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Piper in the Woods [Kindle Edition]

Philip K. Dick
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


Product Details

  • File Size: 101 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480050687
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJ11JQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,453 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Sci-Fi Story August 23, 2011
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On a remote asteroid a garrison of human explorers/colonizers is gradually succumbing to a strange psychological condition: one by one people start believing that they had become plants. A psychiatrist is assigned to work with these unusual cases, and based on the reports that he hears decides to visit the asteroid. There he searches for the ultimate cause of the underlying "psychosis", but it may be that the psychological state is just a reflection of some underlying and disturbing reality.

This is one of the finer PKD stories, with well-developed characters, smoothly flowing plot, and imaginative and unique developments. PKD's stories can sometimes feature rough transitions and endings, but this is not the case with this story. The themes that are explored are very interesting and are amongst some of PKD's most enduring fascination: personal identity and what it means to be human. This story also has a deeper allegorical message, which intertwines smoothly with the plotline.

In my opinion this is what a solid sci-fi story should look like. I would strongly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not easy being green March 26, 2013
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A staff of stressed out space workers have delusions of turning into plants. A fun sci-fi story about making an escape from modern life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars cool premise, but it fails to deliver April 9, 2013
By terziev
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This short story has a really quirky and neat idea - humans suddenly become plants. There are several great one liners such as “Corporal, you must realize that there are very few men who become plants, especially on such short notice.” , but it gets bogged in unnecessary details and just poor writing style. Overall I had the feeling I am reading some draft version. Still this is one of the earliest P. Dick stuff and his original style is evident. It is mostly for fans of P. Dick, the rest will hardly appreciate it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love Philip K. Dick June 26, 2014
By Larry
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I love this guy! He's a genius. It doesn't get better than PhilDickensian philosophy and perspective. Everything of his is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good January 17, 2014
By marvin
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Good book and as usual the people that translate this from written text to the digital did an excellent job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piper in the Woods January 2, 2014
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i loved this book. it has a very unique story line. Phillip k Dick does a great job really drawing you into his made up world. Easy read and easily my favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good work November 27, 2013
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A great writer with ideas bigger than the universe of conventional thought. He makes you think about the things that are coming and the kind of future we can have.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad October 13, 2013
By Paul
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This is a relatively quick read and takes about a half hour to an hour depending on how fast you read. It's a quick little tale involving an isolated garrison on an asteroid. Some people who work there get sent back to Terra claiming that they're pants and it's up to doctor Harris to figure out what's going on. It sort of hurries to its conclusion leaving a lot to the imagination, but the ambiguity lends itself well to a Twilight Zone-esque conclusion. 3 stars because I would've liked to read more and maybe had not such a predictable ending.
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