I started reading Do Androids Dream etc one time, and I was just appalled at how shittily written it was. I mean, that was the worst prose I have ever read anywhere. The average post on reddit or 4chan is written smoother than the horse shit garbage of that book.
The very first sentence in particular is the most awkward, poorly written opening sentence in all the long history of crappy books. How the fuck that sentence made it past his editor I have no idea.
>>7636572 People read Dick more for his ideas than his style. Most of his pre-1970s SF has a very clunky writing style. The non-SF books he wrote at the time (which weren't published till later) have a much more careful style. He was clearly taking his time over those, then dashing out first drafts of SF novels and publishing them.
Androids is especially clunky at the start, so it's a pity that that's the Dick book that so many people try first (due to its movie version).
I'd recommend starting with one of his 70s pre-VALIS novels instead, particularly A Scanner Darkly.
I remembered it wrong. It's not the first sentence that's so awful. It's the second sentence. Just read how awkward it is, read and cringe:
A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard. Surprised—it always surprised him to find himself awake without prior notice—he rose from the bed, stood up in his multicolored pajamas, and stretched. Now, in her bed, his wife Iran opened her gray, unmerry eyes, blinked, then groaned and shut her eyes again.
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