Review of VALIS

December 31, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★

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VALIS by Philip K. Dick
Published by Brilliance Audio on 8-21-15
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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VALIS is the first book in Philip K. Dick's incomparable final trio of novels (the others being The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat; the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser. VALIS is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime.

It’s a long-winded rambling of an insane person with little to not plot. Even the religious ideas are all over the place with no cohesion. There isn’t much story here, and certainly nothing of any entertainment or joy. It’s a dark journey into madness.

Audiobook narration: The narrator did a great job.

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