Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic and paranormal crimes. But when its special team tackles a big job on the moon, something goes terribly wrong, and Runciter is seemingly killed.
Now, his mourning employees are receiving bewildering messages from their boss - on toilet walls, traffic tickets, product labels, and even U.S. coins. And the world around them is warping in ways that suggest that their own time is running out - or already has.
Philip K. Dick's searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation is a tour de force of paranoiac menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.
©1997 Laura Coelho, Christopher Dick, and Isolde Hackett; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Really enjoyed this book. Fabulous descriptive language, larger than life characters. Interesting plot with plenty of twist both expected and unexpected. Great book!
"A mind meld for humans"
I bought this book because The Verge were going to be discussing it on their book club podcast. I originally bought the ebook version and started to read it however I just couldn't get into it at all and so I decided to spend some more cash and buy the audible version.
Well what can I say a great listen from start to finish. I have no really understanding why it is I couldn't get into it with the Ebook version but boy I'm I glad I pursued the audio.
A twisting story that really messes with your mind and just as you think you are understanding the world of Ubik it dips and dives again and trashes that understanding.
A great book by a great author.
"Twisted minds and a new form of half-life."
There's no doubt that Philip K Dick must be a very strange man with a very weird mind! It took a while to get into this book and yet I confess to being thoroughly hooked straight away though I'm not entirely sure I can say why! The whole concept is different even for this genre, sci-fi being one of my faves and I've read lots and lots; life after death as an accepted and useful aspect to being human and in business. And there was a neat twist that I could see creeping up on us toward the end of the book though that isn't a negative point. The mark of a good author is the ability to pull you into an alternate universe with accepted "norms" very different from those of the universe we inhabit and have those "norms" somehow plausible... Philp K Dick can do that making you suspend disbelief.. Where does he get such original ideas from? Dream on....Maybe I should listen to the book again, soon.....
A good introduction into Phillip K Dick's writing. My first K. Dick book and I'm looking forward to trying more. Well read and thought provoking!
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