The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks
An utterly gripping science-fiction thriller for readers who adored Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Kurt Vonnegut and Michael Crichton.
Discover why readers are calling The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks "an intricate and evocative sci-fi triumph," "a feat of impossible imagination," and "a complete science fiction masterpiece."
Who is David S. Sparks? Where...more
The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S Sparks is a thought-provoking and unpredictable search for answers amidst a post-apocalyptic world that has witnessed devastation from chemical warfare. The surviving factions have deep divisions and a polarised belief of what life and society’s recovery should look like. Within this environment, David Sparks awakens in a grassy field with no memory, no sense of who or what he is, and is immediately confronted with a man wielding a chainsaw, wh ...more
The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks (heck of a title) kept me guessing. These days, that's about the highest compliment I can give. Right away I was wondering exactly what had happened to this dude. There were a few times when I thought I knew what direction things were going in, only to find out I was so very wrong. Normally, by the fifty percent mark in a book at ...more
Firstly, I hate snakes, I hate things in my eyes, I dislike the idea of eyeballs watching me everywhere, and I’m no fan of having something grab me from under the bed. William F. Aicher managed to hit every one of my triggers and creep me out in every possible way he could. (Gee, thanks Bill.)
Before I go into what this book is, please let me say with all the love in my heart, what this book is not. It is not taking the reader as being unintelligent. While there are weird encounters in thi ...more
The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks tells the mind-bending thriller of a man, named David, who wakes up in confusion, unsure of the world he seems to be in and his memories of a different reality. It’s enough to give anyone an existential crisi ...more
A definite page-turner, I would highly recommend it -- even if you are not usually enticed by the speculative SciFi genre.
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 gr ...more
Aicher’s novel has left me amazed. The intriguing premise, found in the product details page both here and on Amazon, 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 ...more
With well-built, complex characters and just the right amount of mystery, this book had me guessing right to the very end who should be trusted – if anyone. Thrusting readers into a world where the main character knows next to nothing is a difficult thing to do and Mr. Aicher does it masterfully, presenting just enough questions to keep the reader engaged.
The world-building is exception ...more
I admit it, I look at self published novels with a general level of skepticism. I was open to the entire concept at first, but too many poorly edited novels (that sound like they were written by middle school kids) flooded the market and I thought I’d never pick up a self published project again. This book-and author in general- has changed my mind.
I recommend this book to lovers of well crafted story, regardless of genre. Aicher’s strength isn’t in finely wrought phrases, but tense c ...more
The novel is well paced, easily readable & the characters are well developed. I found the subject intriguing, beguiling & refreshing all at the same time. There is a philosophical aspect to his writing. A Kafkaesque aspect of waking up to a constantly changing world. You journey with David S. Sparks and see, question and experience things t ...more
Weird. Strange. Curiouser and curiouser.
Set in a world completely unlike our own, this story is loaded with delicious scenery and characters that can only be seen by the mind’s eye.
In a Doctor Who-is, Alice in Wonderland-like reality, we are introduced to a system of science that appears commonplace but couldn’t be more profound.
An amazing masterpiece of mystery and action - a true page turner.
I truly enjoyed this book and would definitely recom ...more
Wonderfully well done and imagined. The science is well thought out and it all flows like a river. Reminds me a great deal of Dune and the varying viewpoints that encompassed it. And I gave it 4 stars only because I know people don't believe a 5 star rating.
This journey of Mr. Sparks is a masterpiece of science-fiction mixed with psychology. Willam F. Aicher does a superb job at grabbing the reader, and never letting go. Anyone that loves sci-fi and psychology should read this book.
Who is he?
Where he is?
When is he?
And how is he?
Shit, WHAT IS HE?
In William Aicher’s latest philosophical science fiction thriller, The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks, David attempts to recolle ...more
I'm glad I read "The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks." It's good to be reminded that Science Fiction encompasses sciences beyond space exploration.
David S. Sparks is a puzzle of a character. This could have been confusing, but the writing takes you along for the ride with David. The pacing keeps the story moving as the pieces fall in place. The reader may find themselves questioning what is going on, or, what is going to happen next, but never confused t ...more
I'm not going to out and out say it's a bad book because maybe I didn't read enough, maybe I just didn't get it.
The premise is interesting enough and since I didn't read a terribly large amount (four chapters) I'd like to t ...more
I really think this needed a little more time in the oven. Sorry!
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