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Valis and Later Novels: A Maze of Death / Valis / the Divine Invasion / the Transmigration of Timothy Archer Hardcover – July 30, 2009
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I highly recommend buying this collection: It would be cheaper than buying the individual novels and because of the marvelous binding it will surely last.
I'm not sure if I completely agree with the previous reviewer about the need to start with one of the previous volumes. With few exceptions, you can't go wrong with any of Dick's novels. And none of the exceptions are present in any of the Library of the Americas volumes. Perhaps the best idea is to pre-order the box set. If you've never read him before, you are in for a real treat. I envy you. Enjoy!
Valis is Dick's attempt to explain what exactly happened to him in that time period. Structured within a semi-autobiographical framework, it is a mind-bending extrapolation of nearly everything going on in Dick's head at the time, and is considered by many, including me, to be his masterpiece. It even includes dozens of actual passages from the Exegesis, his reflections on the events of '2-3-74,' as Dick referred to it. Although people new to him may want to start with something else, every fan should read this and then proceed to be awe-struck. No other PKD novel has more of a "falling down the rabbit hole" vibe, not even Ubik or Three Stigmata.
The Divine Invasion takes these same ideas about God, or Valis, but structures them around a more traditional, futuristic framework. It asks the question, "What if God were living among us, as a human child?Read more ›
I give 4 stars to A Maze of Death which has the theme of what is a dream and what is reality? Even though the characters live in a futuristic, high tech world, they still are not happy and they still have dangers and tragedies to deal with. These characters of the future have not improved their characters along with their technology.
I give Valis 5 stars because of its great, unforgettable character, Horselover Fat, which is Dick's mentally ill alter ego. I still find it amusing that Dick says that the one thing Horselover Fat should not do is help people because they will drag him down into their hole. Another funny statement was that he had befriended two bitches enamored with illness and death who are determined to drag other people who care about them into the grave with them. But towards the end of the story the clouds break up and glimmer of hope appears. But is this true hope or just madness?
I give The Divine Invasion three stars because it was only good in a few places and the plot jumps from two different scenes that eventually merge, which I found confusing at first. It is the failed sequel to Valis, in my opinion. I thought the humor fell flat, the theme was trite and hokey, and the cynicism too cold.Read more ›
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Dick takes nothing for granted and examines the details of life as if they consisted of the deepest secrets in the universe.Published 5 months ago by Gene Mische
Philip K. Dick has somehow become more brilliant since his death in the 1980's. The Valis books deal with a puzzling spiritual encounter/ mental break/ ET encounter Dick actually... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cyd Ropp
This is a great author's most mentally unstable, confusing work. Which makes me love it even more.Published 11 months ago by S. Koch
I have been a subscriber to LOA for a long time. These editions are superb in content as well as being very well made. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John T. Way
This is a nice, but rather inconsistent collection, mostly because PKD was increasingly inconsistent as he got older and less prolific. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by L.D.Bronstein
Philips Dick sees the world through such pessimistic eyes that there is no hope. I didn't finish this book though I paid $30.00 for it!Published on July 20, 2013 by Leeya Thompson
This edition is superb. Everything from the simple art on the jacket, to the paper, the font and the bibliographical notes make this edition the perfect tribute to the USA's own... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Yamil Maldonado