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Counter-Clock World Paperback – 1 July 2002
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- Publisher : Voyager GB (1 July 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 236 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007127707
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007127702
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 487,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction'
'Dick quietly produced serious fiction in a popular form and there can be no greater praise' Michael Moorcock
'No other writer of his generation had such a powerful intellectual presence. He has stamped himself not only on our memories but in our imaginations' Brian W. Aldiss
'The most consistently brilliant SF writer in the world' John Brunner
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Despite all the flaws, and some tedious chapters where not much actually happens, the book is still - like all Dick's work, however hastily written - well worth reading. And the book certainly picks up around the halfway mark, with some riveting action sequences inside the Library, and a final downbeat, disturbing and memorable scene in the same graveyard where the book begins. Along the way Dick explores race, philosophy and religion, manages to caricature two of his many wives, and (as usual) throws in an entertaining mix of mind-boggling sci-fi inventions and ideas, any one of which would be worth a whole novel on its own.
If you're new to Philip K Dick, then don't start here - try 'Time out of Joint', 'A Maze of Death' or 'Do Androids Dream...', before moving on to 'The Man in the High Castle', 'Martian Time-Slip' and the above mentioned 'Three Stigmata' and 'Ubik'. But if, like me, you're already immersed in alternative Dickian worlds, then you won't be disappointed with this curiosity. 7/10.
Must read for the Philip K Dick fan.
Must read for those exploring strange mindscapes and strange worlds.
If you haven't read a P.K. Dick novel, I wouldn't recommend you start with this one, though. Begin with his short stories or novels like The Man in the High Castle or Martian Time Slip.