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Old 03-11-2014, 04:30 AM   #436
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I love Marian Keys.
What other books of hers are good? So far I've read Rachel's Holiday (very good), The Other Side of the Story (good), Angels (barely ok).
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:43 AM   #437
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I've finished Gravity's Rainbow a couple of weeks ago. It's a diabolical novel. A fascinating, downright frustrating, uneven mess full of ridiculously childish humour, but utterly brilliant in other parts (especially the ending) and ultimately very rewarding, offering some of the most unforgettable scenes I've encountered in literature. Definitely worth it. And it was my first Pynchon, so it took a while to get used to, but once it got rolling I was immersed in that crazy, paranoid and perverse world that Pynchon had created. Since it was my first Pynchon novel, it was quite a challenge, but now I'm looking forward to discovering more.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:40 PM   #438
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What other books of hers are good? So far I've read Rachel's Holiday (very good), The Other Side of the Story (good), Angels (barely ok).
Her earlier ones all kind of blur together, but I remember liking them a lot.

I think her more recent books have been much better. I haven't read her latest yet (Mystery of Mercy Close, I think it's called). The Brightest Star In the Sky was good despite an annoying framing (not sure what else to call it).
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:09 PM   #439
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I keep thinking that I'm going to take a break from Sherlock Holmes stories and read something else for a while, but I'm still reading them. I really hope the BBC does an episode based on "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"; there's a lot to work with in that one. It has Australians!

Sherlock Holmes seems to enjoy scaring the crap out of Watson by standing next to his bed while he sleeps, which he's done a couple of times so far. I demand to see that at least once in the TV series.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:32 PM   #440
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Just finished reading Doctor Who The Winner Takes It All. A little disjointed, and my least favourite so far, but still good. The Seeing I with the 8th doc was my favourite followed by Weeping Angels with the 11th doctor
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:51 PM   #441
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I just finished The Third Policeman. Not traditionally enjoyable, it's a very challenging book driven by non sequitur and bizarre situations. The ending was fantastic and I loved it for its mind-bending creativity, but patches of it were quite tedious.

Meanwhile, I just started Ubik. It's fantastic.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:42 PM   #442
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I bought The Third Policeman a while ago but haven't cracked it open yet.

Currently reading John Crowley's Engine Summer which reads like fantasy but is actually post-apocalyptic sci-fi. Then I'm going to move onto his Little, Big. Which is apparently a major masterpiece.

Ubik is a great one. Before directing A Scanner Darkly, Richard Linklater was trying to get an animated version of that off the ground. He pitched to a friend of mine who was working in the story department at Dreamworks. My friend thought it would have been really cool but there was no way the studio was going to fund that shit.

Anyway, what other PKD have you read? I'm a major fan who's been through almost all of his work, and can give you some recs.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:21 AM   #443
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Ubik is my first. I'm really interested in using alternate realities and dream logic in my writing and Ubik's concept really intrigued me on that level (as well as The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, which has a fucking cool plot). Obviously I'm familiar with Blade Runner and had intended to start with Androids but I slotted it down because it's not quite the fare I'm reading at the moment.
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So much Dick, so little time.

Ubik and Three Stigmata are definitely essential so you're on the right track, as is his Hugo-winning Man In The High Castle. If you've already seen the film of A Scanner Darkly I wouldn't make the book a priority, but it's one of my personal favorites and what Dick himself thought was his best.

Others I'd put near the top of the list, that all deal with the elements you're looking for at the moment:

Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
Now Wait For Last Year
Time Out Of Joint
We Can Build You
Martian Time-Slip

And of course, the VALIS trilogy is pretty essential to fully understanding the mind and worldview of the author. Valis itself is mind-blowing, The Divine Invasion less-so, but the conclusion (and his last completed novel), The Transmigration Of Timothy Archer, is one of his least sci-fi efforts yet one of the most thought-provoking and moving.
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It's posts like that where I almost think my brother is posting on here. Nope, it's just laz.
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So much Dick, so little time.

Ubik and Three Stigmata are definitely essential so you're on the right track, as is his Hugo-winning Man In The High Castle. If you've already seen the film of A Scanner Darkly I wouldn't make the book a priority, but it's one of my personal favorites and what Dick himself thought was his best.

Others I'd put near the top of the list, that all deal with the elements you're looking for at the moment:

Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
Now Wait For Last Year
Time Out Of Joint
We Can Build You
Martian Time-Slip

And of course, the VALIS trilogy is pretty essential to fully understanding the mind and worldview of the author. Valis itself is mind-blowing, The Divine Invasion less-so, but the conclusion (and his last completed novel), The Transmigration Of Timothy Archer, is one of his least sci-fi efforts yet one of the most thought-provoking and moving.
Very helpful, thank you. His writing style is right up my alley; vivid and descriptive, yet it never approaches inaccessibility. I also really admire his creativity.

What are some of your favorite short stories of his?
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Haven't read those in quite a while, but I will say The Minority Report is well-worth reading, and it's a shame the film couldn't follow-through all the way on Dick's ideas.
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So much Dick, so little time.
Thanks, Lance's Mom.
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I'm like, 60 pages away from finishing Infinite Jest. I can already feel the sad void forming in anticipation of finishing it and not still being in the experience of reading it for the first time. Probably going to loop right back into the beginning of it again though, since I didn't really have a damn clue what I was reading the first couple hundreds pages or so.

I also bought Brief Interviews with Hideous Man, The Pale King, and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again today.
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Better brace yourself; you are not prepared for what's about to happen.

And believe me, you are definitely going to go right back to the beginning. It's recommended to go through at least the first 50 pages again.

Don't forget to pick up The Girl With Curious Hair. Great stories in there.
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