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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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Apr 05, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

This is a strange book even by Philip K Dick standards.

For the most part not a lot really happens in it, and the ending is very philosophical and open ended.

On the other hand the characters and setting are brilliantly realized and the change each one goes through to come to terms in living in this alternate reality is both believable and fascinating to read.

However the book is of a rather slow nature and is definitely not for everyone. Due to the setting a person who has a decent knowledge of the events leading up to and during WWII would gain far more from the alternate telling and "Grasshopper Lies Heavy" than a person with no knowledge in the subject whatsoever.

Overall though I would call this book. A Harry Turtledove styled story done right instead of Turtledove's rather increasingly implausible scenarios, this is straight to the point and seems as if our reality and their reality are closer that one would think.

Bravo Philip K. Dick. Your legacy continues to amaze.

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