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Jack Sparks died while writing this book. This is the account of his final days.In 2014, Jack Sparks - the controversial pop culture journalist - died in mysterious circumstances. To his fans, Jack was a fearless rebel; to his detractors, he was a talentless hack. Either way, his death came as a shock to everyone.It was no secret that Jack had been researching the occult fJack Sparks died while writing this book. This is the account of his final days.In 2014, Jack Sparks - the controversial pop culture journalist - died in mysterious circumstances. To his fans, Jack was a fearless rebel; to his detractors, he was a talentless hack. Either way, his death came as a shock to everyone.It was no secret that Jack had been researching the occult for his new book. He'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed in rural Italy. Then there was that video: thirty-six seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now. This book, compiled from the files found after his death, reveals the chilling details of Jack's final hours....

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The Last Days of Jack Sparks Reviews

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-02-15 22:27

    I'm going with 2.5 stars.The one thing you know on starting this book is that Jack Sparks died after writing it. So that made me curious. The story started off right up my alley.An Italian exorcism that Jack gets permission to watch for his next book. It goes way different that atheist Jack had expected. So he bursts out laughing right at a crucial moment.That garners him some attention that he shrugs off. Then there is that weird you tube video that someone loads up on his account.A normal person would probably start questioning the universe. Jack is really not normal.He definitely falls into asshole territory. Jack cares about one person. That person is Jack and Jack only. His whole world revolves around his own legend. And how many hits he can garner on social media.Then while investigating the book and all the fallout that happens along the way he ends up in California, where he is engaging with a group that believes a group can conjure a ghost from their minds or some crap like that. I got lost at this point in the book and didn't really care much anymore.Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-01-25 02:45

    Warning: It is entirely possible that while reading Jack Sparks you’ll metaphorically die of laughter. Or of fright. Or possibly a mixture of both. But it’ll be worth it. Also keep lots of coffee handy coz this one will keep you up all night. And I am talking AFTER you have read it..Anyway to the point, I loved this. I read it in a day. Not even a day. A matter of hours. It is utterly gripping and darkly witty to the point that you will laugh out loud and scare anyone in your general vicinity but thats fine because whilst you are scaring THEM Jason Arnopp will be scaring YOU. Quietly and without warning. The Last Days of Jack Sparks creeps up on you. One minute you are giggling at Jack’s anecdotal witticisms then you suddenly realise its very quiet where you are right now…and what was that noise? Hang on it IS daylight right? (At this point switch all the lights on just in case it gets dark while you are busy being absorbed into this horrifically addictive world – don’t say I didn’t give you fair warning)Reading this book is akin to being insanely tickled then randomly hit on the head with a blunt object. Repeatedly. One then the other. Over and over until you emerge, blinking, back into reality. This is reality right?Yep thats how it gets you.So the thing is you get a lot of bang for your buck with this story. Supernatural shenanigans. Many many surprises. A lot of laughs. Chapter six-six-six just made me giggle. That just before I was hit with another creepily insane moment. Descriptively this is gorgeous, the characters are vividly alive, even the dead ones, it rocks along to THE most terrifically and horrifically imaginative conclusion and whilst you know things are not going to turn out well for Jack the author still manages to keep you on a knifes edge. I’m actually *really* happy I don’t live inside Mr Arnopp’s head right now.Or perhaps I do.Perhaps we all do.Gulp.No no…don’t look behind you. Or down there. OR up there. Just be very still. All may still be well.Creepily, stealthily, hilariously, inventively brilliant.Highly Recommended.

  • Mark
    2019-02-01 23:31

    The Last Days of Jack Sparks is a book written by Jack Sparks an egotistical "online sensation" who likes to think he is cutting edge. The book he is writing is called 'Jack Sparks on the Supernatural' where he sets out to debunk the world of ghosts and seances etc. This is a follow-up book in a series he has written, previously about gangs and drugs. Trying to be 'the man of the moment' he has just about every social media account imaginable, and really it is all about him. In his bid to be controversial, he even managed to develop a drug habit while researching his previous topic - a habit that he has yet to shake although he has been through rehab.The character of Jack Sparks is very well written. Narcissistic, rude and loud, it does not take long before you wish you could punch him in the throat. Not someone that girls or guys would want to count as a friend.So this book is the written equivalent of those 'found footage' movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project. Jack is basically writing a diary of events as they unfold and will then edit them into his latest blockbuster. To begin he attends an exorcism of a young girl in a church, sitting with her mother as a priest goes the whole hog with incarnations and holy water. Jack is a skeptic and is treating this as a form of hilarious magic show after all the point is to prove all of this stuff is fake.After the exorcism he moves on to other areas in the paranormal realm, attending a seance and other events. During his research, he is unaware of the dangers he is dealing with and what he is opening up and allowing into his world with dire consequences.The book is never written as such but is maintained in its diarised form and completed by his editor and his older brother Alistair. Between chapters, Alistair adds his own words and inserts parts of interviews he conducts with people who Jack mentioned as he wrote. He uses these interviews to support or deny his brother's words as he tries to find the real reason for his untimely death.There is a lot of humour in this book. It is the sort of horror story like a Shawn of the Dead movie where it deals with the horror and you can have some fun. Full of pop culture references and a surprising note on Harvey Weinstein - published in March 2016 but it seems even the author knew back then of the allegations.If you are not too concerned about your teens reading about gore (and there is not a lot) and swearing (there is a lot) then this book makes a great introduction to the horror genre. An easy read for both teens and adults and a book where you can have some fun.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-02-16 20:35

    The Last Days of Jack Spark is definitely a very odd book. However, it's not a bit scary. At least I do not think that. I actually found it to be more tragic, a black comedy kind of book, well without much comedy. A book about guilt, life after death and possessions. And, there were moments when I found the book a bit dreary. However, it also had some really great moments, or rather it ended with a bang. I love that ending, if the rest of the book had felt as good as the ending, then I would have loved the whole book. But, alas, I found the story, especially when Jack was in L.A to be the part that I least enjoyed. But, then came the ending, then everything started to make sense and that's when I started to enjoy the story. And, that's when I started to feel sorry for Jack (let's face it, he's a jerk for 95% of the book). I liked the style of the book; The Last Days of Jack Spark being the manuscript that Jack left, and interviews with people that met Jack and recorded conversations, etc. I liked how Jack's memories of events contradicted everyone else. If it just had been scary, then it would have been a marvelous book. Sure, it's gory and all, but not scary. But, I guess for people not that used to horror is this book scary to read.So, not a personal hit for me, but not a bad book. I basically like the style of the book, and the unusual story and the ending were terrific!I want to thank Orbit for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-01-26 22:21

    5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/10/03/...If you asked me what horror novels I’ve read recently that are 1) creepy, 2) fun to read, and 3) highly addictive, right away I could probably name a few of my favorites including M.R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts as well as Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts. Now I’m happy to have another title to add to my best-of list, and this amazing book’s name is The Last Days of Jack Sparks.As the first line in the novel’s blurb states, its protagonist Jack Sparks died while writing this book. What we’re reading now is the manuscript of his gonzo style exposé of the supernatural that he was working on right before his mysterious death, which drew plenty of attention due to the eponymous writer’s cult fame and active presence on social media. Jack Sparks was one to throw himself wholly into his research, as witnesses to his cocaine addiction after his last book Jack Sparks on Drugs can attest. Jack Sparks and the Supernatural was meant to be his comeback tour de force, reminding his fans that he still has what it takes.Jack, however, makes no pretense at objectivity. He doesn’t put much stock in ghosts, demons, or anything of the supernatural, and makes no effort to hide his skepticism or contempt while sitting in on an exorcism in rural Italy on Halloween, laughing and tweeting out snarky remarks the whole time. But everything unravels for him after that trip though, starting with a disturbing video appearing on his YouTube channel that he doesn’t remember uploading. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, Jack becomes obsessed with the occult and plunges deeper into his investigation, embarking on this harrowing journey that will eventually kill him.At its heart, The Last Days of Jack Spark is a ghost story, but what amazed me was its refreshingly original premise and structure. We’re told that our protagonist’s last book is published posthumously, with much of the work undertaken by his brother Alistair who pulled together all of Jack’s research and rough drafts. The final book is also supplemented with notes, reports, and transcripts of interviews conducted with people Jack had contact with in his final days.This additional content also reveals much about our protagonist: that he’s a bit of an asshole. Not that readers couldn’t already tell that from Jack’s own pompous, overblown narrative. Armed with a cutting sense of humor, he’s often flippant with the people he works with and disrespectful of their beliefs. He’s also a narcissist who frequently plays up his own importance in his writing, twisting the situation to make himself look good. Not surprisingly, this makes Jack one hell of an unreliable narrator. And yet, while the differing accounts give us multiple versions of a single event, we have to ask ourselves who we can trust. Most of the other characters have plenty at stake as well. Perhaps they too are out to protect themselves, like Alistair who has good reason to discredit his brother’s scathing accusations of him, or other supernatural experts who have their professional reputations on the line.What really happened to Jack Sparks? The story will keep you guessing, with plenty of mind-bending twists and shocking revelations along the way. As the horrors begin to take their toll, Jack’s mind becomes more and more unstable, which really starts to come through in his voice. When the impossible occurs, we can’t help but wonder whether it’s real or just a result of Jack’s deteriorating sanity. In a way, that’s almost beside the point; what’s important is how effectively author Jason Arnopp has created terror out of that uncertainty. Tensions rise to a crescendo as we approach the story’s climax, where Arnopp springs on us the most brilliant surprise of all. This book featured one of the best conclusions I’ve ever read. Though we all knew Jack Sparks was going to die, the ending still managed to catch me off guard. It was horrifying, clever, and just perfect.The Last Days of Jack Sparks is a book every horror fan should read. For two days my life was entirely consumed by this this gripping page-turner. Even now that I’m finished the book, I still can’t stop thinking or talking about it. Seriously, if you’re looking for some spine-tingling entertainment, especially for the Halloween season, run don't walk to your bookstore and check this one out right the hell now.

  • Kealan Burke
    2019-02-11 19:24

    Talk about an unexpected delight. I hadn't heard anything about this book before it was recommended to me, and now it's my favorite read of the year. I won't say anything about the plot other than it's a clever, wickedly funny, multilayered story about possession, ghosts, demons, the devil, faith, ego, spirituality, the afterlife...you name a theological consideration, it's in here. And it's terrifying.

  • Bill
    2019-01-26 00:43

    "This is 50 shades of fucked up."An exorcist, a possessed girl, a YouTube video, a mystery.Screaming Mimi’s, bloody puddle face talking, Hollywood Paranormals and "Every time you go away you take a piece of me with you."Wickedly smart and original. Good time bloody fun with plenty of belly laughs and no shortage of gooseflesh.Excellent.

  • Paul
    2019-01-18 23:22

    What a fun book. I loved that Jack Sparks was such a jerk (and a believable one at that) and a cleverly rendered unreliable narrator. Very good mix of fun and creeps (and, um, I have to admit to being totally spooked one night, when I spent five minutes standing in my bedroom doorway because I thought I heard something downstairs....yeah).Anyway, great possession fun!

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-01-20 22:29

    The Last Days of Jack Sparks is an original, genre-bending, terrifying new novel by Jason Arnopp, a book that defies descriptions and explanations. It follows a very unlikeable journalist and writer as he tries to prove that there’s no such thing as ghost, or any other supernatural entity. Jack sees it as his mission to debunk any claims of supernatural encounters and he’s often very rude as he goes about it. Jack himself, however, is not to be trusted. With titles like Jack Sparks on Gangs and Jack Sparks on Drugs (which earned him a long stint in rehab for cocaine addiction), he is a social media darling and willing to do just about anything to stay in the spotlight. Lately he’s been planning a book called Jack Sparks on the Supernatural and writing a list of hypotheses on paranormal phenomena, his so called SPOOKS list, which stands for Sparks’ Permanently Ongoing Overview of Kooky Shit, and he’s rather vocal about it.In no uncertain terms, Jack Sparks is an egotistical, power-hungry, emotionally stunted jerk. He has feelings for his roommate and best friend Bex, but he’d rather die than do something about it. He is estranged from his family and infinitely rude to his brother. Like all the best anti-heroes, however, he becomes likeable along the way and we can’t help but root for him as he struggles through curses, haunting and his own denial. We see Jack not only through his unfinished book, but through other people’s eyes as well. A prologue and epilogue written by his brother Alistair, various emails from friends and business contacts and different accounts of certain events all show that Jack’s version of events simply cannot be trusted. As he slides down into strange behavior and lots and lots of alcohol, the two versions of any event described become more and more distant. Early in the book, his and ours both, Jack Sparks writes: “None of this is remotely unnerving, scary or – most importantly – convincing. My jeans remain unsoiled. My heebies are jeebie-less. There are no willies up me.” The feeling (or lack of it) doesn’t last long, however. Not long after, a video appears on Jack’s YouTube channel, a video he himself most certainly did not post, and the most terrifying time of Jack’s life begins. Trust me when I tell you, this book will not allow you to sleep. Firstly, you’ll feel compelled to turn those pages until you learn the truth behind Jack’s ramblings. And secondly, even when you do, you’ll be much too frightened to turn down the lights and just sleep. This book offers it all: laughs, excellent plot and nail-biting excitement. I highly recommend it to all horror fans and for those who are looking for something strange and original to read.

  • Lata
    2019-01-25 00:34

    4.5 stars. Jack Sparks is a walking synonym for obnoxiously self-obsessed, irritating, callous, arrogant and narcissistic. He's also completely compelling as he narrates his efforts to find material for his latest and third book. Jack is a celebrity who claims to be a journalist, and uses his social media presence to locate subjects for his book, in which he will disprove the supernatural, while constantly posting the latest developments of his "research".Jack Sparks decides to disprove the supernatural, and while watching an exorcism, things slowly begin going off the rails. Strange, odd and somewhat menacing and deadly things happen after, including a creepy video that's appears on Jack's YouTube account, and take Jack around the world as he attempts to debunk . He meets a variety of people, among them a fascinating woman Sherilyn Chastain, a combat magician (how cool is that job title?), and a group in L.A. attempting to run a psychic experiment.Jack Sparks is awful, and lies frequently, and is definitely an unreliable narrator. Interestingly, his brother Alastair provides an opening, several footnotes and an afterward for Jack's book. It's clear the brothers had a difficult relationship, but I also found myself wondering what was Alastair not telling us. The author gives us both sides of a childhood incident that precipitated the years of problems between the brothers, but I found myself suspicious of both men's versions, including their feelings about each other as adults.I loved the layers of story and the way the story was told. There's a pretty constant series of deaths and mild horror, which includes Jack's manners and attitude. And despite Jack's rather monstrous behaviour, I totally enjoyed this book, no doubt aided by the terrific narration on the audio.

  • Susan
    2019-02-18 01:26

    Jack Sparks is a writer of such volumes as, “Jack Sparks on Drugs,” “Jack Sparks on Gangs,” and now, “Jack Sparks on the Supernatural.” This, we learn almost immediately, was to be his last work as he died while writing it and this book takes us back; using fictional notes from his writing and updates and interviews from his brother, Alistair, to explain what happened to end Jack’s life.I really like novels which have an unreliable narrator and it is pretty clear, fairly early, that Jack Sparks is not to be trusted. Opinionated, egotistical, confrontational and generally difficult, Jack’s character is larger than life from the first. We learn of his early life and his difficult relationship with his brother, with a central incident where Alistair locks him inside a small, windowless room in their childhood home, nicknamed the ‘black hole,’ and how he got a job at just eighteen on NME, before becoming a writer and media personality. The media, especially social media, is essential to Jack Sparks – he is nobody, or nothing, without affirmation and his constant updating of social media sites gives him the attention he craves. From the beginning of his work on, “Jack Sparks and the Supernatural,” Jack is keen to disprove that ghosts exists. Going to Italy to witness an exorcism, he refuses to take it seriously. However, when a YouTube clip appears on his account which creates a furore, and appears to show a ghost, he is thrown into a more and more frantic search for the truth. This novel takes us from Italy to Hong Kong to Los Angeles, as Jack Sparks attempts to find material for his book, while not being quite able to shake off the feeling that he is being haunted…Funny, creepy and original, this is a very unique horror book. Jack Sparks is, in many ways, utterly unlikeable. He is deeply in love with his flatmate, Bex, but is unable to accept that she sees him just as a friend. As things spiral out of control, we are taken on whirlwind tour of those involved in the supernatural, as well as Jack’s paranoia. A great read and very enjoyable. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.

  • Basia
    2019-01-30 23:48

    THE Pre-Halloween Spooky Read!Oh wow. What a great book!!! The protagonist is disgusting in the way Patrick Bateman was, although their narcissistic ways comprise most, if not all, of any similarities between these two men.Jack is enough to bring bile up from the depth of our stomachs in his numerous examples of the many ways in which he is vastly superior to all other people. Yet amazingly, the author somehow gets us to like this guy...to start to relate; to develop a kinship. Oh, there is so much I can say to sing this book's endless praises. Instead, I urge you to take a peak yourself, at the 1st few pages only. If you are not drawn to obtain the book in its entirety fairly soon after you examine these beginning pages, I'll be shocked. I don't even remember another exorcism/demon possession story that hit me like The Last Days has. It's such a witty book! I recommend it at the top of my lungs! The best scary book I've read this year, without a doubt!

  • Holly
    2019-02-08 20:41

    6 ungodly enjoyable stars!this is hands down the best horror/suspense novel I have read in years. if not ever. Jason Arnopp is a badass, and in Jack Sparks he has created the epitome of the character you love to hate. I only wish I could go back and read it again for the first time.

  • Bandit
    2019-01-19 01:18

    A while back I read Arnopp's short story or maybe a novelette about a haunted home of sorts. It was cute, but it certainly didn't prepare me for the awesomeness of this book, a proper length one and well worth the page count. And I know I already used the word awesome, so now I have to think of synonyms to avoid sounding repetitive, but this book...this book was really something. It's been some time since I read something that was effort to put down, though the aforementioned page count makes it necessary at times. This self and otherwise documented (epistolary in a way) description of a downfall of the social media celebrity writer/journalist had such a frenetic manic energy. It puts one in mind of maybe John Dies at the End, only this one featuring a profoundly despicable protagonist who nevertheless (credit to Arnopp) makes a strikingly compelling narrator. Jack Sparks, the egotistical maniac, lying scumbag and an all around bastard, once a music reporter (Arnopp must have drawn from real life experience here), now an author of popular self revolving quest type of books is after his latest subject, debunking the supernatural. Pity Jack is his own proverbial worst enemy, respecting nothing, loving nothing, unable to control that giant ego of his...things are bound to get out of hand, way way out of hand. By the time a morality lesson gets delivered and settled in, Jack will hop time and place to set things right, but timing's a b*tch and the devil's in the details. What a fun ride this was. Arnopp's done a lot of screenwriting, so the man must know thing or two about pace, and this was paced perfectly, picking up the speed as things started spiraling out, shifting perspectives at just the right times so that the readers' perspectives can change to reflect and appreciate the way Jack's perspectives change. Veritable rollercoaster of madness, supernatural and otherwise, with enough gore and guys for horror fans, suspense for mystery fans and excitement for thriller fans, drama for serious readers and really just a great fun mash up of ingredients for the perfect literary feast. Immensely entertaining, terrifically enjoyable. Most enthusiastically recommended. Thanks Netgalley.

  • Nicholas Kaufmann
    2019-01-18 02:27

    This funny, delightful, and at times truly terrifying horror novel took me completely by surprise. As characters go, Jack Sparks is a wonderful creation, one in a long list of unreliable narrators whose lies slowly unravel over the course of the story. His voice is funny and highly readable, and despite Sparks' numerous faults, it's also shockingly relatable, especially in this self-aggrandizing Internet age, where it sometimes seems the number of your social media followers is more important than your character or integrity. That charming voice is responsible for a good deal of this novel's strength, but author Jason Arnopp succeeds in telling a compelling horror story as well. Exorcisms, demons, ghosts, and gruesome deaths are all here for both the casual horror fan and the devoted horror reader alike. But perhaps the novel's greatest strength is how surprisingly touching the story becomes by the end. Jack Sparks is unlikeable from the start -- cynical, flippant, contemptuous, manipulative -- but by the end we really feel for him. I'm looking forward to whatever Arnopp writes next.

  • Maryam
    2019-02-16 02:38

    I'm not a pro in horror books so reviewing this book is a little difficult. It started fun (ha strange for a horror book in my opinion) and good. I enjoyed the first half a lot. Few moments it got even scary (or maybe beacause I watched As Above,So Below at the same time) and made me turn on all lights at home before going to second floor.But after page two hundred something it got predictable and boring so much that I had a hard time not skipping pages, I liked the ending and conclusion though...Story is about an atheist famous journalist who decides to write a book about super natural powers mostly to show all of them are absolute nonsense. To do this he goes to an exorcism session in Italy. When in the middle of ritual he thinks it's all a play and laughs a series of horrible and unexpected events starts to happen.Still he doesn't believe and continues to deny ....

  • Jon Recluse
    2019-01-31 01:20

    Unexpected, unreliable and unputdownable, this one had me laughing out loud....then glancing over my shoulder at the shadows. Equal parts smart, sarcastic and spooky as Hell. Highly recommended!

  • Ryan Michael
    2019-01-27 20:28

    I want to write more about this book once I am less buried in work and life, but needless to say, I loved this book, and it's the first book in years that truly scared me. We are talking sitting in a quiet apartment, reading by my desk, deeply immersed, cat jumping in my lap at the wrong moment and causing me to jump and hit my head on the ceiling type stuff. Very much worth a read if you love funny and scary horror.

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    2019-02-15 02:20

    Jack Sparks, the controversial pop culture journalist, died while writing his newest book on the supernatural. He was called many things - from a talentless hack to a fearless rebel - but either way his unexpected death was a shock to everyone. First, he fired up a huge storm on Twitter after mocking an exorcism he witnessed in rural Italy. Then, there was the creepy thirty-six second video posted to his YouTube channel that he swears had nothing to do with him in the least. This book chronicles his journey to unravel the mystery behind the video footage as he gets sucked deeper and deeper into the supernatural world by compiling files found after he died. Only one thing is for certain, Jack doesn't live to tell his tale.The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp is easily one of my favorite reads of 2016. I had seen several great reviews for this novel, but I was totally sold on this novel after I read Tammy @ Books, Bones, Buffy's of the novel. After that I was completely convinced that this would exactly my kind of novel and I was one hundred percent right on that point! If you like your scream-worthy horror laced with a sharp sense of humor, you absolutely need Arnopp's new and inventive horror in your life. I also expect that if you enjoyed Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix there's a good chance you'll like this too. Overall, The Last Days of Jack Sparks comes highly recommend from me, but don't just take my word for it - get reading! Word to the wise: Leave the lights on!

  • Louise Wilson
    2019-02-14 19:35

    In 2014 Jack Sparks died in mysterious circumstances. This is the account of his final days.Jack, a pop culture journalist, was a fearless rebel. He had been researching the occult for his new book. He had already caused a huge Twitter storm by mocking on a exorcism he had witnessed. There was also a short footage he claims was not his making.I found this funny and at times terrifying.I would like to thank Net Galley, Little Brown Book Group UK and the author Jason Arnopp for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Bonnie
    2019-01-24 23:37

    The Last Days of Jack Sparks is about, well, the last days of Jack Sparks. While researching the occult for his most recent book, he had some mysterious incidents that even he couldn’t explain away. See, even though he was researching the occult, he was actually a professed non-believer of it all and sought to discredit everyone. He attended an actual exorcism and laughed at the experience and then there was the mysterious video that was added onto his personal YouTube channel showing possible proof of an actual ghost. It was a bit downhill for him from there on out.This story was for the most part a mystery and the horror would sneak up on you reminding you of its true genre, but there was quite a lot of humor to balance things out. For the record, I read a lot of horror and this story often left me with my jaw on the ground. Once things really got going and you’re dealing with various different storylines that were confusing yet still managed to make sense, then Arnopp hits you with the twist.But like, in the best way.The Last Days of Jack Sparks managed to both shock and impress me despite the loose ends that didn’t quite get resolved to my liking. If you enjoyed A Head Full of Ghosts but were wishing it was a bit more terrifying? This read's for you.I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-02-08 19:40

    Well...I put this on my "Fantasy" shelf. It may not be an exact fit, but this novel isn't really and exact fit for any of my shelves. With a touch of horror, some mystery and a bit bio-fiction this is a kind mixed bag genre-wise. That said it's a good read.Did I enjoy the book? I think I have to say the jury is still out on the use of the word "enjoy". I can only say (without giving spoilers) that this is a very well constructed and "interesting" read. I'd suggest you try it if you think you'd like any of the above listed "types of books".We have here a novel set as a posthumously released book by the eponymous Jack Sparks (a pseudonym). The book is introduced and commented on throughout (foot notes) by Jack's brother. The thing is that both these narrators are very much the epitome (epitomes?) of the "Unreliable Narrator".The book, supposedly put together from notes, recordings and text from Jack and finished just before his death tells the story of our thoroughly unpleasant, egotistical, abrasive writer Jack Sparks. An apparently well know broadcaster and writer Jack has always "lived" the subjects of his books (including Jack Sparks on drugs during the writing of which he got hooked on multiple drugs).Now he's writing Jack Sparks on the Supernatural...so he's getting, involved. He is so involved he goes to an exorcism and...well, that's a major spoiler so...I must say that this book gets a mostly positive reaction from me. The plot has some interesting twists and turns and while they may not all surprise the writer puts thejm together so they fit perfectly. There are no uneven seams.So, I can recommend this one. Try it yourself...and let me know what you think would you?

  • Ruiner
    2019-02-12 02:43

    3.5 starsA fun little supernatural read. It took reading over half of the book before I became interested. In fact I had almost given up on it due to the unlikable characters and slow start but after reading all the reviews I had to see what was going to happen. The characters were unlikable for good reason and the pacing picks up in the second half. The first half starts becomes more important later in the story which ultimately makes it worth it due to our unreliable narrator. The humor was smirk-worthy for me and didn't do much but fit the character. Definitely wasn't scary in any way. It was actually kind of difficult to determine what genre this was in.... at times I actually pictured Jack Burton (Kurt Russel in Big Trouble In Little China) as the main character while in other parts I pictured Simon Pegg... go figure. I did guess the ending relatively early on which never helps but the author detailed that vague guess with many more details than I would have seen coming and led to an ultimately satisfying ending. I enjoyed the way the book was written as well in which the main character is writing this book in real time and it is later edited by his brother to tell the story.

  • Margie (Bookzombie)
    2019-02-09 19:32

    I saw a lot of excited reviews for this one and I think my expectations were high. I laughed a little and there were some scary/creepy parts, but not as many as I expected. Overall, I enjoyed it and will look for more Arnopp in the future. I also think it's book that should be read in as few a sittings as possible, which might make scarier. #litsyAtoZ #LisforLast

  • AH
    2019-01-24 00:41

    This is a DNF (did not finish) review. Perhaps it was my mood but I just could not get into this book. It has potential. I tried to get back into it and I may read it later on, but right now it's a no-go for me. Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit Books for a review copy of this book.

  • Renita D'Silva
    2019-01-28 19:41

    A wonderfully original, brilliantly plotted, absolutely amazing book. Loved it.

  • The Behrg
    2019-02-03 03:42

    A decent book will take you to far away places or other worlds; good books allow you to live within their pages, experiencing other lives and breathing other worlds. Great books not only accomplish both, but allow you to have an uproarious time while doing so. "The Last Days of Jack Sparks" was just an incredibly fun experience. A brilliantly crafted unreliable narrator and one of the most despicable protagonists you'll encounter (and equally hate and love), woven into a uniquely spun horror tale. What's there not to like?The ending wasn't as put together as I would have liked but wasn't enough of a hurtle to stop me from enjoying this one. Dark, disturbing, but mostly just a lot of fun. (And if you're thinking of picking this one up, grab the audiobook version. Perfectly narrated.)

  • Gatorman
    2019-02-03 23:32

    A rollercoaster ride of a book, well worth the read. Starts off strong, lags somewhat in first half of the second part but then packs a wallop in the last 50 or so pages with an original, mind-warping ending. Great style, told as the actual book written by Sparks, with notes and transcripts thrown in by his brother. A true version of the unreliable narrator, you're never quite sure if what you're being told by Jack or his brother is reality or their own take on things. Went in a direction I wasn't expecting, which in this case is a very good thing. 4--4.5 stars. Highly recommended.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-10 22:48

    Whatever you do, DO NOT LAUGH AT AN EXORCISM. It really pisses off the demon.Jack Sparks, author of Jack Sparks on a Pogo Stick (in which he hopped from Land's End to John O'Groats), Jack Sparks on Gangs, Jack Sparks on Drugs (which landed him in rehab), and this posthumously published book (originally titled Jack Sparks on the Supernatural) was (in no particular order) an atheist, a narcissist, and a complete douche canoe. May he rest in peace. Jack's older brother, Alistair (equally douchey, as it turns out), has taken it upon himself to publish Jack's final manuscript, complete with notes to his editor (Eleanor) and additional transcipts of interviews with witnesses of Jack's final days. Intent on disproving the existence of the supernatural, Jack begins his research for his last book by witnessing an exorcism in a rural Italian church. A teenage girl, Maria Corvi, is brought by her farm labourer mother to have a possible demon cast out by famous exorcist (and published author) Father Primo di Stefano. Convinced that Maria is an actress and this is all a performance for his benefit, Jack laughs. On his return trip to England, a creepy video appears on Jack's YouTube channel, then disappears. As Jack's research for the book and investigation into the mysterious video lead him to Hong Kong and then to Hollywood, it becomes clear that Jack has attracted someone's attention. But is it, as he convinces himself, all a conspiracy to deceive him, or is it something more malicious and dangerous? As I was finishing this book late last night in my comfy reading chair (because no way in hell was I going to finish this thing in bed in the dark), my ten-year-old projectile vomited all over the bathroom. Luckily his head did not spin (nor did his eyes turn yellow or he suddenly start speaking Latin), so we're good there, but I was a little worried for a minute. That's how creepy this book is...and also damn gory, but funny as hell. (See what I did there? I can't help it.)Jack is the ultimate self-obsessed writer/media persona, always checking his social media accounts, counting his followers, building his brand. He sees himself as a major player, comparing himself to some of my favorite non-fiction writers. In an email to his agent (Murray), Jack writes, "Does Bill Bryson have to write 30,000 words before he can sell his latest books that he's written all about himself? Of course he doesn't, and neither should I. Sort it out." His agent replies, "Bryson's books aren't strictly speaking all about himself. Yours pretty much are. (Not a criticism, just FYI.)" Within the text of JSotS, Jack writes about laughing at the exorcism, "At this point, if I was a Louis Theroux or a Jon Ronson, I would nervously prop my spectacles back up onto the bridge of my nose and utter something evasive, most likely in the form of another question. (Eleanor: I know you and Murray don't like me mentioning these guys in print, but I heard Ronson slagged me off on the radio last week. He didn't mention me by name, but blatantly cast apersions in my direction. And in the Fitzroy Tavern, one of Theroux's flunkies couldn't resist telling me all about Louis' book sales and viewing figures and asking whether I'd landed myself a TV series yet. So as far as I'm concerned it's open fucking season.) Instead I tell Di Stefano I laughed because his exorcism struck me as pantomime."But who Jack is in his books and online isn't really who he is in real life, as revealed when we get to see him through others' eyes...and as he eventually begins to reveal to his readers as the world unravels around him. Somehow Arnopp managed to write a book that is creepy, funny, and thought-provoking all at once. He lays out clues through the book that all play into the big reveal at the end. Maybe The Last Days of Jack Sparks isn't a perfect book, but it's a hell of a lot of fun.

  • Heather Duff
    2019-02-04 20:26

    Jack Sparks is a total dick.He is an arrogant, self-centre, egotistical, social media princess, megalomaniac who has the cheek to slag off poor Louis Theroux.Jack Sparks is also now dead - ha, I have your attention don't I?!Jack died whilst he was writing a book on the supernatural, how he basically believed it to be a lot of old bollocks, naturally he pissed off a lot of people, but the one thing that Jack Sparks was capable of was finding a good story. Did this one get him killed?The Last Days is a "tribute" to Jack, his brother has pressed for his manuscript to be released posthumously to show the legions of, well I would say fans but they are followers since Jack lived his life in tweets and posts online, anyway to show his fans his final work.Sounds innocent enough so far, well you know what, this book scared me to death, when you first start reading Jack is a burned out hack with an ego the size of a planet but he saw some scary stuff. Stuff which he brushed off as a lot of crap.He basically wants to debunk anything supernatural like exorcisms and ghostly goings on. He doesn't really care who he pisses off, he doesn't care what people believe in and he has no idea what is coming for him.It starts in the form of a video, one that appears on his own YouTube account, one that he has posted. Except he hasn't. The video scares him, what he sees, genuinely scares him and when you read what happens it will scare you too.His life starts to unravel and you the reader are in for a crazy read. I read it at night time, which was quite frankly a stupid idea on my part. I was reading it on my Kindle and I had the feeling something was watching me, I had the light off and was starting to freak myself out. Nothing was watching me you'll be happy to know except my dog.Anyway, this is a scary read, you don't mess with what you don't know and Jack Sparks got in way over his head. The whole atmosphere of the book is creepy as hell, especially when you get the other side of the story, people who Jack was interviewing, their stories versus his version of events. Things do not add up.I can honestly say I loved this book, Jack despite his many faults is a likeable egomaniac and his characters reliance on social media is of course very much how a lot of us live our lives through tweets and instagram selfies. This book managed to both make me scared shitless and laugh, though not at the same time. I think you should read this book, just do it with the light on.Thank you to Orbit for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.