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message 1: by Paul (last edited Jan 19, 2015 02:20PM) (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments Alternate history has been closely aligned with time travel, because the traveler to the past could create an alternate history by changing an event.

The Man in the High Castle is classic, masterful alternate history by Philip K. Dick. Here's my review of the pilot of the Amazon TV series http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2015...


message 2: by Randy (new)

Randy Harmelink | 1059 comments I thought it was well done, but I just didn't find it of interest. I'll not tune in for another episode.


message 3: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn (sscarllet) | 32 comments I haven't read the book, but my husband has. I really enjoyed the pilot and am realy hopful that it gets picked up.


message 4: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments Kathryn wrote: "I haven't read the book, but my husband has. I really enjoyed the pilot and am realy hopful that it gets picked up."

You should go to the Amazon pilot site and rate the pilot. http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&n...

It's different from the book, but still excellent.


message 5: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn (sscarllet) | 32 comments I've voted!

Besides like the show, I'm just really pleased that we get something in UK at the same time as the US!


message 6: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments Kathryn wrote: "I've voted!

Besides like the show, I'm just really pleased that we get something in UK at the same time as the US!"


Excellent point, Kathryn! I'll use that the next time I give a lecture about the value of original Amazon streamed television vs. networks and cable.


message 7: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn (sscarllet) | 32 comments Its all the recaps that are awful. I have to activly make myself not read them as I wait to see the show myself.


message 8: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments Never a good idea to read recaps before seeing the show.


message 9: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments And here's my review of the entire first season, streaming on Amazon since November 20 http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2015...


message 10: by Nancy (last edited Nov 27, 2015 04:05PM) (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
I really liked this book. We have watched the first 5 episodes so far. It is well done and even though it isn't the same as the book (which usually drives me crazy) I am enjoying the show and seeing what they do and how it ends.


message 11: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments and the best is yet to come!


message 12: by David (new)

David Avoura King (davourak) | 6 comments I have seen the first 5 episodes, and it's great. After seeing the pilot I went and read the book, which was interesting, but the TV series is much better and they have adapted the ideas to a storyline that fits better with today's audiences.
My own novel has an alternate timeline in some of it with Nazis ruling the USA and Europe (Hitler Out Of Time


message 13: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments For those in the New York area, I'll be at The Man in the High Castle panel at the Fourth Philip K. Dick Festival in New York City, 16 January, 3-5pm. More details here http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2015...

I also was one of the judges in the Festival's short film category - some real gems there.


message 14: by Mikey (new)

Mikey Campling (mikeycampling) I've seen the first couple of episodes and started reading the book. I'll probably finish the book and then watch the rest. I like the concept and it's interesting to compare the 2 versions.


message 15: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
I did finish the show. I really liked it. Usually if I really like a book then I hate the film or TV version. The show didn't have that same WTF moment that I had with the book but it was still enjoyable and made a good show to watch. I want a second season!


message 16: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments there's actually a bit of time travel in season 2 - or at least, knowledge of the future - here are my reviews http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2016... and http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2016... and http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2016...


message 17: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments I need to watch the second season. NOW! :)


message 18: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
I know. I haven't started watching season 2 yet.


message 19: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments It's superb!


message 20: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments And here's a podcast review of the complete Season 2 - for those who prefer listening to reading, and this also goes well beyond the written reviews http://paullev.libsyn.com/the-man-in-...


message 21: by Steven (new)

Steven | 40 comments Just started season 2 of this. I'm finding the programme excellent. The John Smith character is the one that interests me most. Recommend.


message 22: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments Steven wrote: "Just started season 2 of this. I'm finding the programme excellent. The John Smith character is the one that interests me most. Recommend."

His is most interesting.


message 23: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
He is my favorite character.


message 24: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments Me too. And his character gets even more compelling as the second season proceeds.


message 25: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments Has anyone kept ? It is the last season. I have enjoyed this series. It had been dark, and terrifying. So well done.


message 26: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments Agreed! Here are my reviews of the final season, written https://paullevinson.blogspot.com/201... and podcast http://paullev.libsyn.com/the-man-in-...


message 27: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments It was just so emotionally complicated.


message 28: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments Paul wrote: "Agreed! Here are my reviews of the final season, written https://paullevinson.blogspot.com/201... and podcast http://paullev.libsyn.com/the-man-in-......"

Thank you Paul. Nice review.


message 29: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments Thanks! The one thing I didn't think was warranted was the ending.


message 30: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
I haven’t started the final season yet. It needs to be watched slowly and savored. I’m not ready for it to be over.


message 31: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments Absolutely savored. There's an enormous amount in there.


message 32: by Jennifer (last edited Dec 10, 2019 06:55AM) (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments Paul wrote: "Thanks! The one thing I didn't think was warranted was the ending."

I am stretching the last season out. Your review didn't spoil anything. (view spoiler)


message 33: by Paul (new)

Paul (paullev) | 774 comments Enjoy!


message 34: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments I finished. It was overall a really well done series. I was drawn into the terrible world. I got so much from the characters. It was so well acted.


message 35: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
I have watched the first four episodes of the final season.


message 36: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments How are you feeling?


message 37: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
I am worried for Smith. I’ve grown to like him. I am worried about his daughter. She doesn’t understand she has to play the game like her mother does.

Juliana annoys me, like she has since the beginning.

I’m sad they killed off Tagomi. I liked him.


message 38: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments I like Smith as well. I wish Tagomi hadn't been killed either. I think it was odd, adding the son to what's his name story. Was he in the previous season?


message 39: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
Jennifer wrote: "I like Smith as well. I wish Tagomi hadn't been killed either. I think it was odd, adding the son to what's his name story. Was he in the previous season?"

I don’t recall his son being in the prior episodes. I am unclear why he is part of the story at this point.


message 40: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments Nancy wrote: "Jennifer wrote: "I like Smith as well. I wish Tagomi hadn't been killed either. I think it was odd, adding the son to what's his name story. Was he in the previous season?"

I don’t recall his son ..."


That would be my one complaint. He was put there to make the Kempeti (sp?) more...normal...??


message 41: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
I think the only purpose of the son was so that Inspector Kido wouldn't be at the auction and would discover the caterers plan.

Finished episode 5.


message 42: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
Just finished episode 9 and I did not see that coming!


message 43: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 179 comments Nancy wrote: "Just finished episode 9 and I did not see that coming!"

So satisfying. It was shocking. I didn't see it either.


message 44: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
I didn’t get the ending....


message 45: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
It was almost too ambiguous. I need to think on this. The rest of it was amazing. No holding back.


message 46: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Allman | 1 comments I just watched the last episode yesterday. It was amazing! I loved this show. I have a 12 year old son who is a history buff who loved the premise of the show when I discussed it with him but I wouldn't want him to see the violence. I hope it is still available when he is old enough.

Now that I am done with the series, I may have to get my husband to watch it as well so I can watch it again. I'm sure there is a ton I missed. I also want to see if I can understand the ending better by watching it again.

I have the book as well but haven't read it yet. I think I may need to read it in 2020.


message 47: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 989 comments Mod
Dawn wrote: "I just watched the last episode yesterday. It was amazing! I loved this show. I have a 12 year old son who is a history buff who loved the premise of the show when I discussed it with him but I wou..."

Read the book! It is a good book but there are a lot of differences from the show. They did keep to the essence of the book, I think.


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