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Ez a harc lesz a végső?

Az emberiség zárt földalatti bunkerekben él, és fegyvereket gyárt ahhoz a háborúhoz, ami elől elmenekültek. Tizenöt éve naponta sugározzák nekik a felvételeket a véget nem érő pusztításról, elhiszik a hazafias propagandát, hogy csak a Védelmezőben bízhatnak, és mind azt a napot várják, amikor a háború végre véget ér, és újra felmehetnek a napfénybe.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Agave (first published 1964)
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Steven I noticed some similarities, and to be honest I found this to be a way better book than Wool. Wool is a YA novel and YA novels are struck between…moreI noticed some similarities, and to be honest I found this to be a way better book than Wool. Wool is a YA novel and YA novels are struck between narrow guidelines and requirements. (less)
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Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, pre-80s-sf
“The masses had egged their leaders on to war in both Wes-Dem and Pac-Peop. But once the masses were out of the way, stuffed down below into antiseptic tanks, the ruling elite of both East and West were free to conclude a deal . . .”

Unfortunately, that does not sound too farfetched. Those neologisms, though. If you noticed the “Wes-Dem and Pac-Peop” in the first sentence and “East and West” in the second you will have probably figured them out. The Penultimate Truth is not one of PKD’s most acce
Kate Sherrod
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Mother Lug Nuts, how did this one escape my notice for so long? And I such a Dickhead that I've even enjoyed Clans of the Alphane Moon? But so it goes: of the handful of Philip K. Dick novels that are/were still on the eternal to-be-read pile, The Penultimate Truth was one for a long, long time. I guess this was partly because I'd assumed I'd read all of his A material and most of his B and all that was left was, well, not either of these.

Shows what I know. Thank goodness for my pal EssJay
Ben Loory
if they were to teach pkd in school, this is probably the one they'd pick, cuz it's dreary and realistic and blatantly political and they'd get to use the word "dystopian" which means it has literary value. this is sci-fi the way normal people write it, where everything makes sense and "valuable human truths" are discovered... is that what you're looking for in your philip k. dick? if so, help yourself... personally, i'll be sticking with UBIK and THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH, where the ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
There's something loose and floppy about PKD's writing that makes it off-kilter and unbalancing to read. Within the first paragraph you feel that the rug is already rippling underneath you, ready to be yanked out without warning.

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Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip K. Dick's 11th sci-fi novel, "The Penultimate Truth," was originally released in 1964 as a Belmont paperback (no. 92-603, for all you collectors out there) with a staggering cover price of...50 cents. Written during one of Dick's most furiously prolific periods, it was the first of four novels that he saw published that year alone! One of his more cynical depictions of a duplicitous U.S. government, the story involves yet another one of the author's post-atomic holocaust futures. Here, it ...more
Aug 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is running out of dystopian novels to read.
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Having read quite a few books by Philip K Dick – more than I have listed on this site so far – I knew pretty much what to expect from a novel written in this frenzied period of activity in the sixties (he published another three novels in the same year, 1964) and I wasn’t disappointed. The premise is an excellent one and I was a little bothered that the back cover gave it away but it comes to the surface – literally and metaphorically – very early on in the book.

The tempting thing for some reade
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nobody does dystopia like PKD.

We start the book in underground warrens where the population has been living since the start of the war, which still rages up on the surface after 15 years. We know exactly what to expect from about page two; we're going to get a book full of underground crises with a huge plot twist at the end when it turns out the war's been over for years.

Except this is PKD, so we find out the war's been over in chapter 2; up above (where the rest of the book takes place), there
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: softcover
One of PKD's better ideas, yet it is somewhat flawed. Unlike most of his novels, this one is more tell than show. It seemed as though it was a bit rushed; it was as though I was reading expanded notes rather than the brilliant dialogue he is known and loved for. There were many seeds of characters and situations planted that, in the end came to nothing or to very little. It is unfortunate as this could have been a great novel had he put in the the adequate time and effort to fully develop it. Th ...more
Erich Franz Linner-Guzmann
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dickheads
Recommended to Erich by: Sandy Ferber

Another fantastic book by Philip K. Dick, but then again he is my favorite author so I might be a little biased. This book however didn't have as much of the "mind-blowing" aspects to it as some of his other books. None the less it was a great read. It still had a somewhat "Dickian" storyline, however, just not that wow factor I was talking about. If it had a little more of that than the book would have been easily a 5 star book, but instead I am going with 4. Another reason is because I wish it
May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of 12 Monkeys or The Island
A thunderous return back to the frenzied paranoia of Philip K. Dick. This is a toss-off novella that takes little time at all to read, but which bears all the hallmarks of Dick's style: tyrannical governmental entities perpetrating vast lies upon the public, misanthropic moralizing and just enough time travel and other-wordly madness to make sure that the reader is never quite sure whether the book is actually occurring or just another figment of Dick's endless paranoid mindfuck.

This time the st
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was the first PKD novel I ever read (in 1977!) and I've never re-read it until now. I had completely forgotten about the breath-taking conspiracy against the truth that had unfolded and been concluded long before the main story opens. It would now be called 'fake news'.'As Joseph Adams fitted his eyes to the spool-scanner he thought to himself, that they should have been able to remember enough to recognize what they saw on their TV screens to be pure lie.'
@LansingLibKS This is my pick for the 'Read a book published the year you were born' challenge for the LCL Adult Summer Reading Program. Bonus that it's available via Hoopla:
This was my first PKD. Perhaps not the best novel to begin with, but as the blurb looked similar to Hugh Howey's Silo Trilogy (which I liked a lot, as you can read in my reviews: here [Wool], here [Shift], and here [Dust]) - and yes, I know PKD's book was written many tens of years earlier -, I thought it would be a relatively "safe" way to get acquainted with Dick's works.

It's a thin book, compared to Howey's trilogy, hence Dick not explaining everything. At first, it's as if I was thrown into
Christopher Roberts
When I first read the premise of this Philip K. Dick novel I found it irresistible. What I expected was that this would be Dick's big statement about the "cold war" and would examine it much the same way as he had World War 2 in The Man In The High Castle. But the pulpy PDK showed up for this book, and while there are elements that are similar to the book I had expected, they sometimes clash with the potboiler that they are wrapped in.

Now Dick can write a great pulp science fiction novel as w
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Felix Zilich
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocal, dystopia
После начала Третьей Мировой выжившее человечество ушло под землю и стало жить в специально построенных подземных термитниках. Жизнь “новых термитов” была непохожа на сахар. Изо дня в день подземные работяги строили боевые машины для продолжения войны Востока и Запада, не подозревая о том, что в реальности военные действия закончились уже много лет назад. Выжившие не могли даже предположить, что американские и советские олигархи давно помирились, поделили землю и правят теперь на поверхности пла ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi fans, Dickians, paranoids
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
This is, to me, one of PKD’s more underrated works. It builds on a kind of totalitarian metaphor for the Cold War and extends into increasingly paranoid territory as it goes. At the outset of the story, the majority of humankind – divided into two great power-blocs (Wes-Dem and Pac-Peop) – are living in vast underground shelters to survive the nuclear apocalypse which has obliterated the cities and rendered the surface of the Earth a radioactive wasteland. These survivors toil to produce sophist ...more
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci-fi and hyperbole (or sci-fi as hyperbole) as a pretext or a means or a medium for the indictment of State power and politics at its best, as is usually the case with Philip Dick. I think there's two sides to his fiction --here I mean his really good fiction (of the stuff I have read: this novel, The Man in the High Castle, Ubik, A Scanner Darkly, The Crack in Space, some of the short stories, among them Minority Report). On the one hand there are his brave and transparent attacks on the poli ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: future, dystopia
I think I just didn't get it. The world building was confusing and illogical and I have no idea what happened in the end. There was far too much buildup and not enough time explaining and resolving, which was also my problem with the only other PKD book I've read.

A lot of what went on didn't make sense. We could have used a little more info on the state of the world and the motives of those living above ground.


I also have literally NO idea how Lantano was 600 years old. Even if he
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Parts of this were really good. I enjoyed the world and the general plot and I liked the sci-fi aspects of it. What let is down for me is the waffle in-between. Polotics and messages in science fiction is great, but when there are whole chapters that feel pointless because they focus on getting the political commentary through... its just a tad draining.

Basically, you had two 'plot threads' to follow, you have a tanker (people who live underground after WW3) and the people on top who have been
Stephen Curran
Interesting to see that The Penultimate Truth draws on three of Dick's earlier short stories, because the plot is very much comprised of three converging threads: that of the escapee Nicholas St. James; the lonely speech-writer for the dummy President Talbot Yancy; and the private detective Wesbter Foote. There's a lot of double-crossing, a lot of “wagering, striving, lying, faking and haggling” as the main players attempt to take control of the land above ground, or seek to free the bulk of hum ...more
Jose Moa
This is a postapocallyptic distopian novel based on a great lie.During a global nuclear war millions of humans must to live in underground cities making robots to form the armies fighting in the radioactive surface;along 15 years this is what they are told by his faction líder Tom Yancey by means of a televisión screen.But the real truth is that after two years of war the elites of the two factions in conflict reached an agreement and now live in a garden earth in mansions served by the robots a ...more
S. Barker
La Penúltima Verdad no tiene mucho que ver con otros libros más conocidos de P. K. Dick y sí con libros clásicos de la ciencia ficción de los 60. Las dudas sobre si lo que estás leyendo está pasando de verdad o es una alucinación de los personajes, tan prevalente en los libros de Dick, brillan por su ausencia aquí. En este sentido, es una buena elección para lectores a los que les gusta el género pero no les apetece tener que pensar mucho para entender una trama o unos acontecimientos. Las doble ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has some fairly glaring plot holes and some pretty worn sci-fi cliches, but manages to redeem itself with an original theme or two. It has a lot of elements that are reminiscent of 1984 and the Matrix. It falls a bit short in that it doesn't present a very compelling or plausible solution to the problem of state-controlled media and war-time propaganda, and it doesn't have much meat in terms of character development. Still a pleasant and quick read. Worth reading if you want to get to ...more
Somehow this novel seemed not particularly typical of Dick. There were some oddball situations, but it lacked his signature weirdness. It wasn't as Dickian as some. It's kind of a quest/who-done-it with lots of deception and political treachery in a completely fictional society in our (then) near future, after World War III, with references to secret political alliances in World War II.
For some reason it seemed to take me forever to finish it. I enjoyed it but not wildly.
Lily Gee
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very interesting because it talks about the use of propaganda and dives deep into the idea about "white lies." It truly looks into a deep level about whether or not it's better to be lied to instead of knowing the "penultimate truth" in order to prevent people from getting hurt. It also circles mainly around the corruption of power and is very sci-fi based. If you enjoyed 1984 and Brave New World then this is the perfect read for you.
Carla Remy
Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I guess in 1964, 2025 seemed like the far distant future. I mean, it's a different century. I think PKD didn't expect to be read in 2015 by people who hadn't been born yet in 1964.
But, seriously, I know people born long before that who I expect to see 2025.
Rodrigo Bastidas
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hay momentos que nos cambian la vida. A veces no los notamos. Tengo la suerte de tener absolutamente claro uno de ellos, creo, el más importante. Tenía nueve años y me recomendaron una película. La alquilé en Beta y (sólo, los demás se fueron por aburrimiento) la vi. Me impresionó tanto que, por primera vez, esperé los créditos y anoté el nombre del libro y el autor en quien la habían basado. La película: Blade Runner. El Libro: ¿Sueñan los androides con ovejas eléctricas? El autor: Philip K. Di ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Geert Hofman
Dick is een schrijver die heel originele invalshoeken weet te vinden om toekomstbeelden te schetsen op basis van reële evoluties, denk maar aan "Blade Runner", "Minority Report" of andere verfilmde successen.

Voor dit boek moet je je eerst terug inleven in het nucleaire tijdperk. Eens dat is gebeurd wordt het boek een spannende intrige van één bevolkingsgroep (een geïnformeerde minderheid) die via knappe mediatechnieken een andere bevolkingsgroep die wordt geëxploiteerd en misleid uitbuit. In he
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Di ...more
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