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Jimmy M. from New England November 21, 2013 - 5:06pm

I'm going to be buying the Philip K. Dick Collection in a couple days, and I'd like to know: which of his books are your favorite? Where should I start?

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres November 21, 2013 - 6:23pm

My 4 favorites that I've read are in there: Valis; Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said; The Man in the High Castle (start with that one!); and A Scanner Darkly.

Actually that collection is pretty awesome. His short stuff is really cool too. That's actually what I started with. Everything I've read by him is good though, so you really can't go wrong with the collection you're buying.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies November 21, 2013 - 9:53pm

that's a great collection. hard to say where to start. ANDROID is what Blade Runner was based on, one of my favorite movies ever. MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE is really good, SCANNER DARKLY, too, and FLOW MY TEARS. i scoured several lists and these are the same ones that popped up, Sean nailed it. not sure if i'd start with VALIS, it's a tricky one. hope you dig it!

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books November 22, 2013 - 2:12am

I love Philip K Dick. Love him. A Scanner Darkly is easily my favorite, which is funny because I think I was maybe middle of the road on it the first read, then I got to the end and was blown away. Second read I loved it and honestly, every time I think about that book I find new things to love/admire about it. I really loved tht the technology was almost in the background and it was just a very human story at the heart. A lot of Dick's work is like that, but, for example, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, though amazing and a very human story, the technology/sci-fi is right at the front with that one, in Scanner...  You get the cool tech without it sitting in front of the story the entire time. Obviously there's not a damn thing wrong with Androids... or any of his other works where the sci fi takes center stage. He's a sci fi writer, after all. But there was something special about how it was done in Scanner... to me.

I liked the film, too, but I don't know if I can ever forgive them for changing the end. I've only seen it once despite how cool it looks/the fact that my favorite actor is in it. 

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) November 22, 2013 - 7:10am

Ubik and A Scanner Darkly are my favourites. I think Ubik was my introduction to PKD, and it just kept me thinking long after I'd finished reading. I tend to think of it as a horror novel, and it is unsettling to read in that you never feel you have a handle on what is really happening. 

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King Grotus from New Jersey is reading Inherent Vice November 22, 2013 - 1:45pm

Ubik was my favorite. It's a very interesting and oddly funny read.

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Frank Chapel from California is reading Thomas Ligotti's works November 22, 2013 - 2:02pm

The Man in the High Castle is probably the most interesting book of his, and A Scanner Darkly is likely one of his better written stories.