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Thomas World Paperback – September 1, 2011
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One of its main favorable points, in my opinion, is that it draws heavly on Dick's literature (ranging from Ubik to Flow my tears to Divine invasion), and is still able to create an original story, with its own voice, whithout sounding updated or as a regurgitation of previous ideas. At the same time, the theme of how hard it is to define existence as reality also reminded me of more mainstream works such as Matrix or the Truman Show, and the ideas are put so clearly that it would still be very enjoyable to those who havent had previous contact with Dick's works, but who enjoy science fiction and thought experiments.
Also, with comparassion for other recent science fiction, I think the characters are well developed and complex, but not overly so. I dont think I stopped once and went "why is this character behaving like this?/ this makes no sense!/ I can see where this is leading...", which is usually the case with science fiction books that place a heavy value on developing its concepts and ideas, and not in plot and character development.
Finally, the book is able to develop and criticize ideas that concern the belief in God and organized religion respectfully, while still being humorous, and presenting a debate, and not a one sided argument.
I truly enjoyed this book, and if you too enjoy mind-boggling, well developed science fiction, I would definetly recommend it.
PS: the author suggests a list of music one could listen to while reading the book, but I did not try this, and I have nothing to say on the sound track.