5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Looking forward to a second reading,
By A Customer
This review is from: Martian Time-Slip (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
I am surprised to see such an indifferent rating for this book. I hadn't read much science fiction since a teenager 20 years ago but this year have come back to the fold. Have been reading a variety of authors - Delaney, le Guin, Blish - but find Dick the most vivid and arresting literature. With "Ubik", "Martian Time-Slip" is the one that remains most in my mind. I found it frightening - the accounts of Jack Bohleen's vists to Arnie Kott as Jack's psychosis grips him; the loss of Manfred at the school and Jack's interactions with the facsimile teaching machines; the final appearance of Manfred with the Bleekmen. And compassionate - Doreen's acceptance and support of Jack; the Bleekmen's acceptance of Manfred; Kott's death and even the descriptions of him. Dick seems to have had difficulty in rejecting his characters and their shortcomings. I feel this to be an extraordinary book, as vivid and substantial as any that I've read. Second reading may yet undermine my rating but I look forward to the opportunity for disappointment - if that's what's coming.