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VALIS by Philip K. Dick

VALIS (original 1981; edition 2011)

by Philip K. Dick

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Authors:Philip K. Dick
Info:Mariner Books (2011), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 288 pages
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Valis by Philip K. Dick (1981)

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    paradoxosalpha: Spiritually-oriented narratives in which sanity and reality are brought into hypothetical opposition, both with science-fictional elements.

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Bizarre story that kept evolving in increasingly stranger ways. I did enjoy the elements from Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Gnostic Christianity. ( )
  dewbertb | Jan 21, 2016 |
If this had been my first Philip K. Duck novel, I would have never read another. I didn't find it funny or a joy to read. It was a chore.

I honestly don't know much about the author, but this book was just as insane as several of the characters in it.

If you're going to pick up a PKD novel, start with something like A Scanner Darkly. ( )
  GeekGirlM | Dec 8, 2015 |

  Stahl-Ricco | Feb 24, 2015 |
This is the most bizarre book I've ever read. I kept reading to the end to see if the author would start to make more sense. But it's the same all the way through. The whole book is inside an insane person's mind. ( )
  WildMaggie | Sep 1, 2013 |
Wow! That's how I'll start my review on this book. Dick uses the vehicle of fiction to understand the meaning behind his spiritual experience. I have had a similar experience and a lot of what is revealed in Valis runs parallel to what happened to me, which is why I personally resonated with the story.

What drew me in was Dick’s use of first and third person in the narration. The reason for the switch was so that the narrator could be more objective about his spiritual experience. However, this split in narration evolves into something greater, which I won’t mention here as I don't want to give it away. Dick’s decision to use two points of view is eventually made very clear. I couldn’t see this story being told any other way.

Valis is filled with introspection, madness, and spiritual insight, all effectively seasoned with humor. Dick never takes himself too seriously and always makes it seem as if he’s open to every explanation that he muses over. My personal favorites in this book were the movie sequence, the discussion between Phil and his friends about the meaning behind it and their subsequent meeting of Sophia. During the reading of the book, I was noticing similarities between Dick and Robert Anton Wilson, and I was pleasantly surprised when Dick mentioned RAW's book, Cosmic Trigger!

Valis is not an easy book to read, and the plot is thin, but if you're looking for something with depth, you'll enjoy it. ( )
  elenipapanou | Aug 22, 2013 |
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Dick, Philip K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Louit, RobertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Masera, RubénTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
North, HeidiCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pék, ZoltánTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosvall, MattiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The first of Dick's three final novels (the others are Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). Known as science fiction only for lack of a better category, "Valis" takes place in our world and may even be semi-autobiographical.

The proponent of the novel, Horselover Fat, is thrust into a theological quest when he receives communion in a burst of pink laser light. From the cancer ward of a bay area hospital to the ranch of a fraudulent charismatic religious figure who turns out to have a direct com link with God, Dick leads us down the twisted paths of Gnostic belief, mixed with his own bizarre and compelling philosophy. Truly an eye opening look at the nature of consciousness and divinity.

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Horselover Fat begins receiving what he considers to be divine revelations that imply extraterrestrial forces are interfering in the affairs of the Earth.

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