and Swierczynski handles the plot shifts and twists with admirable precision. If you enjoy puzzle ...more
The story itself wasn’t too bad, but there were too many places where I shook my head and said, “This is just ...more
Mickey Wade has just lost his job as a newspaper reporter. Unable to keep his apartment, he accepts his mother's suggestion that he move into his grandfather's apartment. (Mickey's grandfather was just admitted to the hospital.) After a drunken binge he goes looking through his grandad's medicine cabinet and takes four pills from an old Tylenol bottle. But ...more
My only problem with the book was the lead female character. As is too often the case the woman that the main character is in love with doesn't really participate in the story. In general she is too passive. Meghan's role is to be a mothering figure - she dresses his woun ...more
Expiration Date tells the amazing story of a guy down on his luck and some time traveling pills. Can he go back in time and solve his father's murder without tearing up the fabric of time? Seems unlikely, but in a typically brash fashion, Swierczynski manages to pull it off. The story hurtles along to a very wild conclusion, again trademarks of Swierczynski novels. While not as crackling as The Wheelman or especially The Blonde, it's still a tremendously fun ride.
My one complaint would be the publisher - this book looks horrible! I ordered it after reading the synopsis and was looking forward to getting stuck in. On its arrival, however, it sat gathering dust for a fair while. The book looks like some sort of YA fiction and every page has fairly tacky l ...more