Kane's Bookblog

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Vulcan's Hammer

by Philip K. Dick
5 of 7 stars *currently reading*

Bill Casebeer recommends PKD, and this is my first foray into the author. I've skimmed his novels before, but never enjoyed the writing style. I can now appreciate the shorter novels, especially after not enjoying lots of deadwood elsewhere. I actually find myself enjoying the slower pace that I am taking, considering each sentence, letting the prose do more than transmit plot data!

Still, the story so far has some rpetty simplistic elements. The most striking is that one main character - a very powerful govt employee - seems downright naive. He is oblivious to the wealth and sophistication of an entire continent that his world government rules, and where one of his employees lives. Huh?

I picked this one up at random. PKD has many books. Which should I try next?


Blogger Bill Casebeer said...

Tim, I haven't read "Vulcan's Hammer." I'd start with Dick's best before jumping into his other works (his themes can be repetitive, so read 2 - 3 and you'll get taste for his worldview, which in many respects is a remarkably prescient one given the age of these books); those include "A Scanner Darkly," "The Man in the High Castle," and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the basis for the movie Bladerunner." Cheers!

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