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  • Hardcover: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; 1st edition (July 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598530259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598530254
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was for my 24 yr old son for his birthday.
Deborah L. Hoffman
The one problem with this book is the pages are VERY thin...it's easy to turn several at a time on accident.
Josh Stearns
I recommend this collection for your own personal library.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By KJ on January 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this volume for its inclusion of "A Scanner Darkly", after seeing the movie. I think what made me decide to purchase it was dedication, at the end of the film, to all of Dick's friends who were lost along the way. The movie was effective, if hard to understand, but that dedication was haunting and I knew I had to read the book.

I have yet to read "A Scanner Darkly" because I started off with "Flow My Tears the Policeman Said" and then "Martian Time Slip". Both books were great, combining insightful brilliance and a much larger dose of the hauntedness that drew me to Dick in the first place. In fact, I often had to put down both books, especially "Martian Time Slip" to get rid of the sinking, nauseated feeling that comes so easily while reading Dick. For me Dick is the writer who, page after page, lets me bite off more than I can chew.

Although I understand why Dick is classified as a science fiction writer I think this label does him--and potential readers--a great disservice; I want to encourage anyone reading this review who is leery of science fiction to go ahead and read Dick, especially if they are keen on brilliant, if troubling, insights of the psychological, sociological, metaphysical and outright varieties.

Finally I want to praise the Library of America series. The series is simply first rate, from the physical quality of the materials to the aesthetics of the fonts and book layout and design, inclusion of a permanent tassel bookmark and the editing and notes. Bravo.

PS - in case you didn't know this is actually the second Library of America volume for dick, the first containing four other novels!
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By David Kleist on November 24, 2008
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Prolific. Consistently thought-provoking. Scintillatingly brilliant with uncanny frequency. Hilarious. Living an adult life mostly in poverty but surrounded by many caring people. A binge fiction writer, letter-writer, and talker.

This was Philip K. Dick. He was kind enough to correspond several times with a nerdy high-school senior who had written a ten-page analysis of three of his major works.

That was me.

PKD's heart would soar at being included in a series of books featuring Melville, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hawthorne, and Thoreau. This latest volume includes FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID, still one of my favorites and the novel that sent me on my own binge of PKD reading.

With an oeuvre of over fifty novels, voluminous short stories, philosophical essays, and a final tome, THE EXEGESIS, which may resemble Prokofiev's Symphony Number 2 in its gargantuan length and ultimate inaccessibility for most fans, Philip K. Dick was a ceaseless writer who found revision a nearly impossible process.

His works are structured by his brilliant mind that thought aloud on paper in the form of stories that questioned the nature of reality but that also revealed a profound love for most of humanity. To read PKD is to become more deeply attuned to what it is to be human--to become an explorer held in suspense by a psychological realist who fabulated fantastic worlds that were strangely familiar.

PKD's best works--five of which are included in this latest volume--are a joy to read. Because he wrote fast and didn't often revise, these are blemished works of art. But all of us are similarly blemished: it's the nature of being human. Brilliance radiates even on pages where archaic slang, incorrect predictions, and other flaws are rife.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By No BS guy on January 5, 2014
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I notice I did not like this book as much as did the other reviewers. I am not a fan of PKD per se, but knew of his movie adaptations and wanted to read his original stories. Some are good; some are not. Most are dated, many involving nuclear war in the early 70's. Frankly, I found this volume boring and at times almost painful to finish. The famed "Martian Time Slip" held very little interest for me plodding along at glacial pace. While a student studying PKD might enjoy this series, but I could not recommend it to the casual reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian S. Koontz on March 9, 2013
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Dick is an insanely funny man. I kept feeling that my mind was being kidnapped and taken on a joyride,
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Josh Stearns on May 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Where else can you get 5 of PKD's very best novels for 25 bucks. This book is about 7 dollars more on Barnes & Noble so it was an easy decision for me. The one problem with this book is the pages are VERY thin...it's easy to turn several at a time on accident. This is a small issue though when you consider the quality of the collection.
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That book contains three novels which I've never read before. Definitely not mainstream, but I enjoyed them a lot. Also, it was very interesting to read PKD timeline, which is published at the end of the book.
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By Shira Corcoran on May 30, 2014
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I am pleased with this book. The book arrived in great shape, and am currently reading this book. Wish there was a cover.
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