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review 2017-12-04 19:40
Beckettian SF: "The Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick
The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick

“The Man in the High Castle” is my second favourite PKD novel, after “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”. I read both novels in the same year, back in the day, along with “Ubik”, “VALIS” and “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch”, and most of PKD's short fiction. Without doubt the most mind-bending year of reading I've ever had, and the one that hooked me on SF more than any other. The thing I love about his stories more than anything else is their mastery of chaos and illogicality. Reality in a PKD story is held together by the desperate hopes of his characters, and its always falling apart beneath their feet. Love it!


As for PKD's prose not keeping up with his ideas and co... I agree... and also agree it's often part of the fun. Although here, as noted, I found his writing mainly quite elegant.


I've been hunting around for speculation as to why PKD called Hawthorne Abendsen's book “The Grasshopper Lies Heavy”. Dick says in the book that the title is a quote from The Bible, but if so it is not in a common translation. You can find some speculation elsewhere; being speculative about a Dick novel means we'll be wandering into some fairly strange territory... I've also asked the question on my own blog, so there may be enlightening comments there.



If you're into SF, read on.

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review 2016-11-11 12:55
Foolkiller (1990-1991) #1 - Steve Gerber,Joe Brozowski

All set up. 


All boring.   


No, thank you!

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review 2016-11-11 00:19
Oh the Places You'll Go
Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. Seuss

This is the book I will read to my students every year at the end of the school year, no matter what grade I teach!  Even if it has a 3.2 reading level.  My 12th grade English teacher read our class this the day before graduation, and I remember how relevant and special it was.  It is so encouraging and meaningful for youth who are about to cross over into a new chapter.  I love this book!

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review 2016-07-12 20:00
The Diary Of Edward The Hamster (1990-1990)
The Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990–1990 - Miriam Elia,Ezra Elia

Edwards diary had the power to touch me way more than I anticipated after I picked it up in the bookstore, thinking a hamster's diary would be funny.


While it is a super quick read, and there are loads of pictures it is so much more than Edward trying to resist the temptations of the running wheel (and utterly failing every single time). In a way it even had philosophical proportions looking at Edward's life as a caged pet and the expectations of the people around him.





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review 2016-03-30 00:00
Ποίηση 1979-1990
Ποίηση 1979-1990 - Tasos Livaditis,Τάσος... Ποίηση 1979-1990 - Tasos Livaditis,Τάσος Λειβαδίτης ω μας ξεγέλασαν οι εποχές, η τύχη, τα όνειρα, οι φίλοι
όλα τόσο αβέβαια, λες και το παρελθόν να μην υπήρξε παρά μόνο στη φαντασία σου
ή στη βιαστική διήγηση κάποιου που τον συναντήσαμε μια στιγμή στο δρόμο, ενώ έβρεχε...
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