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Destroyer of Worlds

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
There are sometimes larger and more powerful forces at play in the universe than those that could end all of existence. Even the seemingly most insignificant of lives can have an enormous impact on the world, and every living creature on it. Death isn’t always the end, and to some even an apocalypse can be little more than a means to an end.
Kindle Edition, 30 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Witless Fiction
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Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I happened upon this story at a suggestion from a close friend. Always happy to support an indie author, I jumped at the opportunity to read author Dennis Sharpe's latest mind blower.

On the outer layer of this amazing story, we see a guy uncaring and complacent with life. Living out his days until there are no more days.

On a deeper level, we see a Gehenna-like abyss, the opening scene gently introducing us to humankind. The heart of this story tells of our inability to see beyond the here and no
Ashley Chappell
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember the last time I was this pulled into a short story. Destroyer of Worlds sets up such a bleak character as Dave as though painted on a canvas I could see. His pain over his daughter, his divorce, and the walls he'd hidden himself behind we're constructed quickly and thoroughly. I'd like to see more stories like this one!
Christoph Fischer
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Destroyer of Worlds” by Dennis Sharpe is the story of David, a man who lost his daughter all too soon, a man whose marriage has ended and a man who drinks way too much. With great insight in to the human psyche and with a deep and almost philosophical narrative Sharpe shows us how David’s small world has fallen apart.
Then one day, due to extra-planetary events, it comes to light that the inevitable destruction of the world is at hand
This short story is a well written and cleverly constructed p
Alexia Purdy
What a different and interesting story with a surprising twist! I was hooked from the start.

This story shows us a devastating character David who has basically given up on living, perpetually depressed and has lost any kind of focus in his life. Though he is very much alive, he barely manages to live as a shell of a man since losing the most important person in his life. He could be someone anyone knows. This story shows us the end of the world, literally, as we know it with a shocking twist, al
S. Policar
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story set me in mind of Stephen King's Dark Tower Series or a Twilight Zone episode!
David is seemingly stuck in perpetual loop. Repeating the same time over and over again. When he returns to the Destroyer he always answers the question the same, and yet he hasn't figured out what must be done to avoid the loop.
I did smile at his efforts, but in my opinion the way to end the loop lied in his answer to the destroyer not in the things he did outside of that.
I liked how in each loop there were
Wanda Hartzenberg
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shorts
Existential is a word I do not use often but for this story I can find no better word!  The grief of a parent over the loss of a child is however the crux of the story and the message is clear!  Live, live don't settle for a mere existence for  love never dies!  This is a brilliant story, one I would recommend you read!  
Dennis Sharpe
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is unfair. Of course I'm going to give it five stars. I adore this story.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The mystery of it will keep you clinging all the way til the end. It drew me in and had me seeking to find the deeper meanings of what was to come I wanted to know what the purpose was the whole way through. Edge of my seat in a good way. I felt there was a very real purpose. In the end, it became much more clear and I felt I had grasped not only what the main character, David, was to learn, but my own lesson as well. The book really comes alive and I understand the message that was intended. It ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story really spoke to me for me. It’s like how you can’t move on until you let go of the past. Also, no matter how much it hurts to lose something so precious to you, in the end that can be the beginning of so much more. When you suddenly know that it's okay to just let go move on. Also, holding on to the past can hold you back or keep you down. You really have to let go of the past. When you do you can move forward and that’s what it’s all about.

On my second reading of this one I found eve
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG! This is a roller coaster. Its hard to believe that it was just a short story. I finished reading it and put my kindle down and had a glass of wine and then read it again. I fell into the story immediately and it held me in there. It was intense. I was so taken into the moments of it that I felt the emptiness and sadness. I felt the elation and joy. By the end I was uncontrollably smiling from ear to ear. It was over to soon.
Claire Taylor
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dennis Sharpe
Destroyer of Worlds

The story may be short, but it certainly gets under your skin and keeps you thinking long after finishing it. The writer had a way of drawing me completely in, then shocked me with a twist I never saw coming. An easy read, this book has so many levels to it I’m sure everyone would get something different out of it.

I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Nicole Lyons
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without giving away any spoilers, I want to say that Sharpe has a way of reeling the reader in and making a very melancholy and lost character easily relatable, making the reader question their own sense of whether or not you could do more to pursue your happiness, and when is it time to let anguish go. Very well written and flows beautifully. A highly recommended read.
Jenny Kavalaugh
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A friend gifted this story to my kindle. I explained to her that I didn't have the time to read it. She assured me that it was only 30 pages, was a fast read, and I'd thank her for reading it.

She was right. I found it to be funny at points and sad at others. All said though it was a very moving story that I am happy to have read.
Jen O
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually cried. It was a little too short but it was very moving.
Buck Ward
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Not bad. Not bad at all. Short and sweet - with allusions to Groundhog Day and 2001: A Space Odyssey like inside jokes.
James Ronholm
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good.
Kavita Favelle
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Thought-provoking and compelling, great short story.
Scarlett Sharpe
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
This story is amazing and left me in tears of joy! The author presented a short story that kept me reading as fast as I to try and find out exactly what was going on, but it also left enough clues throughout that I had theories that continually changed and kept me extremely entertained. While the suspense alone was enough to make this a great read, there was still something deeper and more meaningful that left me so touched that the story did not end when the words on the screen did. It left me ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Destroyer of Worlds by Dennis Sharpe is a short story that carries an interesting concept for plot and storyline development. The author has created a timeline that, whilst fragmented and non-linear, it adds to the curiosity of the story.

The plot is sad, but in a beautiful way. The way that the author has crafted his main character piqued my interest. Throughout the story, we are brought back to him, and feel stuck with them, in their own personal worm hole.

The story of David, the main chara
Will Lightfoot
A short story with an interesting concept behind it. It lives up to the "short" part of its name rather well, as I was able to finish it in less than 30 minutes. I received this book from a Humble Bundle featuring eBooks.

It was a new take, but the plot twist kind of comes out of nowhere; and doesn't really have any lead-up that would let the reader feel like they were able to figure out what was happening in advance of being told.

I believe that the idea behind this work could have been spun int
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, wow! The ending got me. I'd seen the quote from the story many times on social media, "Like almost every truly horrible thing that has ever happened in the history of our world, the end also began with a kiss," and I was expecting an apocalyptic romance story. I was wrong. It is a story about the strongest love one can have for another person, and the emptiness, the depression, that goes with losing such a beloved person. Although short, it has depth, character development, suspense, and an ...more
Meaka Kyel
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I reread this story because it had been a while since I'd originally had the pleasure of getting lost in it. I'm glad to say I remembered it perfectly. Dennis Sharpe does a fantastic job of letting us feel the main character's pain and loneliness. When he meets a mysterious woman at a gas station, he finds out that things aren't entirely what they seem. What she reveals to him changes him completely. I won't go into too much detail because you need to read this for yourself.
Lillian Cummings
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love can destroy all

Dave's life is a mess, he drinks too much and doesn't care about except for his dead daughter. He has being have strange dreams of the world and he can't understand who the mysterious woman is. Once she tells him then does he realize that it is time to let go of all the pain and hurt that he is carrying around. We all do the same as Dave we hold on too hard sometimes and it can destroy our future happiness.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully written story of two people when the world has ended but the opening is great because the author doesn't tell you anything until the two main characters begin a intriguing journey/conversation like no other. many concepts are explored and thought throughout this story. A must read.
Tasha S
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well played Mr. Sharpe, well played. Like with Blood & Spirits, this wasn't my genre but I checked it out, and now I am craving more. I fell in love with the characters and didn't want the story to end. I need more!
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book through a giveaway from the author. This short story dives into how the things that truly matter sometimes get lost when a person suffers a major loss/depression. The story has a little groundhog's day mixed with sci-fi, but I really liked it. I'll probably read it again.
Edward Fowler
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Brandy Roosevelt
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mr Sharpe does an amazing job of making you feel like the emotions of his main character are tangible things. The descriptions of the environment around the character are easily able to pull you in so you see what Dave sees. Loved how it wrapped up.
Aleccia Shaffer
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Amazing!

I'll be honest...I came into this story expecting it to be good, because Dennis Sharpe is a very talented individual...but I did not expect to so sincerely fall in love with a story.

I'm without words really. Everyone should read this story. Everyone.

Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was very thought provoking. An emotional read. A classic fable with a twist. Only 31 pages but it could definitely have been expanded. Very good story.
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Born and raised in the middle of the American Midwest, Dennis Sharpe has been a writer as long as he can remember. His mother has told many people about the fantasy and science fiction stories he'd write on scraps of paper, and staple together as his 'books', before he'd attended his first day of formal education.

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“Like almost every truly horrible thing that has ever happened in the history of our world, the end also began with a kiss.” 35 likes
“He was in hell. Worse than that, he was in hell, and someone had set it on repeat.” 14 likes
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