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This review is from: The Simulacra (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
The Simulacra is not one of Dicks very best science fiction novels, it is not on a par with, say, "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldricht", or "A Scanner Darkly". It is however very very good and bares many of the marks of classic Dick. Like "Do Android Dream..." it features a band of semi-pathetic characters who deep down want to leave Earth like everyone else and start a new life on a Martian colony but for whatever reason they can't seem to do it. Most of these characters are under the care of Dr. Egon Superb (as usual Dick's characters have the best names in fiction) who is the last psychologist on Earth, who serves as a device to link together the various different plot strands. Like many good Dick books, the first couple of chapters can be a little dizzying as you get acclimatised to the world and characters he is writing about. This deals very much with the shifting nature of reality, what is real, what isn't real and does it even really matter? For example one of the main characters Richard Kongrosian is the worlds most famous classical concert pianist but he never physicaly touches the keyboard, he projects the music into the audiences mind. The great thing about the book really isn't the plot or themes but the qreat quality of the writing. He wrote quickly often with the aid of prescribed anphetamines and it really shows. His sentences and paragraphs have a real verve, momentum, and plain weirdness unlike anyone (with the exception maybe of Hunter S. Thompson). This does seem to mean that his novels don't end so much as crash, often unravelling spectacularly but sometimes a little unsatisfactorily. In summing up I'd say this is definately a book you should get round to reading but if you are new to Dick (hee hee hee) then I'd recommend starting with A Scanner Darkly. Oh as a little adjunct if you are really into Dick (hee hee hee) I'd really recommend Carrere's biography "I am alive and you are dead" it is one of the best biographies I have ever read.
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Initial post: 24 May 2013 20:30:09 BDT
Mr. K. C. Ballard says:
I think, deep down, you want to leave Earth like everyone else and start a new life on a Martian colony, don't you?
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