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A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly | Philip K. Dick
Substance D -- otherwise known as Death -- is the most dangerous drug ever to find its way on to the black market. It destroys the links between the brain's two hemispheres, leading first to disorentation and then to complete and irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor, undercover narcotics agent, is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but to pass as an addict he must become a user, and soon, without knowing what is happening to him, he is as dependent as any of the addicts he is monitoring.
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Novelista71
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Much better than film

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Novelista71
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Read this having seen the film. It is much better than the movie, with a plot that is perfectly explained and an ending that makes sense

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Ubergeekygirl
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I just picked this book up, it's my first PKD book. I am struggling a bit because I'm not super into the drug trip topics but I'll push through, there isn't too much to go.

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imitelis
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But the actual touch of her lingered, inside his heart. That remained. In all the years of his life ahead, the long years without her, with never seeing her or hearing from her or knowing anything about her, if she was alive or happy or dead or what, that touch stayed locked within him, sealed in himself, and never went away. That one touch of her hand.

Linda_Bloodworth_Author Yaaaaaasss! Philip K Dick is my ultimate favourite author. 7mo
imitelis 🤔Seems like i just found a companion! 😊 7mo
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imitelis
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Imagine being sentient but not alive. Seeing and even knowing, but not alive. Just looking out. Recognizing but not being alive. A person can die and still go on. Sometimes what looks out at you from a person's eyes maybe died back in childhood.

Suet624 Oh boy. 😭😭 8mo
Reggie Jesus. 8mo
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Linda_Bloodworth_Author
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Pickpick

I absolutely LOVE this book. Philp K Dick is a genius and I didn't see the ending coming at all. The movie is also spot on, I'd highly recommend it.

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Bookwomble
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"This has been a novel about some people who were punished entirely too much for what they did. They wanted to have a good time, but they were like children playing in the street; they could see one after another of them being killed--run over, maimed, destroyed--but they continued to play anyhow. We really all were very happy for a while, sitting around not toiling but just bullshitting and playing...??

Bookwomble ...but it was for such a terrible brief time, and then the punishment was beyond belief." 1y
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Bookwomble
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@dystopianaut My shelf-full of Dicks - too long to fit them all on the Dick pick! (I promise I'll stop with that, now 😂)

kathedron I just showed this to my daughter: she's now wondering what kind of company I keep online. 😉 1y
Bookwomble @River_Voice I'm mostly harmless 😉 1y
dystopianaut 😂😂😂😂😂 now this is a dick pic i can get behind! 😉👌🏻😂 1y
Bookwomble @dystopianaut Phew! I thought I was sailing a bit close to the wind with that one! 😁 1y
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dystopianaut
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ice cream social at work + reading outside on my break = best day ever. 🍨📚💕 #myPKDjourney

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PagesOfKate
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Holy calamity it's #virtualinsanity - time to suit up! Bob Arctor/Fred bears witness to the destructive nature of Substance D by posing as an addict.
This vision of a troubled near future is loosely inspired by Philp K Dick's own experiences with drugs.
#aprella @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

emilyhaldi Ahhh yes, another author whose drug use influenced his writing. Trippy!! 2y
Mdargusch Sounds crazy. 2y
Reviewsbylola This is one author I know I wouldn‘t enjoy. 2y
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jearl4
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Mehso-so

Not sure what I just read but that's sort of the classic PKD style. Overall the book felt slow and confusing to me but the last 20% really shines. If you can make it through the first 80% it's worth a read.

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StephMC82
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This book demands your undivided attention, so I may have to re-read this in the future. For now, I can proudly say I have read a Phillip K. Dick book, and it was just lovely. 😍 #Lovedit

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tlmorgan
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn‘t get into this. Nothing about the story or characters were compelling to me. Moving on

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StephMC82
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Super excited for this Amazon download!! I feel like I totally forgot this book existed. Changing from my #TBR list to my second book of #december.

Although I should switch to reading The Magicians at night, I think....
#nighttimereading #twobooksatatime

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DeborahSmall
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#eyecandygiveaway part 2! The centrefold shows the contrast in design choice. There‘s a great YouTube video via one of the Folio Society newsletters, with one of the editors chatting to the illustrators 💚💙❤️📚

ScorpioBookDreams This is so striking! 2y
Kalalalatja That bottom right pic is really creepy, but also kind of stunning 👌 2y
Oryx I've been eyeing this one up. It looks fab. Although I'm scared it'll start of a folio addiction from which I shan't recover. So many good Littens lost to it already... 😁 2y
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TrishB I'm so envious of this one 💝 2y
DeborahSmall @Kalalalatja I love the top left illustration the most. @Oryx so true but worth it 😂😂 @TrishB I wish I‘d bought it for myself but happy it‘s at least in my house even if it‘s Sam‘s bedroom! I‘ll miss it when he eventually moves out 😂💕 2y
TrishB I brought my daughter The Handmaids Tale and I shall enjoy it whilst it is in the house too 👍 2y
DeborahSmall @TrishB The Handmaids Tale one of my favourite folios. I‘ve read a lot of the folios I‘ve bought this year like Rebecca, Orlando, Emma, P&P, The Hobbit, The Great Gatsby and at least 5 more; my plan is to re read them next year starting with The Handmaids Tale ❤️ 2y
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LumosNox
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Panpan

I just finished listening to this and while it's not horrible, it just wasn't for me. I've never been able to get drawn into stories that mostly deal with drugs and somehow missed that, that is what this book is completely about. Decent writing, just didn't find myself caring about anyone really.

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Conservio
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From the top:
1. A pre-history book of the natives. Was also tucked away behind a big stack of books on the floor.
2. I want to own the complete royal diaries series.
3. On my TBR list
4. Non fiction about a region
5. Historical fiction
6. Non fiction on my TBR.
#usedbookstore #hiddengems

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Leniverse
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The title explained! And I guess that means we are cursed, at least if Arctor is right in his analysis. But at this point there is little reason to think Arctor right about anything!

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I hear Keanu's voice as I read this. Seen the movie? 3y
Leniverse @TobeyTheScavengerMonk No, I haven't! I knew nothing about this book when I started it, and it's so spaced I'm tripping. No drugs needed. I need to look up all of the psychology and brain hemisphere info when I've finished the book. But... Keanu? I'm sort of picturing Charles Bronson here. Or maybe Kevin Spacey. (Though that might be due to other roles Spacey has done.) 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Check it out! Robert Downey Jr. as Barris, Woody Harrelson as Luckman, Winona Ryder as Donna 3y
Leniverse @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Ok, those castings I can picture! I saw Barris more like John Malkovich, but Robert Downey Jr has probably lived that role, or near enough! 3y
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Leniverse
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And now I have Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done" playing on my own internal recording. "For every junky's like a setting sun..."

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Leniverse
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Phillip K. Dick doesn't ease you into his weirdness, he plunges you straight in. That's one helluva opening paragraph!#FirstSentences

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mcvaughn138
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Listening to this on audio book with Paul Giamotti narrating. Now this is good stuff!

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BookishJess
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It's a bit hard to find words to describe this book, especially so soon after finishing... In some parts it is darkly funny then pages later heartbreakingly serious. The afterword by the author shows how personal this book was to him. It is a snapshot of life as a drug addict with hints of growing mental illness set against a slight sci-fi backdrop. I'll be thinking about this one for a while.

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Gerthquake
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Justice and honesty are not properties of this world, she thought; and then, by God, she rammed her old enemy, her ancient foe, the Coca-Cola truck, which went right on going without noticing. The impact spun her small car around; her headlights dimmed out, horrible noises of fender against tire shrieked, and then she was off the freeway onto the emergency strip, facing the other direction, water pouring from her radiator...

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BookishJess
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Branwen Great quote! :-) 3y
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BookishJess
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Reading A Scanner Darkly now with little Leeloo 🐶🤓

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scaifea
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A strange and troubling and touching tribute to the world of drug use in the '60s. Excellently written, of course.

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LusMat
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I've loved this novel. It's weird, dark and very psicological. It's also a weight travel into the degradation of human because of drugs. There are lots of religious reference, most of them ravings, but the work is crossed by a deep, even if weak, vein of hope. The final dedication to his friend is touching.

MrBook Great review! 😊👍🏻 3y
LusMat Thank you @MrBook ! 3y
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Cshreve
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My favourite of PKD's work, darkly funny and ironic, but still plausible enough to make you more than a little uncomfortable

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