Great author. Brilliant ideas. His prose is a tad pulpy tho. My favorite book by him is VALIS. But I'm a tad biased because I'm schizo and I find it to be one of the best portrayals of the disease. Second favorite would be A Scanner Darkly. I cried when I got to the ending and he dedicates the book to all the friends of his that died from junk. But I might be a tad biased with this too since I used to be a junkie. If drugs and schizophrenia are too edgy for you then Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep would probably be your best bet. As I'm sure you already know, 'tis the book Bladerunner was based off.
As pointed out whenever this topic arises - great ideas, terrible prose.
Don't start with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (like most people do because of Blade Runner); it's got some of his worst writing. If you can put up with some crap writing, try Ubik.
If you want some Dick SF with better prose, try his 1970s novels, especially A Scanner Darkly.
Alternatively, try his non-SF novels (e.g. In Milton Lumky Territory, Confessions of a Crap Artist). They lack the great ideas of his SF, but the prose is much better. The non-SF books read like an apprentice Richard Yates.
>>7668025 >If you can put up with some crap writing, try Ubik. well now i know you're trolling since ubik was written fine. why is this board filled with retarded prose retards who think if something isn't written purple, it's bad?
>>7669416 Dick's prose in most of his science fiction before the 1970s is slapdash. It reads like he wrote first drafts then sent them to his publisher with no revision. He's still worth reading, anyway. Even his minor novels often revolve around concepts that other writers sweat for years to try and squeeze out.
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