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Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s Hardcover – May 10, 2007
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Jonathan Lethem is the author Fortress of Solitude and many other novels and story collections.
- Item Weight : 1.22 pounds
- Hardcover : 900 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1598530097
- ISBN-13 : 978-1598530094
- Product Dimensions : 5.1 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
- Publisher : Library of America (May 10, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To start with, I think George R.R. Martin must have been a fan of PKD, as he really must have derived his "I'll throw loads of characters at 'em right quick, all the while jumping around from disjointed story to disjointed story to keep it all totally confusing. Along about halfway through the book I'll begin to cross the characters paths so the reader will FINALLY be able to make some sense out of what is going on and keep from confusing the characters! Brilliant!" manner from PKD.
It really wasn't until half way through the tale that I could keep from confusing the characters and begin to get a sense of WHAT THE HECK was going on. At that point I started to really enjoy the story and be interested in the outcome. This could have ended up being a solid three, maybe even four star book for me, if it weren't for the ending.
Basically the gist is, imagine for a moment that the Allied forces didn't win WWII. Hitler didn't die in a ditch like the dog that he was and Japan was never bombed with nuclear weapons. In fact, the entire world was nearly divided in half between Germany and Japan with a sliver going to Italy. The USA, in fact, was split down the middle with the west coast being Japanese territory and the East coast being German. Jews in any German area having been killed and the whole of the African continent having been annihilated by Germany in a "cleansing" measure. Germany has the H-Bomb and isn't afraid to use it! There are some human interest elements, love, lost love, lust, greed. There is political espionage, spies and what not; the underlying assassination plot. It really does get quite good.
Then the end. Huh? What the hell is that supposed to mean? Really, I don't get it! Am I supposed to take this as a dream? Some alternate universe? Is the Matrix involved somehow?
Stupid bloody ending gives this book two stars. I'll never read it again, and if it wasn't for the fact that there is another story in this particular volume, I'd give it away to the first taker.
During this time of lock-down, the insanity of the environment his characters wade through unfortunately reinforced the surreal outside world. I did not finish A Scanner Darkly. Things are crazy enough.
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Whenever I am looking for an author's works I look for Library of America editions first.