>>7611003 androids is the only pkd book i've read and i wasn't really impressed. the characters were pretty bland, the plot was nothing to write home about, and the vocabulary was a little drab and repetitive.
>>7610985 ubik is supposed to be his best so i read that but was underwhelmed on the one hand, i read it straight through that means it's good but i was expecting to have my mind blown at least once and that never happened
>>7611081 I read parts of another book have it around in my room somewhere. I actually own two book collections of his. And no I don't mean an actual collection, but I meant one of those volume things you'll get what I'm talking about if you search it in Amazon.
His prose is mediocre most of the times, maybe because he wrote a lot (I mean, usually gain in quantity is loss in quality), but in creativity he shines. I like how his worldview and his religious experience always show in his works, and how almost every book is connected in some way.
i'm still to read his Exegesis, but even reading till now only his novels, the theological and philosophical aspects of his novels are what fascinates me most.
He kinda "predicted" Matrix (the movie) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXeVgEs4sOo] and all the talk about reality being a simulation (more in vogue now than ever thanks to quantum physics and the abandon of the deterministic/materialistic universe world view). I mean, he was very influentied by Plato, neoplatonism and gnosticism, it's nothing new, but the blend of this themes with science-fiction was new - and the fusion permited to talk about it in a way never before was possible.
I, too, think Ubik is one of his weakest. My favorites are Flow My Tears and Three Stigmata, but there are many yet to read.
Here is the sex scene from Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, enjoy. A long silence, then. Then, “Oof.” She leaped, galvanized as if lost to the shock of a formal experiment. His pale, dignified, unclothed possession: become a tall and very thin greenless nervous system of a frog; probed to life by outside means. Victim of a current not her own but not protested, in any way. Lucid and real, accepting. Ready this long time.
"Through a Scanner Darkly" and "Cry my Tears the Policeman Said" are both pretty up there as some of my favorite stories. I've read a bunch of his works and they're all pretty easy reads, interesting plots, and good characters. Don't expect too much profundity, but you can expect just really decent and believable sci-fi.
Start with "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and proceed to the two I mentioned before High Castle or Ubik.
>>7611282 How would you know what mediocre prose is, you ignoramus? Your grammar is ridiculously bad. This "PKD was a mediocre writer" meme is bullshit. The man wrote crystal clear almost unnoticable prose while outlining the most bizarre realities. Fuck off with your borrowed false opinions. Pynchon is dated compared to Dick. Deal with it.
I've remember liking the fact that in his more dystopian works, the characters were totally engrossed in their own world. Unlike 1984 or Fahrenheit 451, the people in them were not conscious of their world being "wrong" and stayed mostly within the bounds of their societies.
I have not read any of his work in a while though, and am not that familiar with dystopian books in general.
>>7611960 I never read any work on PKD until recently, I know tell the difference, but, I find it pretty good in my taste, tolerable in a sense although a bit dull, liking scifi won't make me biased if it's mediocre, amateurish is considerable, but in PKD's case, his work for example on Androids Dream of Electric, well, I saw the movie first and compared it a bit and it felt comforting in a sense, the ambiance given is really a bit eerie considering the novel is supposedly about paranoia.
Please never use that word, for the well-being of your readers and the esteem of yourself. I cannot take you seriously when you use that term. It's exclusively for insufferable try-hards and giant faggots.
I'm not judging the rest of your post, but god damn that single word can stink up everything and make me believe the very worst things about you. It's not rational, but it's what happens, and I'd wager to say I'm not the only one that feels that way.
>>7611282 >I like how his worldview and his religious experience always show in his works I got incredibly bored of it after a while, In my opinion his religion, politic or world views didn't evolve and stayed boringly consistent in every book no matter how distant in setting they were.
Ubik and Three Stigmata are occasionally encumbered by lackluster prose or characterization, but there are enough moments of brilliance to make it all worthwhile. I highly recommend his short story Faith of our Fathets, which IMO is one of his finest works l.
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