Expiration Date = TP Remake?

Just finished reading an awesome novel featuring:

  • A recently unemployed journalist who goes back in time
  • A musician father in the past
  • Time travel that works by just thinking hard about a specific date
  • An inability to visit the same date twice
  • Being ghost-like and invisible to most people while back in time
  • Always traveling to the same “clock time” and location you left from
  • A mysterious doctor associated with a creepy hospital
  • Chapters named after song titles/lyrics

No, I didn’t reread Timely Persuasion again.  The above bullets also describe Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski.  But the similarities are both striking and amusing.  Not sure whether I should chalk it up to great minds thinking alike, 100% coincidence or something in between.  This quote from the book summed up my opinion and made me laugh out loud:

Two events could be a coincidence.  Not all of this.”

Apophenia aside, the two stories are very different beyond the areas where music & time travel particulars intersect.  Expiration Date plays out as a fast paced hardboiled detective novel bouncing back and forth between the 1970s and the present, with cliffhangers at the end of most chapters that leave you longing for more.  I absolutely devoured it, being sucked into the “just one more chapter before bed” trap that hasn’t happened in a long time.  Best book I’ve read in ages, with an ending that was both satisfying and clever.

Highly recommended, even if TP did nothing to inspire it.

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