When catastrophic overpopulation threatens Earth, one company offers to teleport citizens to Whale’s Mouth, an allegedly pristine new home for happy and industrious émigrés. But there is one problem: the teleportation machine works in only one direction. When Rachmael ben Applebaum discovers that some of the footage of happy settlers may have been faked, he sets out on an 18-year journey to see if anyone wants to come back.
Lies, Inc. is one of Philip K. Dick’s final novels, which he expanded from his novella The Unteleported Man shortly before his death. In its examination of totalitarianism, reality, and hallucination, it encompasses everything that Dick’s fans love about his oeuvre.
©1984 Phillip K. Dick (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
well, there were some phillip k dick moments, but overall I am very disappointed.
During 3rd hour of listening there is abrupt shift in story line of one character and other characters. My first thought was like wow: the narrator mixed the papers took out 50pages or so and appended them at the end of novel. I have listened to all the book and still can not shake off the feeling of some audio editor screw up :) At first I thought to request back my money from audible. Then I checked amazon reviews and wiki. It seems that this P.K.Dick novel has very messy publishing history. If it is not audio editor screw up, then they took some screwed up published version. Save your time you should not be paying your money and having such thoughts.
BTW I checked with some online PDF version (that claims to be the final final version) the pages that I am complaining are back in place and the story is 50% longer.
Well complete mess what can I say. In the case it is audio editing screw up I am reviewing 7 hours 16min length version :)
Description of the shift: We have a far from earth totalitarian planet. There are two ways to get there: 18year trip using ship(with round-trip option) or 15min teleport(only one way). One main character made a decision to take 18 year trip, doing all the preparations. Next chapter the character is preparing to enter teleport chamber. Why? What circumstances made to change his mind? Well in the last pages of the novel you get the missing pages with an ending that feels kind of abrupt.
But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
"If you are wise, Matson said to himself grimly, you never take one-way trips. Anywhere. Even to Boise, Idaho...even across the street. Be certain, when you start, that you can scramble back."
-- Philip K. Dick, Lies, Inc.
The novel was originally published as a novella titled 'The Unteleported Man' in the Amazing-Fantastic back in 1964. The publisher rejected his original expansion idea, which was later added back in (about 1/2 through Chapter 8). If you are reading this going "WTF" you are probably reading the expansion. The novel itself deals with themes of fascism, control, death, technology. None of these themes are new to DIck. DIck was working this novella back into novel form right before he died and there were a couple (not huge gaps) left when he took his one-way trip. Not that it matters. When you are dealing with post "2-3-74" PKD, gaps and jumps and "WTF" moments are part of the literary landscape.
Anyway, If you are only going to read ONE Dick novel. Skip this one. If you are only going to read ten Dick novels, yeah, probably still best to skip this one too. But if you just can't get enough Dick, well, Lies, Inc., at its core is both an old and a new novel, both a traditional SF and a experimental novel written on ACID. But my warning stands. If you are new to PKD, this may just be a one-way trip out of PKD land.
I generally second what reviewer Tomas has said. This book is one disjointed, confused disaster. For about the first third it reads like a pretty good PKD novel, say something on a par with Dr. Bloodmoney. Then, when our hero mysterious teleports to Whales Mouth Colony, rather than undertaking the 18 year space flight he has been planning to that point, everything breaks downs into disjointed fragments and out-of-order events. This book was expanded from PKD's short story the Unteleported Man and published posthumously. It has the feel of a rough draft left behind following the death of a popular author which was cobbled together without too much care for the purpose of generating one more payday for the late author's estate. The narrator gamely soldiers on through this morass and can't be faulted for what he has to work with, but the situation is hopeless. Everyone -- particularly fans of PKD of which I am one -- should avoid this book!
I know this is supposed to be a classic by PKD, originally the Unteleported Man, but this embodies much of when I find PKD to be bad. After the initial chapters, and prior to the final couple of chapters, there is this long drug induced middle section that "reads" like a bunch of story ideas cut up into individual sentences and then shuffled back together like a deck of cards. It is difficult if not impossible to follow and make any sense of and to make any connection with any characters to care about what happens to them. And I didn't. I grew tired of it, even though it's a short novel, and was glad when it was over. And disappointed as it was touted as a classic and I'd been looking forward to it. PKD is running about 25% as far as I'm concerned. I will try a couple more, but I think the 4 or 5 I've mentioned in other reviews of PKD, out of about 15 I've tried, are by far the best.
"Disjointed, but very Philip K Dick"
Most of the middle of this story has been spliced into his short story The Unteleported Man. This gives it a very disjointed feeling and makes it a bit hard to follow.
Overall it's still worth listening to if you're a die hard PKD fan.
"Not his best book."
Storyline a bit disjointed, seems to spend an awful lot of time trying to describe some kind of acid trip which really lends nothing to the story. Narrator was fine.
The premise of this novel - what is happening at a distant colony? - is enticing, and the idea of one man deciding he will investigate, is fascinating, but the final execution is flawed. The central section is tough going and Dick takes about 6 chapters in the middle of the book to labour ideas that could have been covered in one! Overall, worth sticking with however.
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