This book takes a very abstract subject and, through great examples and engaging writing, makes it come alive. I learned a lot from it.
I read a lot. Highlights of favorite books: In Search of Lost Time, Moby Dick, Arabian Nights, Bodard's Obsidian & Blood series, Garfinkle's All Of An Instant, most of Philip K. Dick's ouevre.
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I've never read a book that more convincingly took a dreamlike premise and made it work so powerfully. If there was a book which encapsulated the experience of being in a nightmare you can't wake up from, this would be it. Very, very good.
I love this book; this and Ubik are my favorite PKD books, and I'm nearly a completist.
Dick takes an idea which is becoming commonplace - multiple universes - but pioneers it and give it his own unique spin. Essentially, the people in the book are living a post WWII tragedy, where the bad guys won - and to them, our universe is the good one, they'd much rather be in. From this premise PKD weaves in multiple characters and storylines from when he was essentially at the top of his game. Excellent book.