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Not one of Dick's best
on 14 January 2001
I have read Dick's 5 volume series of short stories at least twice through and some of them more often. I love his short stories as these seem better able to cope with one idea at a time.
I have read a few of his novels but found this the most disappointing, especially as it forms part of a series of sci-fi "masterworks". Perhaps the subject matter was too repellant and depressing (where was the black humour?); perhaps I couldn't absorb the themes all struggling for prominence. The ending was particularly unsatisfactory and messy in my view.
If you want a Dick book which both covers his ideas AND is a good read, I'd start elsewhere eg the Man in the High Castle or even the much derided Game Players of Titan.