Four novels of the 1960s

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Library of America, 2007 - Fiction - 830 pages
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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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Dick is an interesting writer. - Goodreads
Uneven prose, generally coarse. - Goodreads
I loved the premise of this story. - Goodreads
Great writing, but too dystopian for me at the moment. - Goodreads
The plot is difficult to describe, but here goes. - Goodreads
Also, I like the empathy dropped into his prose. - Goodreads
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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.  

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What a weird and sorted story of me finally finishing this book. It was a gift and surely appreciated. I had never read Dick before and this gave me an entry which, again, I appreciate. It started in ... Read full review

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-->Over a writing career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film; notably: "Blade Runner" (based on "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"), "Total Recall", "Minority Report", and "A Scanner Darkly". The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into 25 languages.

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