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Just finished The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick, 1964 (230 pages).

It was a pretty good book, but not his best. You can tell the drug use is really starting to eat his brain, also the first signs of Gnosticism which would totally take him over by the mid-70s.

The book actually started out very strongly, and dealt with such visionary topics as global climate change in a characteristically Dickian tongue-in-cheek manner (newspapers carry 'weather-syndrome' forecasts, for example). But as the book dragged on the religious themes got extremely tedious. So, I can only rate this a 3 out of 5.


Books: 1/50 - 2% done!
Pages: 230/12,480 - 1.8% done!
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[User Picture]From: frobzwiththingz
2009-01-12 04:23 (UTC)

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I really enjoyed that novel, and thought that it was one of his best. Not *the* best [in my mind, thats a battle between _a scanner darkly_ and _ubik_], but definitely up there. This may be because i had previously read "the days of perky pat", one of his short stories. So when i finally read t3SoPE i was like "whoa. so *thats* what was really going on..."
[User Picture]From: blipvert
2009-01-12 12:45 (UTC)

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I really did enjoy the mindfuck aspect of the novel, but the Gnostic crap just gets on my nerves.
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2009-01-12 06:23 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2009-01-12 12:47 (UTC)

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I am definitely open to suggestions! Otherwise, I'm just taking books from my TBR stack.
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2009-01-12 18:35 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2009-01-12 20:03 (UTC)

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The Atrocity Archives looks like entirely too much fun! Alan Turing is one of my heroes.
My library has a copy available too!
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2009-01-12 20:54 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2009-01-12 20:58 (UTC)

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Sure! I'm going to be starting on "This Book Will Save Your Life" first anyway, and there are a couple more in the queue after that.
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2009-01-12 10:28 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2009-01-12 13:52 (UTC)

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Thanks, it's a total crock! All books start out as 250 pages until I read them, then the total gets adjusted:
total pages = 250(50-n) + sum from i=0 to n of pagecount(i)
where n is the number of books read so far.
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2009-01-12 14:42 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: blipvert
2009-01-12 18:52 (UTC)

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Actually, most of the films have been based on short stories. Out of more than 40 novels written by Dick, I only know of 3 that have made it to film.

If you haven't yet read Ubik, do so. It is a work of mad genius, and I doubt anyone would dare try to make a film of it anytime soon.