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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book by a great author.
The Simulacra is a good novel that goes quite well with The Penultimate Truth. It has all the hallmarks of a PKD book; a middle-aged loser everyman as its main protagonist; rampant paranoia; and layers of truth that are gradually unfolded. I enjoyed this book because it depicts a totalitarian future threatened by neo-Nazis told through the eyes of each character. We never...
Published on 5 Mar 2006 by A. Morley

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Book -- Poor editing
First of all, the story is fantastic and the book itself is brilliant, but the editing for this Kindle version is poor.

I'm not sure how you go about converting a book to Kindle, and I don't think the publishers were either. There are a lot of mistakes. Words merge together, the punctuation is all over the place and the paragraphs look like they've been hacked...
Published 23 months ago by Paul Aitken

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4.0 out of 5 stars Avoid Mariner Reissue., 19 Nov 2012
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The Simulacra is another great PKD book, if you've read any of his other works you'll know what you're getting yourself in to. If you're new to PKD then I would recommend you start with 'Ubik' or 'Do Androids Dream...'.

I can't however, recommend this particular edition (Mariner Books; Reissue edition (18 Oct 2011)).
In fact, 'Mariner Reissue' series of PKD books are truly terrible. I also have the misfortune to own the 'Valis' edition.
They're covered in some sort of glossy plastic and they feel incredibly cheap to handle. Cover design is poor and the typography is ill-thought-out. The whole line of books seem like a half-arsed Friday afternoon job.
PKD deserves better.

So yeah, buy another edition, the story is great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine PKD Novel, 15 Mar 2011
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"A few years from now the President of the USA will be an android and his entire government a fraud. Everyone in the country is maladjusted. Doesn't seem possible, does it? Welcome to the world of Dr. Superb, the sole remaining psychotherapist. Philip K. Dick tells a story of desperate love, lethal body odour and an attempted fascistic takeover of the USA and shows that there is always another layer of conspiracy beneath the one we see."
-- from the back cover

Written in 1963 and published in 1964, The Simulacra (Dick's twelfth published novel) explores a number of themes Dick had an abiding interest in, totalitarian police states, paranoia, psychic abilities, false realities, conspiracy etc..

As with all PKD's works this novel makes you marvel at his imagination but also (if you are of a philosophical turn of mind) brings you to question and consider the themes he raises for yourself.

"[Dick] sees all the sparkling and terrifying possibilities. . . that other authors shy away from."
--Paul Williams, Rolling Stone

"The most consistently brilliant SF writer in the world"
--John Brunner

"Dick quietly produced serious fiction in a popular form and there can be no greater praise"
--Michael Moorcock

"One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Philip K. Dick made most of the European avant-guarde seem navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac"
--Sunday Times

If you are new to Philip K Dick's work I would also recommend the following novels (which generally seem to be regarded as among his best):

The Man In The High Castle (S.F. Masterworks)
Ubik (S.F. Masterworks)
A Scanner Darkly (S.F. Masterworks)
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (S.F. Masterworks)

That said, though some of PKD's works are better than others, to my mind they are all well worth reading. I would also recommend his short story collections:

Beyond Lies The Wub: Volume One Of The Collected Short Stories
Second Variety: Volume Two Of The Collected Short Stories
The Father-Thing: Volume Three Of The Collected Short Stories
Minority Report: Volume Four Of The Collected Short Stories
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: Volume Five of The Collected Short Stories

Also of interest may be the fine biography of Philip K Dick by Lawrence Sutin Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick (Gollancz S.F.)
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