- Series: Gollancz S.F.
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: TRAFALGAR SQUARE +; New Ed edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575079959
- ISBN-13: 978-0575079953
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,391,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flow, My Tears, The Policeman Said Paperback – Import, 2007
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Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is an example of this kind of derailment. In addition to the main story, in which a famous TV personality seems to be suddenly transported to a parallel universe where he never existed, we are introduced to the following details:
1. A bizarre alien creature called the "Callisto cuddle sponge" is used in an attempt to kill the protagonist early on, and never comes up again. Not only that, but there is no mention of an advanced space program or life on other worlds. The would-be assassin also disappears from the story. The protagonist's strange predicament starts immediately after this assassination attempt, yet ultimately is shown to have nothing to do with it.
2. All universities have been destroyed and turned into underground ghettos, where the remaining "students," who apparently opposed the government at one point, lead a half-feral existence and struggle to survive. The government itself has turned into a police state.
3. Jason Taverner is the product of genetic engineering (a "six"), which gives him extraordinary physical and mental powers. This appears to mark him for death, as the program has been forbidden, and the government is hunting down all survivors. However, this ultimately has nothing to do with his predicament.
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It deserves kudos for this alone. Not the snack, but the regard and esteem.
Apart from being pleasantly surprised at Dick's ability to pull this story off, there is a lot more that deserves commendation, too... there's a like-him-hate-him anti hero, a wonderfully fleshed-out policeman (two, actually), and a manically bizarre "mini-heroine" that pops up to simultaneously help, hurt and hinder the protagonist, Jason Taverner.
Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was Dick's writing style. The story is written upon a fine line between poetry and prose that often lulled me into a false sense of security. He managed on several occasions to make me say "wow" due to some particularly inspiring turn of phrase, or through some witty and poignant philosophical observation...Read more ›
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Love Philip K Dick's writing. Probably one of my favorites that he wrote.Published 4 months ago by Carrie Lorraine
Interesting concept that centers around the relative importance of how other people perceive you vs your "true" character/worth. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Baumerdotcom
One of my favorite Philip K Dick books of all time. I can't remember how many times I've reread this.Published 6 months ago by Yiana
Like much of the science fiction authored by the legendary PKD, Flow My Tears the Policeman Said relies heavily on the concept of alternative universes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael G.
Written in 1974 PKD's 'Flow My Tears...' (based upon the tune: Lachrimae Antiquae Pavan by John Dowland (~1600ad), a poignant piece of melancholic lutism) is a slight futurological... Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. DeKalb