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Ubik by [Philip K. Dick]
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Ubik Kindle Edition

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Amazon.com Review

Nobody but Philip K. Dick could so successfully combine SF comedy with the unease of reality gone wrong, shifting underfoot like quicksand. Besides grisly ideas like funeral parlors where you swap gossip for the advice of the frozen dead, Ubik (1969) offers such deadpan farce as a moneyless character's attack on the robot apartment door that demands a five-cent toll:

"I'll sue you," the door said as the first screw fell out.

Joe Chip said, "I've never been sued by a door. But I guess I can live through it."

Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic snooping and paranormal dirty tricks. When its special team tackles a big job on the Moon, something goes terribly wrong. Runciter is killed, it seems--but messages from him now appear on toilet walls, traffic tickets, or product labels. Meanwhile, fragments of reality are timeslipping into past versions: Joe Chip's beloved stereo system reverts to a hand-cranked 78 player with bamboo needles. Why does Runciter's face appear on U.S. coins? Why the repeated ads for a hard-to-find universal panacea called Ubik ("safe when taken as directed")?

The true, chilling state of affairs slowly becomes clear, though the villain isn't who Joe Chip thinks. And this is Dick country, where final truths are never quite final and--with the help of Ubik--the reality/illusion balance can still be tilted the other way. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you. Actor Anthony Heald delivers a gifted performance of all the characters in Philip K. Dick's prophetic 1969 short story. The "future" of 1992 is a scary place, where people with telepathic and psychic abilities are common and must be kept in check by power-dampening people called "interials." Heald is called on to portray more than a dozen characters, including a screeching being, a brain-damaged youth, and an assortment of damaged people. UBIK is a fascinating look at the excesses of science and how easily morality can be forgotten in the name of profit. Heald is the glue that holds the somewhat confusing story together--right up to the shocking climax. M.S. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B005LVR6ZA
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mariner Books; Reprint edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 17, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7192 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 241 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 1,540 ratings

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Steven Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, funny and disturbing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get UBIK! Science fiction masterwork. (Safe if read as directed)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Dick Novel
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