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Puttering about in a Small Land
Puttering about in a Small Land | Philip K. Dick
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🌼💕 #myPKDjourney

Bookwomble I like this one. His "mainstream" books are good. 5mo
Pruzy Great hashtag! 5mo
dystopianaut @Bookwomble so do i! i was sort of dreading reaching the point of reading his mainstream novels- and feeling guilty about feeling that way- but i‘ve actually really liked them all! such interesting character studies. they also give such a clear glimpse into the time they were written. i only have one left now- “mary and the giant”, which i‘m currently reading. have you read it? 5mo
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dystopianaut @Pruzy thank you so much! i‘ve spent the last year working through PKD‘s oeuvre, hence #myPKDjourney. only 4 left to read!!! then onto his short stories. 🙂 do you have a favorite PKD? 🖤 5mo
Bookwomble @dystopianaut Yes, but many years ago when it first came out in Picador, so I don't remember a great deal about it. It's the record store one isn't it? I think it draws a lot on PKD's experience working in a record shop. 5mo
dystopianaut @Bookwomble yes it is! i‘ve loved reading all of his books back-to-back because it really highlights all the recurring themes, names, places, characters, etc and also makes you realize just how much he draws from his own life experiences. 5mo
Pruzy @dystopianaut Yes! Now Wait for Last Year was one of my favourites, as was The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. What did you think of these two? 4mo
dystopianaut @Pruzy i love both of those! my favorite PKDs are the ones where he REALLY blurs the lines of reality, constantly shifting back and forth to disorient & unnerve the reader, which he does very well in both of those. two of my other favorites for that reason are ubik (of course) and maze of death. 🖤 4mo
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...does anyone else read like this? 🤦🏻‍♀️😂🐶💕 #dogsoflitsy

PaperbackPirate Yes! 💙📗🐕 7mo
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hi, litsy friends! 👋🏻 i need your help/advice/opinions..... have any of you ordered from book depository before? they have some hard-to-find PKD books that i‘ve been looking for, but it looks like the company doesn‘t have the best reviews. i know they‘re owned by amazon, so i was surprised to see such negative reviews. what has your experience been with them? i need these books but i don‘t want to get scammed! 😬 thanks in advance! 🙂💜

Vexingcircumstance Is it it‘s own website or do they sell on Amazon? The name sounds familiar but I don‘t know if I‘ve ordered from them for sure. With the exception of self published books and some indie press books I almost exclusively buy used books, so I‘ve seen the good and bad. Pretty often bad reviews are out of context. People will buy a used book then leave negative reviews because the book looks used. Etc. 9mo
Vexingcircumstance I‘ve even seen people on amazon leave sellers back feedback because they just didn‘t like the book or movie they ordered. :/ 9mo
Chrissyreadit I‘ve ordered from them for an international swap. 2 books arrived in 4 weeks, two books arrived this month- all 4 were ordered in October. So I consider them unreliable, although I do not know if shipping is typically difficult- @Tanisha_A may have a better perspective? 9mo
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CSeydel I‘ve ordered from them with no problems. I think a lot of Littens order from there for swaps because of their free international shipping. (edited) 9mo
dystopianaut @Vexingcircumstance it‘s a company owned by amazon, so they have their own website. they don‘t sell used books, they‘re all new. the negative reviews aren‘t about the content or the condition of the books, it‘s that the books never arrived... which is what made me nervous that it was a scam! 😬 thanks for your suggestions & insight! 🖤 9mo
dystopianaut @Chrissyreadit thanks for sharing your experience! the negative reviews were about shipping times & books never arriving.... so it‘s good to hear that yours at least arrived, albeit very late!! luckily, since i‘m just adding to my collection of books i plan on reading (versus buying it as a gift or something that‘s time sensitive), i‘m not super worried about the actual shipping time, i just really want to make sure i will eventually 9mo
dystopianaut @Chrissyreadit receive them! so i‘m happy to hear yours (finally) arrived! 😁 thank you again! 🖤 9mo
dystopianaut @CSeydel thank you so much for sharing your experience with them! it‘s reassuring to hear you haven‘t had any problems with them and that a lot of littens order from them! thanks again! 🙂🖤 9mo
BookwormAHN I ordered from them a few times. I haven't had any problems with them. The shipping however is really slow. 9mo
CSeydel I‘ve noticed people complaining that the shipping times have gotten longer. I‘m trying to think who uses Book Depository a lot ... @Jess7 maybe, @LeahBergen , @Cinfhen ? 9mo
LeahBergen @CSeydel I‘ve ordered from them for years and have never had a problem (other than the very slow shipping). I believe they can offer free shipping on all their books by using the cheapest shipping method possible (thus, the lengthy wait time). I‘ve contacted them once (twice, maybe?) about a book that hasn‘t arrived and they immediately reshipped a new one (and then the first showed up! They told me to gift it to a friend 😄). So, yes! 👇🏻 (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen I order from them a lot!!!! I‘ve never had any problems and the one time there was an issue which wasn‘t even their fault they sent me a new book without any reservations. My only “complaint” shipping is inconsistent. Sometimes it takes 4- 6 weeks and sometimes just 4-6 days!! But mostly the international shipping takes 2-3 weeks but it‘s ALWAYS FREE and NO MINIMUM REQUIRED!!! Don‘t hesitate - they are the real deal 9mo
LeahBergen I recommend them but not if you need a book in a hurry. 9mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen I see we were both reviewing them at the same time. 😆 9mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Hey! You split my “continued” comment! 😉 9mo
Cinfhen We were doing some mental telepathy there @LeahBergen 🙌🏻❣️😂#mindbenders 9mo
Jess7 I‘ve never had an issue with them. The only drawback I‘ve noticed is that the shipping time is always longer than anywhere else but that‘s because they ship from overseas. So you need to count of about 2-3 weeks for shipping if you live in the US. 9mo
Jess7 The website is just https://bookdepository.com 9mo
dystopianaut @BookwormAHN @LeahBergen @Cinfhen @Jess7 thank you all SO much for sharing your experiences with book depository!!!! you have all eased my worried mind & have convinced me to go for it. can‘t wait!! thank you all again!!! 🙂📚💕 9mo
dystopianaut @CSeydel thank you so much for bringing so many people into the conversation! i really, really appreciate it! 🖤 9mo
CSeydel Glad to help! Good luck with your book 💕📚 9mo
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“Guilt is useless. The world torments us, and we react by tormenting ourselves. I wonder how we can ever have such a low opinion of ourselves that we join in.”

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Published posthumously in 1985, written in 1957, this is one of PKD's early-ish novels, and one of his "mainstream" books, rather than a science-fiction work. For those familiar with PKD, there is much that will be familiar. His main protagonist, Roger, is a working man, feeling brow-beaten by a society he feels does not recognise his potential, dissatisfied with his marriage and with life in general. ????

Bookwomble Roger owns a television shop and feels that he's pretty successful, while despising his customers and paying little attention to his business. In keeping with many of PKD's science fiction works, there's an episode in which Roger feels the surface appearance of the world peeling away and he gets a terrifying vision of an alternate dark reality, too horrifying to thnk about and rapidly pushed back down into his subconscience. 1y
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