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VALIS | Philip K. Dick
Dick is one of the ten best American writers of the twentieth century, which is saying a lot. Dick was a kind of Kafka steeped in LSD and rage.Roberto Bolao What is VALIS? This question is at the heart of Philip K. Dicks ground-breaking novel, and the first book in his defining trilogy. When a beam of pink light begins giving a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip K. Dick) visions of an alternate Earth where the Roman Empire still reigns, he must decide whether he is crazy, or whether a godlike entity is showing him the true nature of the world. VALIS is essential reading for any true Philip K. Dick fan, a novel that Roberto Bolao called more disturbing than any novel by [Carson] McCullers. By the end, like Dick himself, you will be left wondering what is real, what is fiction, and just what the price is for divine inspiration.
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Bookwomble
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“This is a mournful discovery.
1) Those who agree with you are insane
2) Those who do not agree with you are in power.”

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VALIS | Philip K. Dick

Valis

Author: Philip K. Dick
Year: 1981
"It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane."

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(Picture from article of an Android Philip K Dick in 2005)
An article about top 10 genre-twisting novels makes me wonder if this is what the #booked2019 category for #genrebusting has in mind? Because I‘ve been wondering what it means!
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/13/top-10-genre-twisting-novels-alan-...

Cinfhen Thanks for sharing ❣️❣️❣️Yes; #GenreBusting means you can‘t pigeonhole a book into one specific genre 😉 I‘ve been told this book will work 9mo
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dystopianaut
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finally finished VALIS! 💖 it took me longer than i thought- lotssss of information to process... and unfortunately it takes longer to intake & process information via reading versus just receiving it from a pink beam. 😏 but i loved every second of it! 😍 also, the sign of a good book = lots of post-it flags. 😂 now onto the divine invasion... can‘t wait! 👽💕 #myPKDjourney

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dystopianaut
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finally started reading this beauty! 😍 boy, oh boy, was it worth the wait. i‘m in love already! 👽💕✨ #philipkdick #myPKDjourney

readordierachel That cover! 10mo
dystopianaut @readordierachel i know!!! i just loveeee the mariner editions of PKD books. 😍😍😍 10mo
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dystopianaut
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happy 90th birthday, philip k. dick! 👽💕 thank you for all you‘ve brought to the world & to my life. 🖤 #myPKDjourney

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dystopianaut
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alright, dickheads! here‘s what i have waiting in the wings. which one should i read next?! 👽💕 *i‘m planning on saving the valis trilogy until the very end of my #PKD journey, but i‘m open to suggestion. 🙂 #myPKDjourney

Creadnorthey Man who japed- haven‘t read it but was always intrigued by the title. 12mo
Bookwomble I'd recommend going with The Man in the High Castle next - love that story and it's many layers. 12mo
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dystopianaut @Creadnorthey very intriguing indeed! the general premise sounds slightly similar to eye in the sky. have you read that? 12mo
dystopianaut @Bookwomble i can‘t wait to read the man in the high castle! have you watched the amazon series? 12mo
Bookwomble @dystopianaut Yes, I've seen it. It takes the main elements of PKD's book and does its own thing with it, but it does that very well. Rufus Sewell is fantastic, isn't he? The book is interesting in itself, but also because Dick used I Ching readings to dictate the course of the narrative. 12mo
dystopianaut @Bookwomble rufus sewell is AMAZING in it. such a great actor! i‘ve heard it diverges from the book quite a bit after the first season (which i also think was the best season). so i‘m interested to see how much it differs. and that‘s fascinating! i didn‘t know that! 12mo
Creadnorthey Inspired to continue on my journey with PKD police tears next on my list! After I finish the epic Deaths End- highly recommend! 11mo
dystopianaut @Creadnorthey that‘s so great!! flow my tears is one of my absolute favorites- definitely in my PKD top 5. can‘t wait to hear what you think of it! 🖤 and i‘m going to have to look up death‘s end! thanks for the recommendation. 🙂 11mo
Creadnorthey The 3 body problem trilogy is great so far- be warned though it‘s “hard” sci-fi much of the time- not a usual prerequisite for me- so a sight different than PKD who leaves some of the science behind for a better possible story 11mo
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jouzy
VALIS | Philip K. Dick
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Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.

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@Bookwomble here is my Philip K. Dick t-shirt I mentioned. I also have an Ubik t-shirt.

2BR02B Is it the Ubik shirt from @outofprint? 1y
vivastory @2BR02B Yep! Jonathan Lethem has a tattoo of it on his arm. 1y
2BR02B I've contemplated buying that shirt, but my inner design snob objects to a pale grey print on heather grey fabric. I've even contacted them and suggested printing it on navy or charcoal, but no dice. 1y
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vivastory @2BR02B I'm not crazy about the grey fabric. There's some interesting designs on redbubble. 1y
dystopianaut i love this shirt!!! 😍😍😍 if you don‘t mind me asking, where did you get it?! 1y
vivastory @dystopianaut Thanks! I bought it from Strange Company website. It looks like they don't offer it anymore, unfortunately. 1y
dystopianaut dang! i‘ll have to keep an eye out for it. thanks for letting me know! i love it! 😍 1y
CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 1y
Bookwomble That's fantastic - love it 😀 1y
readordierachel Amazing 1y
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“Just tell me why; why the fucking why?" To which the universe would hollowly respond, "My ways cannot be known, oh man." Which is to say, "My ways do not make sense, nor do the ways of those who dwell in me.”

vivastory "Why the fucking why?" is a great life motto 1y
Bookwomble @vivastory THAT would look good on a t-shirt! 1y
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Bookwomble
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Dizzyingly layered; demands to be re-read, but not until my head has stopped swimming. Whether you buy in to PKD's religious/philosophical position or not, there's certainly lots to think about and, if you make it through to the end, it will stay with you for a long time. As is usual with PKD, there's much here about the nature and perception of reality and what it is to be human. There's a big chunk of auto-biography and painful honesty. 👇🏻👇🏻

Bookwomble Where PKD deals with characters, they are by turns funny, infuriating, warm, pitiful and frightening. There's also big chunks of religious and philosophical exposition (much of which went over my head, hence the need to re-read), so it's not a book I'd recommend for everyone. If you haven't read PKD before, it's probably better to start with something else and come to this in 5 to 10 book's time.

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DivineDiana This sounds crazy good, but as I have not read anything by him yet, I‘ll take your advice and wait until I have read others first! 1y
Bookwomble @DivineDiana Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Man in the High Castle, Flow My Tears the Policeman Said, Ubik, and/or A Scanner Darkly would be good starting points. He's often criticised for poor characterisation and hack writing, but I personally don't feel that when I read his stuff. I've probably got poor character myself! 😂 1y
Bookwomble @DivineDiana He wrote VALIS after having a vision in which he was contacted via a beam of pink light by an alien entity/artificial intelligence (Vast Active Living Intelligence System) he called Zebra. This convinced him that the last 1600 years of human history is a mass delusion and we're all still living in the Roman Empire. The book novelises this experience, so it's a blend of autobiography, fiction and mystic vision. Dive in! 😜 1y
DivineDiana Thank you for all the info! Sounds like a wild ride! 🤪 1y
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sudi
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I guess i'm deranged 😄

#QuotsyJune18 #diary

@TK-421

BiblioLitten 🙋 1y
rather_be_reading 😂😂 1y
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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

saresmoore A painful truth. 2y
Bookwomble @saresmoore Or, possibly, a liberating realisation? I guess it depends on where you're at 😀😣 2y
saresmoore Just been reading the news this morning, after a night of blissful ignorance through sleep, so I think you make a good point! 2y
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Bookwomble @saresmoore I'm taking news coverage in small doses - it's bitter medicine! 2y
Bookwomble @saresmoore There is that other quote from VALIS which might seem apposite: "It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane" ? 2y
saresmoore 😂 2y
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"It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane."

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Can‘t help it... apparently I must always have a sci-fi book in my “currently reading” stack... 💁🏻‍♀️😍

#BooksWithBohemianYogini #GuiltyPleasure

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It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.

C.Perone Yes. Yes, it is 😉 2y
Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️❤️ 2y
LitsyOwl Great to know 😅 2y
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The best, and possibly oddest, character name I can think of is Horselover Fat from Philip K. Dick's VALIS. Horselover Fat is Dick's schizoid alter-ego. Philip in Greek means "horse lover," Dick is German for "fat." I love this character and his beautifully delusional escapades.

"I am not a character in the novel; I am the novel." - PKD

#bestcharactername #booktober

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It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.

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Welp. 😂 This certainly beats cramming organic chemistry (both seem to take long rambling detours! Madness~)

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Philip K. Dick, of all people, recognising and sneering at the pay-gap.

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"If mockery were the only antidote to his malady, he was palpably better off as he stood."

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Mattypus
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It's been a while since I read a PKD novel. I forgot about the nonsense words.

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This is my favorite book by PKD. One of the last novels published before his death from a stroke in 1982. The best, most sincere depiction of mental illness I have seen in any novel. Whereas his earlier books are warped, paranoid fantasies, "VALIS" is a mystical quest for spiritual awakening, acceptance, and transcendence. It is a philosophical work that questions the nature of reality and what we might call God. I love this book. #recommendsday

Hobbinol Thank you for the recommendation. I've added it to my stack. Sometimes I need a good hallucinogenic. 3y
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I got so many PKD stacks all scattered around. Them and Conan and Lem and Lansdale and King and rare little Pynchon paperbacks: I could build a fort, and live in it. Also? That's pretty much what I've been doing, my whole life. It's a good fort.

jeff That is awesome. 4y
djm001 I've only read A Scanner Darkly. Will eventually get to The Man in the High Castle. 4y
SGJ Both excellent. My favorite is maybe Ubik. His short stories are all kinds of fun, too. 4y
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