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Must Re-read

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 1 December 2006 08:23 (A review of Memnoch the Devil (Vampire Chronicles #5))

Her earlier books are entertaining, but this one takes her writing to a whole new level. Sure there might be some moral delimmas in her earlier work, but this takes her to a new philosophical level. Is Satan really bad, or did he chose free will. I have tattered my copy and despite 12 years of Catholic schooling found this a great view into Christian religion.


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My First Zelazny

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 1 December 2006 08:20 (A review of Lord of Light (S.F. Masterworks 7))

I had no clue who Roger Zelazny was until I read Psychoshop, on which he collaborated with Alfred Bester. Since then I have read all of his harder sci-fi. Can't say I am too drawn to his Amber fantasy series. A great read and again a must have for an self-defined science fiction reader.


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Great Book

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 1 December 2006 08:18 (A review of The Positronic Man)

I read this book in one day. I could not put it down. Ignore the movie, this book is a must read for any sci-fi fan and a great book to give to a new young reader. Asimov was a real talent and this is some of his best. Great characters and plot. Movie did not do it justice.


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Disappointed

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 1 December 2006 06:03 (A review of Ubik)

Whenever I tell someone that I read Dick, I get two responses, "Who is that?" and "You should read Ubik". With that kind of buildup I don't know if any book could have lived up to the hype, but Ubik was definitely disappointing. The twists were fun but not enough. One of his better books but definitely not his best.


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Not really Sci-fi

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 1 December 2006 06:02 (A review of Time Out of Joint)

While he uses some science fiction to set up the plot, the real underlying novel is not science fiction. It is still a great book, and much better fodder for a movie than paycheck ever was.


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Confusing as all hell

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 1 December 2006 05:58 (A review of Lies, Inc.)

This book is not all Dick. They took his short story, the Unteleported Man and found a lost ending. To make it work they had to create filler. Confusing and at parts completely confusing, this book lacks the cohesiveness of a regular Dick story. One of this worst that I've read.


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Better than the movie.

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 1 December 2006 05:49 (A review of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

The movie tries to pay homage to the book by including certain points (scarcity of animals) but the movie plot does not do this masterpiece justice.

Of Phil's works, this is #4 on my list.


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Need to reread

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 1 December 2006 05:47 (A review of The Man in the High Castle (Penguin Modern Classics))

I definitely need to reread this book. The idea is simple enough, but Dick switches realities on you so often you don't know what is real and what is a book within a book.

One of his top 3, must read.


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It will blow your mind

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 1 December 2006 05:46 (A review of Valis)

Horselover Fat will live in infamy. Supposedly based on real life experiences and part of a trilogy (arguable), this book is a life changer. What if reality was real, and after much dilberation you decided you could trust it, then BAM it isn't!

His BEST BOOK. Must read for anyone interesting in Philip K. Dick.


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Drug Trip Extrordinaire

Posted : 10 years, 10 months ago on 1 December 2006 05:45 (A review of A Scanner Darkly)

If you enjoyed Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, you will like this one. Eschewing his sometimes over sci-fi books, Dick's paranoia comes back with a vengeance. The concept behind the book is nice, and Dick plays it masterfully. Definitely one of his must reads. Read it before seeing the movie.


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