Alaric Fischer was born into the promise of eternity. An artist and highly advanced dreamer of things to come, he built a small empire around his artwork. Yet hungry for things that come from beyond, he loses sight of the natural world. Entering the road to tame his delusions, he is faced with the challenge of altering the course of reality. The opponent of death becomes a matter of reinventing the wheel on the level of a cosmic chess board. Coming closer to define an alternative to existence, Alaric discovers he is the artificial intelligence of an author gone mad with the game of God. What comes of these dreams that soar through the soul of devouring one meager life may have a hunger for all of mankind. He who writes of the weather controls the course of human evolution.
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The story of Alaric is a story in itself, and beautifully told, but so sad. I felt for him. This is told with many remarkable metaphors, giving this the impression of being prose poetry. It causes me to see things in a new light. This is also ridiculous and humorous. Our narrator is a genius and avoids social interaction, so has a rather interesting imagination and paranoia. I like the references to God and musicians. Although the writing seems refined, those references bring it back to the 21st century and this does loosen up later on and it becomes like two different books. I was glad of the dialogue that broke up the paragraphs and moved the story along. The genre did seem to switch to sci-fi, which was odd. I became almost disappointed with the path this took, of our narrator searching for intimacy and a woman. Although it is fascinating, and this is how I interpreted it, that the woman he imagines is of his conscious. She is there but like a dream, not quite there. This reminds me of The Naked Lunch in parts. Mind bending, surreal and beyond any words of description. It is philosophical and if you are tired I wouldn't recommend this, your eyes may drift over the text, but if you are looking for something inspiring read this.
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite The Creature of the Wildcard by Jon Fischer is a young adult fantasy that is also heavy on metaphysical philosophy. The story is complicated, but it is intended to leave the reader in a psychedelic state. Alaric Fischer is a successful artist, but he wants more than what he can learn in the physical world. He takes a course through the Neuro Art Institute about dream imagining. Through this course, Alaric discovers Alternity, a term coined by the inventor of the sensory deprivation tank, who believes Alternity is an alternative to death. Alaric wants to learn to travel to an alternative state of existence, to cheat death and accomplish immortality. But Alaric is playing on a cosmic chess board, changing the way humankind might live for millions of years. Who does he think he is to play God? Now that he has the power, should he make these changes to mankind? Or will everything collapse around him if they all knew the truth as he knows it? The Creature of the Wildcard by Jon Fischer is an epic, dark, and difficult fantasy that really crosses the boundaries of fiction and dreams, science and philosophy, religion and faith. It is not for everyone, but will appeal to readers who want to take a trip down a dark, deep rabbit hole and are prepared for all the madness they encounter. The dream sequences are vividly described and can only be explained as if the author, the main character, and the reader are all on the same incredible high. Interesting and dark story.