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VALIS by Philip K. Dick
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Feb 26, 2012

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Read from February 26 to March 20, 2012

Unfortunately this has to be rated 3 stars (and that's even a good rating but it does take into account that Dick is a remarkable writer - great voice, and nothing can take that away from him). But what a disappointment!

Most depressing, really not a novel at all but aimless peregrinations in theology, religion, the Universe and God as understood by Phil Dick who for the occasion divides himself into two persona: Phil Dick, the famous sci-fi writer and Horselover Fat, a seriously deranged alter ego. About the only amusing thing is how he devised that peculiar name, Horselover Fat: from his first name, Philip, which means Horselover in Greek, and Dick which is of course Fat in German. Very clever...

The trouble is: that's about the only clever thing in the whole book which totally lacks a plot, suspense or anything else to recommend it, unless you like aimless musings about Who we are, Where we are going and Why - all coming from someone who's patently not a philosopher, a theologian or anything really beside being a remarkable sci fi writer. Pity he didn't stick to his trade in VALIS and give us a good sci fi story instead!
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