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on 8 November 2009
This is a brilliant read. It has all the characterisitcs of a Philip K Dick novel - the books starts off a slow pace, slowly building the tension until breakin point. Unlike a lot of his works, this book has not been made into a film (as far as I know) but I believe (-SPOILER ALERT- ............................................................) that this film may have influenced the writers of "The Matrix" trilogy. Very interesting read.
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on 29 April 2013
I should not have started to read this book when I had a nearing deadline. Admittedly I donor find PKD easy to put down but my first reaction to the first couple of chapters was that I would've content to read in short bursts. I was too intrigued to know what was reall happening and had to read to the end.
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on 13 March 2011
"Ragle Gumm is an ordinary man leading an ordinary suburban life, except that he makes his living by entering a newspaper contest every day -- and winning, every day. But he gradually begins to suspect that his world is an illusion, constructed around him for the express purpose of keeping him docile and happy. But if he is right, what is his real world like, and what is he actually doing every day when he thinks he is guessing 'Where Will The Little Green Man Be Next?'"
-- from the back cover

Written in 1958 and published in 1959, Time Out of Joint (Dick's sixth published novel) explores a number of themes Dick had an abiding interest in, most specifically the nature of reality and the impact on people when reality as they understand it starts to unravel around them.

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. PKD also creates characters that I at least find believable.

"[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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on 16 October 2008
PKD's fiction can be pretty much broken down into two styles, as the afterword indicates, pulpy hamburger mass production sci fi and more introspective "inner space" fiction examining human dilemmas or dillusional states.

This book is sort of a combination of the two, PKD creates this amazing narrative which builds and builds, weaving in simple things which everyone's experienced, a sense of de ja vu or reaching for a light cord that's not there but was in another setting or at another time and remains with the individual as a subconscious memory.

However just before the finish the book takes a strange turn for the pulp sci fi which disappoints but not too much, its still seriously superior to the genuine article pulp like Heinlein and the afterword explains all.

This would be an excellent place to begin with PKD's books and the afterword will help you decide if reading any of the rest of his books is worthwhile (I did read a lot of his other books, a collection of his letters and writing and a biography).

Fans of this book will also like The Cosmic Puppets which is on a similar theme, very similar but a little more fantastical than science fictional, fans of psychological or psycho-analytical fiction like Irvin D. Yalom or One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest should like this too if they can transcend the genre bar. Incidentially the cover art is absolutely brilliant and makes a lot of sense once you've finished the book.
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on 3 December 2003
Again, Philip K.Dick shows that he was without doubt a pioneer of Science Fiction writing years before such a genre really existed.
For a modern audience, this novel is similar to The Truman Show in that the main character finds himself in idealistic American suburbia whose reality he begins to question. He is drawn into trying to establish whether he is part of a huge global conspiracy all centered around him, or if he is just a paranoid lunatic. However, the similarities end after that as it becomes clear that this is no television show, but something much, much more ominous.
After a slow beginning, the action soon picks up as the reality of the world he lives in becomes very fragile indeed. From about a quarter of the way through the pace never lets up until the last few pages when the truth is finally revealed.
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on 23 February 2006
Paranoid, doom-laden and nervy, this is the first novel where Dick got the chance to explore the alternate realities that fascinate him, and it’s all the better for being dressed up in a pulpy, noir atmosphere. The human side of this novel is surprisingly deep, as the characters take on lives of their own and complex emotions come into play. Let down by an ending that ties everything together a bit too neatly, this is nonetheless an unsettling trip into paranoia.
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on 21 July 2014
Even his ideas have ideas. Flows quite well for a pkd novel. Am working through his books at the moment. Would put this in my top 5 PKDs.
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on 28 November 2015
An interesting book, well written, interesting cover. Would read again.
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on 17 March 2016
Received it in lovely condition can't wait to read it
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on 18 August 2014
everything perfect!!
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