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Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick
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Jul 05, 2010

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bookshelves: own, 2010, sci-fi, social-commentary
Read in July, 2010 , read count: 1

An enjoyable Truman Show-eque mind-bender (but written way before that film was even a twinkle in someone's eye) that treads ground that Dick fans will be familiar with - Ragle Gumm lives in a small community and makes his living solving where the little green man will be in the daily newspaper competition. When Ragle starts to question his existence following a series of powerful 'hallucinations', it soon becomes apparent that Ragle's world is just a construct designed to keep him docile and content while the fate of a war and millions of lives depend on his daily predictions.

Raising interesting ideas about reality, mental health, and Government meddling, this was a good read, especially while Ragle was trying to figure out what was going on around him, and is one that proves once again how much of an influence Dick has been on those who are now travelling along the trail he blazed. Given a three as it petered out slightly towards the climax and reveal.
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