Four novels of the 1960s
The great accomplishment of Philip K. Dick, in the words of editor Jonathan Lethem, was "to turn the materials of American pulp-style science fiction into a vocabulary for a remarkably personal vision of paranoia and dislocation." These four novels written in the 1960s are summits in Dick's career. They exemplify the hallucinatory logic, darkly comic exuberance, and unsettling prescience of Dick's genius. These are universes where alternate realities can be marketed and individual identity eroded in unexpected ways, and where the very question of what is human is redefined as the virtual becomes the real, and the divine may lurk in a mass-marketed drug or in a household product.
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I found Dick's writing a little bit difficult to get into. I'm not sure if it's just this book (to get the whole disconnection of emotion between characters) or whether it's the same across the board, but i found the conversation scenes incredibly difficult to follow in that way. Not a bad book though. I had watched the film last year, so obviously there were huge differences, but it was good to get a bit more backstory/character exploration from this book.
Picked this one up on a friends suggestion and that I wanted to read "The man in the high castle". While not the worst books I have ever read but certainly not the best. The book itself is of great quality for what it is and was my favorite part of the experience. However PKD writing style is not nearly as enjoyable. Things happen so quickly with no buildup and resolve is such very disappointing ways that even the exciting parts are bland. And when it comes to dialogue it is hardly coherent. The ideas behind the books are interesting at the very least but are just not communicated very well. I would like to read some more of his work to see if it gets any better at the very least.