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The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
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Jul 20, 10

Read from July 13 to 20, 2010

As always, Philip K. Dick is a great idea guy. The concept of a drug that creates an alternate reality that's inhabited and controlled by an extraterrestrial (malevolent or not?) is a fascinating one. The lines between reality and not get blurred almost out of existence. However, as I have said before, Dick is crazy, and he realizes that at some point in all his novels. He uses way too many adverbs (my personal fave was "tremblingly") and, in this book, he jumps around POV from numerous characters that aren't crucial to the plot in any way. The story doesn't get cohesive until about halfway through, just about when the Dick crazy portion starts. And the ending was a bit sloppy, too. But overall, I'd recommend with caution. A good Philip K. Dick story, but it takes a certain kind of reader to enjoy. I'd start with "Man in the High Castle" first.

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