A Scanner Darkly
Originally published in 1977 and set in the mid ‘90s, the book tells the story of Bob Arctor. Arctor appears to be just another burned out druggie who lives with a couple of other dopers, and they spend most of their time getting high on Substance D and assorted other drugs. Bob is actually an undercover nar...more
The .gif summation:
Recipe for A Scanner Darkly:
1. Take moderate amounts of the drug of your choice (recommend one with highly hallucinogenic and paranoiac qualities)
2. Allow to simmer while reading Less Than Zero
3. Stir in a random amount of a second drug (preferably one with potential for permanent...more
It's a story about the drug trade in the near future, and a man named Bob Arctor, who is both drug addict and narc. He's addicted to a deadly drug called Substance D, which causes splitting of the personality. As time goes on, his two personalities become...more
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Update: I wasn't able to fit all I wanted to say on The Man in the High Castle in the allotted space, so I thought, since it is generalised Dick stuff (which I say advisedly) I could put the rest here:
The Superior Person is inexhaustible in his willingness to teach
Phil: Well, as Jesus said to Pontius Pilate, you said it, not me, Gesagts in Luther's translation, Beis du der juder Konig. And then Jesus answers, Sie sagts, you
This book is simultaneously hilarious and heart breaking and it is a really excellent...more
No narrative tension, the writing is awful (I would quote some of it as proof, but I already got rid of my copy), and the most potentially exciting elements of the book (drug subculture and its lingo and take on friendship, multiple identities) are handled with the zest and elegance of a cut-rate rectal exam. Does that analogy even make sense? I don't think so, but neither did this book.
I've heard this was the first book he wrote after he kicked drug...more
At the same time, we are not like that -- it is the paradox that sp...more
Très bon livre, vraiment.
Très flippant aussi.
Pas dans le sens "horreur" mais plutôt dans le sens où on finit par s'embrouiller soi même entre le moi, le surmoi, le non moi, le moi flippé.
Séquence fiction comme il dit. C'est tellement plausible.
Et puis tout à coup on prend conscience de l'horreur de la situation. Et en même...more
Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D--which Arctor takes in massive doses--gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.
Caustically funny, eerily accurate in its depiction of junkies, scam artists, and the walking brain-dead, Philip
Def the heaviest Phillip K. Dick story I've ever read. Made more so by its semi-autobiographical nature. I'm glad to have gotten a small insight into what made the author's mind so strange though. Illustrates the sadness and abandonment of anything worldly which is entailed by serious drug addiction. This is a side of the drug community/drug phenomenon which is difficult to acknowledge because there really seems to be no solution.
The main character undergoes personalit...more
And that's exactly what happens to Bob/Fred/Bruce. I feel the author might have done this on purpose, his note at the end gives some indication of that. I'm giving it three stars, not because I think it's a good or original story, but simpl...more
For those of us that grew up with Science Fiction these are hard times. Not much hard science fiction is being written these days. Charles Sheffield, J...more
Los Angeles 1994. Una droga nuova e pericolosa, la sostanza M, invade il mercato seminando morte e follia. Bob Arctor, un agente della narcotici, si infiltra tra i tossici per arrivare agli spacciatori e poi ai capi. Ma nel frattempo inizia a provare la sostanza M, e il suo concetto di realtà ne risulta un tantino distorto, Bob gira silenzioso tra i consumatori di sostanza M (come morte) e li spia. Va alla sede della narcotici con la sua bella tuta disindividuante, e là fa rapporto sul suo opera...more
Tempo fa avevo anche visto il film, perché sono un imbelle e non ho res...more
Fred becomes increasingly detached, due to a burnout of his corpus callosum (the primary nerve bridge between the right and left brain), splitting his personality in two.
Agents wear a special suit when they meet with their superiors. The suit blurs your image, in ord...more
Non ci sono mezzi termini per parlare di questo romanzo. E' un capolavoro assoluto.
A lungo considerato uno dei migliori romanzi di fantascienza, in seguito ad un processo di rivalutazione dell'autore, "Un oscuro scrutare" è considerato uno dei migliori capolavori della letteratura contemporan
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