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The Variable Man by Philip K. Dick

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Started a novella by my favorite author.

So far, so good.

It's a kind of Wizard of Oz meets A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, fish-out-of-water tale, but filtered, of course, through PKD's wicked sense of humor and biting satire.


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The Variable Man is minor PKD.

Decent, but nothing great. The main character, Thomas Cole, is very cool, and the plot is interesting. However, it feels pretty shallow for PKD - there is not a lot going on thematically, probably due to this being one of his earliest stories.

It's a fun quick read, and I did enjoy it, but I definitely didn't take any lasting impression from it.


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