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- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: Wildside Press (3 April 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C6EXNRA
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- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Philip K. Dick MEGAPACK ®: 15 Classic Science Fiction Stories Kindle Edition
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Concepts of alternate realities, dystopian futures and insanity are the order of the day here. All stories are brilliantly written and varying in length and quality, it is interesting to see how Philip's writing style evolves as he lays out these stories for you to explore.
Some of the stories will genuinely make you think about what you just read and are open to your own interpretation on what has actually happened. Exhibit Piece is one of my favorites.
For the price you can't go wrong, pick this up and strap yourself in.
There are some really classic highlights, and some not too low lows. That said, nothing in the collection is dreadful, but, sorry to say, I found nothing especially sublime either. All Philip K Dick's pre-occupations are well represented here, and most of the stories are thought provoking...
However, as I've said many times, Megapacks are so cheaply priced (I mean, 59p for God's sake !) that even a fairly middling collection (like this) doesn't hurt the pocket. I rarely feel cheated, and am always philosophical if slightly less than overwhelmed....
I now see that there's a Philip K. Dick volume 2, and I will certainly be buying it, despite being underwhelmed by volume 1.
There is one really good story relating to the usage of language.
Where it is not necessarily worth the five stars is there are a few stories I have read a lot of times within the compilation (eg Beyond lies the Wub). If you have read a lot of Philip K Dick stuff, then the price alone may still make it worth your while to catch any of the stories you may have missed, but you may not get anything exciting or different.
If you have never read any of his stories, are into science fiction and want to know what one of the pioneers of fantasy and science fiction has written, then this is very much worth a look.
*Warning* there is none of his A-list stuff in this compilation, *do not* expect to get "do androids dream of electric sheep", "The Man In The High Castle", or "A Scanner Darkly" within this book set.
Cost me 34p!Brilliant.
All the stories are good,obviously some better than others, and I know that I read many of them in my youth....but great to read again.
I think the story titled 'Second Variety' was made into a film called,I think,'Screamers' with Peter Weller.
Anyway,a real bargain and therein lies the wub.
If you have never heard of him before (other than maybee as the guy that wrote the book "Blade Runner" is based on) then I envy you, for you are goign to experience the joy of discovering one of the most brilliant minds behind sci-fi and general "out-of-the-box thinking" that has ever existed.
This collection is a great place to start
But, and it's a big one, a little old fashioned for newer readers maybe?
Personally, and I'm not new in any sense of the word, I found it excellent value for money, and it'd be worth a punt at the pittance asked even if you'd never heard of Mr Dick. Don't go admitting THAT at any Sci-Fi conventions though.
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