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Four Novels of the 1960s

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This Library of America volume brings together four of Dick's most original, mesmerizing, and surprising novels: "The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," and "Ubik."
Hardcover, 830 pages
Published May 10th 2007 by Library of America
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Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, scifi, american
“I am Ubik. Before the universe was, I am."
Philip K. Dick, Ubik


Perhaps my favorite collection of Philip K. Dick Novels:

1. The Man in the High Castle - Read December 2015 (5-stars)
2. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Read May 2016 (4-stars)
3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Read December 2013 (5-stars)
4 Ubik - Read December 2013 (5-stars)
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
pdk's flaws as a novelist have been stated and restated... mostly because they're true. that said, any one of his books explodes with more ideas and 'holy shit!' moments than most people have in their dim, miserable lives. i'm a jackass for giving ubik 3 stars, but i can't get over summa those awkward-as-ass plot machinations, the clumsy prose, and cardboard characters -- it's also b/c none of the books in this collection (well, mebbe high castle) should stand on their own. as with simenon - who ...more
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really sure how to go about reviewing four novels without splitting this review into several tedious sections but here it goes.

The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? are arguably the most popular of his novels in this collection and, admittedly, the ones I was most excited to read. I also found them to be the least enjoyable of the collection.

I felt that The Man in the High Castle ended abruptly leaving most of the characters without strong resolution, sad b
Erich Franz Linner-Guzmann
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, philip-k-dick
The four books that are included in this collection are some of the best I have ever read. These four stories together pretty much covers every genre in literature. This book is published by the Library of America and would be a great book to have on your bookshelf. The paper and binding is perfect for the multiple combined novels in the book. It feels like one solid novel when you are reading it. If anything, get it for the stories, they are amazing and life changing!
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fic
Four novels in this volume. I should have written a review of each as I finished it . Regrets. I shall get to them all.

Just a note for now: "The Man in the High Castle" is a fun, sophisticated story which presents an excellent meditation on our relation to history and time. Brilliant.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm really excited about this anthology. I've long wanted to read all four novels and now I have them. It was a really expensive book, but it's a good one, nicely bound and with a cloth ribbon bookmark. Doesn't take much to get me excited, as you can see!

Philip K. Dick can be overwhelming. He was a man with a brain on fire, and his stories are so packed with ideas you need to consciously pause and reflect between chapters, or in this case, novellas. I just finished the first novella of this volu
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sloppy brilliance rattles down from these pages. Despite the loose springs and unattached gear or two, the stories tick on. Dick desperately tries to keep up with his own handiwork as his imagination outpaces the writing.

All the stories revolve around the thought that reality is not real. Whether it’s the alternate reality of an alternately real world like in The Man in the High Castle, the drug-induced dollhouses of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch or the half-life in Ubik , we are consta
Laura Wallace
The Man in the High Castle
Something I both love and hate about PKD is the banality of so much of his writing. While most other alternative histories about WWII tend to focus on military maneuvers or politicians, The Man in the High Castle is mostly about the everyday lives of various everyday people. This is kind of a genius move, because it allows Dick to create a nightmarishly vivid alternate reality--vivid in its banality. He shows how the Axis hegemony changes American culture and individua
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f-club
I always enjoy PKD's writing. I've read two of the novels in this collection - The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. I admit that I definitely preferred Androids over Man :)
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Oct 30, 2017 marked it as neglected_deprived_and_languishing
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during Dystopian Drama (November 2017)

The Man in the High Castle
Date I read this book: November 12th, 2017

The Allied Troops failed. The Axis powers won and divided up the spoils. Nazi Germany claimed the eastern United States while Imperial Japan created the Pacific States of America from the western coast and the Rocky Mountain States became a neutral buffer zone. It has been fifteen years since the end of the war. Fifteen y
Jared Della Rocca
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
The Man In The High Castle: The author varies his style of writing throughout the book, sometimes mirroring the character, sometimes transposing the style of speaking to their thinking. For instance, Japanese characters often leave off verbs to imitate stereotypical Japanese attempts at English. But then he'll use that same style for a German speaker. Overall, the setting for the book is what grabbed me, but Philip Dick (who also wrote Ubik, which should've clued me in) is just not an author I g ...more
D'Argo Agathon
I've read a lot of Dick's short stories, but this has been my first foray into his novels. Dick was super fascinating in that he totally understood the human condition, and had ideas that could blow anyone away, but he just didn't know how to craft an ending. His writing is at times brilliant and at times stunningly flat and clueless, but it's his inability to nail an ending that's always upset me most, especially because I love him and his stories so much. Dick is the perfect example of an auth ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
For me PKD is to science fiction something like what Graham Greene is to political fiction, or Evelyn Waugh to satire. They are not master stylists, taking the novel form in new directions, nor are they masters of the social canvas or creators of an array of multi-faceted, psychologically complex characters, and they are not even consistently great storytellers. They descend to the workmanlike and sometimes even the clumsy, in prose, characterization, and plotting. But they are still the best at ...more
Jim Townsend
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hoo, boy. Judging by these four novels, which in this Library of America edition are supplemented by a year-by-year chronology of the author's life; a note on the inspirations for these novels; and very informative historical notes; Philip Kindred Dick was a supremely inventive but troubled writer. As I read through these novels between Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (when I bought this Library of America ( omnibus) and 12:30 am American EDT today; I thought, I'd never want to live in the ...more

Summary: The Man in the High Castle is pretty good; The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch is better, with all its trippy existential aspects; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is ever better and managed to blow me away; and Ubik is yet even better than the preceding three novels and I almost defecated in my pants.

Don't expect poetic prose, vivid descriptions, or true characterization from PKD. All that doesn't really matter, though, if you consider how he squeezes and stretches and t
Ruth Ann
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reality bends, breaks, and explodes in Philip K. Dick's four novels in ways that definitely scream "this is the 60's". The first novel in this group won the Hugo Award for best novel of 1963. The last two novels were on a must read list for science fiction fans. At first I wasn't too impressed. I found Dick's writing uneven and at times tedious, yet...just around the corner is that hidden dimension that kept tugging at me to keep going. I'm glad that I did. The novel that I liked the most out of ...more
Dec 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any science fiction reader
Philip K. Dick, who died in 1982, was one of the most prescient science fiction writers who ever lived; as a number of people have commented, we are all living in the world he foresaw. Anyone unacquainted with this important American writer should begin with this Library of America volume, edited by Jonathan Lethem, that contains four of Dick's best-known works. This edition also includes notes and a chronology of Dick's tormented and eventful life.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Dick's work is amazingly absorbing. Although its quite evident that he spent much of the sixties on amphetamines the world's he constructs are secondary to the deeper complexities about perception, reality, and humanity that he examines. Highly recommended but only for those with a high tolerance for the strange and "pulp".
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Yes, paranoia. Yes, science fiction with precogs and space ships and moon bases. But also explorations in the nature of textuality and transcendent experience.

There are sentences that will make you weep and nauseous sections that overwhelm not by some gross out detail but by a throbbing disconnection from reality. Claustrophobia.
the gift
read these separately more years ago than i wish to remember. perhaps before dick's critical elevation, read 'the man..', 'do androids...', 'ubik', several times each, really liked them. 'stigmata...' not near as much. but if you want to start dick this is a good collection...
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Each story is a fascinating examination of reality and the nature thereof.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardcover, special
I will review these individually, but this and the other two "The Library of America" publications are excellent selections of Dick's work.
Yuriy Novodvorskiy
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Man in the High Castle - 5Stars: extremely captivating story and characters, but honestly tv show is better.
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - 4 Stars, strange psychedelic sci fi thriller. Reminiscent of Vonnegut, challenges our perception of reality.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - 5 Stars: philosophical, and in my opinion better than the movie.
Ubik - 4 Stars, also a scifi thriller that challenges our perception of reality.
Ryan Bernard
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Ubik was by far my favorite of the four followed by the The Three Stigmata. The style is definitely older but its enjoyable. It is interesting to figure out what Dick gets right about the future and what he gets wrong. A lot of what he gets wrong really has to do with timeframe but still he remains relevant now socially and politically.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, satire
The Man in the High Castle *****
Read Nov 18-25, 2015

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch *****
Read Dec 15-22, 2015

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? ****
Read Dec 28, 2015-Jan 3, 2016

Ubik ****
Read Mar 9-24, 2017
Lauren Davis
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ah, what a mind. Love Philip K. Dick.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just reread the classic. Every Ubik is been used only as directed
Austin Wright
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest SciFi books one should have this their library.

The Man in the High Castle
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Barrett Brassfield
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked up this anthology mostly because I have a mild Library of America fetish and I was interested in revisiting Philip K. Dick's most famous novel, The Man in the High Castle. Reading The Man in the High Castle again was almost like reading it for the first time since I remember so few plot details and as such I have to say I am mildly disappointed with the result and would give the novel on its own three stars. Don't get me wrong, like many of his fictional creations, The Man in the High C ...more
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