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Expiration Date

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  729 ratings  ·  103 reviews
In this neighborhood, make a wrong turn 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
Paperback, 245 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by St. Martins Press-3PL
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Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
A decent little pulp tale of time travel and revenge that's all a bit obvious if intricately plotted, you've surely read or seen this story before but the setting is different and the characters have had their names changed. That's not a criticism of Swierczynski, modern pulp authors have as much right to churn one out on an interesting subject as much as the guys who worked by the word during the golden age of pulps but there's no way you can then legitimately qualify the work as a highlight of ...more
May 02, 2010 rated it liked it
The pills in this book should have this warning sticker on the bottle: Side effects may include drowsiness, headache, and traveling through time. Use only as directed.

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
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Das Buch hat mich jetzt nicht von den Socken gehauen. Es ist schon ziemlich verwirrend aber der Autor hat ein roten Faden den er nicht verliert und das Buch zu ende bringt. Die Geschichte erinnert mich an viele Filme wie Butterfly, In meinem Himmel und noch einer aber da fällt mir der Name nicht ein. Es hat was aber es war nichts für mich, ich dachte es wird bisschen brutaler aber fehlanzeige.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'd never heard of Duane Swierzynski before I saw Expiration Date as one of the Early Reviewer books on LibraryThing. I didn't win a copy, so I purchased one based on the summary of the title and the enthusiastic responses I found to the author's previous novels.

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
May 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Hey, dummy! You weren’t impressed by the last book you read by this guy, so why the heck would you try another of his titles? What were you thinking?

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
Vicki Gooding
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easy, fast paced book with the feel of a great Rod Serling novel. I have not read anything else by this author but if this is an indication of his style I want to read more of his books.
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
EXPIRATION DATE tells the tale of a down-on-his luck and out of work newspaper reporter who moves into his grand pop’s apartment in a downtrodden and seemingly dangerous part of town. There, Mickey Wade discovers an innocuous bottle of pills in the medicine cabinet which he greedily takes in hopes of them having some medicinal purpose as a means to pre-empt his impending hangover. Rather than take the edge off, they send Mickey back in time, to the date he was born. Being a reporter and naturall ...more
Edward Kane
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fun read. I was looking forward to writing a glowing review then the last 40 or so pages came along and I got very discouraged. Not with the writing or the story but with the printing of the book. For example, what should be page 229 is actually page 29. It's numbered and appears the same exact way that page 29 does. And it's not the only occurrence. I must have missed 10 pages because of printing errors. I got the gist of it but I'd really like to know exactly what happened on those pivo ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Mickey Wade, a newly unemployed journalist moves into his grandfather's apartment in a run-down Philadelphia neighborhood. One night, after quaffing some aspirin he finds himself transported back in time to the year of his birth. Back and forth he goes, and then he decides to thwart the kid who would grow up to kill his father. Some fun weirdness ensues and it's a super-fast read. I'm putting more Duane Swierczynski books in my To Read List.
An excellent try-to-wrap-your-head-around-this-time-travel story, complete with a whodunit and a surprise ending. Just when you think you've got it figured out, the author throws another twist in the story.
And make sure to read the background of this story and how it came to be published. Almost as fascinating as the story itself!
Highly recommended.
ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one night. It was great. It went by so fast and I could imagine a movie in my head while I was reading it. I was not disappointed at all with the ending and I realized I had to get to it without waiting for another reading session.
Sarah Sammis
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarah by: Desert Book Chick
Mark Dellandre
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best way to start off a new year is to do a book review. So, I searched long and hard to find a book that was New Years themed, very popular, and that I could offer a unique insight on. Then I got tired of looking and picked a book I like. Awesome!

A guy does pills and goes back in time. It's kind of like "Back to the Future," except the DeLorean is replaced by pills and the clever paradox of altering the past is also replaced by pills.

Despite my flippant attitude toward this book, I have to
Craig Pittman
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it

“Expiration Date” is a mystery with a science fiction twist (or two) that repeatedly reminded me of a line from the TV show “Friends.” The witty Chandler and his less savvy friend Joey have discovered something, and Chandler immediately grasps the implications – but Joey is taking a while, to the point where Chandler shouts, “Get there faster!” That’s what I kept wanting to tell the narrator of this book, Mickey Wade.
Mickey has lost his job as a reporter and moved into his grandfather’s ratty
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very different kind of book. Started out being written as a serial for a magazine then morphed into a fast-paced sci-if thriller. A quick but entertaining read about a laid-off journalist who moves to his grandfather's vacant apartment where he takes some Tylenol that transports him back in time to earlier parts of his life
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, noir
A first person hard boiled sci-fi thriller that delivers. I've read this book almost in one sitting, and though the intricate plot meanders a little towards the end I still feel like it was well worth my time.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
i'm intrigued by this writer and need explore more of his stuff. this is not a mystery in the traditional sense as this book contains some time traveling. i liked it and give it a solid 4 stars and think this guy has what it takes to write some great stuff, maybe he has - i'll explore more.
Jessica Mcbee
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A solid, fun, quick read.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Had a good concept going but ultimately failed in making it intresting, a large chunk of this book seems like filler and the good parts seem rushed overall not very good
Apr 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
A few years back I discovered a pretty cool crime novel called “The Wheelman.” It was a gritty caper novel full of interesting characters and blasts of dark humor. I missed “Secret Dead Man” the debut novel by book’s writer, Duane Swierczynski, so I had no idea he was interested and capable of crafting a more fantastic but just as entertaining tale. I soon discovered that was the case though. Hints of science fiction showed up in “The Blonde” the author’s excellent follow-up to the “Wheelman” an ...more
Jason Brown (Toastx2)
May 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I don’t know why, but about every few times i go to Powell’s Books, i end up checking out the shelf that holds Duane’s work. i am never expecting anything new, i don’t know what i am expecting to be different, but it looks like repetition does eventually breed results. When i was there over the weekend, look what was waiting for me.. Expiration date, a book i didn’t even know was ready for release…

So, what the hell is this book about? self discover and that exact moment when your life ends and b
Don Crouch
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Duane Swierczynski wrote two of the most entertaining books of the last decade. The Blonde and Severance Package are a one-two punch from a guy tied in at DNA-level to the noir zeitgeist. Exciting, character-driven and hi-freaking-larious, they scream to be filmed, and they transcend recommendation.

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
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, sci-fi-fantasy
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Weldon Burge
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading and loving Swierczynski's incredibly violent, fast-paced novels The Wheelman, The Blonde, and especially Severance Package, I was expecting more of the same with Expiration Date. I was pleasantly surprised that the novel, while fast-paced, was significantly different from those other books. This is definitely not a bad thing!

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
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Duane Swierczynski
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
Mar 29, 2010 rated it liked it
I won this book as part of one of the Goodreads First Reads giveaways. I read it having never heard of the author before and slightly put off due to the first copy getting lost in the mail.

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
Suspense Magazine
Mar 20, 2010 rated it liked it
With an instantly riveting storyline and dysfunctional, but lovable characters, “Expiration Date” captures your imagination from the first page and doesn’t let go until the end. Smoothly transitioning between the present and past, Swierczynski takes you on an unexpected journey through time as down on his luck and recently unemployed Chris Wade unintentionally falls into the past. Arriving on the morning of his birth, Chris doesn’t understand that there are rules to slipping through the fabric o ...more
Rob Kitchin
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was a little dubious of the sci-fi meets pulp crime fiction cross-over, but Swierczynski carries if off with aplomb. The start is a big, juicy worm baited on a razor sharp hook; one of the best openings I’ve read in quite a while. The story is meticulously plotted and surprisingly credible given the time travel element, and the pacing is high tempo without being rushed. The characterisation is strong and the dialogue snappy and realistic. Unusually, the story is accompanied by some illustratio ...more
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've yet to be disappointed by any of Swierczynski's books and this one was no exception.

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
Apr 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Mickey Wade loses his job as a journalist and moves into his grandfather's unoccupied apartment in a run down section of Philadelphia. He takes some pills that he thinks are Tylenol, but which end up transporting his spirit back into the 1970's. Once he figures out the connection with the pills, Mickey starts to make repeated trips into the past, and starts to learn more about his family history and the murder of his father. His spirit can only interact with the world in limited ways, but Mickey ...more
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Duane Swierczynski is an American crime writer who has written a number of non-fiction books, novels and also writes for comic books.